On the road, the big guy’s cabin is quiet, the handling predictable and the demeanor civil. Only its acceleration, at nearly 8 seconds to 60 mph behind that smaller V-8, is less than impressive.
What is wildly impressive is room. The accommodations up front, not unexpectedly, are great. In the middle row, where we had two captain’s chairs and a walk-through aisle to the third row, room was equally impressive. But it’s row three that astounds.
Thanks to Tahoe’s 6.7 inches of additional length and its independent aft suspenders, which require far less real estate under the floor pan than the old stick axle, Tahoe’s three-place third row can actually accommodate two adults or three kids. And access to that row is surprisingly easy thanks to a wide-opening rear door and middle-row captain’s chairs that scoot, fold and tilt up on edge to provide a roomy path to the rear.
Inside is a technological tour de force.
Our Z71, with its 10.2-inch infotainment screen and twin 12.6-inch rear-seat screens (courtesy of our ute’s $2,490 Rear Media and Nav Pkg.), also boasted a power fore/aft (!) front center console, power folding and raising third row seats, nine-speaker Bose audio, WiFi hot-spot talent and more. More than 50 buttons for various functions were scattered along the dashboard, the steering wheel, the center stack and the overhead console (where, among other buttons, the switch for the power-sliding center armrest lives).
Regarding truck capability, Tahoe, properly equipped, can tow nearly 4 tons while boasting as much as 123 cu. ft. of seats-folded cargo room. And, it’s worth noting, room behind the third row, thanks to the aforementioned compact suspension and additional vehicle length, grows an astonishing 66 percent — to 25 cubes.