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At $7,500, Will This 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid With A Bad Battery Prove To Be A Good Deal?

Hybrids may not offer the range anxiety that full electrics do, but as is proven by today’s Nice Price or No Dice Tahoe, they can cause battery failure anxiety. Let’s see if the fix this one needs will make its price worth the effort.

The world of the Transformers is comprised of toys, comics, a TV cartoon and a series of fireball explosions that director Michael Bay spliced together to form a collection of marginally watchable movies. At no time during any of that media frenzy did we ever see either an Autobot or a Decepticon like the 1998 Coachmen Clipper we judged yesterday. I’m guessing that the pop-top trailer’s transformation is being saved for some crucial battle yet to come.

Being able to morph from an easily towable compact package into a roomy and comfortable campground cabin is perhaps the greatest trick of all, and at just $3,700, that Clipper proved also to be a pretty good value too, earning a laudable 65 percent Nice Price win.

If you’re going to tow any sort of trailer, you’re going to need a vehicle with (a) a trailer hitch, and (b) enough oomph to make that hitch useful. Today’s 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid lacks that second criteria. At least for the moment.

Chevy introduced the Tahoe Hybrid, along with the Yukon Hybrid, its GMC clone, as part of the company’s 2008 model year lineup. A Cadillac Escalade version would arrive a year later. What made them hybrid was a constantly variable transmission co-developed by GM with BMW and Daimler. That transmission has two 80 horsepower electric helper motors integrated into the case, with the pair powered by a 288-volt 6.5 amp-hour battery. We talked at length about this hybrid transmission in the BMW X6 ActiveHybrid we considered a few months back

The purpose of the electric motors is to help out the 6 liter gas engine in heavy load situations. The LFA V8 operates on the Atkinson cycle for greatest efficiency and also features GM’s Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation system for even greater fuel savings. Both of those aspects can cause power lags at low rpms and when passing is on the agenda. Using the electric motors in these situations allows the drivetrain to offer acceptable performance along with vastly improved fuel economy.

The proof is in the pudding, which in this case is the EPA fuel efficiency rating. That gave the Tahoe hybrid a 21 miles per gallon stop-and-go rating, which was significantly higher than the gas-only truck’s paltry 15 mpg.

This white over black leather Tahoe isn’t going anywhere, however. According to its ad, the truck needs that 288 watt high voltage battery to be replaced before it can hit the road, city or highway. The seller says that they have already invested a good deal in the truck, noting replacements of “lifter” and the “BCM” or body control module. That apparently was enough for them and now they want the truck to be gone.

Replacement of the battery, the seller claims, is a proposition of about $2,500 all-in. That seems about right. This company, Lifetime Hybrid Batteries, claims it can replace the battery for that amount and even offers free at-home installation. Hell, if I don’t even have to get out of my jammies to do something, I’m already half sold.

Other than the tits-up battery, the seller says the truck is in good shape. It sports 145,144 miles under its hybrid belt and doesn’t show those miles in either the paint or the interior. Yes, there is a bit of dustiness that will need some attention, but that’s just a result of the truck sitting in the hot and dry Arizona climate. Come to think about it, I wonder if that had a role in the battery’s demise?

The truck’s title is clean and it is a 4WD with the aforementioned tow hitch so once the battery issue is sorted out, it could be a fairly decent and perhaps even efficient trailer tower. That is, of course, only if the seller has set a suitable asking price. That asking is $7,500 and a quick perusal of the market shows that to be substantially below what other versions are asking, even with the added cost of that big-ass battery.

What’s your take on this tow-home Tahoe and that $7,500 price? Does that seem like a deal for a hybrid truck? Or, is a dead battery enough to demand an even lower cost of entry seeing as you can’t really tell what other gremlins might be. lurking in there?

You decide!

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In 2007, as public interest in hybrids was peaking, General Motors released a hybrid version of its Chevy Tahoe. While the hybrid SUV seemed promising and offered some impressive features, it turned out to be doomed from the start. Ultimately, GM admitted defeat, discontinuing the Tahoe Hybrid in 2013. Here’s what went wrong, according to Autotrader.

The reasoning behind the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid

In the early 2000s, hybrids like the Toyota Prius exploded in popularity. In order to adapt to this new market, GM took some of its least efficient vehicles — the Escalade, Yukon, and Tahoe — and converted them to hybrids. 

The Tahoe Hybrid combined two electric motors with a 6.0-liter V8, enabling it to shift back and forth between gas and electric. This brought the SUV’s gas mileage up from 16 miles per gallon to 21 miles per gallon, a striking improvement of nearly 30 percent.

