Similar to the Chevy Suburban, the Tahoe receives the same updates for 2012 and is available in three trims: LS, LT and LTZ. The LT trim now has heated seats, while the LTZ boasts a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and blind spot warning system. A 30 GB hard drive, navigation system, seven-inch touch-screen and USB port is available. Those who tow campers and other big items will like that electronic trailer-sway control and hill start assist are part of the standard electronic stability control system. Not only is the Tahoe a slightly smaller version of the Suburban, but it’s almost identical to the GMC Yukon. Competition in the full-size SUV segment includes the Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada and Dodge Durango.
Under the 2012 Chevy Tahoe’s hood lurks a 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 that generates 335 pounds-feet of torque. An E85 version produces 326 horsepower and 348 pounds-feet of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are mediocre at 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and the Tahoe can tow up to 8,500 pounds when properly equipped. The two-wheel-drive version has a cast-iron block, while the four-wheel-drive Tahoe has an aluminum block. You can choose between a fuel-saving 3.08 axle ratio, or a heavy-duty 3.42 axle ratio. An optional integrated brake controller is a nice convenience for those who tow their toys on a regular basis.
The 2012 Chevy Tahoe has a comfortable interior with plenty of room. Utilize a front split bench seat and a second-row bench seat to push occupancy to nine. The 50/50 split rear bench can be removed, creating 109 cubic feet of cargo space, compared to nearly 17 cubic feet with it in. Most of the goodies are optional, and include power-adjustable pedals, leather seats, heated first and second row seats, cooled front seats, a Bose stereo, navigation system and rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
The exterior of the Tahoe is bold and boasts a roof rack, heated side mirrors and 17-inch wheels as standard equipment. Fog lights, a power sunroof, power running boards and 18- or 20-inch wheels are optional. The Z71 off-road package features a chrome front grille insert and color-keyed fender flares.
Enjoy the drive with your entire family and all of your toys in the capable 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe.
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