2018 Chevrolet Tahoe
- New RST Performance Edition model
- Part of the fourth Tahoe generation introduced for 2015
- Seating for up to nine people
- Impressive towing capacity from the standard V8 engine
- Quiet and nicely trimmed cabin
- Sluggish engine and brake responses
- High trunk floor reduces cargo space and makes loading items difficult
- Maneuvering in tight spaces is a challenge
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Tahoe does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3 / 5
Most midsize and smaller SUVs have switched to more carlike unibody construction in pursuit of improved ride quality, driving experience and efficiency. But for large SUVs, truck-based body-on-frame construction is still king. The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe demonstrates some of the strengths of this approach, but it also has quite a few shortcomings.
On the upside, the Tahoe boasts a stout towing capacity — up to 8,600 pounds — for pulling boats, campers and the like. There's plenty of power, too. A 355-horsepower V8 is standard, and an optional 420-hp V8 is new this year. A nicely appointed cabin — easy to use and to climb into and out of — is another of the Tahoe's strengths. We also like the quiet ride and robust air conditioning, which is more than a match for the large interior space.
However, the Tahoe's sluggish driving experience, along with the peculiarities of its compromised cargo space, are weaknesses not shared by most unibody SUVs. Chevrolet's efforts to improve the Tahoe's efficiency also compromise its usefulness off-road, particularly the low front air dam that limits ground clearance. Buyers looking to do anything but the mildest off-roading would be well-advised to opt for the Tahoe's Z71 package.
Buyers looking for large SUVs don't have many choices. The Ford Expedition has received some major updates, and its latest model promises lots of space and capability. There's also the Toyota Sequoia, an affordable alternative with superior cargo and passenger space. And if you don't plan on towing much, crossovers such as the Honda Pilot and Volkswagen Atlas offer plenty of room for three rows of adults to travel in comfort, and lots of technology tricks to boot.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe is a large three-row SUV that comes in three trim levels: LS, LT and Premier. All trim levels come standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine (355 hp and 383 pound-feet of torque), a six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive and a single-speed transfer case are available for all trim levels. Seating for eight is standard; an optional 40/20/40-split middle-row bench seat increases passenger capacity to nine, but it is only available on the base LS trim.
Standard features for the LS include 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, automatic wipers, remote keyless entry, remote ignition, rear parking sensors, a trailer hitch receiver with wiring harness, side steps and roof rails. On the inside, you get tri-zone automatic climate control, a 10-way power-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding second- and third-row bench seats and a tilt-only, leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Standard tech for the LS includes a teen-driver monitoring system, OnStar communication (including a 4G LTE connection and a Wi-Fi hotspot), a 110-volt power outlet, Chevy's MyLink infotainment system (with 8-inch touchscreen), a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, five USB ports, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and satellite radio.
The optional Enhanced Driver Alert package adds forward collision warning with low-speed automatic braking, automatic high beams, lane departure warning and intervention, and power-adjustable pedals.
The LT trim includes all of the above, along with a power liftgate, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, a telescoping steering wheel, driver-seat memory functions, an auto-dimming rearview camera, a universal garage door opener and a nine-speaker Bose audio system.
The optional Luxury package adds a hands-free tailgate opener, power-folding mirrors, an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, foglights, front parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, keyless entry and ignition, heated second-row seats, power-folding second- and third-row seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with heating, and a wireless charging pad. The Texas Edition package is equipped identically (minus the charging pad) but adds unique badging and crossbars to the roof rails.
The Premier trim includes the Luxury package and adds 20-inch wheels, xenon headlights, adaptive suspension dampers, ventilated front seats, second-row bucket seats (reducing seating capacity to seven), a navigation system, 12-way power front seats and a 10-speaker Bose premium surround-sound upgrade.
The LT and Premier trims are eligible for the Sun, Entertainment and Destinations package that includes a sunroof, navigation for the LT trim and a rear-seat entertainment system. Adaptive cruise control, power-retractable side steps and a head-up display are also available on the Premier trim.
New for 2018 are the RST Edition and RST Performance Edition packages. The RST Edition is an appearance package for the LT and Premier trims that adds blacked-out exterior pieces such as wheels and badging. The RST Performance Edition, available only on the Tahoe Premier, adds a 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque), a 10-speed automatic transmission, a trailer brake controller, a sport-tuned suspension and, on four-wheel-drive models, a two-speed transfer case.
