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provided free of charge for the first year is GM's OnStar communication system
an economy gauge helps maintain an efficient driving style
an easy gas foot can leave the engine running in four cylinder mode much of the time
There are only a few options available on the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid; the SUV comes from the factory with nearly everything as standard equipment.
The expense of the two-mode hybrid system, along with a full range of accessories, is built into the price of the heavily loaded Tahoe Hybrid. According to AutoblogGreen, "To help minimize the loss, the system is installed on well-equipped vehicles that people are willing to spend more for.” Thus, there isn't a "no-frills" version of the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid. That's not to say you'll be stuck with unpopular features, but you will have to pay for them.
Standard features include leather, a navigation system (which Edmunds says is "easy to use"), a nine-speaker Bose audio system, a backup camera, remote start, heated power-folding side mirrors, three-zone automatic climate control, and rear park assist. "The Bose audio system [also comes with] a CD/MP3 player, an auxiliary audio jack [and] two rear seat audio jacks," reports Edmunds. New standard features on the 2009 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid include adjustable power pedals, Bluetooth connectivity, OnStar 8.0 with Stolen Vehicle Slow Down, XM Satellite Radio with new real time NavTraffic feature, turn-by-turn navigation, and Destination Download.
The 2009 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid's instrument cluster includes an auto-stop position to indicate when the engine is off for fuel-saving purposes. The Detroit News describes the unique instruments that inform the driver of what mode the Tahoe Hybrid is operating in: "To the right, an economy gauge helps maintain an efficient driving style, and the standard navigation system screen can display a real-time status of how power is flowing between the engine, batteries, and motors." Less popular is the standard tire inflation kit that replaces the traditional spare tire in an effort to save weight. ForbesAutos notes "a third-row seat is available but can't be folded flat into the floor...they must be removed manually, which can be quite a chore." Cars.com mentions, "Provided free of charge for the first year is GM's OnStar communication system."
The extent of options for the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, according to Kelley Blue Book, include "power glass sunroof, engine block heater, rear seat DVD entertainment, locking rear axle, six-disc MP3 compatible CD changer and four-wheel drive."
The 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid offers real utility in a well-equipped, green package, albeit for the price of a full-fledged luxury-brand SUV.