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2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Review

This review was written when the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid was new.

Automotive journalists say the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is a good choice if you’re seeking a fuel-efficient large SUV that can haul eight passengers, has decent towing abilities and can store plenty of cargo.

The Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid has a V8 gasoline engine and two electric motors that are mated with an electrically variable transmission (EVT). Test drivers say it has good acceleration off the line, but is far from speedy. One reviewer says that the EVT shifts fairly precisely, but can hesitate when more power is needed. The Tahoe Hybrid achieves 20/23 mpg city/highway in both rear- and four-wheel drive, according to the EPA. This is significantly better than other large SUVs like the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia. Auto writers say that the Tahoe Hybrid’s gas savings come at a cost, which is reflected in its high starting price. The Tahoe Hybrid has ponderous handling and will be difficult to maneuver in the city or parking lots. Reviewers note that it is a smooth on the highway though.

Reviewers appreciate the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid’s interior design and while there’s plenty of hard plastic material, they say that it doesn’t look low-rent. They note that the first- and second-row seats are supportive and comfortable. Test drivers say that the third row isn’t hospitable for adults and one reviewer notes that even children will be uncomfortable all the way in back. The 2014 Tahoe Hybrid has a good amount of cargo space, but trails the Chevrolet Suburban. To maximize the cargo space, the third-row seats have to be removed, which reviewers find annoying and tiresome. Reviewers say audio and climate controls are straightforward to use. Notable standard features include a rearview camera, satellite radio, a touch-screen navigation system and Bluetooth. The only optional features are a sunroof and rear-seat entertainment system.

  • "The Hybrid model is an interesting novelty that delivers fuel economy above any beyond any large SUV. Keep in mind, though, that the potential fuel savings are at least partially offset by that model's stiff price premium." -- Consumer Guide
  • "In the end, the Tahoe Hybrid will definitely save fuel compared to other large family haulers, especially in the city. If this is your chief priority while also maintaining maximum utility, then the … Chevy Tahoe Hybrid is really the only show in town. But will you also save money? That seems extremely doubtful." -- Edmunds (2012)

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Toyota Sequoia doesn’t have comparable fuel economy, but its powerful engine and high reliability rating make it worth a look. Reviewers like its comfortable ride and adult-friendly third row. The Sequoia also has more cargo space and its third-row seats fold down, making it easier to use the full cargo carrying capacity than in the Tahoe Hybrid.

If you’re looking for a bit more luxury, the Audi Q7 is a solid alternative to the Tahoe Hybrid. Its turbocharged diesel model costs slightly less than the Tahoe Hybrid and returns better fuel economy. Additionally, the Q7 provides seating for seven in an upscale, high-quality interior, though reviewers do say that its third-row seats are cramped.

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Details: 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

The eight-seat Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid only comes in one trim and one powertrain. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, while four-wheel drive is optional. The Tahoe Hybrid features a 6.0-liter V8 gas engine and two electric motors, which are hooked up to an electrically variable transmission (EVT). The Tahoe Hybrid is unchanged for the 2013 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from model years 2008 to 2013.

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Review Last Updated: 5/20/14

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