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2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

There are subtle and obvious differences between the 2009 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid and its fraternal twin, the standard-model Tahoe.

2009 Chevrolet Tahoe says the Hybrid has a "stylish appearance" and refers to the "large 'Hybrid' graphics on the side doors and smaller ones on the windshield and rear window” as "notable." According to ForbesAutos, the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is "still boxy and burly"—unsurprising, considering that the standard Tahoe is what Edmunds deems "a traditional full-size SUV built on a truck platform."

All 2009 Chevy Hybrid Tahoes receive unique lightweight alloy wheels (with hollow spokes to reduce weight) shod with low-resistance tires. Kelley Blue Book notes that the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid also comes with a longer roof spoiler and sharp-edged, body-colored D-pillars, but it is not available with a roof rack. Other than a more streamlined appearance, the changes do not drastically alter the look from that of the standard Tahoe. Some differences are related to body changes designed to reduce drag and improve efficiency. Car and Driver notes its "attractive exterior" includes "reworked front and rear fascias, running boards, and D-pillar moldings [that] help reduce the drag coefficient from 0.36 to 0.34."

The 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid offers better acceleration, braking performance, and fuel efficiency than the standard Tahoe.

For the 2009 model year, a 332-horsepower 6.0-liter small-block V-8 engine and powerful twin electric motors power the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid. Car and Driver finds the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid "charged to 60 mph in just over eight seconds." In other reviews read by, passing performance is an aspect of the hybrid Tahoe that receives praise. Edmunds contends "the hybrid has improved throttle response in passing situations" compared to the standard Tahoe.

While the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid doesn’t handle as well as the standard Chevy Tahoe, it beats the nonhybrid Tahoe in both acceleration and fuel efficiency.

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