2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Video Reveiw and Road Test

The Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size sport-utility vehicle that makes the most of its pickup truck platform in providing owners with a very practical and tough daily driver.  The Chevrolet Tahoe can tow as much as 8,500 lbs when properly equipped, can seat up to nine passengers when ordered with its available front row bench seat and features 109 cubic feet of total cargo space with the rear two rows of accommodations out of the picture.  The Tahoe also comes with seat-mounted front side airbags, forward airbags for driver and passenger and side curtain airbags to go with its OnStar safety suite and its StabiliTrak electronic stability control and traction control system.

The Chevrolet Tahoe features a single power plant across all trim levels, a 5.3-liter V-8 that churns out 320 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque.  A six-speed automatic transmission is included free of charge, and four-wheel drive can be had as an option with the SUV.  Fuel mileage for the Tahoe is rated at 15-mpg in city driving and 21-mpg on the highway.

The Chevrolet Tahoe's entry-level LS trim (MSRP $38,755) features three zones of climate control, power adjustments for the front seat, a CD player, satellite radio, 17-inch wheels and power adjustments for those riding up front.  Choosing the Tahoe LT (MSRP $43,905) introduces automatic climate control, leather seats, a louder stereo system and a locking rear differential, while the range-topping Tahoe LTZ comes with heated and cooled front seats, a power folding feature for the second row, a navigation system, air suspension, 20-inch wheels and surround sound audio with a hard drive for storing digital music files.

Optional equipment for the Tahoe includes much of the LTZ's premium fare as well as heated seats first and second row, a power liftgate, automatically retracting running boards and a towing package.  A blind spot warning system can also be installed on the LTZ edition of the SUV.  The Tahoe can additionally be ordered with the Z-71 Off-Road package, which beefs up the vehicle's suspension and outfits it with special trim, skid plates and knobby tires, as well as the Sun, Entertainment and Destinations package, which offers a navigation system, a sunroof and a DVD entertainment system for rear seat passengers.

Similar SUVs to the Chevrolet Tahoe include the Ford Expedition, the Toyota Sequoia and the Nissan Armada.