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STYLING | 8 out of 10
13 examples of hybrid badges...on this SUV's flanks
A much bigger vehicle than [many] people actually need
Car and Driver
The 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is nearly identical to the handsome standard Tahoe with some subtle--and not so subtle--differences.
In reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, most reviewers find the 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid stylish and handsome for a vehicle of its size. ForbesAutos says the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid (2008) is "still boxy and burly"--unsurprising, considering that the standard Tahoe is what Edmunds describes as "a traditional full-size SUV built on a truck platform." Cars.com thinks the Hybrid has a "stylish appearance" and calls "notable" the "large 'Hybrid' graphics on the side doors and smaller ones on the windshield and rear window."
Some differences are related to body changes designed to reduce drag and improve efficiency. Car and Driver notes its "attractive exterior" includes "reworked front and rear fascias, running boards, and D-pillar moldings [that] help reduce the drag coefficient from 0.36 to 0.34." All 2008 Chevy Hybrid Tahoes receive unique lightweight alloy wheels (with hollow spokes to reduce weight) shod with low-resistance tires. Kelley Blue Book notes that the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid also comes with a longer roof spoiler and sharp-edged, body-colored D-pillars, but it is not available with a roof rack. Other than a more streamlined appearance, the changes do not drastically alter the look from that of the standard Tahoe. Automobile "likes the lower front fascia that resembles a tasteful body kit," though they speculate it may be a problem "traversing boat launches and so forth." Detroit News calls the 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid "uncompromising in its size," while AutoblogGreen thinks it's "gargantuan."
Inside, Edmunds describes the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid as "handsome with fine build quality." To further differentiate it from other Tahoe trims, the 2008 Tahoe Hybrid is equipped with a different instrument cluster. ForbesAutos also calls the interior "handsome" and notes the Hybrid's "two-tone instrument panel with LED-backlit instrumentation [and] chrome trim." From the second row back, the 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid is no different from a fully loaded Tahoe LT. Edmunds notes the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid 2008 "looks like any other [late model] Tahoe on the inside, except for the metallic trim in place of faux wood accents."
The 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is distinguished from the standard Tahoe by its streamlined exterior and unique instrumentation.