Photo Galleries
15 top executives with $1 salaries Some CEOs and founders agree to salaries of just $1 a year. But once goodies like bonuses and stock options are added in, some of those executives end up taking home many millions of dollars a year. More
Mercedes SL65 AMG: 621 horses of topless power Turn heads as you blow by traffic in this roadster convertible from Mercedes. More
Where the middle class is most unequal CNNMoney looks at the five states with the biggest differences in middle class incomes. More
Special Offer
6 of 6
BACK NEXT
Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
Overall mpg: 21, according to more stringent 2008 EPA testing regimen
Safety: All 5 stars in NHTSA testing

What's a full-sized SUV doing here? For starters, it's a full-sized SUV that gets the same city fuel economy as a four-cylinder Toyota Camry. If we're talking about all-wheel-drive vehicles, the Tahoe Hybrid gets the same overall fuel economy, city and highway combined, as a four-cylinder Subaru Legacy.

But there are things the Tahoe can do that a mid-sized sedan just can't. Besides being just plain bigger and roomier than a car, the Tahoe retains the full towing capacity of the non-hybrid version. The Tahoe's sophisticated hybrid also offers seamlessly smooth performance with no burbles going from electric-only to gasoline-driven modes.

In terms of safety, there is truth in the idea that larger vehicles offer more protection in a crash, especially ones that, like the Tahoe, have outstanding crash test scores. The downside is that larger vehicles are more ungainly to handle, even with electronic stability control, which the Tahoe has. That's why big SUVs are not recommended for younger, inexperienced drivers.

More galleries

Last updated March 11 2008: 10:59 AM ET
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.