2018 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV

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2018 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV Overview

The standard features of the Chevrolet Tahoe Commercial Fleet include EcoTec3 5.3L V-8 355hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 17" steel wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2018 Chevrolet
Tahoe SUV

Starting at: $46,340

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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system - OnStar Guidance
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Ground clearance (min) - 200mm (7.9")
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Premium audio system - Chevrolet MyLink
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Turn-by-turn navigation directions - OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 8.0"
  • Smart device integration - Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 72 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/100,000miles
  • Maintenance warranty - 24 months/24,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 9
  • Front seats - bench
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 2-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest - w/storage
  • Power 2-way passenger lumbar support
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • 3rd row seats - split-bench
  • Engine displacement - 5.3 L
  • Engine horsepower - 355hp @ 5,600RPM
  • Engine torque - 383 lb.-ft. @ 4,100RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 96.0mm x 92.0mm (3.78" x 3.62")
  • Compression ratio - 11.00 to 1
  • Payload - 780kg (1,720lbs)
  • Curb weight - 2,429kg (5,355lbs)
  • GVWR - 3,221kg (7,100lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 2,994kg (6,600lbs)
  • Exterior length - 5,182mm (204.0")
  • Exterior body width - 2,045mm (80.5")
  • Exterior height - 1,890mm (74.4")
  • Wheelbase - 2,946mm (116.0")
  • Turning radius - 5.9m (19.5')
  • Front legroom - 1,151mm (45.3")
  • Rear legroom - 991mm (39.0")
  • 3rd row legroom - 630mm (24.8")
  • Front headroom - 1,087mm (42.8")
  • Rear headroom - 983mm (38.7")
  • 3rd row headroom - 968mm (38.1")
  • Front hiproom - 1,544mm (60.8")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,532mm (60.3")
  • 3rd row hiproom - 1,252mm (49.3")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,646mm (64.8")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,654mm (65.1")
  • 3rd row shoulder room - 1,590mm (62.6")
  • Interior cargo volume - 433 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,682 L (95 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Trailer hitch receiver
  • Trailer sway control
  • Engine liters - 5.3
  • Cylinder configuration - V-8
  • Horsepower - 355hp @ 5,600RPM
  • Torque - 383 lb.-ft. @ 4,100RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Cylinder deactivation
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - rear-wheel
  • Limited slip differential
  • Fuel economy combined - 19mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 26.0gal.
  • Rear locking differential
  • Fuel economy city - 16mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 23mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Tracker system
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Front tires - 265/70SR17.0
  • Rear tires - 265/70SR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Tires - all-terrain
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Voltmeter
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Parking sensors - rear
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Police Vehicle 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV Police Vehicle Search New $46,340   355-hp 5.3L 8-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 23  
Commercial Fleet 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV Commercial Fleet Search New $46,340   355-hp 5.3L 8-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 23  
LS 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV LS Search New $47,500   355-hp 5.3L 8-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 23  
Police Vehicle 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV Police Vehicle Search New $49,340   355-hp 5.3L 8-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 22  
Commercial Fleet 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV Commercial Fleet Search New $49,340   355-hp 5.3L 8-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 22  
Special Service Vehicle 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV Special Service Vehicle Search New $49,340   355-hp 5.3L 8-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 22  
LS 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV LS Search New $50,500   355-hp 5.3L 8-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 22  
LT 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV LT Search New $52,600   355-hp 5.3L 8-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 23  
LT 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV LT Search New $55,600   355-hp 5.3L 8-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 22  
Premier 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV Premier Search New $62,200   355-hp 5.3L 8-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 23  
Premier 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV Premier Search New $65,200   355-hp 5.3L 8-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 22  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

Tahoe drivers can expect to experience a traditional truck feel, but this sizable heavyweight doesn’t seem as antiquated as its traditional specifications might suggest: The Tahoe is a stable and supremely comfortable highway cruiser and it rides quite nicely on rougher roads.

Capabilities for towing beat crossover models. Properly equipped, Tahoes can tow up to 8,600 pounds. Tow/haul mode limits the transmission’s tendency to downshift too soon.