Offered on all trims are 22-inch wheels as well as the Max Trailering package that includes a different rear axle ratio, an electronic two-speed transfer case (on 4WD models), a trailer brake controller, and an auto-leveling suspension for vehicles without the magnetic suspension. The Z71 Off-Road package is available only on the LT trim and adds all-terrain tires, unique cosmetic elements, tubular side steps, underbody skid plates, an off-road suspension, an electronic two-speed transfer case, hill descent control, front parking sensors and rubber floor mats.
Many features offered on higher-trim models are available on supporting trims as options.
Noise & vibration4.5
Ease of use4
Getting in/getting out4
Child safety seat accommodation
Audio & navigation3.5
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Tahoe safety features:
- Forward Collision Alert
- Warns the driver to take action to avoid colliding with a vehicle or other object in front of the SUV.
- Lane Keep Assist
- Alerts the driver when the SUV drifts out of its lane, and delivers steering input to keep the vehicle in its lane.
- Safety Alert Driver Seat
- Vibrates the driver's seat cushion when a safety alert occurs.
Chevrolet Tahoe vs. the competition
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe
2018 Ford Expedition
Chevrolet Tahoe vs. Ford Expedition
The Ford Expedition is fully redesigned for 2018, and it gives the Tahoe a serious run for the money. The Expedition has a lot going for it, with a powerful turbocharged V6, a premium interior and an adult-friendly third row. If ultimate towing ability is a priority, its 9,300-pound capacity is class-leading.
Chevrolet Tahoe vs. Cadillac Escalade
The Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade are two sides of the same coin. The Tahoe is more of a utilitarian family hauler, while the Escalade makes a statement with bolder styling and exclusive luxury features. The Escalade's standard 6.2-liter V8 (now available in the Tahoe as well) makes the Caddy unexpectedly quick.
Chevrolet Tahoe vs. Chevrolet Traverse
If you need three rows of seating but the Tahoe's price is a little high, or you prefer passenger comfort to outright towing ability, a good alternative is Chevy's own Traverse. The redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is lighter and more powerful than the vehicle it replaces, and its third row is passenger-friendly.
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe for Sale
Not many vehicles can carry nine people and tow 8,400 pounds, but the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe can. This large SUV's truck-based construction means it has some particular talents. It also has a quiet cabin that's nicely appointed, with easy-to-use controls and some good standard infotainment features.
The base Tahoe LS comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, active grille shutters for improved aerodynamics, heated mirrors, automatic wipers, cruise control, remote keyless entry and ignition, and rear parking sensors.
Inside the Tahoe, you'll find tri-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver seat, and 60/40-split folding second- and third-row bench seats. Also included: a tilt-only, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a conversation mirror to monitor rear seat passengers. Standard technology includes Chevy's 8-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a six-speaker CD player with mobile apps, HD radio, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, five USB ports and an auxiliary audio input. There's also OnStar emergency telematics with navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot and even a household power outlet.
There are also practical features such as a trailer hitch receiver with wiring harness, side steps and roof rails. Even the base Chevy Tahoe comes ready to tow, and the excellent towing capacity is thanks in part to the standard 5.3-liter V8 engine with 355 horsepower.
Moving up through the Tahoe's LT and Premier trims gets you a power liftgate, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, power-folding mirrors, a wireless charging pad and more. The Premier trim even comes with Magnetic Ride Control active suspension.
On the safety front, the Tahoe comes standard with Chevy's teen-driver monitoring system, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward parking sensors, forward collision alert, and adaptive cruise control with automatic braking.
Chevrolet offers tons of options for the Tahoe, from appearance packages to luxuries to practical features like a trailering package. There's even an optional powertrain for the Premier trim in the guise of the Tahoe RST Performance Edition, which adds a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and 10-speed automatic.
If you need to move a lot of people and a lot of stuff, the Tahoe is worth a closer look. Make sure to read our full review to find out more, and take advantage of our shopping tools to find the best deal on a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe in your area.
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Overview
The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe is offered in the following submodels: Tahoe SUV. Available styles include LT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A), LT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A), Premier 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A), LS 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A), Premier 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A), LS 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A), Fleet 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A), and Fleet 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A).
What do people think of the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Tahoe 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Tahoe.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Tahoe featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
What's a good price for a New 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe?
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $66,425. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) is trending $13,325 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) is20.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $56,875. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) is trending $11,251 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $11,251 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$45,624.
The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) is19.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $51,745. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) is trending $12,266 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $12,266 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$39,479.
The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) is23.7% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $48,745. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) is trending $10,754 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $10,754 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$37,991.
The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) is22.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $53,875. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) is trending $12,549 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $12,549 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$41,326.
The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) is23.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe?
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