So, what went wrong?

One of the biggest hindrances to the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid’s success was simply timing. It was released during a recession when many people were being careful with their money and were less willing to splurge on a hybrid SUV.

And make no mistake, the Tahoe Hybrid was a splurge. With a starting price of around $50,500, it was nearly $15,000 more expensive than a standard Tahoe LS. For many people, this was simply not the right time to spend extra money on a hybrid, especially given the fact that gas prices were falling rapidly.

Additionally, while the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid’s fuel economy was significantly better than the non-hybrid Tahoe, it was significantly worse than its hybrid competitors. In fact, most hybrids at the time got approximately 50 miles per gallon. 

The Tahoe’s steep price combined with its comparably unimpressive fuel economy meant that it didn’t hold much appeal for people interested in a hybrid vehicle. Ultimately, while it did have some impressive capabilities — such as a 6,200 pound towing capacity — it simply wasn’t able to capture enough public attention to survive.

Hybrid SUVs that succeeded

Related: The Most Common Chevy Tahoe Complaints Are the Most Expensive

Although the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid was discontinued in 2013, Edmunds reports plenty of popular hybrid SUV options that are well worth looking into. Starting at $25,710, the 2020 Kia Niro is one of the more affordable hybrid SUVs available.

The Niro may not be the best choice for an SUV purist, as Edmunds states that its “low ground clearance makes it more of a tall hatchback.” However, it gets up to 50 miles per gallon, has excellent cargo space, and plenty of optional premium features.

For people who want a vehicle that truly looks like an SUV, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid may be your best bet. It gets a fairly impressive 219 hp, making for a driving experience that feels much more typical for an SUV. And despite its power, the RAV4 Hybrid still gets a combined 40 miles per gallon.

Finally, if you’re looking for a luxury option, Edmunds lists the 2020 Lexus UX 250h as one of the best choices. Ideal for city drivers, the sporty UX 250h is comfortable, easy to park, and gets 42 miles per gallon combined. However, it’s worth noting that this SUV doesn’t offer a great deal of space for passengers or cargo. If you’re looking for something bigger, the 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 may be a better choice.

This just goes to show that there’s absolutely a market for hybrid SUVs, and there are a plethora of amazing options out there. Unfortunately for the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, a combination of bad timing and less-than-ideal gas mileage meant that it simply never stood a chance.

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Overview

The 2022 Chevy Tahoe is about as versatile as large SUVs come, with minivan-like passenger accommodations and pickup-rivaling towing capabilities. Chevy's second largest three-row ute—the separately reviewed Suburban is the first­—offers three engine options: a standard 355-hp V-8, a stouter 420-hp V-8, and a diesel six-cylinder with a stump-pulling 460 pound-feet of torque. The Tahoe's diverse trim levels include the rugged Z71 for tackling rough terrain and the more glamorous High Country. Too bad the latter costs as much as premium alternatives, such as the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator, but it's not nearly as luxurious. The Tahoe's polarizing mug might push some shoppers into the GMC Yukon, but the rest will respect its popular tech features and impressively quiet cabin.

What's New for 2022?

For 2022, Chevy makes some tweaks to the Tahoe lineup. The 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 is now available on the RST, Z71, and Premier trim levels. The off-road-oriented Z71 adds an electronic limited-slip differential, too. Every Tahoe except for the base LS now features a customizable 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. The infotainment system on the LT and up have also been enhanced with Google's voice assistant, maps, and app store. The Tahoe's previously short list of standard driver assists grows with the addition of automatic high-beams, front and rear parking sensors, lane-keeping assist, and more. The ability to access up to 13 different camera views is now available, with specific views for trailering. GM's Buckle to Drive feature is now standard and prevents shifting out of park unless the driver and front passenger (if there is one) are buckled. The Tahoe's paint palette now includes metallic colors such as Auburn, Dark Ash, and Evergreen Gray.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

