This revised version of the Tahoe has its good points, but the SUV remains a big hulk that handles clumsily and thirsts for gasoline. On the upside, it delivers readily available power, rides pretty well, its cavernous cabin stays quiet and it offers generous second-row seating. The six-speed automatic transmission also brings some improvement in acceleration and fuel economy. Towing heavy loads is another forte.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Does not switch gears smoothly. It does not transition well when trying to go up a hill and curve at the same time."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Chevrolet Tahoe)


R A., KY (2012 Chevrolet Tahoe)

"Excellent acceleration, really tight turning radius, shocks at 168k are getting a bit rough but still very solid."

Byrom S., TX (2012 Chevrolet Tahoe)

"There is an annoying hesitation when accelerating. Also the car rolls and does not corner well."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Chevrolet Tahoe)

"The handling is to tipy / truck like . The acceleration is to slow ."

Ron W., MI (2012 Chevrolet Tahoe)

"I use the cruise control when traveling on the highways. The vehicle maintains the speed that I set and improves the mileage."

W S., PA (2012 Chevrolet Tahoe)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seats, ride"

Charles W., TN (2012 Chevrolet Tahoe)

"Very noisy"

Anonymous, GU (2012 Chevrolet Tahoe)

"Great ride"

Robin C., VA (2012 Chevrolet Tahoe)

"I have a white Tahoe with 22‿ chrome rims. I get nice looking car comments often. I like the “fit‿ of the 2nd row seats for my grandchildren’s car seats. Sold my last car because the child seats “mushed‿ around and no matter what I tried I couldn’t secure them."

Donald L., CT (2012 Chevrolet Tahoe)

"car throws us around a lot over road bumps"

Willard B., MT (2012 Chevrolet Tahoe)

"The ride is smooth. The suspension absorbs most of the vibration and bumps from the roads surface."

James L., WI (2012 Chevrolet Tahoe)

"The seats fit me perfectly as to my back problems. I can drive for several hours before needing to stop for relief"

Jo B., NV (2012 Chevrolet Tahoe)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Great car overall however you cannot use the Bluetooth to make phone calls."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Chevrolet Tahoe)

"Best car for the money. This is my fourth Tahoe, all driven more than 150,000 miles with minimum problems."

Byrom S., TX (2012 Chevrolet Tahoe)


Charles W., TN (2012 Chevrolet Tahoe)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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