With seating for up to eight occupants and a maximum towing capacity of 6,200 pounds, the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid offers all the comfort and capability of a full-size SUV together with 50-percent improved city mileage over the non-hybrid version. Available in rear- and four-wheel-drive trims, the Tahoe Hybrid is powered by a two-mode hybrid system featuring a 6.0L V8 engine coupled to a pair of 60-kilowatt electric motors connected to an electrically variable transmission, which in combination produce 332 hp and 367 lb-ft of torque. The powertrain can propel the Tahoe up to 25 mph using only electricity, while the cylinder-deactivation system helps reduce fuel consumption at higher speeds, and regenerative braking is employed to replenish the batteries during stops. Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid fuel economy is 21 mpg city/22 mpg hwy and 21 mpg combined for rear-wheel-drive and 4WD gets 20 mpg city/20 mpg hwy; however, mileage may vary depending on driving style. Standard safety equipment includes traction and stability control, OnStar, a rearview camera and full-length side curtain airbags.Read more Read less
For 2009, the Chevy Tahoe and its larger sibling, the Suburban, see few changes. The Tahoe gets a new six-speed transmission. Bluetooth hands-free connectivity is now standard on Tahoe and Suburban, with several minor options changes, package reshuffles and a few new exterior colors now available on both models as well.
Towing and hauling ability; spacious interior; compliant ride and handling relative to other large SUVs; fuel-efficient new hybrid model.
Chevy's 2009 Tahoe and Suburban pair sturdy, capable truck underpinnings with more modern car-like interiors and features and they stand out for their comfortable ride and decent handling. With the addition of the new Hybrid model, trailer towing need not exclude fuel economy.