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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

Expert's Rating

4.5Excellent

MPG 20 City / 23 Highway
Pros
  • Unique styling
  • Nine-passenger seating
  • High-quality interior
  • Confident brake pedal feel
Cons
  • Not as much cargo room as you might think
  • Third row seat doesn't fold
, Automotive Editor -
Along with its GM stablemates GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade, the Chevrolet Tahoe was the world's first full-size hybrid SUV when it was introduced in 2008. From an efficiency standpoint, the application of hybrid technology in this class of vehicle made abundant sense and it still does. The Tahoe Hybrid gets 23 mpg on the highway and 21 around town, the kind of mileage you might expect from a midsize sedan, not one of heaviest vehicles a consumer can buy.

Introduction

The Tahoe’s hybrid powerplant, consisting of GM’s 6.0 liter Vortec V8 teamed with dual electric motors, produces 332 horsepower. Towing capacity is 6,200 pounds, enough for most buyers’ needs. Folks with serious stuff to haul might prefer the standard Tahoe and its 8,500-pound capacity.

In addition to its unique engine, the Tahoe comes standard with a slew of premium features: leather in the first and second rows, touch-screen navigation, rearview camera, remote starter, and more. In fact, the only options are a DVD entertainment system and power sunroof. Everything else that can be ordered on a Tahoe is included in the base price.

The Tahoe is a true SUV with truck-like weight, size, and capabilities. Whereas much of the market is now occupied by car-based, SUV-styled vehicles known as crossovers, the Tahoe continues to share its basic platform and dimensions with GM’s full-size trucks.

The Tahoe Hybrid is equipped to provide near-optimal luxury and maximum fuel efficiency in a full-size SUV. It’s aimed at fans of Chevy trucks who are looking for superior comfort and convenience and better mileage in addition to the traditional virtues of the brand.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
Starting price
$38,997

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Base

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The Base model of the Tahoe Hybrid comes in 2WD and 4WD versions. If towing is a priority, the two-wheel-drive model gives you an extra 300 pounds of capacity (6200 vs 5900). Otherwise, the decision simply comes down to price. The 2WD Tahoe lists for about $2,800 less than its 4WD counterpart. This savings might be more important to you and 4WD capability. If you plan on taking your Tahoe off road or want the freedom of going anywhere in any weather, there is no substitute for 4WD.

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