A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe

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The Chevy Tahoe has always been one of the most popular SUVs on the market, and this trend continued in 2012. As always, the vehicle proved to be reliable and powerful, with plenty of space and features that people are looking for when they buy an SUV.

Key Features

The vehicle features anti-lock brakes, cruise control, dual zone manual air conditioning, a 6-way power driver’s seat, tire pressure monitoring, Bluetooth connectivity, airbags, and a third row seat.

Changes for 2012

The 2012 model received a new navigation radio. It also features trailer sway control, which is important, as many people use this vehicle for towing. It has hill start assist and electronic stability control. The LTZ trim now has a heated steering wheel, side blind zone alert, and heated and cooling front seats.

What We Like

First, we love the size of the vehicle. It’s large enough to carry nine passengers easily, and it does offer ample storage space. It’s a powerful vehicle that drives and handles remarkably well. It is smoother than many other similar sized vehicles.

What Concerns Us

Because this is a large and powerful vehicle, we feel it might not be the right fit for everyone. Those who do not need the power and size could find a slightly smaller SUV that has better fuel economy and fuel usage.

Available Models

The 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe offers several buying options. The base option features a 5.3-liter V8 FlexFuel, iron block engine (there is also an aluminum block engine. The vehicle offers 320 horsepower @ 5,400 RPM (E85 offers 326 horsepower @ 5,300 RPM. It offers 335lb of torque @ 4,000 RPM (E85 offers 348lb of torque @ 4,400 RPM). The base vehicle gets 15 in the city and 21 on the highway.

Major Recalls

The 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe has only had one major recall. The vehicles affected in the recall had a problem involving the ignition lock actuator. For some, it was binding, which would make turning the key difficult. It could also cause the vehicle to become stuck in the start position; however, there was the potential for it to snap back to the accessory position, which could cause a loss of power to the engine.

Common Issues

Consumers have had very few issues with their 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe as a whole. The problems that do exist include the dashboard cracking, and an issue with the vehicle speed display. Still, the complaints are minimal, and the vehicle as a whole is reliable.

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