2018 Chevrolet Tahoe: King Of The Affordable Full-Size SUVs















The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe is Chevrolet’s full-size, three-row, body-on-frame SUV. It was introduced to the Chevy lineup in the 1995 model year. It is based on the same platform as the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck. The 2018 Tahoe represents the fourth model year of the fourth generation of this popular vehicle. The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe is sold around the globe, with over 103,000 sold worldwide in 2016.

The Tahoe has a longer-wheelbase sibling, the Chevrolet Suburban, as its companion SUV in the Chevy lineup. The Tahoe is built on a 116” wheelbase, while the Suburban offers a wheelbase of 130”. All of that extra length is behind the second-row seats, so the Suburban’s major benefit over the Tahoe is in its extra cargo capacity. Even so, the 2018 Tahoe still gives you 15.3 cu. ft. of space behind the third row, 51.7 cu. ft. behind the second row, and 94.7 cu. ft. behind the front row.

Affordable is a relative term in this segment of the market, but the Tahoe’s starting price of less than $50,000 is quite an improvement over the $74,000 Cadillac Escalade and the $72,000 Lincoln Navigator. Load up the Tahoe with options, and you still come out ahead!

What’s New On The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe

LED daytime driving lamps now standard on all Tahoe trim levels. There is a new RST 6.2L Performance Package available on the RST Edition with Premier trim. This includes the 6.2L engine with 420 horsepower, a ten-speed automatic transmission, and performance-calibrated Magnetic Ride Control. There are two new exterior colors: Havana Metallic and Satin Steel Metallic. Finally, there are two new performance-related dealer-installed options: a Borla performance exhaust system, and a six-piston Brembo front brake package

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Trim Levels And Pricing

For 2018, the Tahoe is offered in LS, LT and Premier trims, each of which can be had in either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive configurations.

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe pricing starts at $47,450 for the Tahoe LS and goes up to $62,130 for the Tahoe Premier. Four-wheel drive is a $3,000 option on all trim levels. Maximum trailering capacity is 8,600 pounds.

Engine Options For The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe

The standard Tahoe engine is the 5.3L direct-injected V8 with 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. For a higher level of performance, you can get the 6.2L V8, which provides you with 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. The 5.3L engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 6.2L V8 is paired with a new ten-speed automatic.

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Safety Systems

Standard 2018 Tahoe safety equipment includes front and side-impact air bags for driver and front passenger, a front-center air bag, and head curtain side-impact air bags for all rows. A rear-vision camera is also standard, as is a tire pressure monitor that includes a tire fill alert.

Advanced driver assistance systems are available. The Enhanced Driver Alert Package consists of forward collision alert, safety alert driver seat, Intellibeam headlamps with automatic high-beam control, lane keep assist, and low speed forward automatic braking. It is available on LS, and is standard on LT and Premier. Side blind zone alert with lane change alert, and rear cross-traffic alert are available on LT and standard on Premier. Adaptive cruise control with front automatic braking is available on Premier.

The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Has Everything You Need In A Full-Size SUV

For taking the whole family, hauling all their stuff, and pulling a trailer if necessary, the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe has you covered. It is tough, rugged, and reliable, but can also be set up with all the creature comforts you desire. Best of all, it costs less than its competitors! Check out the Tahoe if you need the capabilities of a serious full-size SUV.

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Stephen Fogel

Stephen follows the global automotive industry on a daily basis, including new model announcements, new technologies, sales trends, and the latest in "green" cars.