2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Overview
The 2013 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid is a big SUV that tries to return the fuel economy of a smaller vehicle. Does it succeed? Let’s find out.
The Tahoe Hybrid is a big vehicle, there’s no way around it. With a curb weight north of 6,000 pounds and almost seventeen feet of length, it will stand out on size alone. Adorned with blocky, square body panels, the Tahoe Hybrid also features a Camaro-esque front grill, aerodynamic front spoilers, huge halogen headlights with a daytime running feature, and power adjustable mirrors. Also standard are roof racks, entrance steps, easy-access liftgate, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Options include chrome mirrors and a retractable sun roof.
The interior of the 2013 Tahoe Hybrid is classic Chevy - big. Every knob is oversized, the seats are massive buckets, and the seating capacity is eight. The Tahoe Hybrid is extremely well equipped, especially compared to the regular Tahoe. Leather seats with power adjustment come standard and are available in several colors. Air conditioning with automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, split-folding seats, navigation, Bose audio system, rear captain’s chairs, parking sensors, are power-adjustable pedals are also standard. One of the only options is a rear-seat DVD system to keep the kids entertained.
Under the hood, every Tahoe Hybrid gets gas/electric hybrid drivetrain that pairs a 332-horsepower, 6.0L V-8 producing 367 pounds-feet of torque two electric motors. It can move on electric power alone up to speeds of 30 mph. Returning 20/23 MPG city/highway, the Tahoe Hybrid’s fuel economy is best in class. In addition, a trailering package and locking rear-differential are standard. The interesting bits, however, are the options. The Tahoe Hybrid can be had with four-wheel drive, if desired. Also, a two-speed active transfer case is an option for thrill seekers.
In the government’s testing of the 2013 Tahoe Hybrid, the big Chevy scored very well in front and side impacts, but lacked the rollover resistance to classify it as a five-star vehicle. Standard safety features include six airbags, disc brakes with ABS, a roll-mitigation system, and traction control. Additionally, the 2013 Tahoe Hybrid gets OnStar, a system that automatically notifies authorities if a crash occurs.