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2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Trims

Fleet

The commercial edition of the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe full-size SUV comes in a single Fleet trim level. As with its more exotically endowed siblings, the Tahoe Fleet boasts standard 8- to 9-passenger capacity, as well as nearly 109 cubic feet of total cargo area, a V8 powerplant and a good number of the amenities found in the base Tahoe LS.

Outside, this commercial-grade trim is equipped with 17-inch steel wheels, side assist steps, a trailer hitch and wiring, heated power-adjustable mirrors and a roof rack. Inside, the conventionally powered Tahoe Fleet boasts vinyl or cloth upholstery, depending on the seat configuration chosen (front bench or bucket seats), with a power-adjustable driver’s seat and full power accessories, all standard. Cruise control and tilt-wheel steering are, of course, standard, as are tri-zone manual air conditioning, OnStar Directions and Connections service, and an MP3-capable single-CD player with 6 speakers and standard satellite radio.

Options for the Tahoe Fleet are understandably limited, with splash guards, side window weather deflectors and taillamp protectors being about the extent of available goodies.

A variable-valve-timed (VVT) 5.3-liter Flex Fuel (FFV) V8 engine and 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission with the traditional locking rear differential are standard aboard the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) 2012 Tahoe Fleet. Look for 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque from this potent powerplant, good for 5,500 pounds of towing with the standard tow hitch, while cylinder deactivation at highway speeds does what little it can to keep mileage at an estimated 15 mpg city/21 highway.

Standard safety features aboard the Tahoe Fleet include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and 3-row head airbags. Daytime running lights and OnStar emergency services, meantime, are additional standard safety items.

Fleet 4WD

Though a bit less well-endowed than its more consumer-oriented siblings, the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Fleet 4WD still packs a lot of practicality and amenities. Stuff like 3 rows of seating for up to 9 passengers, almost 109 cubic feet of total cargo area and on-demand 4-wheel-drive (4WD) are all delivered with this Fleet variation, along with such standard appearance bling as heated power-adjustable outside mirrors, side assist steps, a roof rack, a trailer hitch and wiring, and 17-inch steel wheels.

Inside this full-size SUV, look for either cloth or vinyl upholstery, depending on seating configuration (front bucket or bench seats), as well as a power-adjustable driver’s seat and full power accessories. Then there’s standard cruise control, tilt-wheel steering, 3-zone manual air conditioning, OnStar Directions and Connections service and a single-CD player with 6 speakers and satellite radio. Options, meantime, are of a fittingly prosaic variety, like splash guards, taillight protectors and side window weather deflectors.

The traditional 5.3-liter Flex Fuel (FFV) V8 engine mates with a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission with rear locking differential for 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. Expect some 5,200 pounds of towing capacity from the standard hitch, while variable valve timing (VVT) and cylinder deactivation do their utmost to keep mileage at a not-quite-respectable 15 mpg city/21 highway. Meanwhile, the on-demand 4WD system sports the traditional 2-speed transfer case with electronic hi-lo gear selection and auto-locking hubs.

Safety-wise, look for 4-wheel antilock braking (ABS) in this commercial-grade 4WD Tahoe, along with traction and stability control, 3-row head airbags and front side-mounted airbags. Daytime running lights also come standard aboard the 2012 Tahoe Fleet 4WD, as do OnStar emergency communications and alerts.

Hybrid

Avg. Price: $43,622

Efficient, but still muscular, the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid saves gas and still gets its people-hauling chores done. As with its conventionally powered kinfolk, this 3-row, 8-passenger midsize SUV boasts nearly 109 cubic feet of total cargo area, a boatload of standard features and, of course, V8/hybrid power.

A 332-hp 6.0-liter variable-valve-timed V8 engine and a pair of 60-kilowatt electric motors pound out a total of 379 hp and 367 lb-ft of torque, all under the management of a unique 4-speed automatic transmission. This gas-miserly rear-wheel-drive (RWD) sport ute flaunts its 20 mpg city/23 highway, as well as its properly equipped 6,200 pounds of towing capacity. Of course, a rear locking differential and regenerative braking comes with all this, as does the ability to run for short distances under 30 mph on electric power alone.

Standard appearance goodies aboard the 2012 Tahoe Hybrid include 18-inch alloy wheels with low-rolling-resistance tires, step running boards and reverse-tilting heated power-adjustable mirrors. Inside, look for leather upholstery, heated power-adjustable front seats, simulated wood grain and simulated alloy cabin trim accessories, and 3-zone climate control. Cruise control is, of course, standard, as are such goodies as tilt-wheel steering, rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, a power-flow display and a universal remote garage door opener.

