Vehicles Axed in 2013

Vehicles Axed in 2013

Chevy Avalanche and Tahoe Hybrid

The blue-collar version of that versatile Escalade is, of course, the Chevrolet Avalanche. Like the other models in this list the Bow Tie’s most adaptable truck lost its life in 2013. We’ll miss it rugged capability, handsome good looks and comfortable interior. What we won’t shed a tear for is the fuel economy. It’s combined score clocked in at 17 MPG, which wasn’t too bad for a big, heavy vehicle but still, it was thirstier than we’d hoped.

Following in Cadillac’s tire tracks once again (or is it the other way around?) the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is no longer offered in 2014. This electrified, fuel-sipping SUV featured a 5.3-liter Vortec V8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Just like the Escalade Hybrid it delivered up to 21 MPG combined. That’s decent mileage but it’s not enough in today’s fuel economy-dominated world.

  • MistyGreen

    Wait a sec, the Tribeca came out as a 2013 model and is now out as a 2014.

  • Zack

    A simple list with descriptions and pictures is nice. I hate these slideshows you have to wait to load…

  • Verge Godemiché

    Regarding the Audi TT-RS, the article complains that 5-cylinder engines are not enjoyable and “go against physics.” Then it says the motor was fantastic in the TT-RS. Is your author schizophrenic?

    I seem to remember some awesome Audi Quattro 20-valve 5-cylinder rallye cars back in the 80’s. This motor is a VW-Audi staple. If I remember correctly Audi first employed the 5-cylinder engine in the 1976 Audi 100. Bullsh*t about “moaning like a camel.” I think they’ve got it working like a champ over the last 38 years.

  • ColumWood

    I believe Craig was complaining about the regular 2.5L 5-cyl used in the Golf and other cars. The Audi’s TT-RS’s 2.5T is amazing. We’re big fans!