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Chevrolet Tahoe Gas Mileage

Introduced in 1995, the full-size Chevrolet Tahoe is a true American SUV. Granted, the Tahoe’s gas mileage ratings, have never been something to write home about … until now. 2008 might just mark the dawn of a new era, with the Tahoe Hybrid offering a remarkable 50% improvement in city gas mileage ratings over the standard models. It isn’t just a case of bolting in an electric motor and a bank of batteries. Chevy dropped the Tahoe hybrid’s suspension, made aerodynamic tweaks to the hood and front end, and put some components on a diet to ease the load on the two-mode hybrid system. (Both the hood and tailgate are lightweight aluminum.)

The estimated gas mileage for the Tahoe Hybrid (shown above) is 21 city / 22 highway in 2WD trim, and 20 city / 20 highway for the 4WD model. The Tahoe Hybrid is slated to ship in early 2008.

The 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe is available with four engine choices, dependent on model. The two-wheel-drive LS comes standard with the 4.8 liter Vortec V-8, while the LT1, LT2, LT3 and LTZ are equipped with one of two versions of Chevy’s 5.3 liter Vortec V-8. The Chevy Tahoe Hybrid is fitted with a hefty 6.0 liter Vortec V-8 along with the two-mode hybrid electric propulsion system. (And you were expecting a wimpy little engine?)

Twenty miles per gallon in the city is be a good start for the Tahoe Hybrid but there’s plenty of ground to make up. An equivalent boost in highway mileage would be more than welcome. Continuing the effort to lighten the big SUV and dropping the 6.0 liter gasoline-burning V-8 in favor of a more economical turbo-diesel would be likely next steps.



Chevrolet Tahoe Gas Mileage – 1995-2010

Year Manf. Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Hwy
2010 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (A6) Auto 15 21
2010 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD Hybrid 8 cylinder 6.0 liter R (AV) Auto 21 22
2010 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (A6) Auto 15 21
2010 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD Hybrid 8 cylinder 6.0 liter R (AV) Auto 21 22
2009 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 6.2 liter R (L6) Auto 12 19
2009 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 6.2 liter E (L6) Auto 10 14
2009 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L6) Auto 14 20
2009 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L6) Auto 14 20
2009 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L6) Auto 10 15
2009 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 14 19
2009 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe Hybrid 2WD 8 cylinder 6.0 liter R (AV) Auto 21 22
2009 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe XFE 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L6) Auto 11 16
2009 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe XFE 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L6) Auto 15 21
2009 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L6) Auto 10 15
2009 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L6) Auto 14 20
2009 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 6.2 liter E (L6) Auto 9 14
2009 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 6.2 liter R (L6) Auto 12 19
2009 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe Hybrid 4WD 8 cylinder 6.0 liter R (AV) Auto 20 20
2008 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 20
2008 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L4) Auto 11 15
2008 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 20
2008 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 14 19
2008 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 19
2008 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L4) Auto 11 14
2007 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 15 20
2007 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 16 21
2007 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L4) Auto 12 16
2007 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 16 22
2007 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 15 21
2007 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L4) Auto 11 15
2006 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 16 20
2006 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 15 20
2006 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 15 20
2006 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L4) Auto 11 15
2006 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 15 19
2006 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2006 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L4) Auto 11 14
2005 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 15 20
2005 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 16 20
2005 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L4) Auto 11 15
2005 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 15 19
2005 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2005 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L4) Auto 11 14
2005 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 15 19
2005 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 16 20
2005 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe AWD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 15 19
2005 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe AWD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L4) Auto 11 14
2005 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe AWD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2004 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 19
2004 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L4) Auto 11 14
2004 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2004 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 16 19
2004 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2004 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 15 19
2004 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L4) Auto 10 14
2004 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2004 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe AWD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2004 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe AWD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L4) Auto 10 14
2004 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe AWD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2003 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2003 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L4) Auto 11 14
2003 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 19
2003 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2003 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L4) Auto 10 13
2003 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2003 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2003 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 13 17
2003 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe AWD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L4) Auto 10 13
2003 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe AWD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2003 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe AWD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 13 17
2002 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2002 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2002 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 15 19
2002 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 17
2002 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 14 17
2002 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 17
2001 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2001 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 15 20
2001 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 17
2001 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 14 17
2000 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2000 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 15 20
2000 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2000 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2000 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 17
2000 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (L4) Auto 12 16
1999 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
1999 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 19
1999 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (L4) Auto 12 16
1998 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (L4) Auto 13 17
1998 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
1998 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (L4) Auto 13 16
1998 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 19
1997 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (L4) Auto 15 19
1997 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 18
1997 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (L4) Auto 13 17
1996 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (L4) Auto 14 17
1996 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 18
1996 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (L4) Auto 13 17
1995 Chevrolet C1500 Tahoe 2WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (L4) Auto 12 15
1995 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (L4) Auto 12 15
1995 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 14 17
1995 Chevrolet K1500 Tahoe 4WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (M5) Manual 12 16

Note: the EPA tweaked their testing procedure, starting with the 2008 model year, with the end result being that the 2008 MPG estimates are now lower than previous years. As always, YMMV.

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2 comments ↓

#1 Ron on 11.25.09 at 5:51 pm

Is there any reason why my 2004 tahoe is burning 6.6 mpg local and a little more highway? I had it tuned up with spark plugs changed even took it to the dealer who had the computer reprogramed and still i am having the same low fuel economy. can you help me.

Ron

#2 mpg-o-editor on 11.25.09 at 6:13 pm

@Ron – Ouch! What kind of mileage did your Tahoe get previously?

Here’s a handful of standard questions …

  • What’s your normal daily routine?
  • Is there a lot of stop-and-go driving/idling?
  • Are you carrying any additional weight in the vehicle?
  • Are the tires filled to spec?

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