We think the mid-level RST and Z71 models hold the best value, with the former being flashier and the latter being geared toward adventurous folk. We prefer the Z71's standard four-wheel drive, rugged appearance, and exclusive off-road equipment. We'd also upgrade from the standard 5.3-liter V-8 to the newly available 6.2-liter V-8, which brings an extra 65 horsepower and 77 pound-feet of torque. Our Z71 would also be equipped with the Z71 Signature package, which includes a whole host of desirable features. The highlights include blind-spot monitoring, a heated steering wheel and second-row seats, memory settings, a panoramic sunroof, a power-folding third row, and upgraded towing equipment.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Tahoe has been powered by a V-8 for its entire life, and that continues for the latest generation. However, its standard 355-hp 5.3-liter and available 420-hp 6.2-liter blocks are joined by a diesel 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. While it has the least horsepower of the three, its 460 pound-feet of torque matches that of the bigger V-8. Every Tahoe is equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission and either rear- or all-wheel drive. We tested the off-road-oriented Z71 model with the standard V-8, which also has a two-speed transfer case that provides traditional four-wheel drive, 20-inch wheels wrapped with all-terrain tires, and underbody protection. Our example had adequate acceleration, a firm brake pedal, and an impressively quiet cabin at highway speeds. The Z71 package also brings air springs (that allow the Tahoe's ride height to be automatically and manually lowered or raised) and adaptive dampers, which are standard on the upper-echelon Premier and High Country. The latter and the RST model both ride on glitzy 22-inch rims for added curb appeal.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The most fuel-efficient Tahoe features the available diesel engine, with ratings of 21 mpg city and 28 highway. The standard 5.3-liter V-8 is estimated to be slightly thriftier in the city than the optional 6.2-liter V-8, but both are rated at 20 mpg on the highway. We tested a diesel-powered Tahoe on our 75-mph highway route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, and observed 27 mpg. For more information about the Tahoe's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

This latest generation Tahoe boasts its biggest interior yet, with what feels like acres of space compared with the outgoing model. Its previously cramped third row adds about 10 inches of legroom, and the second-row seats now slide fore and aft to provide much needed flexibility. Adults can now sit comfortably in the far back. The Tahoe's interior packaging also provides a lower and flatter load floor thanks to its independent rear suspension; the cargo area with the second and third rows folded balloons to 123 cubic feet. And we managed to fit six carry-on suitcases behind the third row. While we like that Chevy replaced the old column shifter with a push-button-and-slider setup, the motorized, retractable center-console lid seems gimmicky, especially since the control switch is located on the roof. Thankfully, the rest of the Tahoe's interior ergonomics are less egregious.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Placated passengers translate into relaxing road trips, and the Tahoe's robust infotainment and connectivity features help ensure that translation. Every model is outfitted with a 10.2-inch touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. In addition to its myriad interior charging ports, the three-row Chevy offers a powerful Bose audio system and a rear-seat entertainment system with two 12.6-inch displays mounted behind the front seats.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The Chevy offers several high-tech towing assists in addition to its loaded roster of standard driver-assistance technology. For more information about the Tahoe's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  • Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Although Toyota offers better complimentary maintenance, Chevy's limited and powertrain warranty are identical to every other full-size SUV in its class.

  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for the first visit

Specifications

Specifications

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, rear/4-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE AS TESTED
$76,175 (base price: $60,495)

ENGINE TYPE
pushrod 16-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement
325 in3, 5327 cm3
Power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque
383 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

TRANSMISSION
10-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): control arms/trailing arms
Tires: Goodyear Wrangler TrailRunner AT, 275/60R-20 115S M+S TPC Spec 2369MS

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 120.9 in
Length: 210.7 in
Width: 81.0 in
Height: 75.9 in
Passenger volume: 178 ft3
Cargo volume: 25 ft3
Curb weight: 5866 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 7.5 sec
100 mph: 20.5 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 8.4 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 4.1 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 5.5 sec
1/4 mile: 15.8 sec @ 89 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 115 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 184 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.63 g
Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 14 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 18/16/20 mpg

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Warranty:  Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid 2007-2013 Hybrid Battery pack with New Generation Cells for 36 (thirty-six) months, unlimited mileage, and the original service purchased.
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Shipping:  The cost of shipping to you is included with your purchase. This offer is good for the entire continental United States.  A $125.00 fee will be added for residential delivery.  Let Greentec Auto make it simple to return your core to us, ask about our reduced return shipping rates.

Core Charge:  A refundable "core deposit" of $750.00 will be added to your order at checkout. Once we receive your old battery, we will refund the core deposit back to you minus the cost of return shipping. Cores must be returned within 45 days of purchase.  This applies to shipping orders only.  In all other circumstances, the core will be picked up at the time of service, no deposit required.

How do I return my old Chevy Tahoe hybrid battery?  Once your new hybrid battery has arrived, put the core battery back into the same packaging your battery arrived in.  As soon as we receive your core battery, we will refund the core deposit back to you.  It’s that easy.

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