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2018 Chevrolet Tahoe

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2018 LS 4x2
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Price:   -  From $47,500
2018 LS 4x4 Price:   -  From $50,500
2018 LT 4x2 Price:   -  From $52,600
2018 LT 4x4 Price:   -  From $55,600
2018 Premier 4x2 Price:   -  From $62,200
2018 Premier 4x4 Price:   -  From $65,200
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Overview

Traditional SUVs that ride on truck-like frames and provide enough room for passengers to stretch out aren't as popular as they once were. Despite the dominant rise of crossovers, the Chevrolet Tahoe is one of the most popular full-size SUVs on the road, which shouldn't come as a surprise. Power comes from one of two monstrous engines, the SUV has a spacious and comfortable interior, and the 2018 Tahoe can be fitted with everything a driver could ever want. There's even a new performance variant that'll impress those that want more oomph from their SUV.

What's New for 2018

The Tahoe arrives with only a few changes for 2018. The base LS trim gets a few new standard features, which include an 8-inch MyLink touchscreen that brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The other major change for the Tahoe includes a new special edition model in the form of the Rally Sport Truck. The Tahoe RST ditches the chrome for a body-colored grille surround and door handles, gloss-black mirror caps and grille, as well as black window trim, roof rails, badges, and Chevrolet bowties. The RST model also gets exclusive 22-inch wheels and has an available Performance Package that brings a 6.2-liter V8 engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission, and Magnetic Ride Control.

Opting for the RST Edition on a LT trim costs $2,640, while the same package costs $2,630 on the range-topping Premier trim. The Performance Package, which, interestingly enough, isn't available on the LT trim, costs $5,350. The special models can further be upgraded with a Borla exhaust system and high-performance brakes from Brembo.

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Choosing Your Chevrolet Tahoe

Just like last year, the standard engine on the Tahoe is a 5.3-liter V8 engine that makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission that's capable of getting up to 16 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway in two-wheel-drive models. Opting for all-wheel drive brings the vehicle's highway fuel efficiency down by one mpg.

A 420-hp, 6.2-liter V8 engine is available on the new RST Edition. The engine generates 460 lb-ft of torque and is paired to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. According to the EPA, SUVs equipped with the more powerful V8 are good for 14 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Just as with the smaller V8 engine, getting four-wheel drive decreases the Tahoe's fuel economy by one on the highway.

When properly equipped, the Tahoe is capable of towing up to 8,600 lbs. and seating seven passengers comfortably. The large SUV offers 39 inches of second-row leg room and 24.8 inches in the third row. Consumers are also treated to a large amount of cargo space with a total of 94.7 cubic feet with all of the seats folded down and 15.3 cubic feet with all of the seats in place.

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LS

The LS trim is the most affordable, starting at $48,510 (all prices include the $1,295 destination fee). Despite being the base trim, the LS is handsomely equipped with heated exterior mirrors, 18-inch wheels, an 8-inch Chevrolet MyLink touchscreen, six-speaker audio system, tri-zone automatic climate control, cloth bucket seats, third and second row 60/40-split folding bench seats, OnStar with built-in Wi-Fi, remote keyless entry, a rearview camera, and Rear Park Assist. Adding four-wheel drive is an additional $3,000.

There are four available packages for the LS trim, including the Enhanced Driver Alert Package ($695) that adds low-speed automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, a Driver Alert Seat, power-adjustable pedals, and IntelliBeam headlights that automatically switch between high and low beam.

The All-Season Package ($2,880) brings 20-inch wheels, all-season tires, body-color bodyside moldings, black roof-rack cross rails, the Max Trailering Package, and all-weather floor mats. Ticking the box for the Max Trailering Package ($580) includes a 3.42 rear axle ratio, a trailer brake controller, the Z85 Premium Smooth Ride Suspension Package, and, on four-wheel-drive models, a two-speed active transfer case.

Lastly, the Interior Protection Package ($250) adds all-weather floor mats and a rear cargo mat.

