Our large family demands that we have a large enough vehicle to seat at least 7 of us… with 8 or 9 being ideal. We had a Suburban prior to buying the truck we currently own: a 2003 Chevy Tahoe. I LOVE my truck. And given the opportunity to drive a brand new one was a complete dream come true. It was such a smooth ride and the kids enjoyed riding in style for a week. How could they not? Just take a look at the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe we drove around town for a week.
2013 Chevrolet Tahoe
The outside of a vehicle is obviously going to be one of the first deciding factors when looking for a new car to drive. The 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe is stylishly built from front to back. The round, sleek design of the Sport Utility Vehicle is not unnoticed and does not keep the truck from being powerfully rugged and fun to drive. It was smooth handling and was comfortable in the turns. The bumps were easy with the excellent suspension under the truck and cruising was a breeze. The truck had good “get-up-and-go” when entering the highway or passing, not always easy to find in fullsize SUV’s. The V8 engine carries the truck well and the gas mileage easily matches that power at around 15 mpg in the city.
Comfort and Entertainment
The most fascinating part of the truck was the interior. Slipping into the front leather seats was a nice surprise. One of my favorite features? The heated AND cooled seats. Not only did the front seats have this feature, but the two captain chairs in the middle row were also heated. Plus, these two chairs also had a power release fold-and-tumble feature. One push of the button and the seats easily released and folded forward for easy in-and-out of the back seat. My kids loved that!
Plus, as the kids sat in the back, they had both comfort and entertainment. The overhead DVD player was quite a hit and made for a nice, easy ride around town. Especially when we could hand over the wireless headphones, turn on the radio for the rest of us, and then just ride as they watched a movie. My husband and I totally miss that feature!
But, we were also pretty spoiled in the front seats. The commercial-free SiriusXM Satellite Radio was a pleasant way to enjoy our favorite tunes as they blasted through the Bose Centerpoint® 10-speaker Surround Sound System. Well, blasted as loud as my sensitive ears could take although they could have gone much louder I’m sure. The sound was crisp and the music never stopped. Plus, if it did, we could easily plug in one of our iPhones through the USB port and sync our music through the Tahoe’s stereo.
Oh, and the rear vision camera was awesome! With an SUV that big, seeing items directly behind you when backing up can be difficult. With the rear vision camera, everything was easy to see and the navigation lines were the perfect solution to doing it right the first time.
And perhaps one of my favorite exterior features… the Side Blind Zone Alert. These blind post indicators are most likely very helpful when teaching your teens how to drive! But, I know I am constantly checking and double checking my blind spot, so seeing the bright orange light tells me to be careful. Plus, the 2013 Chevy Tahoe comes standard with several safety features that include:
- Air bags, dual-stage frontal, driver and right-front passenger
- LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren)
- StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control
- Tire Pressure Monitor System
- OnStar features
- Plus many more
Overall, we were sad to see the Tahoe go. Each seat was designed for comfort on the road and the smooth ride was a nice way to travel. There was plenty of storage room behind the back seat for us to carry loads of groceries… as well as toys for the #ChevyGivesBack project. There were so many other accessories and features that made the 2013 Chevy Tahoe a great choice for a large family such as ours. I know I love my 2003 model but this 2013 sure was tempting! Oh, a girl can dream at least!