Standard techno-bling, meanwhile, includes OnStar Directions and Connections service bolstered by hard-drive-based navigation and Bluetooth hands-free calling, while an MP3-capable single-CD player and 9 Bose premium speakers pour out the tunes. Finally, entertainment features are rounded out with standard satellite radio and a USB connection.

Options aboard the 2012 Tahoe Hybrid include a power sunroof and rear-seat DVD entertainment in either package form or as standalone options, with the Sun, Entertainment and Destinations Package adding NavTraffic and 9 months of satellite radio service.

Standard safety features, finally, include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, 3-row head airbags, front side-mounted airbags, daytime running lights and OnStar emergency services and alerts. Turn-signal-integrated mirrors are also standard, as is a post-collision safety system.

Hybrid 4WD

Avg. Price: $40,061

Need a fuel-efficient 8-passenger midsize SUV with 4-wheel drive? Check out the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid 4WD. In addition to loads of traction, this big ute features 3 rows of seating for 8 occupants and nearly 109 cubic feet of total cargo area.

A variable-valve-timed (VVT), 332-hp 6.0-liter hybrid V8 engine combines with a pair of 60-kilowatt electric motors and a unique 4-speed automatic transmission for 379 total hp and 367 lb-ft of torque. The miserly Tahoe Hybrid 4WD can be driven using electric power alone under 30 mph, with combined gas/electric mileage estimated at 20 mpg city/23 highway. When properly equipped, towing is maxed out at 5,900 pounds in this green machine, with a rear locking differential also included as standard equipment.

The 4WD system, meanwhile, sports the traditional 2-speed transfer case with electronic hi-lo gear selection and auto-locking hubs. Be advised that this midsize ute, because of the somewhat delicate nature of its hybrid system, is not designed for dedicated off-road cruising.

Anyhow, standard appearance bling includes 18-inch alloy wheels with low-rolling-resistance tires, step running boards and reverse-tilting and heated power-adjustable outside mirrors. Comfort and convenience-wise, look for standard leather upholstery, heated power-adjustable front seats and full power accessories, all ensconced in tri-zone climate control. Simulated wood and simulated alloy cabin accents are, of course, standard as well.

For convenience, this hefty ute sports cruise control and tilt-wheel steering, as well as OnStar Directions and Connections, a universal remote garage door opener, a rear-view camera and rear parking sensors.

Entertainment, meantime, is presented via an MP3-capable single-CD player with 9 Bose premium speakers, bolstered by satellite radio and a USB port. Bluetooth hands-free calling also comes standard, as does a hard-drive-based navigation system.

The available Sun, Entertainment and Destinations Package adds a power sunroof and rear-seat DVD entertainment, with NavTraffic and extended satellite radio service also thrown in. Of course, the sunroof and rear-seat entertainment can also be added separately.

Safety-wise, look for 4-wheel antilock brakes aboard the 2012 Tahoe Hybrid 4WD, as well as traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and 3-row head airbags. Daytime running lights are additionally standard, as are turn-signal-integrated mirrors, OnStar emergency services and alerts, and a post-collision safety system.

LS

Avg. Price: $31,312

Not counting the Fleet editions, the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe LS remains the base trim available to the more discerning consumer. Packed with nearly 109 cubic feet of total cargo area and the traditional appearance, comfort and convenience features, this entry-level full-size SUV offers Flex-Fuel V8 performance, trailer-towing muscle and, believe it or not, considering its pickup-truck origins, some surprising agility and ride comfort.

Look for 17-inch wheels, a roof rack, trailer hitch and wiring, step running boards and heated power-adjustable outside mirrors just for starters aboard this truck-based ute, with premium cloth upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, remote power door locks and power windows among its interior assets. Front bucket seats are standard, with available bench front seats making for 9-passenger capacity, all of whom will be ensconced in tri-zone air-conditioned comfort. Cruise control and tilt-wheel steering are conveniently complemented by OnStar Directions and Connections service, while simulated alloy cabin trim accents are enhanced by a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Entertainment, meantime, is provided by an MP3-capable single-CD player with 6 speakers complemented by separate rear audio, satellite radio and a USB port. Finally, Bluetooth hands-free calling also comes standard.

