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2013 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV

There are no reasons why not to deliver like 2013 Chevrolet Hybrid SUV to the market. We do know larger vehicles like SUV s are a lot more fuel and hybrid is one of the best ways to lower number significantly.

The Chevrolet Hybrid is available in 2WD or 4WD models. GM s 2-mode hybrid system energy by using an electrically transmission, a 300-volt storage and a 332-hp 6.0L Vortec V8 with Active Fuel The Tahoe Hybrid is able to using only the electric The nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) includes an 8 year/100,000 mile Efficiency is also aided by a and hood made of aluminum, aerodynamics, low-rolling resistance and a 0.4-inch lower ride

The Tahoe Hybrid seats up to passengers and can tow up to 6200 pounds on the 2WD and up to 5900 pounds on the 4WD model. features standard on all models dual-stage front airbags, curtain airbags, four-wheel brakes, Stabilitrak stability system with rollover tire pressure monitoring and OnStar.

Here is what we getting from 2012

The 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe good towing capabilities and can up to nine passengers or two passengers and a of cargo or anything in between.

the first two rows offer and head room comparable to sedans but more shoulder and hip because of Tahoe s six-and-a-half width. Fold the second row of and remove the third row and the Tahoe nearly 109 cubic feet of space.

Towing capacity is up to pounds. Based on a platform to the Suburban and Silverado models, the makes a stable rig for pulling

With its rigid chassis, the feels taut for its size, is precise and responsive, and the brakes are and smooth. The ride quality is smooth, even with the 20-inch wheels. At highway we found the Tahoe quiet and

Engine choices are a pair of V8s that feature GM s Active Management to save gas; you can t feel the switch between and eight cylinders, which occurs with your off the gas or steady-state cruising. The major between the two engines is that one has a block and the other an aluminum each delivers 320 horsepower, is with a 6-speed automatic and provides all the power and performance customers will need. The are also E85-compatible, which they will run on 85-percent fuel.

EPA fuel economy (on gasoline) are 15/21 mpg City/Highway.

The Hybrid has a 6.0-liter V8 of 332 horsepower and a hybrid system, and works It offers drastically improved fuel economy and slightly power compared to other but tows less, weighs and costs more. The Hybrid provides an answer for those who the week in city traffic but to tow up to 6,200 pounds and bring the on the weekend.

EPA ratings for the Hybrid are mpg City/Highway.

The available Autotrac drive can be left engaged on dry and includes low-range gearing. It in handy for rugged terrain and snow and ice, but it s also for yanking a boat up a slippery ramp or pulling a trailer out of a sandy parking area, momentary needs that can be so

Changes for 2012 are relatively A new hard-drive navigation system, into an AM/FM/XM/CD stereo, a USB port, time-shift recording and the hardware for SiriusXM Weather The standard StabiliTrak stability system now includes electronic sway control and hill assist.

Mid-range LT models get seats as standard equipment; and LTZ’s get a heated as well as steering wheel, and side zone alert. All 2012 models benefit from side-impact airbags for the driver and passenger. The current-generation Tahoe was as a 2007 model.

Lineup

The Chevrolet Tahoe comes in LS, LT, and Hybrid trim levels. All are available with rear-wheel (2WD) or Autotrac four-wheel (4WD).

Tahoe LS ($38,755) and LS 4WD come with cloth tri-zone manual climate with rear controls; power front bucket with console (a split bench is available for a $250 60/40 split-folding second-row seat; 50/50 split-fold row; tilt leather-wrapped wheel with radio cruise control; Bluetooth; wipers front/rear; power windows and heated mirrors; keyless entry; side steps; AM/FM/CD stereo auxiliary input jack and USB XM satellite radio; automatic theft-deterrent system; luggage side and center rails; recovery hooks (on 4WD); door handles; trailer platform with seven-wire six months of OnStar Directions and service; and P265/70R17 tires on wheels.

