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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

chevy tow package

Tahoe SUV for Trailering

Rear passenger room is good, and the second row buckets were comfortable, especially with the new, optional seat heaters. The third row seats can accommodate adults, but not very comfortably - it's best left for younger passengers, or removed completely, which is how our tester spent most of its time. With the rear seats in place, rear cargo capacity is greatly reduced - so much so, that you're lucky to fit a weeks worth of groceries without some strategic positioning and arrangement.

Once the third row seats are removed, the back of the Tahoe becomes cavernous. Fold down the second row seats, and the Tahoe will swallow a sheet of plywood without any problem - now that's impressive, especially when you consider that the Tahoe is one of the smaller "large" SUVs. Standing on a 116" wheelbase, with an overall length of 196.9", the Tahoe should fit in just about any garage without issue. With a maximum width (mirror to mirror) of almost 79", it should look nice parked next to a second car in your two-car garage. Chevrolet did a great job of making the Tahoe "just big enough" to work well for just about everyone, and it's moderate size makes it easy for most to drive.

Speaking of driving, we found the 2003 Tahoe LT with AutoRide to be a very quiet vehicle, especially given its size and obvious aerodynamic shortcomings. At highway speeds, minor tire noise can be heard in the cabin, but other than that, it's surprisingly quiet. Steering is a bit vague at times, thanks in part to the large, 265/70/R16 Firestone Wilderness AT's, the recirculating ball steering and the slightly ambitious AutoRide system. In almost all but the windiest conditions the Tahoe drives with very little effort, but when the wind picks up (especially a cross wind), the AutoRide seems to "hunt" for a stable driving environment, the result being a somewhat "swervy" endeavor, especially at higher speeds.

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