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2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Walk Around



The basic shape of the Chevy Tahoe is familiar, but the skin is all new for 2015, with attention to aerodynamics as well as aesthetics.

Current Tahoe owners will recognize the subtle distinctions between the new fascia and its predecessor, especially around the grille and headlights. That sharp stem-to-stern crease just below the windows, shared with the Suburban and GMC Yukon, lends interest to a profile that was previously slab-sided. GM has moved the B-pillar forward slightly, expanding the rear door opening, making it easier to climb in and out of the back seat, as well as the third row.

The side mirrors now have turn signal repeaters, and there’s a power option for the rear liftgate. Chevy also points out that while there is chassis commonality, neither the Suburban nor the Tahoe share any sheetmetal with the Silverado pickup. Wheel options include 18-, 20-, and 22-inch choices.

Power running boards are a nice feature, retracting when not in use, deploying whenever a door is opened. However, when opening and closing doors a lot, for example, when loading and unloading cargo or cleaning, the constant retracting and deploying over and over can be annoying. Also, they can whack a shin when deploying. That said, the running boards make getting in the Tahoe far easier than getting into a full-size SUV or pickup without running boards.

The power liftgate works well, and the rear window can be opened separately, which is a nice feature. Finding the button to close the liftgate can be difficult for first-time users, though, because it is a small black-on-black button, so you may see people closing your power liftgate manually. And when the liftgate is opened, groceries can come tumbling out because there is no lip to stop them.

Interior

The inner Tahoe is all new for 2015, with improved materials, new seats, new (more legible, more attractive) instrumentation, enhanced connectivity and infotainment.

The design team invested substantial time and budget in noise suppression, making the Tahoe just about the quietest ride in its class, along with the similarly improved Suburban and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL.

The optional MyLink infotainment system features an 8-inch color touch screen in the middle of the dashboard. The navigation system is very easy to use. Punching in an address is quick and easy because a virtual keyboard pops up allowing the address to be typed in using commas as one would type on a computer.

The rear rows fold flat, and a power-folding option is available for the seatbacks, as well as power operation for the rear hatch.

It’s hard to find much fault with this new interior, even in the standard base model. Our only reservation is one that was also true of the previous generation: a very snug third row, with limited leg room and a knees-up seating position thanks to the high load floor.

We could not find the button to turn on the cruise control, though no doubt this is covered in the owner’s manual.

Leave the key fob in the car may cause the horn to blow, unnecessary when at a location where security is not a concern.

Unfortunately, GM’s excellent new head-up display isn’t available for the Tahoe or Suburban; it’s reserved for the GMC Yukon lineup. And the luxurious High Country interior option that’s new this year with the Chevy Silverado isn’t available for the Suburban or Tahoe. Leather trim is offered, but if you want the really posh furnishings you need a Yukon Denali.

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