Tahoe LT ($43,905) and LT 4WD get leather; 9-speaker Bose system with rear jacks and audio controls; fog heated front seats; outside mirrors; three-zone climate control; adjustable park assist; automatic rear differential; and remote A Luxury package for LT ($1,575) auto-dimming inside and driver power folding and heated mirrors with turn and reverse-tilt, heated first- and seats, HomeLink, and a power Also available is the new HDD navigation

Tahoe LTZ ($52,970) and LTZ 4WD ($56,075) to 12-way power perforated front seats, heated and heated second-row bucket driver memory system; suspension; power liftgate; heated reverse-tilt mirrors; inside and driver s side chrome trim; Bose audio system; new HDD navigation; camera; XM NavTraffic; and 20-inch aluminum wheels with tires. A heated steering and Side Blind Zone are also new for 2012.

Tahoe ($51,970) and Hybrid 4WD ($54,775) are between the LT and LTZ. The Hybrid not have roof rails, fog tow hooks, or a separate glass on the liftgate. Hybrid mechanicals are for eight years or 100,000 Hybrid models come the HDD navigation/audio system with camera, locking rear and P265/65R18 low-rolling resistance on alloy wheels.

The Hybrid a 6.0-liter V8 gas engine, rated at 332 and 367 pound-feet of torque, and an electric system contained within the

Options include polished 20-inch wheels ($1,795); system upgrades; moonroof retractable side steps trailer brake controller rear-seat DVD entertainment ($1,395); bucket seats ($590); plate package ($150); and block heater ($75). that come with buckets can be ordered with a second-row bench at no charge, and wheels can often be downsized to 17-inch at no cost for bad roads, chains, and so on.

Safety features include front airbags; seat-mounted airbags for driver and front-seat full-coverage head-protecting curtain airbags with rollover four-wheel antilock brakes; electronic stability control rollover mitigation, trailer control and hill start LATCH child safety anchors; OnStar; and a tire monitor. Optional safety include Side Blind alert, rearview cameras, and park assist; all are useful and we the cameras particularly to help the spot small children and people when backing up. We recommend wearing your belt.

Walkaround

The Chevrolet features a crisp design curved edges, fully front fascia that air-grabbing gaps, doors wrap over the rocker and a steeply raked windshield.

One of the streamlined body is optimal economy, according to GM. Automotive judge wind-cheating aerodynamics by a known as the coefficient of drag: The the number, the easier air flows it. The Tahoe has a Cd of 0.36. The Hybrid is more slippery, with a Cd of

However, total drag includes frontal area, and the s substantial frontal profile it isn t as low-drag as a much smaller with a slightly higher Cd.

Up the Tahoe features a clean of Chevrolet s two-tier front with a central bowtie Tow hook openings flank the plate frame and they on cars so equipped, flanked by fog The sides of the Tahoe have ornamentation, yielding a smooth Windows aren t shrunk in the of style and offer a decent unlike the Suburban the rear windows do not roll all the way down.

And at the the liftgate has separate opening to offer easier loading of items and the bumper top is ribbed for roof loading.

The smooth doesn t mean the Tahoe soft. Built on a wide this is a commanding vehicle a strong stance. A bulging enhances its visual strength.

boosting the muscular look are 17-inch wheels, with 18s and 20s

The Tahoe LTZ can be distinguished by its standard accents on the door handles and inserts.

The Hybrid model has distinct characteristics. To offset the weight of the hybrid system Hybrid Tahoe weighs 250 pounds more than a Tahoe) and reduce drag, the end features an aluminum hood and bumper beam, a lowered air and a slightly larger grille to offset the blocked off fog light and tow openings and smaller lower air Along the sides, the running are tapered front and rear for aerodynamics and the wheel flares are reshaped. At the back, the rear pillars, roof spoiler and high-mounted stoplight have a shape, the tailgate is made of and has fixed glass, and LED tail The wheels are more aero and the tires have lower resistance.

The spare tire and have been replaced by a inflation kit. Hybrids carry H logos with a board-like center. Thankfully, the Hybrid wallpaper that ran the doors of earlier models was off for 2011 and remains off for 2012.

The Chevy Tahoe instrument and center stack are cleanly and easy to use. The gauge is attractive and informative, dominated by the easy-to-read tachometer and speedometer in with blue-green numbers; the scale ends where would otherwise be marked. Oil voltage and water temperature are standard, providing data other vehicles leave to lights.