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LT

The LT trim costs $53,750, while the four-wheel-drive variant increases the price to $56,750. The LT trim adds a power liftgate, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, rearview auto-dimming mirror, leather bucket seats, memory settings for the seat and the pedals, power-adjustable pedals, a Universal Home Remote, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist with lane departure warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, and a Safety Alert Driver Seat.

LT trims have six available packages, including the Luxury Package ($2,995) that adds a keyless entry system with push button start, a heated second row, heated power-adjustable exterior mirrors, a power-folding third row, a heated steering wheel, a memory setting for the steering wheel, wireless charging, a hands-free power liftgate, fog lamps, front and rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and a body-color trailer hitch closeout in the rear fascia.

The Sun, Entertainment and Destinations Package ($3,380) brings navigation, an entertainment system for the second row, and a power sunroof to the SUV. The LT Signature Package ($6,770) includes 20-inch chrome wheels, bright bodyside moldings, a chrome grille insert, a polished exhaust tip, chrome recovery hooks, and a chrome assist step kit.

The Theft Protection Package ($410) adds a Theft Deterrent System, self-powered horn, Interior Movement and Vehicle Inclination sensors, door and lift-gate lock shields, and glass break sensors in rear quarter glass and lift-gate window.

The Max Trailering Package and the Interior Protection Package add the same features as on the LS trim.

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Premier

The range-topping Premier trim is priced at $63,435, while adding four-wheel drive is an extra $3,000. Standard features on the Premier include: power-folding mirrors with integrated turn indicators, 20-inch wheels, fog lamps, HID headlights, a hands-free liftgate, navigation, a Bose 10-speaker surround sound system, second row bucket seats with power release, heated second row seats, power-folding third row, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, a power tilt and telescopic steering column, wireless charging, keyless open, keyless start, and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert.

The Premier trim has four available packages: the Sun, Entertainment and Destinations Package ($2,885), Max Trailering Package ($300), Interior Protection Package ($250), and Theft Protection Package ($410). Each adds the same features as on the lower-end trims.

CarsDirect Tip

The 5.3-liter V8 is more than powerful enough to get the job done, but the 6.2-liter motor in the new Tahoe RST is worth the extra money, making the LT trim with the RST package the one we'd opt for. The Max Trailering Package is a must for consumers that tow large cargo on a regular basis, while choosing between the Luxury Package and the Sun, Entertainment and Destinations Package depends on whether navigation or power-folding rear seats are more important to you.

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The full-size 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe backs up its heavy-duty SUV cred with a pair of muscular V8s, a comfortable interior, and a veritable smorgasbord of options and trims. Holding it back is the lack of a diesel or hybrid model (no doubt due to its advanced age) and a thirsty optional engine.

Best Value

Prices for the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe starts at $49,290 for a rear-drive LS, but can climb to well over $77,000 for a fully loaded example. Two engines are offered – most models come with a 355 horsepower 5.3-liter V8 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, while Premier buyers who kick in $2,820 for the RST Edition and $2,820 for the Performance Package will find a 420-hp 6.2-liter V8 under the hood mated to a ten-speed automatic.

In addition to the usual power features, even base models come with a barrage of standard features including eighteen-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch touchscreen, power driver and front passenger seats, third row seating, three-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, 4G LTE and available Wi-Fi hotspot, a rear view camera, and rear park assist. Trailering aficionados will also appreciate the standard locking rear differential, external oil cooler, auxiliary transmission oil cooler, trailering hitch platform, seven-wire harness, two-inch receiver, trailer sway control, and hill start assist.

Pre-collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, automatic headlights with high-beam assist, and lane departure warning with lane keep assist are optional on the LS and standard on the LT and Premier trims.

With most models equipped with the 5.3-liter V8, the typical advice when shopping for a Chevy applies – go with the mid-level trim. In that case, we're talking about the LT, which adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, the safety gear mentioned above for a reasonable $54,390. Aside from four-wheel drive, we'd pass on optional extras, as they don't really contribute any must-haves to the Tahoe equation.