Available packages include a Convenience bundle with remote engine start, power-adjustable pedals, rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera, as well as a Texas/All Star Edition boasting heated front seats, power-folding outside mirrors, 20-inch alloy wheels and heavy-duty towing equipment, including an integrated trailer brake controller. As is traditional, a number of the packaged options are additionally available as standalone add-ons.

Standard power for the rear-wheel-drive-only (RWD) 2012 Tahoe LS is a variable-valve-timed (VVT) E85-capable (FFV) 5.3-liter V8 engine. This peppy powerplant mates with a 6-speed shiftable automatic powerplant (with standard locking rear differential) for 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque, 8,500 pounds of trailer-towing muscle and a lackluster 15 mpg city/21 highway. Cylinder deactivation at highway speeds helps a bit with fuel economy, but this big V8 is going to use a lot of gas.

Standard safety features, meanwhile, include 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability control, 3-row head airbags and front side-mounted airbags. Daytime running lights are also standard, as are OnStar emergency services, a post-collision safety system and remote antitheft alarm. Finally, front fog/driving lights and turn-signal-integrated mirrors are available safety options with the Texas/All Star Editions.

LS 4WD

Avg. Price: $33,309

Put on-demand 4-wheel drive (4WD) into the base 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe LS to behold the LS 4WD. Equipped identically with its rear-wheel-drive sibling, this 8- to 9-passenger midsize SUV boasts almost 109 cubic feet of total cargo space, 3 rows of seating and standard V8 power, with the 4WD system sporting electronic hi-lo gear selection and auto-locking hubs. A single-speed transaxle with no low-range gear is also available.

Exterior doo-dads of note include 17-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack, a trailer hitch and wiring, step running boards and heated power-adjustable mirrors, while the cabin boasts premium cloth upholstery and front bucket seats with a power-adjustable driver’s seat. Full power accessories are complemented by cruise control and tilt-wheel steering, with standard OnStar Directions and Connections service providing further convenience.

Dual-zone air conditioning comes standard aboard the Tahoe LS 4WD, as do simulated alloy cabin trim accents and a leather steering wheel and single-CD player with 6 speakers. Finally, satellite radio, a USB port, separate rear audio and Bluetooth hands-free technology round out the more exotic electronics packed into in this base ute.

Options, meanwhile, include front bench seating for 9-passenger capacity, along with a couple of available packages. The Convenience Package boasts rear parking sensors, remote engine start and a rear-view camera, while the Texas/All Star Editions include heavy-duty towing equipment with integrated trailer brake controller, upgraded 20-inch wheels, power-folding outside mirrors and heated front seats.

The sole powertrain offered with the 2012 Tahoe LS 4WD is a 320-hp 5.3-liter Flex Fuel V8 engine mated with a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. These ponies are good for 335 lb-ft of torque, 8,500 pounds of towing with the proper equipment and, despite cylinder deactivation and variable valve timing (VVT), a pitiful 15 mpg city/21 highway.

Safety-wise, look for 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, 3-row head airbags, front side-mounted airbags, and OnStar emergency communications and alerts in this 4WD heavy hauler. Daytime running lights, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm, meantime, round out the more noteworthy standard safety features, with the optional Texas/All Star editions offering front fog/driving lights and turn-signal-integrated mirrors.

LT

Avg. Price: $34,077

Stepping up one notch into the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe full-size SUV hierarchy, one enters the realm of the Tahoe LT. This mid-level trim, like its siblings, boasts 3 rows of seating for 7- or 8-passenger capacity, nearly 109 cubic feet of total cargo area, V8 power and, with the proper equipment, up to 8,500 pounds of towing capacity. Also like its lesser LS sibling, the LT flaunts a standard roof rack, step running boards, 17-inch alloy wheels and heated power-adjustable outside mirrors, as well as a trailer hitch and wiring.

Unlike its LS kin, the upscale LT boasts standard leather upholstery, heated power-adjustable front bucket seats, power-adjustable pedals and full power accessories, along with tri-zone climate control and rear parking sensors. Cruise control, tilt-wheel steering and OnStar Directions and Connections service are additionally standard, as are simulated alloy cabin trim and a leather steering wheel.

Entertainment, finally, is presented by a standard Bose premium system with a single-CD player and 9 total speakers, along with satellite radio, separate rear audio and a USB port, all bolstered by Bluetooth hands-free communications capability.

