Sunday, April 24, 2011

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Review

Last week I gave you a peek at the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid I got to review.

Today, I am going to give you the details of that review.

This review came about because my BFF and I can never go anywhere together with our children.

Well, we can. But we always have to take two cars, pay for two tanks of gas, two parking spots...

We are not fans of this.

So when Chevrolet asked me what kind of vehicle I would be interested in reviewing, I said "Give me the biggest you've got."

And yes, it was big.

But oddly, not big enough.

Don't get me wrong, the truck was beautiful.

It was luxurious and made me feel oh-so out of place. My daily ride is a tiny four door compact and being in the Tahoe was beautiful.

The Tahoe (from its website): "Tahoe Hybrid(5), America's first full-size SUV, offers better fuel economy than the competition with an EPA estimated 20 MPG city, 23 highway(4). That's mileage you'll appreciate during trips to soccer games, family functions and more. And even with this fuel efficiency, it's still powerful with 332 horsepower, 367 lb.-ft. of torque and up to 6,200 lbs.(8) of towing capacity. And it's backed by a 100,000 mile/8-year limited warranty(3) on certain hybrid components."

The interior is very spacious for people to sit. It has huge leather seats that mold to your tush. There is a massive console along with a glove box to store things away. The console has a USB plug so you can plug in your iPod (which I loved loved loved!).  There are tons of adapter plugs in the truck, including a standard electric plug in the back which came in handy to use Roo's DVD player. Speaking of DVD player, this Tahoe did not come with an entertainment system in the truck and for the price (54K) I would expect it to have a beautiful one.

The Hybrid allows you to get decent gas mileage (21 City/22 Highway) which works out to about 450 (give or take some) miles per tank.

Plus it has a handy economy gauge in your dash that tells you if your driving economically or not

The dash is well designed with all of your instruments to see. I loved seeing how much gas I had left in the tank and how much tire pressure each tire had. There is a navigation system included in the truck and it was a tad difficult to figure out how to use (my advice, use the On-Star and have them download directions for you).

Speaking of On-Star, I love this feature from Chevrolet.

I used the On-Star to find a 7-11 in Tampa, find an exit number for the Brevard Zoo and get directions to Mims. I also used the hands free calling feature multiple times and it made it really easy especially while on the highway.

The seating in the Tahoe is capable of holding four car seats and two adults so my BFF and I were able to ride around town (in comfort) with all our babes.

The downside to the Tahoe is the storage.

The issue about it is that there really isn't any.

Behind the third row was the tiniest sliver of space for strollers (single umbrella only, no doubles or travel strollers allowed). For a recent trip to a theme park we had to shove one stroller in the back and quickly slam down the gate and pray. For the double stroller we had to push the two front seats forward and cram it before the second row.

I even had issues getting my groceries tucked away.

With such a beautiful vehicle you don't really want your baby gear on the floor boards and rolling around all over the place. I, personally, like being able to store it all away out of sight.

Overall, the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is a really nice vehicle. It is a smooth drive, is not difficult to park and it's pretty to look at. 
Plus it has cup holders everywhere!! (This one is in the passenger door).

I would recommend that if you want storage, don't go for the third row option.

I reviewed a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid for a week in exchange for my review. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.

1 comment:

Karen said...

Storage is better on the Ford Expedition. You can make it a 2 row with a push of a button. That feature alone makes it better than the Tahoe. You don't have to remove a thing....except the junk left in the 3rd row!