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2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe was new.


Interior: 8.0

According to reviewers, the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe has a well-made, practical interior. The base model is fairly well-equipped, and with the right options, the Tahoe can become a near-luxury SUV. However, the Tahoe loses points for how difficult it is to remove the third row of seats, and how uncomfortable they are for anyone but children.

  • "High marks for Tahoe's upscale, contemporary cabin ambience. Assembly quality on all models tested shows strong attention to detail. Though soft-touch surfaces are scarce, the cabin's plastic textures lend impressive substance.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe may be GM's least-expensive SUV, but its interior sure didn't get the memo.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A curvaceous dashboard and flush-mounted buttons give the Tahoe a carlike interior.” -- Cars.com


The 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe offers seating for up to nine, though buyers can opt for first- and second-row bucket seats that decrease seating capacity to seven. The Tahoe offers standard leather-trimmed seats in all but the base trim, which is an unusually good deal for an affordable SUV. Overall, most reviewers say the first two rows of seats are comfortable, but all note that the third-row seat is best left to kids, which is typical for this class. Reviewers mention that the lack of a telescoping steering wheel on any trim means that some drivers may not be able to find a comfortable driving position, though available adjustable pedals should help. If you're looking for a large SUV with an adult-sized third row, check out the Toyota Sequoia. However, in most cases, if third-row seating is a priority and you can sacrifice some towing capacity, you’ll be better off with a crossover like the Ford Flex or a minivan like the Honda Odyssey.

  • "Bench or bucket, the [front] seats are supportive. Generous headroom and legroom, though the bench seat's cramped center position should be reserved for emergency situations.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Large front seats provide comfort and support for long drives, though the lack of a telescoping steering wheel might be a drawback for some drivers.” -- Edmunds
  • "Accessing the Tahoe's third-row seats is made simple, either via the pass-through walkway between the available captain's chair seats, or by activating the power release fold-and-tumble mechanism on the second-row seats.” -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Reviewers say the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe’s interior is well laid out and easy to use. Most appreciate its straightforward controls. The base Tahoe comes fairly well equipped with dual-zone climate control, rear-seat audio controls and a leather-wrapped tilt-adjustable steering wheel. Stepping up to the LT trim doesn’t add much, but it does make features like navigation, seat memory and a power lift gate available. Top-of-the-line LTZ trims come standard with a wealth of features like a power lift gate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, navigation and a universal home remote.

  • "The Tahoe's cabin features an attractive design supported with high-quality fit and finish, including wood trim on the LTZ model. The control layout is straightforward and the switchgear operation is intuitive.” -- Edmunds
  • "The gauges are generally easy to read, but some testers find the markings too indistinct for best legibility. Most controls are logically placed and operate with precision. The navigation system has a large, easy-to-read touchscreen that absorbs, but does not complicate, audio functions.” -- Consumer Guide


The 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe can only hold 16.9 cubic feet of cargo behind its third row of seats, but removing the third row expands that number to 60.3 cubic feet. With the second row folded forward, the Tahoe can hold a cavernous 108.9 cubic feet of cargo. However, in order to use all the available space, you’ll have to remove the heavy third-row seats and store them elsewhere. Nearly every reviewer complains about this process, especially since competitors like the Ford Expedition offer fold-flat third rows. Otherwise, small-item storage throughout the Tahoe is fairly good.

  • "Cabin storage is enhanced by large center console bin. Roomy door pockets are found in front, but not in the rear.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 50/50 split rear bench seats are heavy, awkward to remove and must be stored elsewhere to open up the cargo area to its full 109 cubic feet of storage capacity.” -- Edmunds

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