A different feel, different sounds

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2008 Chverolet Tahoe Hybrid Side View

Driving Chevy's full-size hybrid SUV.

One nice surprise when driving the Tahoe Hybrid is its steering. Chevy installed an isolated all-electric system - necessary for when the engine isn't running - to reduce vibration.

The efficiency gauge gives a good visual indicator of how you're doing with just a glance down at the instruments. I don't see this as a reminder that I'm saving the planet, but instead a way to tell if I'm driving the vehicle in its efficiency zone. (Then again, I'm an engineer.);

When driving this SUV, you might find the sensory experience is a little weird. Sounds during acceleration don't match up with the sounds you're used to - sometimes the engine is revving and other times its holding a constant engine speed. It can also be difficult to follow along with all of the EVT's fixed and variable ratios. And don't even think about watching the nav screen's animations while you drive - it's constantly changing and geared more toward entertaining passengers.

Meanwhile, it's nice to know that when you really need the engine power it's still there in the form of the 6.0-liter V-8. Some hybrids (with smaller gas engines used mostly to charge the system) don't seem to have the oomph necessary to get out of their own way. That is definitely not a problem in the Tahoe Hybrid.

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