2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Stylish appearance
  • Hybrid drivetrain refinement
  • Brake-pedal feel
  • Interior quality

The Bad

  • Numb steering feel
  • Cramped third row for adults
  • Third row doesn't fold flat into floor
  • Pricey features come with hybrid system

Notable Features of the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

  • New hard-drive-based navigation radio is available
  • New front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Gas/electric hybrid drivetrain
  • Seating for eight
  • 2WD or 4WD

2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Overview

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Vehicle Overview

Chevrolet's Tahoe Hybrid full-size SUV has room for up to eight people and can tow up to 6,200 pounds. Both rear- and four-wheel-drive versions are offered.

New for 2012
The Tahoe Hybrid's standard electronic stability system now features electronic trailer-sway control and hill start assist. A new stereo with a 30-gigabyte hard drive, navigation, a 7-inch touch-screen, recording capability and a USB port is standard, as are side-impact airbags for the front seats.

Exterior
The Tahoe Hybrid looks much like a regular Tahoe SUV, which is to say that it features a relatively squared-off shape. However, there are a number of subtle (and not so subtle) differences between the two. Exterior features include:

  • Revised D-pillar and flared ends for the running boards to lessen drag
  • Aluminum hood and liftgate to save weight
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels fitted with low-rolling-resistance tires
  • Hybrid badges on the front fenders, C-pillars and liftgate

Interior
The cabin of the Tahoe Hybrid is similar to the gas-only Tahoe, but it includes some hybrid-specific cues. Interior features include:

  • Lightweight front seats
  • Economy gauge in instrument panel to encourage frugal driving behavior
  • Standard navigation system with hybrid power-flow animation
  • 16.9 cubic feet of cargo room behind third row
  • Power-adjustable pedals

Under the Hood
The Tahoe Hybrid features GM's two-mode hybrid system. It includes a 6.0-liter V-8 engine that makes 332 horsepower and has cylinder d...

Vehicle Overview

Chevrolet's Tahoe Hybrid full-size SUV has room for up to eight people and can tow up to 6,200 pounds. Both rear- and four-wheel-drive versions are offered.

New for 2012
The Tahoe Hybrid's standard electronic stability system now features electronic trailer-sway control and hill start assist. A new stereo with a 30-gigabyte hard drive, navigation, a 7-inch touch-screen, recording capability and a USB port is standard, as are side-impact airbags for the front seats.

Exterior
The Tahoe Hybrid looks much like a regular Tahoe SUV, which is to say that it features a relatively squared-off shape. However, there are a number of subtle (and not so subtle) differences between the two. Exterior features include:

  • Revised D-pillar and flared ends for the running boards to lessen drag
  • Aluminum hood and liftgate to save weight
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels fitted with low-rolling-resistance tires
  • Hybrid badges on the front fenders, C-pillars and liftgate

Interior
The cabin of the Tahoe Hybrid is similar to the gas-only Tahoe, but it includes some hybrid-specific cues. Interior features include:

  • Lightweight front seats
  • Economy gauge in instrument panel to encourage frugal driving behavior
  • Standard navigation system with hybrid power-flow animation
  • 16.9 cubic feet of cargo room behind third row
  • Power-adjustable pedals

Under the Hood
The Tahoe Hybrid features GM's two-mode hybrid system. It includes a 6.0-liter V-8 engine that makes 332 horsepower and has cylinder deactivation technology, which can deactivate half the cylinders when they aren't needed. The system's first mode — which allows the Tahoe Hybrid to move on just electric power, just engine power or a combination of the two — is designed for city and light-load driving. The second, mostly highway, mode provides electric-power assist for the V-8. Mechanical features include:

  • Electrically Variable Transmission with two electric motors and four forward gears
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Can move on electric power alone up to 30 mph, according to Chevrolet

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Three-row side curtain airbags
  • Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Electronic stability system with electronic trailer-sway control and hill start assist
  • Antilock brakes

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Consumer Reviews

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What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

I love this Hybrid!!!

by Henry from Illinois on January 15, 2014

I get over 20 mpg driving my hybrid around the burbs (about the same as our corolla). I tow my boat and it still gets great mileage! I guess GM is taking step backwards (as usual) and will discontinue ... Read full review

(5.0)

Worth every penny

by Truck guy from Mpls, MN on January 21, 2013

I bought a 2008 Hybrid and I still have it. The gas mileage is great, the towing is awesome and the interior is top of the line. I will buy another one when this one wears out. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tahoe Hybrid received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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