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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
fit of the plastic panels is fine
Overall fit and finish is good.
lighter, thinner seats actually add 1.5-inches of second-row passenger knee room
Kelley Blue Book
In designing the 2008 Tahoe Hybrid, Chevrolet took nothing away from the ergonomics, space, or comfort of the standard Tahoe.
As a full-size SUV, the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid offers seating for eight, though the low seats in the third row mean "grownups won't want to spend much time back there," finds AutoblogGreen. Headroom should not be an issue for anyone, as Edmunds calls the Tahoe Hybrid "cavernous." All seating surfaces are leather¬¬--a standard feature--with the front seats being heated and the driver enjoying six-way power adjustment with manual recline. "The front seats [in 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrids]," says The Detroit News, are "made lighter to cut the vehicle's weight, have plastic curved pieces on the back to allow second-row passengers...more room." Cars.com remarks, "the heated leather front bucket seats offer OK comfort and thigh support."
In the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, 2008 still finds neither the second nor third row can be folded into the floor, as no room exists, unlike with some of its competitors. However, Edmunds indicates that the "50/50-split-folding 3rd row seats can be removed with a yank of the release handle," and the second-row seats "tumble forward for more cargo capacity." Motor Trend thinks that adding or removing the third-row seats is "a single-person operation [and] the added cargo space with the third row is removed is welcome." Cars.com reports that in the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid 2008 there's "60.3 cubic feet [of] interior cargo volume [with second and third row] seats folded."
Multiple reviews cite the fit and finish of the interior of the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid as generally unremarkable. While AutoblogGreen writes that the "look and texture as well as the fit of the plastic panels is fine," they also note, "the quality of some of the materials seems lower than you might expect in a vehicle costing over $50,000." Conversely, Cars.com gushes that "minor changes were made to improve an already excellent interior." The rear glass window is fixed in place and cannot be opened separately, so park away from walls and other obstructions if you need to toss something in the back. However, parts of the 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid that have been designed to save weight are the hood and liftgate, which are made from lightweight aluminum. Thus, both are easier to lift than those on the standard Tahoe.
AutoblogGreen finds it "kind of spooky rolling along in such a big heavy vehicle in almost complete silence [in electric-only mode]." The better aerodynamics of the 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid means less wind noise, too, relative to the less-streamlined nonhybrid Tahoe. Cars.com finds it "difficult to tell when the Tahoe Hybrid's gas engine kicks on when accelerating from a stop -- there's no jerkiness or even any engine noise."
Unique solutions were developed for the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid to keep comfort the same while reducing weight--but at what price?