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the gate can be quite heavy to open and close manually
the navigation system is easy to use
an economy gauge helps maintain an efficient driving style
The 2010 Chevy Tahoe has moved steadily up the price ladder since its introduction in the 1990s.
Today's Tahoe sports a base price of about $38,000 and includes features such as an AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 player with USB input; cruise control; power windows, locks, and mirrors; a leather-wrapped steering wheel with wheel-mounted audio controls; and express-down windows. ConsumerGuide reports that all Tahoes come with "air conditioning w/dual-zone manual controls, rear air conditioning and heater," an "OnStar assistance system," and full power accessories, among others. Edmunds adds the Tahoe "should please most folks" as it comes with "17-inch alloy wheels" and "an MP3-capable CD player and a trip computer."
Bluetooth is optional, as are rear air conditioning; a DVD navigation system with rear audio jacks; real-time traffic; a rear-seat entertainment system; power-adjustable pedals; remote starting; leather upholstery; and a sunroof. Upscale versions add standard ventilated seats and various trim and wheel packages upsized from the standard 17-inch rims. MotherProof reviewers in particular love the available power liftgate, since "the gate can be quite heavy to open and close manually."
The Tahoe Hybrid starts at about $51,000 and gets much more standard equipment, including the DVD navigation system; the third-row seat; and Bluetooth. According to AutoblogGreen, "To help minimize the loss, the system is installed on well-equipped vehicles that people are willing to spend more for." ConsumerGuide says the navigation system "has a large, easy-to-read touch screen that absorbs, but does not complicate, audio functions." Edmunds reports "the navigation system is easy to use."
The Chevy Tahoe Hybrid's instrument cluster includes an auto-stop position to indicate when the engine is off for fuel-saving purposes and other displays to show it at work in Hybrid mode. 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."
Hybrid options include three-zone climate control; a premium audio system with hybrid displays built in to the LCD screen; the rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a rear-seat console; the rearview camera; a sunroof; and remote starting.
The 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe can be outfitted with the right features for about any truck buyer's need-including a few you might not expect in a Chevy.