While largely plastic, the materials are finished well and fit with tight tolerances. the available leather upholstery, the is upscale; we find the lighter look more luxurious, the very businesslike. Small storage space is abundant, a large center console, map in the doors, a big glovebox and a handy below the center stack.

The gets a modified instrument The tachometer has an AutoStop position 0 and 1000 rpm to show when the engine is off but the car is still on, the oil pressure moves to the voltmeter position, and an gauge goes top left. In this gauge is to give a indication of how efficiently you re driving, but the others that swing to show more the Economy swings right when you re the most fuel, not getting the economy.

It also doesn t agree with the screen.

have navigation as standard, in so you can use the screen (if desired) to watch flow amongst the gas engine, pack and electric motors. you lift off the gas to coast or slow the screen shows the battery charged but the Economy gauge planted in its default center Only when the brake is pressed does the Economy needle move left and the shows battery charge.

The display could be distracting, so keep the Economy gauge swinging right and you ll be efficient.

The navigation/audio systems work and easily; we never had to consult the s manual to get what we wanted. If you re you get XM radio and real-time traffic as well, and non-navi cars options with OnStar. The is clearly labeled and arranged, the light and drive switches default to automatic, and the rear switch is cleanly integrated the turn signal stalk.

The interior of the Tahoe can be enjoyed any of the three rows of seats. The sits up high with a view of the road; steering placement is such that the eye is to right of center. With wheel, power seat manual backrest adjustment on and available adjustable pedals drivers should find a safe driving position.

pillars are narrower than on a but they are still substantial; drivers mentioned the top of the left pillar and shorter drivers the behind the right side and the third-row seat which be left folded when not

Front and second row leg and headroom is the most part) a couple of better than in Chevrolet s Malibu and Impala sedans, but the Tahoe’s roughly ten inches in hip and shoulder room that three-across in the second row a realistic It s worth noting that the s lighter-weight front seats are thinner; they don t feel any comfortable than the standard but they add more than an to rear seat knee and we d like to see them standard

A yank on the second-row seat (or push on the optional button) the seat up for access to the third We sat in the third-row seats and found short-to-average adults fit, they will likely insulted if kept back more than 10 or 15 minutes. The s rear suspension design there is no foot well the second row; the seats sit on the deck like very upholstered beach chairs.

Like the second-row bench, the seats have three but no center headrests. They are 50/50; the backrests fold the whole seat can be folded up the second row, or they can be back and lifted out. most of the competition big loads in the require leaving the third row out of the somewhere.

With the third row out and row folded Tahoe has full-size space of 108.9 cubic 60.3 cubic feet the second row and 16.9 cubic behind the third row. The height is about the same as a typical pickup bed.

Impression

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The Tahoe rides well for a big, heavy and drives much less a truck than you might We won t say it drives like a car, at any car less than 10 years old those have also

The Tahoe uses independent suspension and five-link rear with coil springs at ends. There is noticeable roll, some pitching on heaved interstates and nose-dive heavy braking, but these are expected in a truck and do a good job of how hard you re pushing it while stability. Multiple suspension choices are offered, with a ride setup standard on Autoride providing real-time and self-leveling rear on the LTZ, and the Z71 for off-road use.

The Z71 is firm and set up toward speed over terrain than softness for articulation, and the Autoride proves on variable road surfaces or towing; do remember automatic on the truck is not a substitute for a proper hitch.

We prefer the smaller-diameter over the 20-inch wheels. The was comfortable but not at all soft or spongy the taller tires on the 17-inch and a truck with 20s got us along a road only slightly than 18s and that difference is attributed to the 20-inch tire more performance oriented. The wheels might look but they come with with nearly three less sidewall area and provide much less for absorbing bumps along the

We recommend you try the 20s before you buy.

The s steering is among the best in truck-based utilities, nicely and void of free play and any Three-ton trucks more six feet tall don t change like cars and if you approach a too fast the Tahoe understeers and off speed; the predictability and consistency are for the average Tahoe driver.

