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Chevy Tahoe: Large and In Charge

Chevy’s 2007 Tahoe is a versatile ride that gives you great handling, plenty of cargo space, and an intimidating presence on the street.

May 01, 2007  |  by Lori Connelly - Also by this author

Improved Handling

The 2007 Tahoe patrol vehicle is actually two inches lower than the 2006 model. It’s not a change that anyone notices from the outside.

Behind the wheel, however, the reduction is very noticeable. The two inches trimmed from the Tahoe’s height have lowered its center of gravity and really improved its handling at high speed and in quick turns. While driving the Tahoe that Chevy provided for this review, I never felt like it was going to tip even at a high rate of speed.

Other improvements over the 2006 Tahoe also enhance the 2007 model’s performance as a police pursuit vehicle. For example, its brakes are larger and the vehicle is wired for two batteries, not to increase the power of the vehicle but to extend the battery life. As any cop knows, battery life is especially important when the light bars have to run for an extended period of time.

Chevy has also given the 2007 Tahoe the same electrical system as its other police package vehicles, making it possible to painlessly switch out radios and computers from one vehicle to the next when necessary. Very smart.

Born to Patrol

And make no mistake, the 2007 Chevy Tahoe patrol vehicle is not just a civilian SUV with a police paint job. It was designed from the ground up to be a patrol car, and I believe any cop lucky enough to drive this SUV will appreciate the painstaking engineering and design that went into making it.

The police Tahoe handles fabulously while driving on multiple surfaces and in various conditions. Curbs, parking blocks, and stairs pose absolutely no challenge. I don’t recommend trying to take a barrier that is half the height of the vehicle, but for the typical urban setting, the Tahoe is superior to any patrol sedan.

ABS with vacuum boost gives the 2007 Tahoe the ability to decelerate from 60 to 0 mph in 138 feet, according to the Michigan State Police. My driving experience with the Tahoe was less scientific than the MSP test, but I can tell you that the brakes grab well in wet and dry conditions, and the ABS functions with great maneuverability while either breaking into a turn or breaking in a straightaway. Even backing up at a fairly quick clip, the breaking is precise, and the vehicle responds just as the driver commands.

Visibility is often a problem with SUVs. But I had no problem seeing out of the 2007 Tahoe. The rear- and sideview mirrors work great, and I could turn to look out the back windows while backing up and changing lanes in both daytime and night time conditions.

And of course, the size of an SUV can make it difficult to park. But the Tahoe handles really well in a parking lot. I parked in some very tight spaces, so small in fact that I had to fold in the driver’s side mirror to fit into one of them. I made it, and I was able to exit the vehicle from the driver’s side door. That’s pretty impressive for such a large vehicle.

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