The optional Sun, Entertainment and Destinations package offers hard-drive-based navigation, a rear-view camera, power sunroof and rear-seat DVD entertainment, while the Texas and All Star Packages (not available with the Sun, Entertainment and Destinations Package) boast heavy-duty towing equipment with an integrated trailer brake controller, upgraded 20- and 22-inch wheels and power-folding outside mirrors. Finally, the Luxury Package and Z71 Off-Road Suspension Package include heated second-row seats, rear power liftgate, a universal remote garage door opener and reverse-tilting outside mirrors with the former, and upgraded suspension parts, all-terrain tires, unique badging and skid plates with the latter. As is traditional, most items in the various packages are also available as standalone options.

Standard power for the 2012 Tahoe LT remains an E85-capable (FFV) 5.3-liter variable-valve-timed V8 engine. Combining with the 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission and locking rear differential for 320 hp, this potent V8 will crank out 335 lb-ft of torque, tow up to 8,500 pounds of trailer and, despite cylinder deactivation and variable valve timing (VVT), deliver a mere 15 mpg city/21 highway in its standard rear-wheel-drive configuration.

Delivered safety features include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags and front side-mounted airbags. Further safety equipment includes OnStar emergency services, front fog/driving lights, daytime running lights, a post-collision safety system and remote antitheft alarm. Optional safety equipment includes turn-signal-integrated mirrors with the Texas/All Star Package.

LT 4WD

Avg. Price: $36,507

For 2012, Chevrolet’s Tahoe LT 4WD full-size SUV boasts nearly 109 cubic feet of cargo area, a standard V8 and on-demand 4-wheel drive (4WD). This mid-level heavyweight additionally sports 3 rows of seating for 8 and a number of added goodies over its LS 4WD siblings. A roof rack, 17-inch alloy wheels, step running boards and a trailer hitch and wiring are complemented by heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors, leather-upholstered, power-adjustable front seats, remote power door locks, power windows and tri-zone climate control. Upgraded simulated alloy cabin accents surround power-adjustable pedals, cruise control and tilt-wheel steering, while rear parking sensors and OnStar Directions and Connections add immeasurably to the convenience factor. Finally, a single-CD player with 9 Bose speakers is bolstered by satellite radio, separate rear audio and a USB port, with Bluetooth hands-free communications also delivered as standard equipment.

A number of packages are available to the 2012 Tahoe LT 4WD, including the Sun, Entertainment and Destinations Package, with hard-drive-based navigation, a power sunroof, rear-view camera and rear-seat DVD entertainment. The Texas Package and the All Star Package each sport heavy-duty towing equipment with an integrated trailer brake controller, as well as power-folding outside mirrors and upgraded 20- or 22-inch wheels.

Then there’s the Z71 Off-Road Suspension Package, with its beefed-up shocks and springs, skid plates, all-terrain tires and unique badging, and the Luxury Package with a universal remote garage door opener, rear power liftgate, reverse-tilting outside mirrors and heated second-row seats. Of course, a good number of the packaged options can be added as standalone options as well.

The ubiquitous Flex-Fuel (FFV) 5.3-liter V8 engine again powers this year’s Tahoe LT 4WD, with the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission managing 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. Expect this brute to tow about 8,200 pounds when properly equipped, with variable valve timing (VVT) and cylinder deactivation at cruising speed keeping mileage to an estimated, though hardly frugal, 15 mpg city/21 highway. Electronic hi-lo gear selection and auto-locking hubs are standard with the two-speed differential, while a single-speed 4WD differential (no low-range gear) is also available.

For standard safety equipment, the 2012 Tahoe LT 4WD boasts 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and 3-row head airbags. Daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights, a post-collision safety system and remote antitheft alarm also come standard aboard Chevy’s big ute. Finally, turn-signal-integrated mirrors are available as part of the Texas/All Star option package.

LTZ

Avg. Price: $43,704

As the flagship trim of the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe lineup, the LTZ boasts a veritable cornucopia of appearance, comfort and convenience goodies. A roof rack comes standard aboard this 7- or 8-passenger midsize SUV, as do 20-inch polished alloy wheels, heated, reverse-tilting power-adjustable mirrors, a power rear liftgate, trailer hitch and wiring, step running boards and the load-leveling Autoride suspension system. Premium leather, a heated steering wheel, heated power-adjustable front bucket seats, second-row captain’s chairs, power-adjustable pedals, reclining second-row captain’s chairs and full power accessories are surrounded by wood grain and simulated alloy cabin accents, and tempered by tri-zone climate control. Tilt-wheel steering, a universal remote garage door opener, rear parking sensors and cruise control are a few of the notable convenience features, as is an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with integrated rear-view camera.

