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2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe finishes high in our large SUV rankings. This SUV offers plenty of features and lots of passenger space, and it received a stellar predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Cushioned, quiet ride
  • Upscale interior with intuitive infotainment system
  • Great predicted reliability rating
  • Numerous safety features
  • Small third row
  • Less cargo room than rivals

Rankings & Awards

The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Large SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2018 Best Large SUV for Families award. Currently the Chevrolet Tahoe has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Overview

Is the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the Tahoe is a good used SUV that matches up well against its rivals in the large SUV class.

Take a look at the Tahoe's many strengths:

  • Spacious interior with seating for up to nine people
  • Its cabin is more upscale than many rivals’
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system with crisp, responsive touch screen
  • Long list of infotainment and active safety features
  • Powerful engines that are great in any driving situation
  • Comfortable ride, especially with Magnetic Ride Control
  • Excellent predicted reliability rating

However, it does have some weaknesses:

  • Undersized third row that can only children can fit in
  • Limited cargo space for the class, and a high liftover height makes loading difficult
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Chevrolet Tahoe review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 28 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe?

Based on listings for the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe on our site, the average list price is $45,700, which is typical for the class. Prices range from $38,000 to $60,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Cost to Own?

The 2018 Tahoe’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $27,900, or $5,580 per year. That’s a little below average for a large SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Tahoe?

The 2019 Tahoe is part of the same generation as the 2018 model. Chevy shuffled some features around between trims, but otherwise these two vehicles are nearly identical. The 2019 model starts at $48,000, and it can approach $70,000 if you get the highest trim with the larger V8 engine.

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The current Tahoe generation began with the 2015 model year. The 2016 model gained a standard 8-inch touch screen and was the first Tahoe to offer features like Apple CarPlay, lane keep assist, and a head-up display. For 2017, Chevy added the Teen Driver system and the rear-seat reminder as standard features, and it offered low-speed automatic braking. The 2018 model was the first to offer a 420-horsepower V8 and 10-speed automatic transmission, but there were no other changes.

You can potentially save thousands of dollars by purchasing an older Tahoe, but you may miss out on any updates from recent years.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The Chevrolet Tahoe has an excellent predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Recalls

There are no recalls for the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe as of this writing.

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Which Used Chevrolet Tahoe Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe comes in three trims: LS, LT, and Premier. All models come standard with a 355-horsepower V8, a six-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is available, and Premier models can be equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 and a 10-speed automatic transmission. With a lengthy list of standard features, even the base Tahoe should satisfy many buyers.

  • Chevrolet Tahoe LS: The Tahoe LS comes with keyless entry, a Wi-Fi hot spot, tri-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, remote start, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment interface with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, and six speakers.
  • Chevrolet Tahoe LT: The midlevel LT trim adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, power-adjustable pedals, and a power liftgate. The LT model also comes with several advanced safety features, including lane keep assist, forward collision warning, Chevy’s safety alert seat, and low-speed forward automatic braking.
  • Chevrolet Tahoe Premier: With the range-topping Premier trim, you get heated and ventilated front seats, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, heated second-row bucket seats, power-folding third-row seats, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, push-button start, a hands-free power liftgate, front parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and Magnetic Ride Control suspension.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Tahoe?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Tahoe an overall rating of four out of five stars. It received five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • rear parking sensors
  • Teen Driver, which does things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers

Available advanced safety features:

  • lane keep assist
  • forward collision warning
  • low-speed emergency braking
  • front parking sensors
  • blind spot monitoring
  • lane change alert
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • safety alert seat, which is a driver seats that vibrates in conjunction with other safety features

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2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe or 2018 Cadillac Escalade?

The 2018 Cadillac Escalade and Tahoe are both part of the GM family, and they're built on the same platform. They have a nearly identical features list as well as similar pros and cons. The Escalade's standard engine is the same 6.2-liter V8 that's available in the Tahoe. The Cadillac, however, offers a long-wheelbase ESV model that has much more cargo room than the Tahoe. Still, the Tahoe is a better value. If you're willing to forgo the Cadillac badge, you can get a fully loaded Tahoe with practically the same features as the Escalade at a much lower sticker price. Another SUV from GM that is worth checking out is the 2018 Chevrolet Suburban, which is an extended version of the Tahoe. Its dimensions are similar to the that of long-wheelbase Escalade ESV.

Which Is Better: 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe or 2018 Ford Expedition?

The 2018 Ford Expedition is another well-rounded vehicle that sits high in our large SUV rankings. That's because it has a higher towing capacity, more passenger and cargo space, and superior fuel economy estimates to the Tahoe. Both SUVs have smooth rides and feature top-notch interiors, but this is really a situation where the Expedition can do anything the Tahoe can, and then some.

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2018 Tahoe Performance

How Does the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Drive?

Regardless of which engine you select, you're getting a beefy V8 that has a good amount of muscle for any driving situation. There's enough power for hauling people and cargo with ease, but acceleration is a bit slow at times.

The Tahoe drives like a truck, and its large size can make it tough to maneuver in tight spaces. That said, it's fairly poised around turns, and it rides smoothly, especially with the available Magnetic Ride Control suspension.

  • Base engine: 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8
  • Available engine: 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive.
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic (5.3-liter V8); 10-speed automatic (6.2-liter V8)
Does the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Tahoe gets better gas mileage than some other V8-powered large SUVs, but its numbers are still not great overall.

  • 5.3-liter V8, RWD: 16/23 mpg city/highway
  • 5.3-liter V8, 4WD: 16/22 mpg
  • 6.2-liter V8, RWD: 14/23 mpg
  • 6.2-liter V8, 4WD: 14/22 mpg
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Towing Capacity

The Tahoe can tow up to 8,600 pounds when properly equipped.

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2018 Tahoe Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Tahoe Seat?

The 2018 Tahoe seats up to nine people in three rows. This Chevrolet's cabin features plenty of premium materials, giving it a stylish, upscale feel. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the first two rows of seats have plenty of space. The third row is too cramped for most adults, but that's not uncommon for a three-row SUV.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • front bench seat
  • heated and ventilated front seats
  • 12-way power-adjustable front seats
  • second-row bucket seats
  • heated second-row seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2018 Tahoe has an upper tether on each second- and third-row seats, along with lower anchors on the second-row outboard seats. Most of the anchors are easy to find and use, and most types of car seats fit easily. All Tahoe models have a rear-seat reminder, which prompts you to check the rear seats for children, pets, or belongings before you exit the vehicle.

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Features

Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system features a responsive touch screen with an intuitive menu layout and sharp graphics. Adjusting some settings is a little more complicated than it needs to be, but the system is easy to use overall.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Available infotainment features: a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system and navigation
  • Additional standard features: tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: push-button start and wireless smartphone charging

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2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Dimensions

Chevrolet Tahoe Cargo Space

The 2018 Chevy Tahoe has 15.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third-row seats, 51.7 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 94.7 cubic feet with both rear rows down. Those are below-average totals for a large SUV, but the Tahoe does offer features to make the cargo area more useful, including power-folding third-row seats and a power liftgate or a hands-free power liftgate. There is a high liftover height, however, so it can be tough to load heavy items.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet
  • Curb weight: 5,356 to 5,631 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Built?

Chevrolet built the Tahoe in Texas.

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