The V8 and its 6-speed automatic are plenty for the and the 6-speed lets the engine use its mode to best advantage; it fuel to make power and the Tahoe down the road, of the number of cylinders being

The transmission will make the gear decisions, and it has a tow-/haul for use pulling a substantial trailer. It offers a manual mode via a button on the stalk but you must move the lever to the M position. tow/haul mode changes the lane-change signal from blinks to six, a useful

Maximum tow capacity is listed at pounds, but that s assuming you go in an empty truck. If you plan on friends, gear and any trailer than 6,500 pounds, we checking into a Suburban.

It oxymoronic but driving the Tahoe is both different and the same. You don t do different to drive it, and the gas-electric system controls everything Turning the key always switches it on but t always start the gas engine you re used to; that happens often at temperature extremes and more when we chose than when we went to

At very low speeds in the Hybrid is by electric power only, and you to watch for people walking out in of you in parking lots since is only tire noise. The will do 30 mph on electric power in ideal circumstances but in most the gas engine is on by 10 mph. The system shuts off the gas engine when the is stationary and the majority of the time foot is on the accelerator pedal it is a of the gas engine and electric motors you.


If you step on the pedal as you might to get across a busy there is a moment, some of a second, before the gas engine and the system delivers its full 367 of torque, so you should try that in the a couple of times to know how the truck will respond. s enough power to get the Hybrid a 4,000-6,000 pound trailer) easily, though it may sound odd at as the gas engine goes to a certain rpm and there while the truck up with it.

The Hybrid system an Atkinson-cycle 6.0-liter V8 engine and electric motor/generators inside a with four conventional because in certain high-load those are the most efficient; the battery pack is beneath the seat so it uses no cargo

That battery pack is by the motor/generators when the gas engine and when you are moving with foot off the pedal, such as and approaching stop signs. that would normally be into heat by the brakes is to recharge the battery pack is why the Hybrid s fuel economy is primarily in the city.

Although the display shows the battery charged when your is off the accelerator pedal, the Economy does swing to the charge until the brake pedal is and it doesn t go far right until the is pressed hard. This the brake pedal a bit touchy in and makes most drivers with more lurch energy being recaptured for decreases with speed so the have to take over. is typical behavior of hybrids and will eventually smooth but it s difficult to match a non-hybrid for braking smoothness.

We found manually downshifting to control on long descents did not appreciably the charge rate like we it to; gas engine compression helped but the brakes at all surprised us. The battery have been at full (unlikely after the climb up the but we never noticed battery level on the screen. We also that if you got on the brakes hard was a momentary delay before the to heavy charge rate so the would smell at the bottom of a winding hill.

In comparison, a standard gas-engine where we could use the tap shifter and gears for ideal control t have smelly brakes at the of the hill.

We don t think the standard s 250-pound weight advantage the Hybrid made the difference but it probably played some in the Hybrid feeling a bit more than the standard Tahoe. The s low rolling resistance tires t handle any less competently other same-size all-purpose although they feel 20-inchers on some sharp, impacts (like lane-divider and we suspect they run higher than the standard Tahoe. The uses a 42-volt motor to the steering pump and while feel is as good as a regular we like that this up better in repeated maneuvering, trail rides or backing a and that the Hybrid s engine is very clean and uncluttered.

On urban highways our 4WD Hybrid s computer showed 20.3 around town without any or jams, it showed 16.5; and in a relaxed drive it recorded mpg (the gas pump and GPS backed up numbers). When we drove a non-hybrid 5.3-liter with the automatic in the same places, speeds and times, it bettered the on the highway at 21.2 mpg, did around town and the mixed at 17.7.

The Hybrid is ideal for who spend all week plodding in a city but take the family and a trailer out on a weekend. Without the use the standard Tahoe will as well, and if you don t tow a trailer a minivan or crossover will have room, drive more offer the higher seating be just as safe, and get better Given our test results and the that the Hybrid has a slightly fuel tank, long-distance range might be better on a

Summary

The Chevrolet Tahoe cargo space, passenger and towing capacity. It s a full-size and handles like one, the versatility of real low-range drive, while delivering a ride and a pleasant interior. The model gets decent in the city and the standard version is a highway-cruiser value.

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