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Past Issues Index
Roadfly Magazine
Issue Five
Feb. 24, 2003
Detroit Auto Show
Detroit Auto Show Photo Gallery
Daytona 24 Hour
Chevy Tahoe
Saab 9-5
Contest Winners
Coming Next Issue
Bentley Arnage R
Cayenne School
Daytona 500
Bose Headphones

2003 Chevrolet Tahoe:
Minor Updates - Building On A Sure Thing, continued

tahoe trailering boat

cherolet small block engine

Many of our staff already own larger sport utility vehicles and trucks, but that didn't stop them from wanting to take a turn behind the wheel of our Tahoe tester. When the weekends came, everyone suddenly seemed to "need" the big rig for various jobs, tasks and trips - the Tahoe handled all of its tasks with ease.

Fortunately, as editor, I had first dibs on the Tahoe and I didn't hesitate to exercise that option. Climbing in to the Tahoe isn't any problem, but shorter staff members commented it was a bit of a climb and welcomed the "entrance assist" grips located at three of the Tahoe's four main doors (driver's seat doesn't get a handle).

Once inside, we found the Tahoe to be large and comfy, although headroom was a little on the tight side for taller drivers, and the roof seemed to be raked a bit near the windshield, creating a somewhat "compressed" feeling when compared to competitor's vehicles. Driving position is right-on, controls are placed well and the gauges are large and easy to read.

The seats were a sore spot for many, especially during longer trips - they lack thigh support and over a long haul, you'll find the front of your thighs (just behind the knees) starting to ache as the majority of your weight seems to be positioned over that spot - no matter how we adjusted the electric, leather covered seats, we found we couldn't fix the support issue.

The adjustable foot pedals were a welcome addition, especially to our height-challenged drivers, and the new tri-zone climate control system won rave reviews from everyone. There wasn't anything wrong with the older climate control system - we just all have a passion for improvements and digital controls. The performance of the climate control was excellent - with the odd January weather, we had an opportunity to test both the heating and cooling abilities of the system, and no one was disappointed.

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