Measured against crossovers, cars that look like SUVs, Tahoe handling is best described as ponderous, though steering feels more precise than in the past. Ride quality scores better, because soft coil-spring suspensions cope effectively with large bumps. The smooth ride refutes the Tahoe’s pickup-truck heritage. Models with 17- or 18-inch wheels ride best, demonstrating good body control and a soft overall feel.

Not only is the Tahoe’s 5.3-liter V8 smoothly powerful, it sounds strong and rich, mating neatly with the 6-speed automatic. In low-load conditions, the V8 can run using only half of its cylinders, to improve highway fuel economy.

Tahoe handles rugged terrain well, especially in terms of durability. It can handle routine travel on gravel roads and two tracks. For more challenging terrain, its size can become a challenge, however. Optional four-wheel drive can be upgraded with a two-speed transfer case, useful for mud and steep grades.

Tahoe RST offers a tauter suspension, bigger Brembo brakes, and more potent V8, giving it a tuner feel. Over lumpy terrain, GM’s Magnetic Ride Control improves ride quality while tightening handling.

For such a large vehicle, fuel economy isn’t bad. With rear-wheel drive, the 2018 Tahoe is EPA-rated at 16/23 mpg City/Highway, or 19 mpg Combined. Four-wheel drive drops the estimate to 16/22/18 mpg. The newly optional 6.2-liter V8 guzzles Premium-grade gasoline. With rear-wheel drive, the Tahoe RST is EPA-rated at 14/23 mpg City/Highway, or 17 mpg Combined. Four-wheel drive reduces the RST estimate to 14/22/17 mpg.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

The Tahoe is a full-size SUV, shorter than the Suburban. Crisp, clean body lines give Tahoe a timeless look. It’s an attractive vehicle.

In profile, it’s a basic two-box vehicle with squared-off lines. Details make the difference between today’s Tahoe and its predecessors. Up front, a chrome-laden grille, flanked by unusual partially split headlights, conveys an expressive appearance. Less detailing is evident at the rear.

The new RST model cuts back on chrome, in favor of black and body-colored trim.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

Comfortable and carlike, the Tahoe cabin offers plenty of space for people and cargo, augmented by an appropriately upscale aura. Even the base LS model benefits from soft-touch materials, as well as stitched door panels and dashboard.

Swoopy in appearance, the dashboard is sensibly organized. Most controls are mounted high and are easy to reach and operate.

Front bucket seats offer supreme comfort, even for day-long drives. On special order as a fleet model, a front bench can substitute for the twin buckets.

Second-row seats aren’t quite so comfortable. Outboard riders can expect ample space and good support. The middle position of the 40/60-split bench is tight, but acceptable for short jaunts.

Optional twin captain’s chairs make it easier for passengers to reach the third row, which is more spacious than expected. Agile adults should have no trouble getting there, after using a lever or button to fold down the second row.

Choosing seating configurations is one of the most important decisions when ordering a Tahoe to ensure it best fits your needs. Captain’s chairs offer more comfort, for example, but the center console between them eliminates the large, flat cargo floor and prevents having a solid barrier of seat backs when transporting a dog or cargo. Bench seats, conversely, are more difficult to pass through when moving rearward.

Cargo capacity excels, totaling an impressive 52 cubic feet with second-row seatbacks upright. With all seatbacks raised, cargo volume sinks to 15.3 cubic feet.


New Car Test Drive

The Chevrolet Tahoe is highly capable at towing and hauling and travel over rugged roads. Tahoe models are equipped well and are comfortable for long trips.

Driving impressions by Andrew Ganz, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.


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Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LS ($47,450) comes with rear-wheel drive and the 5.3-liter V8. Standard features include rearview camera, 18-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, and wi-fi hotspot functionalist. A new Custom option omits the third row and substitutes 17-inch wheels. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $1,295 destination charge.

Four-wheel drive is available for each trim level ($3,000).

Tahoe LT ($52,580) upgrades with leather seating surfaces, heated front seats with memory, Bose premium audio, a power liftgate, forward collision alert, and lane-keep assist.

Tahoe Premier ($62,130) comes with heated/ventilated front seats, HID headlights, navigation, 20-inch wheels, and magnetic dampers.

RST includes 22-inch wheels, special trim, and the option of a 6.2-liter V8, Borla exhaust and Brembo front brakes.

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