2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom Lowers Cost Of Entry To $45,000

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, Automotive Editor - August 16, 2017

Modern full-size SUVs are extremely expensive, with prices capable of creeping into the six-figure segment for fully-loaded models. Chevrolet wants to change that by bringing back the Custom moniker to a new entry-level Tahoe model that’s called the Tahoe Custom.

The Tahoe Custom, which cuts out the third-row, along with some luxury features, starts at $44,995 (including the $1,295 destination fee), which is $3,750 less than the 2018 Tahoe LS that it’s based off of. With the lower price tag, the new Tahoe Custom is meant to attract consumers that place pricing and utility above luxury.

Based off the LS trim, which was previously the entry-level Tahoe, the Custom is available with either rear- or four-wheel drive and with the missing third row, 54 cubic feet of cargo capacity comes standard, three cubic feet more than other Tahoe models with the third row folded down. Power still comes from a 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 engine that helps the Tahoe Custom tow up to 6,600 lbs. right out of the gate.

Despite being the most affordable Tahoe, the Custom trim still comes with a lot of the same standard features as the LS model, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, an eight-inch color touchscreen, five USB ports, remote start, a Teen Driver feature, and a rearview camera. The SUV can be fitted with an available Enhanced Driver Alert Package, which cost $695 on the 2017 Tahoe, that adds Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Safety Alert Driver Seat, IntelliBeam headlights, and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking.

To further differentiate the Custom from the LS trim, Chevy added 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, opposed to the LS’ 18-inch aluminum high-polished wheels, and a chrome-accented grille.

For drivers looking to get into a no-frills Tahoe without a third row at a more affordable price, the new Custom trim is a remarkable offering. The new model will go on sale later this September.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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