Summary, Prices, Specs

By June 11, 2009

Summary

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.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Chevy Tahoe LS 2WD ($36,965), LS 4WD ($41,025); LT1 2WD ($39,315), LT1 4WD ($42,165); LT2 2WD ($41,840), LT2 4WD ($44,690); LTZ 2WD ($48,550), LTZ 4WD ($51,400); Hybrid 2WD ($50,455), Hybrid 4WD ($53,260)
Engines:295-hp 4.8-liter V8; 310- or 320-hp 5.3-liter V8; 395-hp 6.2-liter V8; 332-hp 6.0-liter hybrid V8
Transmissions: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
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Arlington, Texas
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Chevy Tahoe Hybrid 4WD ($53,260)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):rear DVD entertainment ($1,295); moonroof ($995)
Destination charge:$950
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$56500
Layout:four-wheel drive
Engine:6.0-liter ohv 16-valve V8/300-volt electric hybrid
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):332 @ 5100
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):367 @ 4100
Transmission:4-speed electronically variable automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:20/20 mpg
Wheelbase:116.0 in.
Length/width/height:202.0/79.0/77.0 in.
Track, f/r:68.2/67.0 in.
Turning circle:39.0 ft.
Seating Capacity:7
Head/hip/leg room, f:41.1/65.3/41.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:38.5/60.6/40.5 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:38.2/49.1/25.4 in.
Cargo volume:108.9 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:independent, coil springs, antisway bar Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, coil springs, antisway bar
Suspension, r:five-link, coil springs, antisway bar
Ground clearance:9.0 in.
Curb weigth:5835 lbs.
Tires:265/65R18
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/vented disc with ABS
Fuel capacity:24.5 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of June 11, 2009.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-222-1020 - www.chevrolet.com