Do you test drive cars at night? Maybe you should!
It was late when I landed at Detroit Metro Airport. By the time I did the airport shuffle and made it to the parking lot it was after 11 p.m. As promised, there was a 2018 Chevy Tahoe 4WD Premier RST waiting for me. I tossed my luggage into the backseat and pulled myself up into the driver’s seat. At 5’6″ I took full advantage of the running boards to get a leg up.
I check out all the necessary buttons and gadgets I’ll need for the drive and use the push start to fire up the engine. The growl of the V8 Rally Sport Truck Performance Edition engine–this version of the Tahoe bit louder faster than other models– makes my tired heart sing, but I’m wondering if this is more car than I can handle. A full size SUV, it’s bigger than I’m used to driving. I’m sitting higher than my mini-van and it feels a lot broader. You think I’d be used to driving a large SUV since my husband Alan owns a 1997 Tahoe, but this 2018 feels much larger.
I pull out of the parking lot refusing to be intimidated by the size of the Tahoe and head down the highway. It’s interesting taking the first drive in a new car in the middle of the night. It gave me a whole new perspective and I realized that more test drives need to be done at night.
During my short commute from the airport I was able to see how I liked the glow of the dashboard lights and check the headlights range. Those are two important things that are often overlooked when test driving a car. I’m happy to report that the headlights were perfect and the glow of the dashboard didn’t interfere with my drive.
A short thirty-minute drive later and I’m starting to get really comfortable in the driver’s seat and I love feeling like I own the road. I love being in a position of seeing more of the road which makes me feel more in control of the drive.
Who This Car Is For
- Large families
- Active, outdoors enthusiasts that need to pull a camper or haul bikes & kayaks
- Buyers who need a 3rd row
- Drivers who need seating for 6, 7 or 8 passengers
- Families who love tech
- Drivers who want 4WD
- Drivers who want a good view of the road
- Buyers who want a full-size SUV
What This Car Costs
- Standard Price: $65,130
- Sun, Entertainment, Destination Package: Include power sunroof, rear seat entertainment, additional 9 months XM radio. Add $2,885
- RST (short for Rally Sport Truck) 6.2L Performance Edition: trailer brake controller, high capacity air cleaner, 170 Amp Generator, 6.2 V8 engine, 10-speed Automatic transmission, Active noise cancellation, 2-speed transfer case. Add $2,820
- Front Brake Kit-Performance: Dealer installed. Add $2,795
- RST Edition: Suspension package, front and rear black Chevrolet Bowties, 22″x9″ gloss black aluminum wheels with custom silver accents. Add: $2,630
- 8″ Diagonal reconfigurable cluster with head up display. Add $850
- Cocoa/Mahogany interior. Add $295
- All-weather floor liner: 1st and 2nd rows, bright finish badge. Add $250
- Price of the 4WD Premier model we test drove: $77,655
Sun, Rain or Snow the Chevy Tahoe, a Full Size SUV, Handles It All
I experienced every weather condition driving the Tahoe. I live in Michigan and the weather can never make up its mind. I went from dry roads to light and heavy rain and through a massive snowstorm. I’m happy to report the Tahoe easily drove through every weather condition without hesitation.
The biggest challenge was a massive snow storm but the Tahoe held to the road like it was another dry, summer day. It didn’t slip, slide or at any point indicate it was going to leave the road even feeling confident in the left lane which is usually avoided at all costs during a storm. I never even felt like I needed to use the 4 wheel drive option, though I could have. Living in Northern Michigan, where we deal with long winters, this was amazing.
For those who care about the mechanical details, this bad boy comes with a 6.2L V8 engine. In simple speak, it has a spine-tingling growl when you start up the engine and accelerate, AND it will have no problem pulling the family camper due to the 420 horse power engine, 65 more horse power than the standard 5.3 liter V8 engine in other Tahoe models.
Safety First…and Always on: A Suite of Safety Tech Keeps You Solidly On the Road
The Chevy Tahoe isn’t any slouch when it comes to keeping passengers safe, especially when rough weather hits. An abundance of safety features includes:
- Forward collision alert
- Lane keep assist with lane departure warning
- Lane change alert
- Side blind zone alert
- Rear cross traffic alert
- Low speed forward auto braking
- Rear vision camera
- Tire pressure monitor system
- Stability control system
- Front & rear park assist
- Check backseat dashboard reminder
Traction control, stability control, antilock brakes: how these safety systems keep you safe in challenging road conditions
The overall vehicle score for this full size SUV, as determined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is 4 stars. Font and side crash for both driver and passenger garners a 5-star rating while in rollover crashes it is given a 3-star rating.
