In today's day and age, an eight-seater SUV that earns more than 20 mpg is something of an anomaly. For those who need a larger vehicle that can take the kids to school during the week and the boat to the marina on the weekend, the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid gets the job done in a uniquely eco-conscious fashion. Learn what's new on the 2011 Tahoe Hybrid and review specs, photos and mpgs.
What's New - 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
Since its introduction in 2008, the Tahoe Hybrid hasn't changed all that much. This tradition lives on in the 2011 model. Cosmetically, the biggest change is the introduction of a Mocha Steel Metallic exterior color option. New chrome wheels are also now available. Other revisions include an updated trailer brake controller, new 2nd-row head restraints and Gen 9.0 OnStar system that offers improved voice recognition.
Given the minor changes, shoppers on a budget may want to consider shopping for a slightly used 2010 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid.
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Styling
The Tahoe is a classically styled SUV that boasts a boxy exterior and spacious, cavernous interior. The hybrid model boasts a number of unique styling cues that are designed to maximize fuel efficiency. The use of aluminum instead of steel for such parts as the hood, bumper and rear liftgate helps reduce vehicle weight. A larger air intake helps improve oxygen flow and flared running boards boost the vehicle's aerodynamics.
Inside, the Tahoe Hybrid pampers with luxury-level amenities such as tri-zone automatic climate control, premium nine-speaker stereo and leather seats. Seating throughout is comfortable and ample. Maximum cargo capacity comes in at a whopping 109 cubic feet.
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Performance
The Chevy Tahoe Hybrid comes with a single powerhouse option - a 6.0-liter V-8 that combines with two electric motors to deliver 332 horsepower and 367 lb-ft. of torque. This drivetrain is enough to give the Tahoe good all-around road manners. However, there is a notable drop in the hybrid's performance at slow speeds when compared to the traditional Tahoe.
EPA estimates suggest fuel efficiency of 21 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway (a 25-percent improvement over all-gas models). These excellent figures are partially attained thanks to a cylinder deactivation system that cuts off four of the eight cylinders during low-demand driving situations.
Four-wheel drive models achieve nearly identical fuel ratings. Maximum towing capacity is 6,200 lbs. While this isn't quite as much hauling potential as the standard Tahoe, you'll be hard-pressed to find a hybrid that matches this figure.
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Safety
Standard safety equipment for the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid includes six airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, rearview camera and OnStar. The federal government has yet to perform crash tests on the 2011 Tahoe. However, the nearly identical 2010 model earned a best-possible five-star rating in frontal- and side-impact crash tests.
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Prices
Starting at $50,720, the 2011 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid is a bit on the expensive side. However, for those who refuse to compromise vehicle size for fuel efficiency, the Tahoe may make sense. The vehicle comes in a sole trim level. However, the ample standard features will hardly leave shoppers wanting more. Remote engine start, power front seats, removable third-row seat, fuel efficiency performance gauge, Bluetooth and power-adjustable pedals are just a few of the available standard features. Stand-alone optional equipment includes a sunroof and DVD entertainment system.
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