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2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

There's an abundance of soft-touch surfaces inside the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe, and test drivers say the cabin's solid build quality and high-grade materials give the Tahoe an upscale feel. Its infotainment system features a crisp 8-inch touch screen and a user-friendly interface. Several different seating configurations are available, and whether you opt for bench or bucket seats in the first and second rows, you'll get a comfortable, quiet ride. The Tahoe's third-row seat and cargo space are both undersized for the class, however.

  • "Inside the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe, there's a wealth of space for passengers in the first two rows of seats, and materials quality is above average for the class." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, more colors and soft-touch materials form a thoroughly modern dash and center console, and the new MyLink color touchscreen is one of the brightest and most user-friendly infotainment systems we've experienced." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "The level of refinement is every bit as good as in GM's latest full-size pickups (which is to say luxury-car-like), and there's usable storage everywhere we looked -- great for stashing Apple iPads, wallets, kids' toys, dog food and, in one instance, a pair of bamboo shrimp for a tropical fish tank." -- Autoweek (2015)

Seating

The 2017 Chevy Tahoe has three rows of seats, with a few different options for seating configurations. The standard setup includes seating for eight, with bucket seats in the front and two rows of bench seats in the second and third rows. The LS trim can hold up to nine with the optional front bench seat, and the LT can trade the second-row bench seat for two bucket seats, making it a seven-passenger SUV. The Premier trim is only available with bucket seats in the first and second rows.

Cloth upholstery is standard, along with a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat and a customizable rear-seat reminder that reminds you to check the back for children or belongings before you leave the SUV. The bench seats in the second and third rows have a 60/40 split. Available seating options include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard seats in the second row, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, a power release to slide the second-row bucket seats forward, and power-folding third-row seats.

For child safety seats, three lower anchors are available in the second-row bench seat. Hardware for these are easy to find with a reasonable amount of effort required to clip in seats. Up to six tether anchors are available in the second and third rows (depending on whether you have second-row bucket seats or a bench seat). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the analogous 2016 Tahoe a second-place Acceptable rating for its LATCH hardware.

The 2017 Tahoe offers a peaceful ride, with comfortable front-row seats and enough space for adults to ride in the second row. For the driver, visibility is good – aided by the standard rearview camera and rear parking sensors – with a suitable range of adjustments to help you find a comfy driving position. The Tahoe's third-row seat, though, is one of the most cramped in the class.

  • "Inside the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe, there's a wealth of space for passengers in the first two rows of seats, and materials quality is above average for the class. Despite its size, visibility is decent, and the standard rear parking sensors and rearview camera reduce the stress of maneuvering in tight spaces." -- Edmunds
  • "Adults will wish the 2nd-row captain's chairs adjusted forward and back, not just for seatback angle, but that's better than the tiny third row - its poor foot room and legroom make it for kids only." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "Chevy's sound-deadening efforts have paid off. There's a bit of wind rush from around the A-pillars, but the Tahoe keeps the outside world out as effectively as does a luxury sedan. Tire and road noise are distant." -- Car and Driver (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Chevy Tahoe include tri-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, satellite radio, five USB ports, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot with 4G LTE, a 110-volt power outlet, heated mirrors, remote vehicle start, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. Available features include a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, navigation, a proximity key, push-button start, wireless charging for smartphones, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, a Safety Alert Seat (which communicates safety warnings by vibrating the driver's seat), low speed emergency braking, front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane change alert, and rear cross traffic alert.  

The 2017 Tahoe puts everything within reach for the driver, with controls that are clearly marked. The screens for the driver display and infotainment center feature crisp graphics, and Chevrolet's MyLink interface comes with a learning curve that's milder than many rivals' systems. This includes menus that are fairly intuitive. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – two easy-to-use systems that connect your smartphone to the SUV – are standard, giving you immediate access to apps like Pandora, Yelp, Slacker, and Facebook.

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  • Gauges and controls -- which can be reconfigured on upper trim levels -- are easy to read and intuitive to use. The graphics on the central 8-inch display screen are crisp and the menu-based commands are easy to navigate, and this year's new Apple CarPlay smartphone integration system is a cool feature. That said, there's sometimes a noticeable lag in the response time of the MyLink system's touchscreen." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "I'm a big fan of Chevy's MyLink infotainment system, finding it both attractive and very easy to use. Phones synced without any trouble, getting the kids' movie loaded and playing through the included wireless headphones was a no-brainer, and the navigation system got us where we needed to be without fanfare." -- Autoweek (2015)
  • From the driver's seat, audio and climate controls are within easy reach. The former consist of tuning and volume knobs with station selection being controlled through the touch screen. As in most such arrangements, this can make some simple procedures a multi-step affair, but we generally found the system to be fairly easy to use and logical in operation." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

Cargo

The 2017 Tahoe has 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space when all seats are up, which is the smallest amount or room the class. With the third-row seats folded, the cargo area opens up to 51.7 cubic feet, and there is 94.7 cubic feet of space when the second- and third-row seats are down (both of which are below the class average). Bench seats in the second and third row have a 60/40 split to allow for various passenger/cargo configurations. Additional storage areas include a compartment below the cargo floor, a large center console between front bucket seats, and a lockable cubicle behind the touch screen.

In newer Tahoe models, you no longer have to remove the third-row seat to temporarily boost cargo capacity; they simply fold flat into the floor. The trade-off for this, though, is a high cargo floor. Loading in luggage and heavy items can be difficult, especially for shorter individuals. Add-ons like power-folding seats and a hands-free liftgate – which opens by waving your foot under the bumper – are especially helpful when you're juggling kids or groceries.

  • "Cargo capacity isn't great for a vehicle in this class. … Not only is the space limited compared to the competition, but the load floor itself is inconveniently high in order to house the folding third-row bench seats. This makes loading bulky cargo more strenuous, especially for smaller people." -- Edmunds
  • "What surprised me the most was the Tahoe's relative lack of cargo space. Due to the spare tire and full frame construction, the load floor is waist-high, not helped any by a storage compartment in the floor taking up another couple inches. With the third row of seats up you can get groceries or a couple suitcases in back, but if you're moving six folks and their luggage you want a Suburban (or a minivan)." -- Autoweek (2015)
  • There's not much space behind the third row for cargo, but the new raised floor - there to help make a flat cargo floor when the third row's folded - features a handy storage area beneath it." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

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