When They Say Fully Loaded SUV They Mean Fully Loaded
We all enjoy a bit of luxury when we spend a significant amount of time in our car. Regardless if it’s the daily work commute or a cross-country road trip, indulging in the car’s amenities makes the ride that more enjoyable. I drove the Tahoe from Detroit to Grand Rapids to go wedding dress shopping with my sister, then and home to Cadillac. Then I drove the car back to Detroit.
In a week’s time I drove 500 miles and spent about ten hours behind the wheel. And I enjoyed every single moment. All the extras found in the Chevy Tahoe made the driving that much more enjoyable, especially the Bose Surround Sound system so I could enjoy all my favorite road trip tunes.
Some of the ‘fully loaded’ features I loved most include:
- Heated outside mirror with turn signal indicator
- Remote keyless entry
- Heated and cooled leather seats
- Heated leather wraped steering wheel
- Keyless starter
- Power handsfree liftgate with programmable height–so even shorter people can reach the button to close it!
- Steering wheel controls for music, phone and adaptive cruise control
- Power adjustable pedals
- Power tilt & telescoping steering wheel
- Auto-dimming inside mirror
- Heated 2nd-row seats
- 3rd row 60/40 split bench, power fold-flat seat
- Auto-sensing windshield wipers
But….Will it match my shoes & where will I store my purse?
We all have that little black dress hanging in our closet because it goes with absolutely everything and is perfect for almost every occasion. Just like that black dress, the Chevy Tahoe with a Cocoa & Mahogany interior makes sure you arrive stylishly and accents your outfit for any occasion. From stilettos to cowboy boots, the Chevy Tahoe has your back.
And the center console is deep and wide making it the ideal storage spot for your purse. It easily fits a wristlet or a Mary Poppins style bag that seems to be overflowing with all the daily family life essentials. You can see this storage area in the video below (which can also be found on our Facebook page).
Tech That Keeps You Connected and Powered Up
This full size SUV does a great job of keeping us connected to the outside world. It includes everything from OnStar to Apple Car Play to a rear seat entertainment system and has enough charging outlets to keep everyone in the car happy.
- OnStar with an automatic crash response and navigation
- Chevy MyLink Audio System with 8″ color touchscreen
- Wireless phone charging
- MyLink audio system
- Apple Carplay + Android compatible
- XM radio
- Bose surround sound
- Rear seat entertainment
- Six USB ports, three 12-volt power outlets, one 110-volt household outlet
My Look at the Tahoe on Facebook Live
Sometimes photos aren’t enough to really show all the fun details of a car, so I hopped on FB live to share all the things I love about the 2018 Chevy Tahoe. I showcase handbag storage, device charging options, and so much more!
Take a tour of the 2018 Chevy Tahoe and see why this might be the perfect SUV ???? for you!
Posted by A Girls Guide to Cars on Thursday, April 5, 2018
Is There Enough Room For Groceries and/or Luggage?
Taking the family on a road trip or making a run to the grocery store you want to make sure that the SUV you buy has the required space to haul what you need it to. I made a run to the grocery store and the back easily help my grocery bags. By the way, I love the hand’s free liftgate for loading up the Tahoe.
When it comes time to load the car for a road trip it might require some creative luggage stacking if you need all the rows up. If you don’t need the third row for passengers than you’ll have plenty of room for luggage and tote bags.
Room For Everyone, But Shorter People Should Sit in the Third Row
It’s worth watching my video to see my tall husband Alan climb into the third row. He’s a champ, but I wouldn’t expect other adults to do this; leg room is tight back there. He found the most comfortable space to be the middle of the row so he could extend his legs into the center of the middle row between the captains chairs.
What We Loved
- Large center console to store a handbag
- Excellent sound system (I’m a sucker for great music while I drive and high quality speakers are a must; check out my playlist below)
- Multiple USBs– a must!!
- Multiple 12-volt outlets swoon
- 110volt household plug outlet: EVERY car should come with this option
- Heated and cooled seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Adjustable pedals for extra driving comfort
What You Need To Know
- Seating for 7 with 3rd-row bench seat: the third row is a good fit for children but less so for adults
- Second-row passengers have entertainment and climate controls
- A second row bench seat is available and this takes full seating up to 8 passengers
- 14MPG city/22 highway; average 5.9 gallons per 100 miles
- Regular gas is recommended
- Badass comes at a price: The RST packages add $8,245 to the price of the Tahoe
What We Listened to in the Chevrolet Tahoe
Disclosure: The Chevrolet Tahoe was provided for this review. All opinions are my own.