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Features of The Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

Aug 4, 2008
With all the high gas prices out there, hybrid vehicles are continuing to become more popular among drivers. There are a few SUV hybrid choices out there, but the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid seems to be the most popular of those choices. Check out some of the features of the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and what sets itself apart from the other hybrids.

At this point, it is time to start talking shop, getting to the nitty, gritty numbers of the technology in the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid. Sporting a 6-liter V8 gasoline engine, this is combined with the electric motors in the vehicle and a 367 pound foot torque to generate 332 horsepower. Another interesting feature is the deactivation technology that allows the vehicle to turn off half of the cylinders when it is not in use. These hybrid engines are 60-kilowatt and they run on a 300-volt battery pack, which allows the vehicle to accelerate using minimal horsepower and boosts power to the gas engine. The reasoning behind having this feature is for when the SUV is stuck in the stop and start grind of city or suburban traffic.

Having mentioned the two-mode hybrid feature that was designed for vehicles like the Tahoe, it is time to look at what exactly makes this technology so unique. The unique aspect to this technology is that it was designed to take a gas engine and electric motor, then find a way to merge the two together and utilize them both. Also, the transmission technology is meant to help combine features of both gas and electric engines in order to make the process easier on the vehicle itself.

Curiosity on how exactly the vehicle handles has resulted in research by observers and experts that this hybrid vehicle is much more similar to the conventional Tahoe in that the handling is smooth and electric power steering makes the vehicle much more appealing and successful than other cars.

Gas Mileage and The Green Factor

While the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid has claimed to be 25% more efficient with fuel than the regular Tahoe, the claim is boosted to having a 40% advantage from other vehicles on city driving. Also, considering that the regular Tahoe only gets between 14 and 19 miles per gallon in city and highway driving, the Hybrid can claim 21 mpg in the ctiy, 22 mpg in the highway. Unfortunately, that is not much better than the normal Tahoe, but it is a start.

Another eco-friendly feature of the Tahoe hybrid would be the breaking system, which claims to be regenerative. This means that when decelerating, instead of wasting the energy expended to break, the mechanical energy is converted into electrical energy, which is later stored in the hybrid battery. This way, there is no waste of energy in such an eco-friendly car.

Other Features

The biggest setback for most consumers for the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid is the price, which has recently been quoted as having a base price of about $50,000. That is hardly cheap, and is incredibly expensive in comparison to the upfront prices of most cars on the market today. There are legitimate reasons for having hybrid vehicles, as well as legitimate reasons for keeping the price of said vehicles so high. Mainly, General Motors believes that the additional features of the Tahoe hybrid are worth the price. The car has been said to be one of the most eco-friendly SUVs on the market, and with the current gas crunch, there is definitely reason to consider purchasing a hybrid car.

In looking at safety features, this is certainly one of the safer hybrid vehicles on the market, having fared very well in crash tests, perfect five-star ratings in all sections of the vehicle. There are also several features in the vehicle to help avoid accidents, such as the StabiliTrak system that helps maintain traction and stability on the the road when slick. The anti-lock braking system also helps prevent wheel lockup, which is a worse danger when driving on slick surfaces. In crash tests, the protection for passengers is excellent. While the vehicle does have standard air bags, the new passenger sensing system will automatically switch which air bag should be ready for the passenger due to weight. The installation of head airbags are quite useful and there are also side-impact air bags. The Hybrid is very safe and well-equipped to handle an emergency.

The warranty for the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid covers three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first, and is quite expensive. Thankfully, the power train has a warranty of five year or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. On a positive note, the Tahoe Hybrid has scored higher on reliability scores than Toyota, and so the actual reliability of the vehicle is higher than Toyota.

When looking for a hybrid vehicle, if you feel the urge to find a hybrid SUV, poke around Chevrolet for a Tahoe Hybrid that you will fall in love with. The fact of the matter is, regardless of the kinks the vehicle may have, it is truly a beautiful vehicle.
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