Auto Review: 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe LS

The 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe LS is America’s first full-size hybrid SUV and, I might add, it’s quite impressive. Automakers boast that its fuel efficiency is better than Toyota Sequoia, Ford Expedition and Nissan Armada. As well, it offers more power than the Ford Expedition.

2010 Chevrolet Tahoe

The two-mode electric engine is efficient and clean with a smooth acceleration and regenerative braking, which helps to recharge the battery every time you press on the brake. This could easily be one of the most important hybrid vehicles to the hit the market in a long time.

For fuel efficiency you get 21 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. That’s not only good for an SUV, but it’s good all around.

The standard engine on the Tahoe LS is a Vortec 5.3-liter V8 that kicks out 320 horsepower and 335 pound feet of torque. You also get your choice of 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive.

Other standard features include

  • 9 passenger seating
  • Premium cloth seats
  • Tri-zone manual climate controls
  • CD/MP3 player
  • USB port
  • XM Radio with 3 free trial months
  • 17″ aluminum wheels

The 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe LS also comes equipped with a premium smooth ride suspension so it goes easy over the bumps. And automatic locking rear differential is available as is a heavy duty trailering package if you want to tow up to 8,500 pounds (8,200 on the 4WD).

The airbag system offers plenty of protection for all passengers and for added safety features you get traction control with greater stability, proactive roll avoidance and 4-wheel anti-lock brakes.

For security, the 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe LS provides a rearview camera and ultrasonic rear parking assist, which sends an audible signal when in reverse if there are obstacles behind the vehicle. You do have to be moving at a low speed, however, to hear the signal.

Other technological advancements are available as options, including a power sunroof.

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