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8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 9.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 8.7
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2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Review

The 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid offers all the capability of a full-size SUV, but uses a bit less gasoline than its competitors. Granted, you won’t get Prius-like fuel economy, but the Tahoe Hybrid also stands out with a long list of standard features.

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy
  • Spacious interior
  • Long list of standard features
  • Third row doesn’t fold flat

2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Overview

When it was new, reviewers liked that the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid retained the handling characteristics and capability of non-hybrid SUVs. An EPA-estimated 21/22 mpg city/highway for rear-wheel drive models puts the Tahoe Hybrid’s fuel economy ratings at the head of the class. Models with four-wheel drive achieve 20/20 mpg city/highway, which is a bit less, but still unsurpassed. Just remember that a used Tahoe Hybrid might cost more than a non-hybrid Tahoe, which could erode your savings at the pump. The Tahoe Hybrid has a good safety score like other large SUVs.

Reviewers said the 6.0-liter V8 and two electric motors are easily up to the task of propelling the Tahoe Hybrid. A 6,200-pound towing capacity is a bit less than that of class leaders, but it’s still more than what most crossovers can tow. Maximum cargo space is a respectable 108.9 cubic feet, though reviewers disliked that the third-row seats have to be removed in order to use all that space.

The eight-seat Tahoe Hybrid comes with a long list of standard features, including leather heated seats, Bluetooth, a Bose stereo, navigation, satellite radio, a backup camera and tri-zone climate control. The Tahoe Hybrid was introduced in 2008, and you might be able to save some money by considering a 2008 model.

See the full 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid specs »

Other Cars to Consider

If you’re looking for a used Tahoe Hybrid, you should shop for the 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid as well. Both SUVs share the same powertrain and offer similar standard features, though reviewers were more favorable toward the Tahoe Hybrid’s interior and the Yukon Hybrid’s performance. Those looking for more luxury may prefer the Yukon Hybrid Denali, which offers a greater level of opulence.

If you’re more interested in capability than class-leading fuel economy, check out the 2009 Toyota Sequoia. Reviewers said it offers a spacious and well-built interior, and praised its available engines for their ample power. Fuel economy isn’t as good, but the Sequoia can out-tow the Tahoe Hybrid.

Compare the Tahoe Hybrid to the Yukon Hybrid and Sequoia »

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