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