These are both very nice SUVs with good passenger comfort and real-world fuel economy of around 25 mpg, but neither offers the room, towing, or genuine four-wheel-drive capabilities of the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid.
Mercedes-Benz offers a diesel-powered GL320 BlueTec SUV, a marvelous performer with more comfort inside, more available technology features, and similar towing capability for not quite $10,000 more than the Tahoe Hybrid.
From Chrysler, the Dodge Durango/Chrysler Aspen two-mode hybrids utilize the same technology as the Tahoe.
While these Chryslers benefit from a great piece of technology, the Durango/Aspen platform is generations behind the Chevy Tahoe—especially in ride, handling, and refinement.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee with the newly available 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 is another alternative; it delivers EPA ratings of 17/22 mpg with excellent towing and off-road capabilities.
Of course, the Jeep is considerably smaller than the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid.
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|2009 Chevrolet Tahoe HybridBrowse Used Listings||2008 Chrysler AspenBrowse Used Listings||2008 Dodge DurangoBrowse Used Listings||2008 Jeep Grand CherokeeBrowse Used Listings||2008 Lexus RX 400hBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota Highlander HybridBrowse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric V8||Gas V8||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas/Electric V6||Gas/Electric V6|
|N/A||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|2WD 4-Door||RWD 4-Door Limited||2WD 4-Door SXT||RWD 4-Door Laredo||FWD 4-Door Hybrid||4WD 4-Door (GS)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||4-Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door||4 Door||4-Door SUV||4 Door|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||ECVT||CVT Automatic|