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2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe was new.

Though the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe only ranks in the middle of the class for interior, mainly because the class is so competitive. The Tahoe also loses points for how difficult it is to remove the third row of seats. You can see pictures of the Tahoe's interior in our gallery.

  • "The 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe has definitely moved up a notch or two when it comes to interior refinement and luxury, as befitting a vehicle that can cost $40,000 or more." -- Kelley Blue Book  
  • The Tahoe has "a nicer interior but the [Ford Expedition's] fold-flat third-row seat is much more convenient on a daily basis." -- Edmunds
  • The interior materials "wouldn't look out of place in a BMW," -- Car and Driver 
  • "The Tahoe cabin is well executed. The materials are top notch and the workmanship worthy of the $50,000 truck it can be equipped." -- Washington Times 
  • "The design, especially in the cabin, is sophisticated, almost luxurious." -- San Jose Mercury News 

Seating

The Tahoe can seat up to eight people.  Most reviews say the seating is comfortable, but the third-row seat is best left to kids--something that's typical for this class.

  • "Two rows of seats hold up to six occupants, with a third row optional on lower trims and standard on the LTZ. The second-row seats fold either manually or with an optional power-operated mechanism; they must be raised manually."  -- Cars.com
  • Seats are "comfortable even for ample-sized people." -- MSN
  • "Seats are firm, you sit on top of them, and they lack bolstering, which works against holding you in place during the occasional cornering maneuver, but it does make sliding in and out easy." -- Car and Driver

Front Seats

  • "The seats are designed for long hauls." -- Washington Times 
  • "Adjustable power seats and pedals should allow just about anyone to get comfortable behind the wheel." -- Detroit Free Press

2nd Row Seats

  • "If a bench seat is chosen for the second row, the seat is wide enough to install three child safety seats side by side. Herein lies my biggest complaint: Although there's plenty of room, Chevy has chosen to put only two sets of Latch connectors in this car (one in the center position and one on the right side). What about families with triplets? What about families with three kids under the age of 6?" -- Mother Proof
  • "Leading the list of features is the clever power-release fold-and-tumble second-row seat. This makes gaining access to the third row of seating as simple as pushing a button, as the seat immediately folds out of your way."-- Kelley Blue Book

3rd Row Seats

  • The third-row seat is "not that adult-friendly; headroom is fine, legroom is not. If you need to put grown-ups back there often, get a Suburban." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "The 3rd row is best left to children. Its low-to-floor cushion forces knees-up discomfort for anyone else." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Getting back to the third row is somewhat awkward, but, more important, any adults consigned to it will ride with their knees up around their chins because the seat is very low."-- Newsday

Interior Features

Most reviewers like the 2008 Tahoe's interior, saying that the materials are high-end and build quality is excellent.  A few experts, however, noted problems with the interiors of their test vehicles.

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  • "Cabin materials are significantly improved, with softer surfaces and tighter gaps and tolerances on all panels, the center stack, and gauges. Even the carpet fasteners have been hidden, giving the floor a better-finished, seamless appearance." -- Motor Trend
  • "The interior featured wood touches, brushed ''metal" appointments, textures, and colors that spread from dash to side door panels." -- Boston Globe 
  • "Build quality is excellent, gaps between parts have shrunk to just about nothing" -- Car and Driver
  • "Chevy hit a grand slam with the interior." -- MSN

Cargo

The Tahoe's interior is not only expensive-looking and comfortable, it's also practical. The Tahoe has an impressive amount of cargo space, provided the third-row seat is removed, and reviews note many handy interior storage compartments.  However, the third-row seats don't fold flat into the floor; to extend the cargo area, they must be removed.  Many reviewers report that the process is awkward.

  • The Tahoe is full of "creature comforts like storage nooks for all your food, drink, and electronic amusements." -- U.S. News' Rick Newman
  • Cargo room is "Spacious with two rows of seats. . . . Cabin storage is enhanced by large center console bin. Roomy door pockets in front, but none in rear." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A Ford Expedition holds more, and so does the Tahoe's big brother, the Suburban." -- Newsday
Review Last Updated: 3/10/09

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