2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

The 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is a vehicle that SUV lovers can appreciate. It really helps save on gas when compared to fuel-only vehicles.

This is a vehicle that is normally used by families, but a lot of owners just enjoy having the convenience of extra space.

There are several options available, which allows customization with the Chevrolet Tahoe.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hybrid SUV Base Price: $51,970.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 25 gallons (94l) MPG: 20 city / 23 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 202 in. (513 cm) Wheel Base: 116 in. (294.6 cm)
Height: 74.6 in. (189.4 cm) Width: 79 in. (200.6 cm)
Curb Weight: 5598 lbs (2539 kg) Ground Clearance: 10.2 in. (25.9 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 49.4 cu ft Maximum Seating: 8 people
Performance
Engine: V8 Vortec SFI 2WD Hybrid Displacement: 6.0 Liter
Horsepower: 332 HP Max RPM: 5100 RPM
Torque: 367 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
Battery Cold Cranking: 730 amps Max Towing Capacity: 6200 lbs (2812 kgs)
Available Trims & Engine
Option:Hybrid 4WD MSRP: $54,775; MPG: 20 city / 23 hwy

Engine

This hybrid vehicle comes with a 6.0 L V8, 332 horsepower at 5100 RPM engine with variable valve timing. It has 16 valves and a turning circle of 39 feet. In addition, the torque produced is at 367 ft/lbs at 4100 RPM.

The drivetrain is a rear locking differential and there is a stabilizer bar for the front and rear. Since the engine is hybrid it saves a lot on gas throughout the year.

Performance

Rear wheel drive comes standard with the four-speed automatic transmission. It takes regular unleaded gas and can carry 25 gallons. The range in miles is 500 in the city and 575 on the highway. You will get 20 mpg in the city, 23 out on the highway.

Exterior

The 18" alloy wheels with all-season P265/65R18 tires come standard. A tire repair kit and null spare wheel also come with the Tahoe. Privacy glass throughout the car is something most drivers appreciate and there is a rear defogger for added visibility.

Step running boards make it easier to get in and out of the car and there is a hitch for trailers on the back. There are a variety of colors available for those who want to customize the appearance of their Tahoe, inside and out.

Interior

Both the passengers and driver seats are powered 6-way. The driver's seat has the added feature of different heating levels. All seats are leather and the front two are bucket style. It comes with power door locks, mirrors, windows and heated mirrors. The pedals can be adjusted for drivers of different heights and there are rear parking sensors for added safety while driving.

Cruise controls and audio controls are all on the steering wheel. For added comfort, there are lighted vanity mirrors as well as floor mats and turn signals in the mirror. In car entertainment includes: navigation, 9 speakers, XM radio, CD player and more.

Safety & Reliability

Child safety is important, which is why it includes child-locks for the rear doors. It also has seat anchors for child seats. There are also anti-lock brakes along with traction and stability control. Tire pressure monitoring comes standard with air bags throughout the SUV. There are also several different warranties offered with different limitations.

Pros

  • A lot of cabin space, can fit eight passengers.
  • Great gas mileage.
  • Nice looking interior.

Cons

  • Third row seats do not fold down.
  • Several similar hybrid SUVs are cheaper.

This is normally a vehicle for families. This is due to the adequate passenger space and large cargo area. Although it does have a higher price than other vehicles, it comes with a lot of features standard. The hybrid model is also more expensive than the regular Tahoe.

Competition

Other SUVs that have been compared to the Tahoe Hybrid include the Ford Expedition LTD (MSRP $45,270; 14 city / 20 hwy), the Nissan Armada (MSRP $52,220; 13 city / 19 hwy), and the Toyota Sequoia (MSRP $51,040; 13 city / 18 hwy).

What others say:

“The 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid offers compelling efficiency and decent tow capacity, but a lighter-duty crossover will likely be a better choice for most consumers.”Edmunds