• Hybrid model significantly increases city fuel economy
  • As capable as the Suburban
  • Enormously thirsty
SUM UP As capable as the Suburban, in a (slightly) smaller package.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Tahoe in 2013

Powertrain-grade braking can now be activated in normal transmission mode (previously it was only possible in Tow/Haul mode). On downhill grades, the transmission downshifts to lessen the need for long braking applications and to reduce rotor strain. Champagne silver metallic, concord metallic, and blue ray metallic exterior colors are new...more

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 a 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. The Hybrid’s EPA numbers for city driving are impressive for such a large vehicle, with a 5-mpg jump in efficiency for both 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 space. The Tahoe’s interior finishes and overall layout are identical to those in the Suburban, as is its passenger capacity. Where it differs from its larger sibling is in cargo capacity behind the third row, which drops from 28.9 to 16.9 cubic feet. Driving the Tahoe is much like driving the larger Suburban, although the Hybrid’s regenerative brakes lack feel and can be grabby, especially at lower speeds.

Safety

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; tire-pressure monitors; and traction and stability control are standard. OnStar is standard and automatically calls for help when a crash occurs. A backup sensor, a rearview camera, and blind-spot warning are optional.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe

  • Ford Expedition
  • GMC Yukon
  • Nissan Armada
  • Toyota Sequoia

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2013 Tahoe Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Heater

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Vehicle Information Center

Drive

  • Electronic Transfer Case

Exterior

  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear Fixed Glass Liftgate
  • Roof Rail
  • Side Steps

Interior

  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Safety

  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Third row seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • GPS/Satellite Communication

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
  • Full Spare Tire

Trucks and Towing

  • Tow Hooks
  • Trailer Harness
  • Trailer Hitch
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