Here’s how we’d build it:

  • Model: 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LT
  • Engine: 5.3-liter V8
  • Output: 355 hp / 383 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Four-wheel-drive
  • MPG: 16 City / 22 Hwy
  • Options: Four-wheel drive ($3,000)
  • Base Price: $54,390 (including a $1,295 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$57,390

Performance

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Featuring a truck's character and more ground clearance than most of the competition, the Tahoe's base 5.3-liter V8 pulls strongly, sounds rich, pairs well with the six-speed automatic, and can run on four cylinders in low-load situations – a boon to fuel economy. . Likewise, the 6.2-liter V8, mated to a smoother ten-speed automatic, offers 28 additional horsepower and, more importantly, 254 additional lb-ft of torque at a penalty of just 2 miles per gallon city and 1 mpg combined. Coil springs enhance the solid rear axle's ride quality, while models with seventeen and eighteen-inch wheels ride the best, exhibiting good body control, and a soft, comfortable ride. Towing is stable and smooth, while a tow/haul mode prevents the transmission from downshifting too quickly – an advantage when towing smaller trailers.

But compared to competitors, handling is ponderous, with optional twenty- and twenty-two-inch wheels firming up the ride without improving handling, and, despite nearly eight inches of ground clearance, the Tahoe's overall size hinder its capabilities off-road.

Style

Sharing underpinnings with GMC's Yukon and Denali models as well as the Cadillac Escalade, the Tahoe's design is the most conservative of the four, with a chrome-laden grille and semi-split headlights offering more style up-front than the much plainer rear fascia. It's wrapped around a voluminous interior (15.3 cu ft behind the third row, 52 cu ft when it's folded, and a total of 95 cu ft with both rows folded) with an upscale feel, slick-looking dash with high-mounted controls, and all-day comfort buckets up front. The second row's middle seat is comfortable for two on extended trips, while an optional pair of captain chairs makes it easier to access the third row.

Three adults – especially the middle passenger – will find accommodations tight in the second row, while only children will find the third row comfortable for long trips. Finally, choosing the third row delete option will not result in more cargo capacity since it doesn't affect the height of the load floor.

The Best and Worst Things

The Tahoe's strong engine lineup and comfortable interior are offset by its immense dimensions, truck-like ride on most models, and lack of a diesel or hybrid drivetrain.

Right For? Wrong For?

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A comfortable, spacious interior and available safety features, should appeal to family buyers.

At the same time, the Tahoe's fuel economy – though impressive for its class – is sure to turn off eco conscious buyers.

The Bottom Line

Despite a smooth ride, strong V8 choices, and impressive interior room, the Chevrolet Tahoe only manages to land mid-pack due to its truck-like feel, large proportions and fuel economy numbers that fall short of equally spacious crossovers.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
5.3L V-8 / 355 HP / 383 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
16 / 23 / 19 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
8 / 9 / 6
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
5.3L V-8 / 355 HP / 383 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
16 / 23 / 19 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc / Brembo 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel / Full-size
Fuel Tank
26.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$100
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
94.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
204.0 "
Exterior Width
80.5 "
Exterior Height
74.4 "
Front Headroom
42.8 "
Rear Headroom
38.7 "
Front Legroom
45.3 "
Rear Legroom
39.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
64.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
65.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
5,355 Lbs.
Wheel Base
116 "
Turning Radius
19.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Polished Aluminum / 22.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Black Aluminum / 17.0 " Painted Steel / 18.0 " Painted Aluminum / 20.0 " Polished Aluminum / 22.0 " Steel / 22.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum / 22.0 " Silver W/chrome Accents Aluminum / 22.0 " Black Aluminum / 22.0 " Machined Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated, Convex Spotter Driver
Bumpers
Body-colored / Front Body-colored With 2 Front Tow Hook(s) / Black
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
8 / 9 / 6
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket / 40-20-40 Split-bench
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (4-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Chevrolet Mylink Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock / Chevrolet Mylink Am/fm, Seek-scan / Chevrolet Mylink Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
5 / 4
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Alert With Automatic Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist With Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intellibeam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear Park Assist Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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