2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Expert Review

4.6 Overall Score
Performance 4.5 Comfort 4.4 Styling 4.4 Value 4.5

Editor's Overview

A popular full-size SUV that seats up to nine, the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe offers acres of interior space, high-tech features and the V8 towing power active American families demand. It’s available with 2- or 4-wheel drive with low range, and competes with other 3-row giants including the Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia and its mechanical twin, the GMC Yukon.

You'll Like The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe If...

Spacious, luxurious and V8-powered, few vehicles are better equipped to get the kids to school, the team to practice or your RV to the campsite. The family-friendly Tahoe may be the ultimate road trip device, and its optional 4-wheel drive means it can take you places other SUVs can’t.

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There are less expensive and far more fuel-efficient 3-row SUVs available, including Chevy’s own Traverse. Some may also find the sheer size of the Tahoe to be intimidating and its girth can be hard to park in crowded lots. Although comfortable, some car-based SUVs provide a smoother ride.

What's New

New for 2018 is the Rally Sport Truck or RST special edition, which gives the Tahoe a street performance image with blacked-out trim, a body-color grille surround and door handles. A Borla exhaust system, larger Brembo brakes and a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and 10-speed automatic transmission are options. Also joining the lineup is the Tahoe Custom, a 2-row, 5-passenger variant of the base LS model.

Interior Features

The Tahoe’s comfortable driver’s seat adjusts multiple ways. Combine that seat with the standard tilt steering (and telescoping in LT and Premier trims) wheel and the optional power-adjustable pedals, it’s easy to find a sweet spot. The materials are overwhelmingly upscale, and the controls are easy to find and figure out. The large 8-inch touch screen is as easy to use as any smartphone. While the column-mount gearshift lever is oddly old-school, it opens up the console for massive storage. Adults will wish the second row adjusted fore and back, not just for seatback angle. The third row can handle adults but is best for kids. In the new Tahoe Custom, the third row is removed entirely, which opens up 54 cubic feet a space -- a couple more than standard models with the third row folded.

Exterior Features

You immediately know it's a Chevy, with the big bow tie on the grille, and you immediately know it's a big truck. But you'd be forgiven if you didn't realize the new Tahoe was still based on Chevy's full-size Silverado pickup, as they share zero body panels. The Tahoe and GMC Yukon are also twins under the skin. We like the Tahoe’s sharp-edged styling, sculpted flanks, and new LED daytime running lights. The Tahoe looks wider than its GMC Yukon cousin thanks to the wide grille that blends into the headlights. Shorter drivers will love the available power running boards.

Driving Impressions

Full-size SUVs like the 2018 Chevy Tahoe are still the kings of the urban jungle. Which is exactly what you feel like perched up high behind its leather-wrapped steering wheel. The big 5.3-liter V8 even roars like a lion. The days of the truck-like SUV that rides like a tractor are long gone. The new Tahoe is big, but it’s a pussycat from inside its luxurious interior. Visibility is excellent, its steering is light and its cabin is exceptionally quiet. The Tahoe also rides admirably, despite its antiquated solid-axle rear suspension. Order the 22-inch wheels and you will sacrifice some ride comfort, but with the available Magnetic Ride Control (MRC), which continually adjusts the shocks to the conditions, it’s a smooth ride, even in the way-back third row. The V8 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission work well together, and deliver acceleration and passing power that will make you smile.

Pricing Notes

A rear-wheel-drive 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LS has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $48,500, including the $1,295 destination charge.If you only need two rows of seating for five passengers, you can shave $3,750 off that price with the new Custom Edition package. The midgrade

LT comes in at about $53,500 and its much longer list of standard features makes it worth the additional money. For all the leather and chrome glitz you can handle this side of a Cadillac Escalade, the Premier starts at about $63,000. If you want 4WD on your Tahoe, add another $3,000. That's quite a bit more than the Nissan Armada, and even the Toyota Sequoia; however, the larger and newly redesigned Ford Expedition has a higher starting price. Resale is another consideration; the Tahoe beats the Ford and Nissan, but generally isn't quite up to the Sequoia's. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their Tahoe.

Notable Equipment

The standard engine in the 2018 Tahoe is a 5.3-liter V8 connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Opt for the basic LS and you still get a nicely equipped SUV. There are cloth seats, a 6-speaker audio system that includes Bluetooth streaming plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors. There's also Teen Driver, which helps you monitor and set limits on your younger driver's activities. Along with airbags, anti-lock brakes and stability control, the Tahoe comes standard with a full suite of OnStar automatic crash response and other safety features.

