Pros Get all the room, utility, capability, without the typical punishment of an econo box.
Cons Price of entry is considerable.
Summary The reviewer might want to re-review the transmission specifications.
He attempts to describe the transmission as a, "four speed automatic kinda neanderthal stuff at this point in history".
When in fact the RWD two mode hybrid transmission incorporates two electric continuously variable transmission (ECVT) motors, one for low speed the other for high speed, three planetary gearsets and four clutches. With the two ECVT's there's substantially more gear ratios and combinations than just four simple fixed gears. The four fixed gears are to maintain power-handling capabilities in true utility use like towing.
In summary the transmission is considerably high tech, when one understand what's all stuffed inside.
"Quiet power"on by lippie123
Pros I love the fuel efficiency while driving in town as well as the power on demand needed to tow the toys. Excellent Navigation system. Well appointed interior makes the road trips very comfortable.
Cons No ipod hook up.
Pros It utilizes a full V-8 engine yet gets the same city fuel mileage as a 4 cylinder. With this truck you can go to the snow without worrying about chains and space for your gear. Proves hybrid don't have to be small.
Cons Doesn't have iPod integration, and based off the review it doesn't have an AUX jack. Lesser GM SUV's have at least an AUX jack so that is kinda puzzling. But for my money I'd take a Tahoe Hybrid over the Escalade Hybrid.
Summary I love how people always talk about how Europe has Diesels that are better than hybrids. Now I won't dispute that, I know that Diesels have better fuel economy than hyrids, but some don't realize that the US has laws against diesels in a few states. In California diesels are only allowed in truck applications no passenger vehicle applications. Though I believe the newer clean diesels are going to be approved for production. Currently, manufacturers aren't going to make diesel cars for the US market because they can't sell them here. I mean, there's a reason the only diesel passenger cars you ever see on the road in the US are the old 1980's Mercedes Turbo Diesels, they were probably the last diesel passenger cars made for the US market.
My question is WHY do we need to get smaller? If we CAN build vehicles of larger proportions that get the same fuel economy of a vehicle of smaller proportions then I why shouldn't we? Left wing liberals attacked the SUV mainly for its bad fuel economy. Now that GM has done something to remedy this problem the liberals are trying to find a new angle of attack since their previous angle has been blown away by the GM hybrids.
Just imagine a construction company replacing its whole fleet of gas only Silverado's with a fleet of 2-mode Hybrid Silverado's. If liberals had their way all construction companies would be fleets of the Prius to go to the hardware store. After making 50+ trips to and from the hardware store, I'm sure a Prius would have used more fuel than a Silverado HD Diesel would on one single round trip.
Everyone is just so anti-American here. GM makes a sports car that gets 505hp while getting 20+ mpg and everyone attacks GM for not being green. Ferrari makes a sports car that gets 500+hp but gets 10-12 mpg and no one even flinches.
Toyota makes a pickup truck that is large, unwieldy, and inefficient. No one even talks about it in a negative fashion. GM makes a pickup truck that tows more, gets better fuel economy, is easier to drive, and is cheaper, more reliable, and people attack GM for not being green.
Ford unveils the Fusion hybrid that matches the Toyota Prius in fuel economy, but has better looks and a better powertrain. All people talk about is the Honda Insight hybrid and they brush off the Fusion hybrid.
It seems no matter what GM or any of the US automakers do no liberals are going to be happy with what they've done no matter how good it is for the environments or our wallets at the pump.
Pros Pretty to look at
Cons Oversized pig
Summary GM just doesn't get it. Those of us who want a hybrid don't want a truck or SUV - even a hybrid; we want something that gets good mileage and leaves a small imprint on the earth. GM should make a hybrid CTS and a Malibu hybrid.
Pros Editors, where is the MPG?? They make a big deal out of the fact it is a Hybrid, but what kind of MPG does it yield?? Is the Hybrid label just a smoke cloud???
Cons Editors, where is the MPG?? They make a big deal out of the fact it is a Hybrid, but what kind of MPG does it yield?? Is the Hybrid label just a smoke cloud??
Summary Editors, where is the MPG?? They make a big deal out of the fact it is a Hybrid, but what kind of MPG does it yield?? Is the Hybrid label just a smoke cloud??