2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, Part Three

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Why you should buy the 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid:
You need a full-size SUV for mid-level towing and passenger-carrying duties, and you plan to put enough miles on it that an almost 50% improvement in fuel economy is worth the substantially higher up-front price. You like the idea of having both gas and electric motors, but you think Priuses are for sissies.

Why you shouldn't buy this car:
You don't want to wait over 39,000 miles to pay off the added cost of the hybrid drivetrain. You need a full-size body-on-frame SUV that can tow more than 6,200 pounds. You're single, have no kids, and don't own a boat. You don't mind sacrificing some space and spec to get better fuel economy from a smaller vehicle. You think SUVs are the spawn of Satan, hybrid or otherwise.

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Also Consider:
• Non-Hybrid Chevy Tahoe
• Chrysler Aspen / Dodge Durango Hybrid
• Non-Hybrid Chevy Tahoe
• Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
• Non-Hybrid Chevy Tahoe
• Mercedes-Benz GL 320 CDI
• Did we mention the non-hybrid Chevy Tahoe?

Suitability Parameters:
· Speed Merchants: No
· Fashion Victims: Yes
· Treehuggers: No
· Mack Daddies: No
· Tuner Crowd: No
· Hairdressers: No
· Penny Pinchers: No
· Euro Snobs: No
· Working Stiffs: No
· Technogeeks: Yes
· Poseurs: Yes
· Soccer Moms: No
· Nascar Dads: Yes
· Golfing Grandparents: Yes

Vitals:
· Manufacturer: Chevrolet
· Model tested: Tahoe Hybrid 2WD
· Model year: 2008
· Base Price: $49,590
· Price as Tested: $52,780
· Engine type: 6.0-liter Vortec V8 with two-mode gasoline/electric hybrid
· Horsepower: 332 hp @ 5100 rpm
· Torque: 367 ft.-lbs. @ 4100 rpm
· Wheels and Tires: P265/65R-18 all-seasons on 18-inch aluminum wheels
· Drive type: Rear-wheel drive
· 0 - 60: 8.8 seconds
· 1/4 mile: N/A
· Top speed: 118mph
· EPA Fuel economy city/highway: 21/22
· NHTSA crash test rating front/side/rollover: 5/5/Not Rated

Also See:
2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, Part One
2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, Part Two

DISCUSSION

GasGuzzler
GasGuzzler

@Van Sarockin: Just sharing some of the facts I know since I'm a supplier to this vehicle.

Most of my comments around here have fallen on deaf ears anyway as everytime I try to defend anything that's not a Prius I've been painted as "Valdezzicon - Earth Destroyer". Wielding a pickup truck and a sports car, I terrorize every acre of mother nature's earth with my gas guzzling ways. I dump barrels of crude into protected wildlife ponds for the enjoyment of it. I blast my way to the artic circle to poach some baby seals, all the while spewing fuel laden black smoke from my dual exhausts and sporting no less than four American flags, a can of Budweiser, a sticker of Calvin peeing on the carbon element from the periodic table, and screaming "carbon footprints be damned!" My vehicles are the polar opposite of green, so opposite they melt polar. I harass Prius drivers where ever I go and park on top of them when ever possible, no matter how out of the way the parking spot may be. I fill up with fuel as often as possible and never for get to pour a few gallons onto the ground "for my homies." Represent, "live green go yellow."