Notable Options

You can snuggle with your sweetie as you drive the 2018 Tahoe LS thanks to the available front bench seat. The mid-level LT can be equipped with almost everything available on the higher-level Premier thanks to the LT's Luxury Package, which adds leather seating and more. The Premier comes only with seats for seven, while the LT can still seat up to eight. Tech-based active safety systems like Forward Collision Alert, Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Alert and Safety Alert Seat are also offered. And of course, 4-wheel drive with a low range is available.

Favorite Features

CHEVY MYLINK

Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system is one of the easiest to use and quicker-responding systems available. With detailed graphics and an intuitive 8-inch touch-screen interface, the system offers onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, voice activation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. An easily navigated Navigation system is also available.


TEEN DRIVER TECHNOLOGY

Exclusive to Chevy’s products, this clever system sends you updates on your teen’s driving habits. It also disables the SUV’s sound system until the front-seat occupants have buckled their seatbelts, and it allows you to set a speed alert and a volume limit on the Tahoe’s audio system.


Under the Hood

Two V8 engines are available in the new 2018 Chevy Tahoe. Most are powered by a 5.3-liter 355-horsepower V8 with high-tech fuel injection that enhances both fuel economy and power; it also features GM's Active Cylinder Management, which imperceptibly shuts off half the cylinders under steady cruise to help preserve fuel. This engine works with a 6-speed automatic transmission, and while it's certainly smooth and seamless, we do wish GM would offer the excellent 8-speed automatic that's available in some Silverado pickup models. Order the RST special edition and opt for the Performance Package, and the Tahoe gets the 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and 10-speed automatic from the Cadillac Escalade. Two- and 4-wheel drive with a proper low range for real off-road duty are available.


5.3-liter V8

355 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm

383 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg (2WD), 16/22 mpg (4WD)


6.2-liter V8

420 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm

460 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 mpg (2WD), 15/20 mpg (4WD)

Editors' Notes

With acres of interior space, high-tech safety and infotainment features and V8 towing power, the stylish 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe continues to dominate the full-size category. It’s available with 2- or 4-wheel drive (2WD, 4WD) with low range, and competes with other 3-row giants including the Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia and its mechanical twin, the GMC Yukon. Three trim levels are offered, LS, LT and Premier, and several seating configurations are available including a front bench seat that expands capacity to nine passengers. The 8-passenger configuration is far more popular, and 2nd-row captain’s chairs, which turn the new Tahoe into a 7-seater, are also in demand.For 2018, Chevy is also introducing the Tahoe Custom, a 5-passenger model that deletes the third row for more cargo space. Pricing starts as low as $44,995 for a 2WD LS, while a fully loaded Premier can top $75,000.


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The Chevrolet Tahoe has got them all beat!

The 2018 Chevy Tahoe that I drive is by far my favorite vehicle I have every owned. I come from a Ford loving family and this would be the first time owning a Chevrolet. I purchased the Texas edition which has a fair amount of chrome trim. Exterior color is gray. I have not experienced any problems with this car due to manufacturing issues, however I did have an auto accident within 6 months after purchasing the vehicle. I now have a few issues with the driver door. Sometimes I have a blind spot if looking over top of my hood to the right at an intersection if stopped on a hill. The cars performance has been exceptional as well as its reliability. It is by far one of the most comfortable cars I have ever drove/rode in. Features are wonderful as it includes my back up camera on screen, heated leather seats, power sunroof, DVD/CD player. I love the size of the console as well as the added storage to the side of the console. One feature I would change would be to add more cup holders in the front. I also miss having luggage space in the back it is very minimal unless you can set the back seats down. The Tahoe does not seem to be the best choice if your considering gas mileage. But for the great ride it provides it is worth it to me. I have a family of 5 with three smaller children and is a perfect fit for us. I think I would have a tough time going to any other car at this point.

