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2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe was new.


Performance: 8.0

Overall, the 2018 Chevy Tahoe's performance is just as you'd expect. It has brawny V8 power under the hood, a comfortable ride, and composed handling. The Tahoe gets above-average fuel economy for a large truck-based SUV.

  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "With a couple significant caveats, the Chevy Tahoe is an outstanding road-trip companion: quiet and comfortable, this truck eats up miles while occupants enjoy that commanding view of the road that makes SUVs and crossovers so popular." -- Autoweek (2015)
  • "The electric power steering is smooth. It's easy to spin the steering wheel with one hand and there's a nice snap back to center. There's a certain attitude that comes with driving these big vehicles, and the steering needs to have a good balance between ease and feedback. GM nailed it. The ride for all of the vehicles was impeccable, whether in two-wheel-drive, four-wheel-drive, or auto, which acts like an all-wheel-drive system by monitoring the vehicle's performance and sending power where it's needed." -- Motor Trend (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The Tahoe comes standard with a 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission is available. Both engines have an Active Fuel Management system that can help improve fuel economy by disabling some of the engine's cylinders when they aren't needed. With the base powertrain and rear-wheel drive, the Tahoe gets up to 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. That's above average for a large truck-based SUV.

The base engine has plenty of power for hauling full loads of people and cargo, though there's sometimes a delay when trying to accelerate. The Active Fuel Management system makes smooth transitions when stopping or starting the engine's cylinders.

  • "The V8 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission work well together, and deliver acceleration and passing power that will make you smile." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe's 5.3-liter V8 is certainly capable when it comes to hauling a full load of people and cargo. It has the potential to deliver authoritative acceleration, too, but the delayed responses from the gas pedal often make the Tahoe feel slower than its horsepower suggests." -- Edmunds
  • "The EcoTec V8 is a smooth engine, but with just 5.3 liters, it requires a fairly heavy foot to get much acceleration. On the open road it cycles seamlessly between V4 and V8 modes, and while more power would be appreciated it's probably not necessary unless lots of towing is on your agenda." -- Autoweek (2015)

Handling and Braking

Rear-wheel drive comes standard in the 2018 Tahoe, and four-wheel drive is optional. Unlike crossover SUVs that have a carlike feel behind the wheel, the Tahoe's body-on-frame construction means it feels like a truck. The Tahoe can be a lot to handle when driving in confined areas because of its large size. The steering feels tight, though it's not difficult to turn the wheel while maneuvering at low speeds. Around turns, the Tahoe generally stays composed, and it provides a mostly comfortable ride over rough roads. The available Magnetic Ride Control suspension automatically adjusts the shocks based on changing road conditions, which further smooths out bumpy patches of pavement.

  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "During our extended seat time driving the Tahoe, we experienced a full-size SUV handling remarkably well. The steering is precise, with just enough assist to allow easy maneuvers without creating a numb response on twisting back roads. The Tahoe is extremely quiet inside, and its ride is comfortable and controlled." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "The suspension ably smooths over larger road imperfections and undulations, but shakes and shudders are noticeable over smaller ripples and bumps. … The Tahoe's truck origins are even more apparent when it comes to handling and maneuverability. It's best to take it slow around turns because there's simply no way to mask the size and weight of this vehicle. It's not very maneuverable in tight spaces either, so multiple-point turns are common." -- Edmunds (2017)

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