The redesigned 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe may be getting all the attention now, but used models are still worth looking at too. If you’re interested in a used Chevy Tahoe, you’ll see that the 2018 version was highly-favored by critics. And what makes the 2018 Tahoe even more attractive is its high owner satisfaction ratings.
2018 Chevy Tahoe performance
The 2018 Tahoe features two brawny engine options. Base models will have a 355-hp, 5.3-liter V8 linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. For the most part, the standard engine provides adequate power for everyday driving situations. It’s also the better choice of the two engines for fuel economy with an EPA rating of up to 19 mpg overall.
If it’s more power you crave, shop for models with the beefier 420-hp 6.2-liter V8 and a 10-speed automatic. With the bigger V8, the Tahoe can tow up to 8,600 pounds. When it was new, reviewers also said that the upgraded engine option makes the Tahoe quicker and easier to drive.
As Consumer Reports member data shows, 2018 Tahoe owners are most satisfied with their SUV’s driving experience. Owners appreciate their Tahoe for its overall smoothness. Others especially enjoy the brute’s power offerings and that it moves quickly for a vehicle of its size.
“The Tahoe has significant pulling and passing power and the 22 inch wheels enhance the handling with a smooth and comfortable quiet ride. My 2018 4×4, V8 gets over 20 mpg average and had almost 22 mpg on the road fully loaded.”Stephen H., NC (2018 Chevrolet Tahoe)
On the inside
Chevy knows how to to make a car cabin feel grand, and the 2018 Tahoe is a prime example of that. As you would also expect, this Chevy is extremely family-friendly. The Tahoe can seat seven or up to nine people depending on the configuration. This SUV came standard with cloth upholstery. For more frills, you can look for upgraded models with leather upholstery and heated and cooled seats.
CR’s data also shows that comfort is a major bright spot of the Tahoe. Owners love how accommodating the Tahoe is. Furthermore, the Tahoe’s remarkably quiet cabin makes rides more enjoyable.
The 2018 Chevy Tahoe provides plenty of in-car tech to keep you connected on the road. Every Tahoe comes with a robust infotainment system that includes an 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a wifi hotspot. The Tahoe also comes with safety features, including a backup camera and rear parking sensors. For more active safety features, look for models with functions such as blind-spot monitoring and forward-collision warning.
Overall, the 2018 Tahoe has proved to be a dependable vehicle. CR gave this model an average score for predicted reliability. Still, it’s important to note that there three NHTSA recalls associated with the 2018 Tahoe.
Two of the recalls related to the vehicle’s vacuum. The other for its electronic stability control. These recalls don’t have to be deal-breakers but make sure the dealer properly addressed them before you buy. The average cost for a 2018 Tahoe falls between $34,600 – $46,400.