The Brand New 2018 Chevy Tahoe

The Tahoe is a full-sized SUV. That means the chassis is mounted on a truck frame. It is a bit bigger than Chevy's Traverse CUV but not quite as large as the big, full-sized Chevrolet Suburban SUV. It's a good-sized vehicle for hauling around the family and is quite capable of towing a camper or small trailer. Chevy didn't make any sweeping changes to the 2018 model. They did add two exciting new packages to the available options, though. Find out what you need to know about these new options before you go for a test drive.


How many different trim levels or models is Chevrolet offering for the 2018 Tahoe?

There are three trim levels for the 2018 Tahoe, the LS, LT and the Premier. Chevy is also offering up to 11 add-on package options this year, depending on which trim you select. The exciting new Rally Sport Truck Package (RST) is only available with the LT and Premium trim levels. The Performance Package is also only available on the LT and Premium trims along with the RST Package. You can't get the Performance Package without the RST Package.


What is included in the Rally Sport Truck and Performance Packages?

The RST package is basically cosmetic. It includes trim pieces that are either black or the same color as the Tahoe body. For instance, the grille and mirror caps are glossy black. The trim pieces that surround the grille and door handles are the same color as the body. It also includes 22" glossy black aluminum wheels with silver accents, as opposed to the standard 20" aluminum wheels. <br><br>The Performance Package includes a 6.2-L L86 420-hp V-8 engine, a 10-speed 10L80 automatic transmission, and Chevy's Magnetic Ride Control suspension.


Is the new Tahoe expensive?

The 2018 Tahoe starts out at $48,745, which is actually very reasonable. Base prices on two of its competitors, the GMC Yukon Denali and the Ford Expedition, are $66,165 and $51,695, respectively.


Does the 2018 Tahoe have any new, hi-tech safety features?

They didn't add any new, hi-tech safety features but they come standard now, as opposed to only in add-on packages. All trim levels come with an OnStar Guidance Plan service trial, rear vision camera and either rear park assist or rear cross traffic alert and passenger sensing system. StabiliTrak stability control, a teen driver monitoring system and a tire pressure monitoring system are standard on all trim levels. Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking are standard with the LT and Premier trim levels and are available on the LS.


Does the 2018 Chevy Tahoe get good gas mileage?

If you get a 2-wheel drive Tahoe with the 5.3-L EcoTec3 V8 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, you can expect to get 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. If you get the Performance Package with its 6.2-L V-8 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission, you will only get 14 mpg in the city. You'll still get 23 mpg on the highway, though.


What type of infotainment system does Chevy offer in the 2018 Tahoe?

All trim levels come standard with Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system. The LS and LT trim levels come with the 8" color touchscreen. The Premiere trim comes with MyLink with Navigation. You get a six-speaker, Bose nine-speaker or Bose ten-speaker sound system, depending on which trim you get. All trims come with a 12-volt and 110-volt power outlets. They also all come standard with OnStar 4G LTE with available Wi-Fi and a USB port as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. A back seat entertainment system that includes a Blu-Ray/DVD player is available in the LT and Premier trim levels.


How many passengers does the 2018 Tahoe seat?

The 2018 Tahoe seats seven or eight, depending on whether you get bucket seats or a bench seat in the second row.


How much weight can you tow with the new Tahoe?

Basic Tahoe models can haul up to 7,100 pounds. That's total weight, including people, cargo and the Tahoe itself. If you get the Max Trailering Package added on, that number gets nudged up to 8,600 pounds.


Does the 2018 Tahoe have plenty of cargo space?

It has lots of cargo space. With the second- and third-row seats upright, there is 15.3 cubic feet of space behind the third seat. If you fold the third seat down, you get 51.7 cubic feet. With both the second and third rows folded down flat, you have 94.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

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