By Sheba Siddiqui @shebasid
Every year, we plan our annual cottaging trip up to Muskoka with a few friends. It’s a time we look forward to and a place the kids absolutely love going. Each summer, we pack our SUV to the brim and set off. We like to encourage the kids to enjoy the journey as much as the destination and enjoy traveling up comfortably with lots of space for car seats, snacks, drinks and car toys.
This year, I was given the opportunity to test out a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and we decided to take it up north with us. My husband and I felt some relief that we’d have more space for cargo, not to mention added room for three car seats for kids, ages 5, 4 and 1. When I picked up the Tahoe at Chevrolet head office, I admired its sleek interior and smooth lines. I climbed in (love the powered running boards that pop out every time for shorties like me!) and settled myself in. I decided I needed some time to adjust to its…enormity.
I’ve never driven a vehicle so big before and I’ve driven plenty of vehicles. As I set off towards home, I kept thinking about all the extra cargo space we would have for everything that comes with traveling with three children so young. As any parent knows, traveling lightly is a thing of the past once you have kids!
Once home, my husband began to install all three car seats into the Tahoe. Getting into the very back row was a tight squeeze. As soon as the car seats were in, we started packing the vehicle up with our suitcases, grocery, strollers, toys and anything else we may have needed for cottage country. By the time we were finished with the car seats and luggage, we had no room for anything else. We had to pile the grocery in between car seats and pray that nothing would fall on anyone.
We were quite surprised that the inside of the Tahoe was so tight considering how large of a vehicle it is. Our kids had to squeeze in amidst all of the ‘stuff’ and they themselves kept asking why it was so cramped. Even getting to the back row is not as easy as one would hope.
The drive to the cottage was nice and relaxing. I noticed that the Tahoe had instant acceleration and great fuel economy – which was something I wasn’t expecting from this size of vehicle. We enjoyed the scenery while listening to some great local radio stations. The boys were in the very back row so any of their rowdiness was dimmed down simply because of proximity. We did turn on a movie on the rear-seat DVD system and for once, we didn’t have to hear “Are we there yet?” due to Disney’s The Lion King keeping them occupied. The DVD system was user-friendly and the quality was excellent. The screen is so large that it is visible from any of the rear seats. Chevrolet even offers wireless headsets to go with it in case you want some peace and quiet.
The Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system made it easy for me to make calls via Bluetooth, search radio stations and select music off of my IPhone. MyLink allows users to control online services through apps via voice commands or a touch screen interface.
I also found the multiple USB ports and power outlets within the vehicle useful when trying to charge a cellphone. One great aspect of having a large navigation screen is that every time I put the car into reverse, the rear-vision camera would pop up and give me a clean view of exactly what was behind me.
All in all, it was a fun ride and the kids loved it!
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