• May 1, 2007
On any given Sunday morning, if I were offered the keys to either a Saturn Sky or a Chevy Tahoe with a big boat hitched to the back, 110 times out of a hundred I would put down that gnarly top on the Sky and make my way to the beach via the twistiest road I could possibly find. Once there, I would much rather go for a swim and lay on the beach than mess around with trying to launch a boat and later haul it out of the water.

Having made my own personal biases clear on this subject, there are clearly a great many people who would make the opposite choice. Many people choose to drive big SUVs for a wide variety of reasons, and with gas prices again at $3 a gallon and rising around most of the most of this country, those people would surely like to get a bit better gas mileage. After a long wait, they will soon have the option of a full-sized General Motors SUV with a new two-mode parallel hybrid setup, and AutoblogGreen has just had the opportunity to take a first drive in one. If this first application of the new hybrid system jointly developed by GM, BMW and DaimlerChrysler is of interest, check out ABG's detailed report by clicking here.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it irony that AutoblogGreen is the first to review a vehicle that would only get 20mpg if you dropped it from a helicopter with its engine off?
      • 7 Years Ago
      that was an excellently written article, from an information conveyance perspective. nice job Sam.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #17 - yes, they did. Read the second to last paragraph. The one that begins with "After a brief drive at the GM proving ground in a pre-production prototype..."

      Regarding the mileage, I wonder if that is compared to the 5.3L engine using the 2007 or 2008 EPA testing?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll be happy about this the day that the hybrid system is standard.

      In the meantime, it's a good idea, admittedly.

      The thing I hate most about hybrids is that everyone insists on coming up with numbers to say that it takes X time to recoup the 'hybrid premium.' A big part of the appeal is the gadgetry, and as long as enough people buy into the hybrid appeal, the technology will improve and cheapen, and then everyone wins. Not everyone worries about how many miles they'll have to drive to "break even" versus a normal car.

      If the resale value of the Prius wasn't ridiculous, I'd buy one, admittedly, but not just for the fuel savings: it's a really slick, sophisticated machine.

      Still, if jerks who think they need a bus to haul their 2.3 kids and tow a boat they only hypothetically own can be coerced into wasting less fuel, that works, too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Am I the only reader who's curious what it was like to actually drive the truck? I mean, was the hybrid operation transparent to the driver? Did it seem to pull away from a stop like a sleepy slug? Anything?
      far jr
      • 7 Years Ago
      I sense a lot of fear and anxiety from the Prius crowd. Now soccer moms will be able to drive a Tahoe with better fuel economy than many cars and vans along with more towing ability and 8 passenger seating. If this capacity is utilized frequently, this is a very efficient vehicle. For city drivers with large families, this will be more efficient than a Sienna or Odyssey minivan!

      Maybe the Toyotaphiles are just upset because this will make their Sequoia look like even bigger gas hogs. Why can't Toyota design a hybrid Tundra? Why don't I have the option to burn E-85 in all Toyotas? This is a very simple thing to make happen isn't it?

      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok DJ, your point about not all things hybrid are green is true in some cases, but if you took your head out of your ass long enough to make a real observation you would notice that there are people out there who cannot use a Puris.

      For those of us who have large families, and need to tow, or otherwise haul stuff around, will need an SUV or p/u truck. So why can't we get better gas mileage? I live in America, where people can have their cake AND eat it too.

      I think your jut a little pissed off that GM (along with DCX and BMW) figured this out and not Toyota.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "AutoblogGreen First Drive"

      They did not drive it. Read their article.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ah - if the hybrid system improves mileage by 25%, then it wouldn't take much time to recoup the hybrid costs at $3/gal and up. What hasn't been mentioned in any hybrid discussion to-date is how battery capacity reduction in age reduces the mileage benefit. I have a 3-year-old IBM laptop that has perhaps 60% of its original capacity - and I presume batteries in hybrids of similar age have some drop-off as well.

      Has anyone re-tested any of those NYC hybrids to check what mileage they get after 100k of city driving?
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Is it irony that..."???

      Irony? Do you mean "ironic"?
      • 7 Years Ago
      So the 2008 Tahoes are getting 6 speed automatics?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, we could look at it from the standpoint of wider environmental issues ... but let's just look at the numbers:

      The "typical family" by DOE accounting, drives 21,000 miles per year. The "typical family with teens" drives 29,900 miles per year.

      How much do you really want to pay for gas each year? If your family-average mpg is 20, and gas stays at $3, you are paying $3150 per year (no teens, $4485 with teens).

      It seems a lot of people get caught up in what they can afford and forget to look back at what they really want to spend money on.

      I'm single, and spend maybe $800 per year on Prius gas ... and I can think of a lot of fun things to buy with the grand or two I save each year (the car is paid for so the $22K original cost is "sunk" for me).
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