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Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and Siblings to Be Cancelled

  • GM to cancel hybrid versions of Tahoe, Yukon, Escalade
  • Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid sold only 533 units last year
  • Hybrid models not likely to be replaced

Shoppers interested in a hybrid SUV don’t have many choices — and soon, they’ll have even fewer. General Motors recently announced it’s pulling the plug on hybrid versions of the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade.

The SUVs’ poor sales are the primary reason for GM’s decision. Last year, Chevrolet sold just over 500 Tahoe Hybrids, compared to nearly 70,000 Tahoe models overall. The numbers weren’t much better for the Escalade Hybrid and Yukon Hybrid, which combined for around 1,200 sales out of more than 40,000 total.

GM is also canceling its full-size hybrid SUVs because the models are due for a redesign. The Tahoe, Yukon and Escalade are all based on GM’s full-size pickup chassis, which is all-new for 2014. That means new versions of the SUVs are close behind. Because hybrid sales were so slow, GM probably felt the SUVs weren’t worth the effort to update.

Several factors contributed to slow sales of the Tahoe Hybrid and its siblings. One was price: While the Tahoe starts around $41,000, the Hybrid is closer to $54,000. The Escalade Hybrid commands a similar premium, starting at nearly $75,000.

Fuel economy was also an issue. The base-level Tahoe returns 15 miles per gallon city and 21 mpg on the highway, while the Tahoe Hybrid reaches 20 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The increase was hardly enough to justify the added expense for many shoppers.

But there’s still hope for drivers interested in a full-size hybrid SUV. Chevrolet says the hybrid models will still be offered in a shortened 2014 model year before the all-new 2015 Tahoe arrives. And a quick search on AutoTrader.com reveals dozens of new Tahoe Hybrid models available at Chevrolet dealerships across the country.

Once the Tahoe Hybrid and its siblings are gone for good, shoppers won’t have many hybrid SUV choices. The only remaining models will be the Lexus RX 450h, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Audi Q5 Hybrid, Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid and Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid. The Highlander Hybrid is the least expensive, though its base price is still nearly $41,000.

What it means to you: The Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and its siblings didn’t quite offer the pricing and fuel economy shoppers were searching for.

Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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5 COMMENTS

  1. real mpg is 20 in town and 20 on highway with a 5.3L. Average would be 20 mpg. Great system that works flawlessly.

  2. I own a tahoe hybrid and absolutely love it! If they were able to get more mpg with improvements to the engine in 2015 I would say the hybrid model would have had an equal increase in mpg. I am very sad to see them go as I was planning on owning another one. I think they should have given the hybrid suv a little bit longer to catch on. I have talked two people into buying them and believe they just needed a bit more time to really take off. They were truly an awesome vehicle with an exceptional balance of power, size, and luxury with their standard options being loaded for the most part.

    • What kind of mpg real world?

      The claimed 20-23 just isn’t sufficiently compellling.
      Still, a 2013 model is interesting if it’s reliable.
      I wonder if there’s an after-market to increase the battery capacity and make it a plug-in?
      I drove one briefly circa 2010 and was impressed by its refinement and smooth drivetrain, but the price and the fact it was almost identical to my then 2001 model Tahoe didn’t impress … 
  3. The new lineup of SUV’s from Chevy will have the same MPG rating as the previous hybrids. It’s a smart move not to offer them any longer.

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