NEW FOR 2014:

– Hybrid model discontinued
– LS receives standard power adjustable pedals, remote starter, rear park assist, and rear-view mirror with reverse camera display
– New colour: Concord Metallic

Full-size body-on-frame sport utility vehicles are few and far between, but if you need a heavy-duty machine that can tow a boatload and move as many as nine people at a time, the Chevrolet Tahoe has you covered.

2014 will mark the final year of the Tahoe’s current body style; an all-new version riding on a new platform will arrive next year. In advance of this, Chevrolet has quietly discontinued the 2-Mode Hybrid variant, but has given buyers of the base LS model more equipment. Power adjustable pedals, remote start, rear park assist, and a reverse camera are now standard.

All Tahoes come powered by a 5.3-litre V8 engine with cylinder deactivation for fuel saving, and a six-speed automatic transmission with a towing and hauling mode. The Tahoe LS and LT are available in two- or four-wheel drive; the LTZ is exclusively available with four-wheel drive.

Features on the LS include 17-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone manual air conditioning, rear auxiliary heater, automatic rear locking differential, OnStar, weight-distributing trailer hitch platform with 7-pin connector, remote starter, privacy glass, chrome grille surround with dark mesh insert, automatic headlamps, heated power mirrors, black roof side rails, variable intermittent wipers, rear washer/wiper, cruise control, floor mats, trip computer, keyless entry, alarm, 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, auto-dimming rear-view mirror with integrated reverse camera display, rear parking sensors, power pedals, AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input and USB port, satellite radio and Bluetooth.

The 1LT adds tri-zone automatic climate control, fog lights, roof rack crossbars, centre console, simulated woodgrain interior accents, garage door opener, six-way power front bucket seats, heated seats, leather upholstery, Bose premium nine-speaker audio system, and rear-seat audio controls.

The 2LT adds heated steering wheel, power release fold and tumble 2nd row seats, heated rear seats, driver’s side memory, power eight-way passenger seat, heated power folding mirrors with integrated turn signal and driver’s side auto-dimming.

The LTZ adds 20-inch alloy wheels, AutoRide electronically-controlled shock absorbers with air-assist rear leveling control, chrome door handles, chrome grille surround with chrome mesh insert, side assist steps with chrome accent, side blind zone alert, power tailgate, power sunroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated steering wheel, ventilated and heated front seats, perforated leather upholstery, 7.0-inch display audio system with 80 GB hard drive, navigation, reverse camera display, and Bose premium ten-speaker audio system.

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