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2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Sport Utility

2WD 4dr 1500 LS

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  • $34,630 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Sport Utility

Chevy's 2008 Tahoe and Suburban pair sturdy, capable truck underpinnings with more modern, carlike interiors and features, and stand out for their comfortable ride and decent handling. With the addition of the new Hybrid model, those who intend to be green but need to tow trailers or haul heavy loads now have an alternative.

What's new for 2008?

After being completely redesigned for 2007, both the Chevy Tahoe and its longer sibling, the Suburban, see only minor changes for 2008. The 40/20/40-split bench seat in LS models gets a new center-section storage space, along with center console wood grain trim and brighter pointers for the gauge cluster. Head curtain side air bags, formerly optional on some models, are now standard on every Tahoe and Suburban.

Model Strengths

  • Towing and hauling ability
  • spacious interior
  • compliant ride and handling relative to other large SUVs
  • frugal new Hybrid model.

Model Review

The 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban are lines of full-size sport-utility vehicles that are nearly identical to each other mechanically and cosmetically, but the Suburban is 20 inches longer overall.

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2008 Chevrolet Tahoe hybrid

Source: Carlist.com

Here's what you know: Hybrid vehicles are happenin'. Here's what you may not know: All hybrids are different. And in that murky space between what you know and what you don't there lies the potential for mayhem.

Lately, for example, much has been made about a 38-percent gain in sales of hybrid vehicles. As if to pepper the pot, it's also pointed out that overall vehicle sales are down about three percent. Ergo: Hybrids are the bomb!

If only. Hybrids account for only two percent of vehicles on the road in the U.S. (up from 1.45 percent for those of you checking the math). Speaking in round numbers, that means the number of hybrids on the road totals approximately 300,000-about 6,000 per state. Yet the three-percent decline in overall auto sales translates into 450,000 vehicles. The increase in hybrid sales can't even keep pace with the decline in sales of every other type of vehicle. Clearly, the hybrid revolution has quite a way to go yet.

Still, there is indeed much ferment in the "alternative powertrain" segment of the auto market, of which hybrids are just one example. And although it's a transitional technology at best, a petro-electric hybrid integrates several ingenious systems by means of truly phenomenal data processing. A well-designed hybrid is a delight to drive; and before long, lo and behold, a hybrid driver becomes a junior physicist seeking to optimize the equilbrium between fuel consumption and regenerative power production. The trip is suddenly more fascinating than the destination. And if even a little of the scientific sophistication of a hybrid powertrain were to rub off onto our nation of accelerator-jockeys, so much the better for us all.

Chevy's hybrid-version of its iconic Tahoe is remarkable on many levels. To the militant fringe out there, the very idea of a "responsible" SUV merits a gasp (as if hybrid-powered trains and busses were steps in the wrong direction themselves). Technologically, grafting a petro-electric powertrain onto a vehicle weighing nearly three tons, towing 6,000 pounds more and seating eight adults is a tour-de-force of applied physics. The fact that it took a consortium of GM, Mercedes-Benz and BMW to do so only underscores that point.

At the heart of the Tahoe system is a 6.0-liter pushrod V8 rated 332 hp and 367 foot-pounds of torque. Two 60-kw electric motors provide 120kw of propulsive thrust capable of moving the Tahoe by electric power alone in many circumstances. Ingenious robotics-like systems transform the V8 into a V4 when extra engine displacement isn't required, and toggle the four-speed automatic transmission into a continuously variable one when maximum fuel efficiency is required.

The Tahoe Hybrid is a complex, highly redundant, computer-dependent integrated system. But here's the key: No one has to notice. Based on one of the nicest, plushest, stateliest SUVs on the market, the Tahoe Hybrid manages to cogitate its brains out without driver or passengers being any the wiser. In four-wheel-drive configuration, moreover, the Tahoe Hybrid achieves 20 mpg/city, 20 mpg highway. That "city" figure represents an improvement of more than 45 percent, by the way.

At $52,395, this hybrid SUV isn't cheap; but it is dolled up with almost every the top-of-the-line feature Chevy has to offer, like DVD and OnStar navigation systems, XM Satellite radio, dual-mode climate control, back-up camera and so-forth. The NiMH battery pack takes up room, so maximum cargo space, after the third-row bench is removed and the second row folded, is only 109 cubic feet. But if hauling, towing and car-pooling are unavoidable elements of your lifestyle, Chevy's Tahoe Hybrid makes an elegant argument in favor of science-flavored efficiency.

For Chevrolet to commit to hybrids to the extent it has in 2008 is to bestow an endorsement of seismic proportions. Because the three Chevy hybrids-a sedan, an SUV and a full-size pickup-aren't wonky-looking car-bots fresh from the science-fair. They're practically sized, hard-working, traditional-looking vehicles that won't scare anybody. And that is the best favor Chevy can do-has done-by adopting hybridology. There's nothing threatening about it.

As already pointed out, however, no two hybrid schemes are alike, and the new Malibu and Tahoe hybrids are a case in point. In the Malibu, the electrical side of the petro-electric equation plays a subordinate role. Yes, there's a nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable battery pack, but it powers an auxiliary motor rated at only 4 kilowatts of torque assistance. In other words, the Malibu's four-cylinder "Ecotec" gasoline engine is the workhorse, and the electric motor pipes up only for very-low-speed chores, auto-restarts after the engine shuts down during idle and the operation of cabin conveniences like air-conditioning.

Still, because Malibu's is a relatively simple, no-frills hybrid system, its price tags is similarly unfrilly and affordable. It is, in fact, among the least expensive hybrids on the road at $22,140; and its mileage ratings of 24 mpg/city, 32 mpg/highway are quite attractive for a five-seater sedan.

What's more persuasive yet is the Malibu's 2007 makeover that resulted in an American-made sedan (albeit with a significant help from GM's Opel Division in Germany) that is roomy, responsive and attractive. For $2,500 less than the Malibu Hybrid, in other words, there's a base-model Malibu LS that still ekes out 22/30 mpg with similar horsepower and torque.

Chevrolet trims out its Malibu Hybrid with a few more upscale features, as if to compensate for mediocre acceleration and a rather lifeless four-speed automatic transmission. But because this petro-electric version of the Malibu introduces hybridology in a non-threatening and relatively inexpensive fashion, it's more likely than most rivals to win skeptics over to the "alternative powertrain" cause.

Sport/Utility Vehicle; 4-door, 8-pass.; 6.0-liter OHV V8 w/ vvt & 120kw NiMH electric motor-generator; 4WD, 4-sp. "two-mode" auto; 332 hp/367 ft.-lbs.; 20 mpg/city, 20 mpg/hwy w/ regular; cargo: 17-60-109 cu. ft.; tow: 6,000 lbs.; as-tested price, w/ front ind. suspension & 4-wheel ABS disc brakes, AM/FM/CD/XM audio, OnStar, dual-zone climate control, DVD SatNav, 18-in. wheels, front/front-side/head airbags: $52,395

Sedan; 4-door, 5-pass.; 2.4-liter DOHC "Hybrid Ecotec" inline-4 w/ 4kw NiMH electric motor-generator; FWD, 4-sp. auto; 164 hp/159 ft.-lbs.; 24 mpg/city, 32 mpg/hwy w/ regular; trunk: 15 cu. ft.; as-tested price, w/ 4-wheel ind. suspension & ABS disc brakes, stability control, AM/FM/CD/XM audio, OnStar, "Eco" HVAC, 16-in. wheels, front/front-side/head airbags: $22,790.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt


Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/100,000 Miles

Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile¹ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2014.

¹Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

²Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

³Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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