- Emilie H

2018 Chevy Tahoe lots of feature you can turn on or off.

I've had 3 Tahoe's now and I love this one. The new features for me are wireless phone charger which I really like. Another new feature is the speedometer on the windshield. I didn't like this feature. It was very distracting while driving. I had it turned off. I am happy there was that option. It also has a DVD play heated and cooled seats. Heated steering wheel. Amazing in the winter months. Cruise control and sensors when you are close to another vehicle. There are also sensors for when you are going off-road or in other lane. These sensors vibrate your seat. I personally do not care for the sensors when your changing lanes etc. so I turned those off as well. I am really like that you can have the option to turn on and off all the features. I over all love my vehicle its very reliable I've never had a problem with any of my Tahoe's. There is about a 25 gallon tank and I can get anywhere from 18 to 25 mph.

- Stephanie G

Dependable family car with lots of cargo room.

This is the best driving vehicle that I have ever owned. It is dependable and drives so smooth. It is the perfect car for a family. We have two small children and one more on the way. I have no doubts that it will comfortably fit three car seats/booster seats across the middle row. It has great storage room in the back although it is a bit sloped unlike previous body styles. They do include a cargo net to prevent cargo from falling out when opening the hatch though. It is the base model so it lacks some features that I like (electric tailgate, push button start, keyless entry button) but it is worth it for the price. While we typically don't keep our cars very long before trading in for newer models, it will be hard to sell this particular car.

- Erin B

Awesome to travel in. Great accessories. And beautiful vehicle.

Tahoe premiere was so comfortable to travel in recently. Went on vacation with 4 adults and one dog. There was so much room. The seats were so awesome with the cooling and warming feature. The separate air controls for the front and back were great. The ride was so smooth. The amount of USB ports was great. And the charger in console that you just lay your phone on was great. There was a regular outlet in the back that I used to charge my laptop. Anything you can think of the Tahoe premiere has. Great vehicle. I give it a big thumbs up. Recommend it to families and anyone who needs room and lots of extras.

- Sonya D

Comfortable, reliable, beautiful, luxurious.

The 2018 Chevy Tahoe is absolutely amazing. From the outside looks to the interior. It has many safety features. A couple of my favorite are the automatic braking if I get too close to another vehicle. Another is a the feature if I swerve it pulls me back on to the road. Everything in the vehicle is electric. I can push a button and the seats fold or open by themselves. Even the truck closes by itself. When driving it I feel completely safe driving my infant son. It is also a luxurious vehicle. From the heated steering wheel to the heated seats. Everything in this truck is just amazing.

- Bren G

Spacious and comfortable!

My car is very spacious and comfortable. It is also very easy to drive considering the size. The television makes long trips with the children a breeze. Having navigation is nice whenever we travel in an area we are unfamiliar with. The safety features and warning features make driving much less stressful. The rear backup camera is very clear in comparison to previous vehicles I have owned. It is great having a sunroof for a little fresh air without getting bombarded with wind. It has given us no mechanical difficulties at this point.

- Molly F

Ravishingly reliable cool classy parent vehicle.

My Tahoe is everything I wanted in a vehicle. First of all it feels solid. A solid whole machine. I especially like when it's windy, it will not feel like it's fighting the wind. Smooth drive always. It's not a huge suburban feeling. More class act yet ravishingly reliable. The interior is a soft caramel color and when I say soft everything is. Seats, steering wheel, buttons and gear shifts. Great comfortable long distance vehicle with more than enough room 7-8 people.

- Cece G

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe review.

Firstly I It's a beautiful car. Love the amount of cargo space it has. Three rows seats. I have noticed the brake pedal is a little too firm for my liking. It's extremely spacious. I like the remote start feature. I absolutely love the deck and radio system. I love the touch screen and an amazing audio system. I'm not crazy about the cloth seats. Also it's a gas guzzler, I think that's to be expected from a Tahoe though. Overall it's a great truck I love it.

- Stefanie M

Spacious, comfortable, efficient!

The Tahoe is very spacious and efficient. The seats are very comfortable. I love the capability for the back seats to fold down easily. I have use these feature just about everyday. I have a two year old American Staffordshire. She is able to jump in and out easily. I am able to do my seasonal landscaping run in one trip (plants, flowers, mulch, dirt, etc.). I am not a vain person definitely SUV buyer. The gas efficiency is reasonable for my purpose.

- Desi W

I got me a mom car with some get up, I absolutely love it!

I love my Tahoe. I got the bigger motor and it has so much power and get up. I love the color of the seats, they are the brown. I do wish that they offered more at a sporty seat. I would really liked to have had a white or red accent on the seats, not necessarily with the brown. There used to be a striped seat that was awesome. I love the package that came with my Tahoe, all the black details make it really stand out!

- Ann B

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