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2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid

2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

(0 Stars)  A slightly smaller version of the Suburban, but still huge -- and hugely capable.

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Overview
The Tahoe is the Suburban's marginally smaller -- it's about two feet shorter, overall -- but still pretty beefy brother. It comes with the same 5.3-liter engines and, most interesting, an available hybrid powertrain. The Tahoe Hybrid is powered by a 6.0-liter V-8 supplemented by electric motors. At low speeds, it can operate on electric power only, engine power only, or any combination of the two. At highway speeds, electric assist as well as Active Fuel Management (four of eight cylinders shut down when extra power isn't needed) work to reduce fuel consumption. EPA numbers for city driving are impressive for such a large vehicle, with a 5-mpg jump in efficiency for both the two- and four-wheel-drive models. Although the 300-volt nickel-metal-hydride battery pack adds about 360 pounds to the Tahoe's curb weight, Chevy was able to find room for the pack under the floor, so it doesn't cut into passenger room. In addition, because the battery is mounted underneath the vehicle, the convenient flip-and-fold second-row seats are still present, which allows easy access to the third row. The Tahoe's interior finishes and overall layout are identical to what's found in the Suburban, as is its passenger capacity. Where it differs from its larger sibling is in cargo capacity behind the third-row seats, which drops from 28.9 cubic feet to 16.9. Driving the Tahoe is much like driving the larger Suburban, although, as is typical, the hybrid's regenerative brakes lack feel and can be slightly grabby, especially at lower speeds.

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2012 Tahoe Hybrid Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 6.0L V 8 OHV with variable valve timing and two valves per cylinder
Electric / unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 20 MPG city, 23 MPG highway, 21 MPG combined and 546 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
26.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 332 hp @ 5,100 rpm; 367 ft lb of torque @ 4,100 rpm

'12 Chevy Hybrid Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Rear Air Conditioning
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Rear Heater
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Vehicle Information Center
  Drive  
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Electronic Transfer Case
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Side Steps
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Adjustable Pedals
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Dimming Mirrors
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Auto Tilt Down Mirrors
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
  Trucks and Towing  
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Trailer Harness
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Trailer Hitch
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