2012 Chevy Tahoe – A Well Rounded SUV Both Inside and Out.
Published October 7, 2012
Long favored over its bulkier predecessor since coming on the scene, the 2012 Chevy Tahoe has left its competitors in the dust as well. It still remains a top pick in the mid-priced, large SUV category. Its design has consistently improved over the years and kept up with the times. Definitely more stylish and roomier than a mini-van, this SUV can seat up to nine people comfortably while also conceding plenty of storage space when traveling. Its detractors are of the opinion that it might be too spacious, but if you are considering this type of vehicle you obviously do not mind the extra room.
Luxe interior at a great price
While a lot of manufacturers might skimp on interior features, even the LS base model of the 2012 Chevy Tahoe comes with a leather bound steering wheel, dual air conditioning, as well as back seat control for audio. The more expensive LTZ model, which starts at about $52,000 and can go up to $56,000, has imitation wood trim on the dashboard and control panel, making for a stunning interior very similar to those found in luxury vehicles. Premium leather seats add to the comfort. A notable touch-screen stereo, plus a top of the line audio system with 10 Bose speakers distributed throughout the vehicle and 90 days of free satellite radio are apt to take out the tediousness of long road trips. A dvd player is also optional in the 2012 Chevy Tahoe LTZ model and would round out the entertainment package nicely.
What about performance?
At this sticker price you want a vehicle that is easy to drive and maneuver. Fortunately, even with its large size the 2012 Chevy Tahoe provides superior handling. At 7,100 pounds it does not feel heavy or sluggish at all. It is an absolute joy to drive in the highway, smooth and controlled without much effort. The gas mileage might be what you expect for this type of vehicle at 15 mpg in city streets and a good 21 mpg when driving on the highway. You will see the words Flex Fuel on these models which just means it can either run on gas or ethanol. Its 8 cylinder engine offers up to 320 horsepower and it comes with the ever convenient automatic transmission. With over 100 years of selling cars to the public, Chevrolet is not one to skimp on safety features in their vehicle line-up. Being that this is for the most part a family vehicle, the measures of protection it provides are above average. Its electronic stability system puts in motion individual brakes to reduce the probability of a rollover. Additionally, the Tahoe scored a 5 star rating (the highest) in front and side crash tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Overall, the 2012 Chevy Tahoe delivers great quality inside and out. The biggest challenge it might face in years to come will probably consist of outdoing itself. Not many vehicles in this category can boast of the dependability and style this SUV has.
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