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2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Fuel Economy

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With a Hybrid model earning highway fuel economy of 23 mpg, the 2012 Chevy Tahoe can be one of the greenest full-size SUVs of all, up there with the diesel edition of the Mercedes-Benz GL Class. However, the Hybrid's a very small percentage of sales, and otherwise, the Tahoe lineup gets fair overall economy--though it's still at the high end of the sport-ute range.

The standard Tahoe and its 5.3-liter V-8 earn the ute an EPA score of 15/21 mpg. Compared with vehicles like the Nissan Armada at 12/18 mpg, the Tahoe's a big improvement--but when compared to eight-passenger crossovers like the Honda Pilot (18/25 mpg), it's disappointing.

Hybrid Tahoes are some of the most efficient full-size SUVs, but in general the 2012 Chevy Tahoe is mediocre on the efficiency front.

The Tahoe Hybrid is an expensive way to improve that fuel economy. With its motors and batteries, the Hybrid earns an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city, 23 highway, which means it goes nearly 50 percent farther per gallon on regular gasoline than most full-size utes--while it also has comparable performance and towing and hauling ability.

All standard Tahoe models are also E85 (85-percent ethanol) compatible; but when you fuel up with ethanol you'll get an EPA-estimated 11 mpg city, 16 highway.

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