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2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LT Long-Term Update 2

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/25/2015 Benson Kong, Motor Trend Staff
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As the most attentive members of the audience will notice, I am not road test editor Scott Mortara, former Chevrolet Tahoe LT chaperone. The Mortara clan has moved on to bigger and better things. Scott bestowed yours truly with a parting gift in the form of the Crystal Red Tintcoat, 5,338-pound, eight-passenger beast with $1.80 in loose change left in the cavernous center storage bin. That $1.80 would buy enough Southern California 87-octane fuel to propel the Tahoe about 8.6 miles.

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Early driving impressions after two days? This Tahoe is great! I used to get cut off all the time by angry and aggressive Angelenos during the commute hours while I was overseeing the Signal Red Kia Rio SX hatchback. The Tahoe has yet to accrue anywhere near the amount of miles the Rio had (39,212) and hence the quantity of cut-off incidents. But I'm already enjoying the wider berth afforded by an 80.5-inch wide and 74.4-inch tall SUV. I've spotted a couple drivers start cheating over to my lane before re-centering in theirs, perhaps influenced by the sight of the massive front grille bearing down.

You're looking at the only long-term vehicle able to fit a 53 1/8-inch wide, 86-pound full-size mattress, mostly flat, in the cabin.© Provided by MotorTrend You're looking at the only long-term vehicle able to fit a 53 1/8-inch wide, 86-pound full-size mattress, mostly flat, in the cabin. Because I took over as the Tahoe's caretaker several months after it arrived, I had to learn its features and specs ASAP. The $51,950 LT trim is well-equipped from the get-go, though in my opinion, the base $47,495 LS model is more than adequate. Our $55,880 as-tested Tahoe LT's build sheet specified three options: the $495 red paint, $495 MyLink infotainment system with navigation, and $2,940 Luxury package. The package, or PCK in General Motors' RPO lingo, includes a heated middle row, powered folding and rising third row, and an arsenal of driver's aids such as front and rear park assist, side blind-zone alert with lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic alert.

After crawling up and down the always-clogged 405 freeway/parking lot a few times, the park assist seems easily spooked. The Safety Alert Seat vibrates the driver's derriere as a method of warning and has buzzed me numerously, even when the SUV is not in motion. Safety Alert Seat never fails to startle me the first time it triggers during a drive, and the buzzing occurs so randomly and noisily in stacked traffic that the missus has christened it "the electric chair." Luckily, Safety Alert Seat's duties can be pardoned.

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LT© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LT Some of the dashboard plastic trim pieces creak whenever bumps are hit, but there are also five USB ports scattered all around the front row. Knowing the number of conveyed persons on the Tahoe's horizon, each USB port will most assuredly be treasured.

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