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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
the heated leather front bucket seats offer OK comfort and thigh support”
grownups won't want to spend much time back there
lighter, thinner seats actually add 1.5-inches of second-row passenger knee room
Kelley Blue Book
The 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid equals the standard Tahoe in terms of comfort, space, and ergonomics.
With seating for eight, the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is "cavernous,” according to Edmunds, but the low seating position in the third row means "grownups won't want to spend much time back there," reports AutoblogGreen. All seating surfaces are leather—a standard feature; the front seats are heated and the driver can enjoy six-way power adjustment with manual recline. "The front seats [in 2009 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."
Unlike some of its competitors, the 2009 Tahoe Hybrid does not feature folding second- or third-row seating. Edmunds reports 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 removed is welcome." Cars.com notes that in the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid 2009 there's "60.3 cubic feet [of] interior cargo volume [with second and third row] seats folded."
“Unremarkable” is how several reviewers describe the fit and finish of the 2009 Tahoe Hybrid’s interior. The "look and texture as well as the fit of the plastic panels is fine," says AutoblogGreen, adding that "the quality of some of the materials seems lower than you might expect in a vehicle costing over $50,000." Conversely, Cars.com gushes, "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, made from lightweight aluminum, the hood and liftgate of the 2009 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid have been designed to save weight. Thus, both are easier to lift than those on the standard Tahoe.
Better aerodynamics equals reduced wind noise compared to the less-streamlined nonhybrid Tahoe. AutoblogGreen finds it "kind of spooky rolling along in such a big heavy vehicle in almost complete silence [in electric-only mode]." Cars.com notes it's "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."
The 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is quieter and refined inside, but some might be disappointed with the fit and finish of the interior in this $50,000-plus vehicle.