Techno-wise, look for a standard hard-drive-based navigation suite aboard the 2012 Tahoe LTZ, as well as Bluetooth hands-free calling and OnStar Directions and Connections service. Meanwhile, 10 Bose premium speakers pump sound from the MP3-capable single-CD player or standard satellite radio, all complemented by separate rear audio, real-time traffic and a USB connection.

So much stuff, and yet, there are options available with this quasi-hefty ute. Look for an available heavy-duty trailer-towing package with an integrated trailer brake controller, as well as rear-seat DVD entertainment and/or a power sunroof. Power-retractable side-steps are also available, as are a split-folding leather second-row bench seat for 8-passenger capacity and upgraded 20- or 22-inch wheels.

As with its lesser siblings, the flagship Tahoe LTZ gets its go from the standard Flex-Fuel 5.3-liter V8 powerplant that’s under the management of a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission and standard rear locking differential. This combo will put out a pretty respectable 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque, but even with variable valve timing (VVT) and cylinder deactivation at highway speeds, mileage is estimated at a meager 15 mpg city/21 highway. Carrying the proper equipment, however, this hefty Chevy will tow up to 8,500 pounds.

Standard safety features aboard include 4-wheel antilock braking (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and 3-row head airbags. Front fog/driving lights and daytime running lights are also delivered with this sizeable sport ute, as are OnStar emergency communications services, a post-collision safety system, remote antitheft alarm, a blind-spot warning system and turn-signal-integrated mirrors.

LTZ 4WD

Avg. Price: $46,059

Add traction-heavy on-demand 4-wheel drive (4WD) to the top-shelf 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ to behold the LTZ 4WD. This midsize SUV continues the tradition of toting 108.9 cubic feet of total cargo space, with 3 rows of seating accommodating 7 to 8 passengers in 3-zone climate-controlled comfort. The road- and load-leveling Autoride suspension, meantime, keeps things silky smooth when hauling up to 8,500 pounds of trailer. Finally the 2-speed-transaxle 4WD system boasts auto-locking hubs and electronic hi-lo gear selection, with a rear locking differential also thrown in for good measure.

Outside, look for standard goodies like 20-inch polished alloy wheels, a trailer hitch and wiring, a rear power liftgate, step running boards, heated reverse-tilting outside mirrors and a roof rack. Inside, behold premium leather upholstery, heated power-adjustable front seats with power lumbar support, reclining second-row captain’s chairs, heated steering wheel and full power accessories, all embraced by wood grain and simulated alloy cabin accents. For conveniences this top-shelf ute packs cruise control, tilt-wheel steering, a universal remote garage door opener, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with integrated rear-view camera, and rear parking sensors.

Entertainment, meantime, consists of an MP3-capable single-CD player with 10 Bose premium speakers, satellite radio, separate rear audio, real-time traffic and a USB port. Standard Bluetooth hands-free calling is backed by OnStar Directions and Connections and bolstered by a hard-drive-based navigation system.

As for options aboard the trail-busting Tahoe LTZ 4WD, look into a heavy-duty trailer towing package with integrated trailer brake controller, upgraded 20- or 22-inch wheels, rear-seat DVD entertainment and/or a power sunroof. Power-retractable side steps are additionally available to this princely ute, as well as a leather-upholstered second-row bench seat for the aforementioned 8-passenger capacity.

Expect the traditional Flex-Fuel (FFV) 5.3-liter V8 powerplant in the high-end 2012 Tahoe LTZ 4WD, which, when mated with the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission puts out 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. A rear locking differential, cylinder deactivation and variable valve timing (VVT) also come standard. Towing capacity is maxed out at 8,200 pounds, but only when this behemoth is properly equipped. Gas mileage, meanwhile, is estimated at a tepid 15 mpg city/21 highway. Finally, the on-demand 4WD system boasts electronic hi-lo gear selection and auto-locking hubs.

Though its substantial presence fairly dominates the road, the 2012 Tahoe LTZ 4WD nonetheless comes with standard antilock braking (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and 3-row head airbags. It also sports daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights, a post-collision safety system, blind-spot warning, OnStar emergency communications and alerts, and a remote antitheft alarm. Turn-signal-integrated mirrors are also standard.

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Avg. Price: $31,310