The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid (Base MSRP: $51,145 to $53,950) is a full-size SUV with a hybrid powertrain featuring a 6-liter, V8 engine and a pair of electric motors. Fuel economy is good for such a large and heavy vehicle, particularly in city driving, but the overall rating of 21 mpg combined is still lower than many cheaper nonhybrid SUVs and crossovers. The Tahoe Hybrid can seat up to eight passengers. Its substantial tow rating of 6,200 pounds is good for a hybrid, second only to the 7,700 pounds offered by the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid (Base MSRP: $60,565). The Tahoe Hybrid is expensive compared to the conventionally-powered Tahoe.
The 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid (Base MSRP: $74,135 to $88,435) and the 2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid (Base MSRP: $51,610 to $61,770) are essentially the same vehicle under the skin. They share the same architecture and use the same hybrid powertrain as the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid. All are produced by General Motors.
The Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is unchanged for 2011. See our detailed report on the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid for full analysis and links to expert sources.
The Environmental Protection Agency rates the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid at 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway/21 mpg combined. This is good mileage for such a big car in city driving, but overall it is low compared to other nonhybrid SUVs.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid an overall safety rating of 4 stars out of 5. NHTSA gives the Tahoe Hybrid a perfect 5-star rating for front-crash protection but a lower 3-star rating for rollover resistance. The Chevy Tahoe Hybrid has not been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Standard safety equipment includes front airbags, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, electronic stability control, traction control and antilock brakes.
ConsumerReports.org has road tested the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and ranks it against most other available hybrid and nonhybrid SUVs. ConsumerReports.org also provides useful information on reliability, owner satisfaction and driving impressions. You must have a subscription to view premium content on ConsumerReports.org.
Review: SUVs, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
The editors of Edmunds.com think that "a lighter-duty crossover will likely be a better choice for most consumers." They do mention that if towing is a priority and price isn't a big consideration, then the Tahoe Hybrid may be an appropriate choice. Eight passenger capacity is cited as a boon.
Review: 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, Editors of Edmunds.com
The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid has been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Overall, NHTSA gives this model 4 stars out of 5. Front-crash protection is given a perfect 5-star score, but rollover resistance is given a lower 3-star score.
Review: 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid SUV, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The Tahoe Hybrid performs admirably for a full-size SUV that seats eight and can tow more than three tons, but overall fuel economy is lackluster even when compared to other nonhybrid SUVs. The Tahoe Hybrid gest an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway/21 mpg combined.
Review: 2011 Hybrid Vehicles, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy
The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid has not changed over the last few model years. See our full report on the 2009 Tahoe Hybrid for full details and more links to expert reviews.
Review: 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, Editors of ConsumerSearch, Dec. 2008