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It’s fairly obvious many people think of the sport utes that the roads like the mastodons and mammoths of another age: too wide. They’re too tall. drink too much gas.

it’s easy to condemn big vehicles, but the fact is, a lot of folks need them – those who tow or horse trailers, those who six or seven kids to baseball or games and those who load up of gear for weekend family their numbers total three-quarters of a million people. For consumers, owning a full-size SUV is about necessity than

For critics of big SUVs, if you don’t to carry all those people or tow a then get a smaller horse.

To the tasks that owners there is very little automakers can do to reduce the size of However, the Chevrolet Tahoe (and its corporate cousins, the GMC Hybrid and Cadillac Escalade ) makes significant strides in the fuel economy of the full-size


When Chevrolet introduced the Tahoe Hybrid, it was the first to utilize the advanced two-mode powertrain developed jointly by Motors, BMW and the former DaimlerChrysler. The SUV marked the launch of a new breed of vehicles that were than their gas-powered albeit a light shade of

But as one automotive pundit said at the “There is a method to GM’s For a Tahoe going from 16 mpg to 21 driving 15,000 miles a will save 223 gallons. from 30 mpg to 39 mpg only saves 115 annually. Admittedly, the Tahoe uses a lot more fuel but the savings are impressive nonetheless.”

The numbers work out – drivers who must have all of that storage and towing capacity are doing more to cut their fuel consumption by buying a full-size SUV, than who are upgrading from a standard Camry to a Camry Hybrid. though hybrids like the or Yukon and Escalade may not yield owners 40 mpg, the fuel they provide over gas-guzzling counterparts are undeniable.

has not made any changes to the Tahoe exterior, interior or powertrain it was introduced. Available with two- or four-wheel drive, the Tahoe Hybrid gets new exterior colors. The MSRP for the 2WD is $52,295, a $630 increase the 2012 model.

The 4WD starts at also a $630 increase.

Powertrain

Most of the fuel gains come from the variable transmission (EVT). The is made up of two 60-kilowatt electric three planetary gearsets and fixed gears that use the space as GM’s six-speed transmission. Essentially the EVT has two drive – hence the name “two-mode In the first mode, during and city drives, the Tahoe can with electric power gas engine power only or a of both.

Like Ford and hybrids, the Tahoe Hybrid the engine off when the vehicle and when its time to go, the electric propel the big SUV to around 30 mph for a couple of

In the second mode, the 332 horsepower V8 engine is the primary source of and one or both electric motors can run along with the engine in to provide a power boost. If the is pulling a load, the transmission out the electrically variable gears and electric motors. It shifts to the four fixed gears, so the V8 is the source of power.

A computer monitors the entire and determines every 1/100th of a what method is the most means to propel the vehicle.

The of the Tahoe Hybrid’s powertrain is the V8 with cylinder deactivation (known at GM as active fuel In other words, the engine can down four of its eight when additional power is not Camshaft phasing, and late-intake closure allows even efficient engine operation.

the engine, there’s a 300-volt metal hydride battery tucked neatly under the seats.

More Fuel Tricks

The two-mode system is an masterpiece, but with the battery it adds more than 300 to the Tahoe. To compensate – weight is a economy killer – the hood and are aluminum. The lighter-weight aluminum is on the wheels, which are low mass, 18-inch forged aluminum.

aerodynamics, another fuel-saving include removing the roof lowering the chassis 10 millimeters, of front tow hooks and fog lights, a air dam below a new front facia and the running boards. The wheel have also been and in the rear, an extended rear was added. These exterior reduced the drag coefficient 0.36 to 0.34.

A final is a set of low-rolling resistance tires.

And Interior

The Tahoe Hybrid’s heritage isn’t hidden; its announce that it is definitely an old truck-based SUV. The chiseled athletic stance, and handsome wheels really give the a flair of elegance, while at the time looking brawny and In front, the twin-port horizontal is enhanced by the Hybrid’s aerodynamic

From the outside, the Tahoe is unmistakably a Chevy, but it’s a with style, looks have held up well the test of time.

Inside, hasn’t been as kind. The and instrument panel now look compared to the latest Chevrolet and crossovers. Also, the hard and lack of soft surfaces behind alternatives from carmakers.

On the plus side, the Hybrid offers a very cabin similar to the standard The seats are a little bit thinner and than in the standard model – weight adjustment – but no comfort was for the swap-out. The SUV offers seating for and vast cargo room, it be for luggage, groceries, or lumber.

The row of seats shows the biggest from the standard model, been redesigned to accommodate the battery pack.

