Top Five Fuel-Friendly People Movers

Sam Smith

2010 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid/GMC Yukon Hybrid/Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

Engine: 6.0-liter, 332-hp hybrid V-8
MPG: 21/22 city/hwy

If the Chevrolet Tahoe and its badge-engineered ilk were a drink, they'd be Coca-Cola: likeable, universally recognized, and around since the dawn of time. Much like Coke, however, the Tahoe's ubiquitity tends to make you forget its substantial goodness. Recognizable or not, GM's largest SUV can haul, bus, and flat-out truck with the best of them.

Happily, the hybrid Tahoe loses little of its older siblings' appeal. The model pairs a healthy amount of cargo and people space with a 6.0-liter V-8 and two electric motors; fuel economy improves by 25 percent, but that isn't the main attraction. The draw lies in the fact that the Tahoe and its siblings are all full-size, body-on-frame beasts -- passengers are always comfortable, towing capacity is abundant, and cargo space is rarely an issue. Want to explore new lands, claim new territory, and get home without stopping to refuel? This is probably your best bet.

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