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2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Review

The 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid earned praise for its upscale interior and it gets excellent fuel economy, but it has a low towing capacity and lacks the fold-flat rear seats of many rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy for the class
  • Good cabin fit and finish
  • Third-row seats are cramped and hard to remove
  • Overly sensitive regenerative brakes




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Overview

The 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe is powered by a V8 engine and an electrically variable transmission that houses two electric motors, and reviewers said it has fairly quick acceleration, though some critics noticed that the transmission is sometimes slow to put more power down when needed. Both the rear- and four-wheel drive Tahoe Hybrid get an estimated 20/23 mpg city/highway, which is outstanding for the class. Test drivers said the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid has a quiet and comfortable ride. Some reviewers found its regenerative brakes to be too sensitive at times. The 2012 Tahoe Hybrid can tow a maximum of 6,200 pounds, which is low for the class.  

The Chevy Tahoe Hybrid's cabin earned praise from reviewers for its modern design and good build quality. The 2012 Tahoe Hybrid has seating for up to eight, and though reviewers said the first two rows are plenty spacious, most agreed that the third row may not be comfortable or spacious for adults. The Tahoe Hybrid comes standard with a Bose audio system, a USB port, a rearview camera, navigation, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery and heated front seats. Satellite radio, a power sunroof and a rear-seat entertainment system are available. Automotive reviewers found the 2012 Tahoe Hybrid's standard touch-screen navigation system intuitive. Maximum cargo capacity is 108.9 cubic feet, which is typical for the class, though some rivals offer more space. Reviewers complained about the heavy, bulky third-row seats, which must be removed in order to make use of all the Tahoe Hybrid’s cargo space.

Other SUVs to Consider

The 2012 GMC Yukon Hybrid is very similar to the Tahoe Hybrid, and it also gets excellent fuel economy for the class. Test drivers said the Yukon Hybrid's regenerative brakes operate smoothly, and it is available in the top Denali trim, unlike the Tahoe Hybrid.

Reviewers said the 2012 Ford Expedition's third row is comfortable for most adults, which is a rare compliment for the class. They also appreciated that its third row folds flat into the floor, rather than needing to be removed to expand the cargo area, and the Expedition can tow more than the Tahoe Hybrid.

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