Chevrolet Tahoe Interior
The 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe offers good interior material quality with plenty of standard features, even on the base trim. Fully-equipped, the Tahoe is a near-luxury SUV. However, one of reviewers’ main gripes with the Tahoe is the uncomfortable third-row seats and how tough it is to remove them for maximum cargo space. Otherwise, critics think the Tahoe is comfortable and well-designed.
- "A sleek dashboard and flush-mounted buttons give the Tahoe a carlike interior." -- Cars.com
- "Many interior panels are comprised of hard, hollow plastic, though GM has done a fine job of making them look much more than budget grade." -- Consumer Guide
- "We like the seat sew patterns, the soft leather seating option and the elegant dash with its blue-backlit controls and white-backlit instruments." -- Kelley Blue Book
The Tahoe can seat up to nine with an available front-row bench seat. You can opt for bucket seats in the first and second rows, but that reduces seating capacity to seven. Cloth seats come standard in the base trim, and leather-appointed seats are standard in LT and LTZ models.
Critics like the front- and second-row seats in either configuration, saying they are comfortable and supportive. As with most three-row SUVs, the Tahoe gets criticized by test drivers for its uncomfortable third row, which is best left to children. Even then, one reviewer says that children may be uncomfortable because of the third row’s low seating position. Also, a few reviewers note that the lack of a telescoping steering wheel makes it difficult to find a comfortable driving position, though the available adjustable pedals may help. Test drivers don’t mention rearward visibility, but that can be aided by the optional rearview camera and blind spot alert.
- "It's in 3rd-row room and access where Tahoe stumbles. The aft-most seats feel like they're flat on the floor. Even kids will ride in an uncomfortable knees-up position." -- Consumer Guide
- "Large front seats provide comfort and support for long drives, though the lack of a telescoping steering wheel might be a drawback for some drivers.” -- Edmunds (2012)
- "The comfortable - and rather wide - seats also help quell any complaints about being old-fashioned. If being old-fashioned means sitting in the leather driver's seat or rear captain's chairs in my loaded Tahoe LTZ, then you can call me Andy Griffith." -- Cars.com (2012)
The 2013 Tahoe comes with plenty of standard features on the base LS model, including Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel controls, satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system with USB and auxiliary inputs and tri-zone climate control. Optional features include a Bose nine-speaker sound system, backup camera, blind zone alert, leather heated and cooled front seats and a 7-inch touch-screen navigation system. For those trying to keep back-seat passengers occupied, there is also an available rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
Reviewers think that the Tahoe has good overall fit and finish, and that the controls are straightforward and easy to use. While some automakers have complicated navigation systems, critics say that the Tahoe’s is simple to operate.
- "The audio and climate controls are simple to use, even on vehicles equipped with the available navigation system. While navigation absorbs most functions, they don't complicate simple adjustments." -- Consumer Guide
- "We also appreciate the available heated-seat feature for the second row and the excellent touch-screen-operated navigation system." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Tahoe's cabin features an attractive design supported with high-quality fit and finish, including wood trim on the LTZ model. The control layout is straightforward and the switchgear operation is intuitive." -- Edmunds (2012)
While the cargo space behind the third row is fairly sparse, the Tahoe has among the most room in the class when the third row is removed and the second row is folded forward. Yet, multiple reviewers complain about removing the heavy third-row seats, which weigh about 50 pounds each. One reviewer would like to see a fold-flat third row similar to the Ford Expedition’s. The Tahoe offers 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 60.3 cubic feet with the third row removed and 108.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row. If you need even more cargo space, check out the Chevrolet Suburban, which drives similarly to the Tahoe but has up to 137.4 cubic feet of cargo space.
- "Instead of folding flat with the cargo floor, the 3rd row rests a good 6 inches above it. To make the floor level, the two seat sections must be physically removed. At 50 pounds a piece, this is neither an easy nor enjoyable process." -- Consumer Guide
- "The area where the Tahoe falls short is in overall cargo room. …” -- Cars.com (2012)
- "The 50/50 split rear bench seats are heavy, awkward to remove and must be stored elsewhere to open up the cargo area to its full 109 cubic feet of storage capacity.” -- Edmunds (2012)
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