The 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV gains a new navigation radio as well as adds trailer sway control and hill start assist to its standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control. The LTZ trim gains a heated steering wheel, side blind zone alert and heated and cooling front seats, while the LT trim gains heated front seats.
Changes for 2011 include the addition of integrated trailer brake control to the Trailering package, some new colors and the availability of 20-inch chrome wheels on the LTZ trim. The LS trim gains as standard equipment Bluetooth, rear seat audio controls, premium cloth seats, luggage rack center rails and body color door handles and mirrors.
All 5.3-liter engines now feature variable valve timing and are E85 compatible. A new USB port is added to all models, while the Z71 off-road suspension is now available on the 1LT trim. A single-speed transfer case is made standard on all four-wheel-drive models, with a two-speed unit offered as optional equipment.
While Toyota and Honda are busy building small, relatively affordable hybrids, GM is taking a different track, working to improve the fuel efficiency of its most popular sedans and SUVs. The logic may pass over die-hard environmentalists, but from the typical American family's point of view, it makes perfect sense. Many families need the interior accommodations provided by a full-size SUV, not to mention its ability to tow a boat or horse trailer. By creating a hybrid version of its full-size Yukon and Tahoe SUVs, GM has built two vehicles that can seat eight, tow up to 6,200 pounds yet achieve the same city fuel economy ratings as the four-cylinder Toyota Camry.