NEW FOR 2013:

– Paint changes: Champagne Silver Metallic added.
– Powertrain grade braking in normal transmission mode.

Think of the Tahoe as a mini-me Suburban – a similar full-size SUV with a chunk missing from between the front and rear axles. Like its big brother, the Tahoe can carry up to nine people, so the functional interior differences are down to how much room there is for them and their stuff. Like the Suburban, the Tahoe gets an updated transmission with a downhill engine-braking mode. A Hybrid variant uses the same sophisticated gas/electric powertrain found in the Silverado pickup. It’s an expensive option, but returns impressive real-world fuel economy.

The Tahoe LS, LT and Hybrid come in two- or four-wheel drive, while the Tahoe LTZ is four-wheel drive only. All have three rows of seats.

Features on the LS include 17-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone manual air conditioning, rear auxiliary heater, OnStar, weight-distributing trailer hitch platform with 7-pin connector, remote starter, assist steps, black door handles, privacy glass, chrome grille surround with dark mesh insert, automatic headlamps, heated black mirrors, black roof side rails, variable intermittent wipers, rear washer/wiper, cruise control, floor mats, driver information centre, keyless entry, tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, brushed metal interior accents, driver’s auto-down window, 40/20/40 cloth front bench seat with six-way power driver’s seat, second-row 60/40 split-folding bench seat, 50/50 split-folding removable third row seat,CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input and USB port, satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity.

The LT adds tri-zone automatic climate control, body-colour door handles, rear parking assist, power-adjustable pedals, fog lights, body-colour mirrors, roof rack crossbars, centre console, simulated woodgrain interior accents, garage door opener, six-way power driver and passenger heated leather bucket seats, Bose premium nine-speaker audio system, and rear-seat audio controls.

The Hybrid LT adds 18-inch alloy wheels, Hybrid-specific grille, power-folding mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming and puddle lamps, rearview camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 120-volt power outlet, and navigation system.

The LTZ builds on the Tahoe LT and adds 20-inch alloy wheels, AutoRide electronically-controlled shock absorbers with air-assist rear levelling control, chrome door handles, chrome grille surround with chrome mesh insert, power-folding mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming and puddle lamps, rearview camera, side blind zone alert, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated steering wheel, 12-way driver and passenger power-adjustable perforated leather heated and cooled seats, second-row power fold-and-tumble reclining heated bucket seats, navigation system, and Bose premium ten-speaker audio system.

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