2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid vs. Its Competition

2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

If buying a hybrid is the driving force behind your selection decision, Toyota offers the Highlander Hybrid and Lexus has the mechanically identical RX 400h.

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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Quick Specs
Without compromising the capabilities—or comfort—of a full-size SUV, the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid makes a very green statement and cuts your fuel bills by up to a third.
There are few compelling reasons to choose the 2008 Chrysler Aspen over slightly larger, roomier competitors like a well-equipped Ford Expedition or GMC Yukon.
If you plan to tow, a 2008 Dodge Durango with a V-8 will work nearly as well as a Tahoe or Expedition, at a lower price.
The 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a genuine dual-purpose SUV that can handle daily commutes almost as easily as sandstone trails.
With the carbon footprint of a small car and all the comforts and technologies of a luxury SUV, the 2008 Lexus RX 400h is a green family’s dream.
The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the same room and amenities that the nonhybrid Highlander does, only with better fuel economy and the badge of honor that comes with driving something that's trying to be green.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric V8Gas V8Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Electric V6Gas/Electric V6
EPA Class     
N/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
2WD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door Limited2WD 4-Door SXTRWD 4-Door LaredoFWD 4-Door Hybrid4WD 4-Door (GS)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door4-Door SUV4 Door
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODECVTCVT Automatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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