The Chevy Tahoe offers cargo space, passenger accommodations, and towing capacity. It's a full-size truck and handles like one, offers the versatility of real low-range four-wheel drive, while delivering a good ride and a pleasant interior. The Hybrid model gets decent mileage in the city and the XFE is a better highway-cruiser value.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent G.R. Whale reported from Los Angeles, with Kirk Bell in Chicago and Larry Edsall in Phoenix.
6-speed automatic; 4-speed automatic; Electrically Variable Transmission with four fixed gears
Safety equipment (standard):
dual-stage front airbags, full-coverage head-protecting curtain side airbags with rollover sensors; tire-pressure monitor, LATCH child safety seat anchors; four-wheel antilock brakes; traction control; electronic stability control with rollover mitigation; OnStar 8.0
Safety equipment (optional):
rear park assist, rear-view camera, integrated trailer brake control
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Chevy Tahoe Hybrid 4WD ($53,260)
leather upholstery (vinyl third row); three-zone climate control; heated power front bucket seats; navigation; front center console; split-folding second-row bench seat; tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls; adjustable pedals; cruise control; intermittent wipers front/rear; power locks, mirrors and windows; remote keyless entry; heated outside mirrors; side assist steps; AM/FM/CD Bose audio; XM satellite radio; Bluetooth; rearview camera; auto-dimming rearview mirror; automatic headlights; theft-deterrent system;; trailer hitch platform with seven-wire harness; one year of OnStar service; rear cargo shade; fog lamps; P265/65R18 tires on alloy wheels; remote start
Options as tested (MSRP):
rear DVD entertainment ($1,295); moonroof ($995)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
6.0-liter ohv 16-valve V8/300-volt electric hybrid
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
332 @ 5100
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
367 @ 4100
4-speed electronically variable automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
108.9 cu. ft.
independent, coil springs, antisway bar Lbs.
independent, coil springs, antisway bar
five-link, coil springs, antisway bar
vented disc/vented disc with ABS
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of December 23, 2008.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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