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GM's attempt to provide a more fuel-efficient full-size SUV has resulted in the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid. Brimming with technology, the Tahoe Hybrid is an admirable endeavor. Sales haven't been brisk, though, mainly as a result of its high price.
Using GM's highly sophisticated two-mode drivetrain technology, co-developed with BMW and Mercedes, the 2011 Tahoe Hybrid features a 6.0-liter gasoline engine that mates to a combined transmission/electric motor assembly. Combined output is 332 hp and 367 lb-ft of torque. While not quite seamless, the Tahoe Hybrid's power delivery is well-executed considering the complexity of the system.
Interior appointments in the 2011 Tahoe Hybrid mirror those of the top-line LTZ trim. Standard leather seats, dual-zone climate control, and GPS navigation coddle passengers. A rear seat DVD system and power sunroof are optional. Outside, the Tahoe Hybrid gets unique 18-inch wheels plus distinctive badges and trim.
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- Avg. Price: $34,061
As the most fuel-efficient full-size SUV available, the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid 4WD delivers 20 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. These mileage ratings come courtesy of GM's two-mode hybrid system, developed jointly with Mercedes and BMW.
Driving all four wheels via a complex motor-generator system, the 2011 Tahoe Hybrid 4WD makes 332 hp and 367 lb-ft of torque. A 6.0-liter gasoline V8 is mated to a combination automatic transmission and electric motor. With more power and less weight than gas-only Tahoes, the Hybrid 4WD accelerates with gusto, though it's not able to tow as much.
The 2011 Tahoe Hybrid 4WD's interior features equipment worthy of its rather high base price. Leather seats are standard, as are dual-zone automatic climate control and a GPS navigation system. Options include a power sunroof and a rear seat DVD system.
- Avg. Price: $27,505
Representing the base trim in its range, the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS offers buyers a spacious and capable SUV at a reasonable price. The 2011 Tahoe LS seats eight and can tow up to 8,500 pounds when properly equipped.
Power for the 2011 Tahoe LS comes from Chevrolet's aged but proven 5.3-liter small-block V8 engine. Though it's not the most refined drivetrain in the marketplace, the V8 still churns out a healthy 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. The 2011 Tahoe LS accelerates briskly and makes short work of highway passing. The rear wheels are driven via a quick-thinking six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2011 Tahoe LS' commodious interior is well-equipped and functional. Power front seats are upholstered in comfortable, durable cloth, and three-zone manual climate control helps keep occupants cool. Other standard features include Bluetooth phone connectivity, cruise control, a CD stereo, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
- Avg. Price: $29,304
The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4WD is ready to take eight passengers anywhere in style and comfort. Chevrolet's popular full-size SUV benefits from its on-demand four-wheel-drive system with optional two-speed transfer case, a system that allows for serious off-roading.
Under the hood, the 2011 Tahoe LS 4WD features Chevrolet's stalwart small-block V8 engine. Displacing 5.3 liters, the Tahoe's V8 makes 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque, more than enough to motivate the three-ton SUV with enthusiasm. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels and serves up smooth, timely shifts.
A comprehensive standard feature list makes the 2011 Tahoe LS 4WD a good value. Standard power seats and a three-zone manual climate control system ensure that all eight passengers are quite comfortable. Satellite radio and a USB input make the AM/FM/CD stereo system quite versatile, and standard Bluetooth phone connectivity is a nice touch.
- Avg. Price: $30,526
As the midlevel trim in the range, the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT boasts a long list of equipment yet still wears an agreeable sticker price. The Tahoe LT's commodious interior can seat eight passengers or carry up to 109 cubic feet of cargo.
The 2011 Tahoe LT is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine that generates 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. Though the ancient small-block architecture doesn't deliver much in the way of refinement, the Tahoe LT's acceleration is spirited, and towing capacity maxes out at an impressive 8,500 pounds. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels and features a tow/haul mode for smooth pulling power.
Interior features are a Tahoe LT strong suit. Standard power leather seats and a three-zone electronic climate control system are complemented by a premium CD stereo with satellite radio and Bluetooth phone connectivity. The 2011 Tahoe LT also features remote vehicle start and power-adjustable pedals. Options include a power moonroof and GPS navigation, along with 20-inch polished alloy wheels.
- Avg. Price: $32,647
Buyers who need a capable, off-road-ready full-size SUV will find much to like in the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4WD. Loads of standard features, a capacious interior, and a generous tow rating combine with electronic four-wheel drive to make the 2011 Tahoe LT 4WD a versatile hauler.
Under the hood, the 2011 Tahoe LT 4WD features Chevrolet's venerable 5.3-liter small-block V8. Despite relying on outmoded pushrod technology, the V8 makes a commendable 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration is brisk, and the Tahoe LT 4WD can tow up to 8,200 pounds when properly equipped. A competent six-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels via open differentials. A locking rear axle and two-speed transfer case are optional.
Interior features in the 2011 Tahoe LT 4WD include power leather seats, automatic climate control, an AM/FM/CD stereo with satellite radio, and remote start. Options include GPS navigation, a back-up camera, and a power liftgate.
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- Avg. Price: $37,800
As the ultimate non-Hybrid trim in the range, the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ comes chock full of luxury touches and convenience features. In addition to the formidable towing ability offered by the Tahoe LTZ's truck frame, the large SUV also features seating for seven passengers.
Like all 2011 Tahoes, the LTZ trim is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine. Though hampered by its ancient pushrod design, the Tahoe's V8 delivers a respectable 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. Power flows smoothly to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Towing capacity can stretch to 8,500 pounds, provided owners select the trailer tow package and install the proper hitch.
Inside, the 2011 Tahoe LTZ coddles with standard leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, a power liftgate, and a Bose stereo with 10 speakers. Also included is a touch-screen GPS navigation system, complete with rear-view camera. Options are few but include a power sunroof and a DVD entertainment system.
- Avg. Price: $39,458
The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 4WD's talents include go-anywhere capability, courtesy of its standard low-range four-wheel-drive transfer case, as well as the ability to pamper occupants with perforated leather seats that are both heated and cooled.
Powered by Chevrolet's proven 5.3-liter small-block V8, the 2011 Tahoe LTZ 4WD offers 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. Though unrefined when compared to the competition, the V8 delivers more than adequate power that is accompanied by a classic V8 burble. The smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission is mated to an electronic on-demand four-wheel-drive system that should provide excellent traction.
Inside the 2011 Tahoe LTZ 4WD's spacious cabin, buyers will find standard features galore. Included are such upscale touches as a power liftgate, a 10-speaker Bose stereo, GPS navigation, and a parking camera. A blind-spot warning system, rear seat DVD player, and power sunroof are all optional.