From a viewpoint, switchgear operates and lies easily to hand. The includes an auto stop to let the driver know when the is shut off. In the upper corner, a gauge indicates the braking range to achieve a charge for the battery as well as drivers if they are driving in the efficient manner.

Below the a readout shows instant and V4 mode operation. On the center a graphic can be switched on that how the vehicle is operating—electric only, gas or a combination of both.

Maximum capacity of 6,200 pounds for the Tahoe Hybrid and 6,000 for the four-wheel-drive version falls of the conventional Tahoe’s 8,200-pound If you look at only hybrid however, the Tahoe Hybrid and its the GMC Yukon Hybrid, are far and away the leaders that have for eight. Volkswagen’s 2013 Hybrid has a tow rating of 7,700 but it’s a five-passenger SUV and costs $7,000 more.

As a work truck, the Tahoe is as tough as any. It is rugged to handle the abuses of higher-impact like construction sites. The has been built to handle tasks, such as hauling equipment and building materials, but is and comfortable enough to be a family

On The Road

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It’s not as big as the Suburban, but no getting around the Tahoe substantial size. If you’re not to driving a vehicle this it will take some to feel comfortable with its and how they affect road For those familiar with a big the Tahoe Hybrid driving is rather ordinary.

Ordinary that with a body-on-frame independent front suspension and rear axle, the ride is truck like. But only The Tahoe Hybrid feels during cornering and stable cruising at 70 mph on the highway.

In urban you need to know where the corners of the vehicle are, but you sit up high with a commanding that is not difficult.

Driving a becomes a bit of game. From a feather foot will electric operation of the Tahoe for a of miles at the school-zone speed of 25 mph or so the gas engine takes over. The deactivation also is a tool for fuel economy.

With a practice, the big V8 can be coaxed into on four cylinders at around 40 and can do so for several miles. On the highway, not difficult to maintain four-cylinder at 70 mph.

The EPA rates both the drive (2WD) and four-wheel (4WD) Tahoe Hybrid at 20 highway/21 combined. Since its staff at HybridCars.com has had several drives. Driving conservatively, a 238 highway ride in a 2WD model just over 21 miles per right on par with EPA estimates.

A mixed 151-mile suburban – the type of traffic that 90 of Americans experience everyday – in a surprising 24.8 miles per beating GM’s numbers by 15 I clocked 427 mile in a 4WD Tahoe with about two-thirds on the Staying at posted speed I averaged 22.2 mpg.

not Prius fuel mileage, but it the alternatives.

Economics

Because equips the Hybrid with a long list of standard – like leather seating and system – an apples-to-apples comparison to the gas-powered Tahoe models has to be with the top LTZ trim. And surprise, are a few hundred dollars more fuel economy ratings of 15 highway/17 combined for 2-WD and models.

An apples-to-apples comparison to competitors – Ford Expedition, Armada and Toyota Sequoia – is much the same: comparably models are in the $50,000 range and economy is 30 to 40 percent less the Tahoe Hybrid.

The 2013 year Tahoe Hybrid is too new to cost of ownership, but IntelliChoice an “Excellent” rating for the 2012 The automotive information provider the five-year cost of ownership at which is $5,204 less similar vehicles.

Though the Hybrid is not as efficient as the Chevy or small cars (hybrid or it is currently the greenest choice for in genuine need of a full-size Bottom line: If you need to a bunch of kids and/or tow a this is the horse to ride.

Next For The Tahoe Hybrid?

Motors’ had planned an all-new sport utility lineup the Tahoe Hybrid for the 2013 year, but put off production as it worked its way bankruptcy.

A redesigned, re-engineered Tahoe is expected to debut as a 2014 at the 2013 North American Auto Show in January or Chicago Auto Show in with production beginning October.

The big question is, will a Hybrid – or any of its sibling hybrid – be included in the redesign? At this it appears the answer is no.

We’ve told that four told GM Inside News this was the case – but this has not yet been confirmed by General The sources – believed to be reliable – GM will discontinue development of its hybrid light trucks the Chevrolet Tahoe, Silverado, and GMC and Sierra. There is a possibility the Escalade Hybrid may be carried but it appears they may all be canceled GM says otherwise.

Should the Hybrid, and its corporate cousins, an appearance as a 2014 model, it continue to be built upon full-size truck platform, a live rear axle for and will not switch to a crossover Fuel economy gains come from weight and possibly, an all-new four-mode variable transmission.

Prices are Suggested Retail Price at time of publication and do not include charges, taxes or licensing.

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