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Chevrolet Tahoe RST 2018

Обзор Chevrolet Tahoe RST 2018

Роскошный, спортивный внедорожник Chevrolet Tahoe RST, интересная информация

Автопроизводители за последние годы представили множество вместительных и мощных внедорожников. Но большинство из них не будоражили воображение автолюбителей, не кипятили их кровь. Chevrolet решил изменить эту тенденцию и представил нечто новое в классе 3-рядных внедорожников.

Tahoe Rally Sport Truck (RST) – это высокопроизводительная версия рамного внедорожника от Chevrolet. Он оснащен 6,2-литровым двигателем V8 мощностью 420 л.с. и крутящим моментом 623 Нм, который передает мощность в полноприводную систему через новую 10-ступенчатую автоматическую трансмиссию GM.

Также RST включает стандартные Magnetic Ride Control, выхлопную систему Borla, передние тормоза Brembo. 22-дюймовые колеса, которые являются эксклюзивными для внедорожника. Остальная часть RST – это стандартная комплектация Tahoe, которая должна рассказать владельцу, что это отличный автомобиль.

В рамках празднования 100-летнего юбилея Chevrolet в Техасе состоялся тест-драйв Tahoe RST по улицам Форт-Уорта, а сам грузовик построен в Арлингтоне. Появление Tahoe именно здесь вполне уместно, так как Техас – один из крупнейших рынков для больших внедорожников. Дороги тут широкие, а ограничения скорости высоки. Планируется, что стоимость автомобиля у себя на родине будет начинаться с 56 515 долларов, а за экспортные варианты придется выложить 68 835 долларов.

Впечатления от вождения…

Первое, что впечатляет в автомобиле – рев V8, который появляется сразу после нажатия кнопки запуска двигателя. Этот звуковой эффект усиливается благодаря выхлопной системе Borla, которая настроена с целью подчеркнуть мощь силового агрегата.

Отдельно стоит упомянуть новый 10-ступенчатый «автомат». Он отлично подходит для Tahoe RST 2018, обеспечивает плавное изменение режимов движения, быстро реагирует на команды. Основой для этой трансмиссии стала коробка, которой оснащается Camaro ZL1. Новый агрегат был фактически разработан совместно с Ford, но Chevrolet самостоятельно производит и настраивает его.

Трансмиссия предусматривает возможность выбора нужного режима с помощью тумблера на рычаге переключения. В целом, система отличается правильной и быстрой подстройкой под текущую ситуацию.

В сочетании с Magnetic Ride Control, Tahoe RST не чувствует себя столь же большим или тяжелым, каким он является на самом деле. Это хитроумная технология, позволяющая устанавливать любые настройки подвески, дает неограниченные возможности водителю. Магнитореологическая жидкость в каждой заслонке реагирует на магнитные поля, управляемые компьютером. Он может менять вязкость жидкости тысячи раз в секунду. В принципе, Chevrolet способен контролировать жесткость каждого амортизатора индивидуально и с большой гибкостью.

На большом транспортном средстве, таком как Тахо, при повороте влево инерция действует в противоположном направлении. У внедорожника демпферы увеличивают жесткость справа, чтобы уменьшить ее воздействие. В результате улучшается устойчивость при маневрировании даже на больших автомобилях. Это настолько эффективно, что Corvette использует подобную систему, ее нет даже на современных Ferrari.

К сожалению, физика превосходит технологию, поэтому Tahoe RST по-прежнему чувствует себя не полностью легким и маневренным, несмотря высокотехнологичную подвеску и легкое рулевое управление.

Двигатель 6.2L V8 оборудован турбиной, поэтому закономерно, что ее запаздывание не позволяет двигателю моментально реагировать на нажатие педали акселератора. Подача питания линейна, а двигателю очень нравится реверс – это его изюминка.

Внедорожник также оснащается 5,3-литровый мотором V8. Это хороший, надежный агрегат, который планируется как базовый. Но в реальности его будет недостаточно для автомобиля, предлагающего потребителю высокий уровень производительности.

Tahoe RST комплектуется затемненными чехлами Chevrolet Bowtie и темными деталями отделки. Интересно, что на внешней стороне транспортного средства нет значков RST. Если кто-то не знает, на что он смотрит, нет другого способа узнать, что этот автомобиль – нечто особенное.

Tahoe RST может использоваться в качестве буксировочного транспортного средства. Он способен тянуть до 3,7 тонны, что более чем достаточно для большинства легковых автомобилей и многих лодок. Но для буксировки Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist, к сожалению, Tahoe не предназначен – трейлеры он не потянет.

Роскошный интерьер

Комплектация Premiere – топовая, она предусматривает наличие обогреваемых и вентилируемых кожаных сидений, трехрядный трехмерный климат-контроль. Одним из основных преимуществ Tahoe RST является вместимость. Если сложить сиденья, то станет доступно почти 2,7 м3 свободного пространства. К примеру, конкурент внедорожника Durango может похвастаться только 1,55 м3.

Цветной дисплей помогает отслеживать скорость, и развлекательная система MyLink от Chevrolet под рукой, чтобы всех развлекать в дороге. Это относительно простой сенсорный интерфейс, поддержка Apple CarPlay и Android Auto. Кроме того, OnStar может помочь при попадании в аварию, а также включает в себя 4G LTE-точку доступа для всех, чтобы обеспечить связь между пассажирами и водителем. Кроме того, развлекательная система заднего сиденья поддерживает диски Blu-Ray, а также оборудована различными входами для подключения игровых платформ, чтобы коротать время в длительных поездках.

Активные функции безопасности включают систему предупреждения о выезде из полосы движения и предупреждение об опасности столкновения. Эти предупреждения могут быть либо звуковыми, либо вибрацией, передаваемой через сиденье водителя. Мониторинг слепых пятен помогает избегать затруднительных и аварийных ситуаций.
Камера заднего обзора помогает с маневренностью, но не дает возможности совладать с размером линкора. Водитель получает высокой уровень обратной видимости, что делает парковку удобной.

Очевидные недостатки

Но у Tahoe RST есть несколько недостатков, о которых стоит упомянуть. Например, топовая комплектация не имеет адаптивного круиз-контроля. Хотя эту опцию трудно найти в автомобилях, находящихся в одном с Tahoe ценовом сегменте.

Сидения второго ряда складываются при нажатии кнопки, которая находится в грузовом отсеке, но они не полностью отвечают современным техническим требованиям третьего ряда. Это означает, что можно поднимать и опускать задний ряд при помощи кнопок, но перемещать сиденья второго ряда придется вручную. Если делать это регулярно, вероятно, владелец будет часто раздражаться.

Необходимо поговорить о расходе топлива. Никто не ожидает, что V8 мощностью 420 л.с. будет экономичным, особенно в транспортном средстве такого размера. Но даже с 10-ступенчатой автоматической коробкой передач лучшее, что можно показать внедорожник на шоссе – 11,3 литра на 100 км. Этот показатель возрастает до 16,2 литра на 100 км в городе, а комбинированный режим предполагает расход 13,6 литра.

Очевидным конкурентом Tahoe RST является трехрядный Dodge Durango SRT, который предлагает мощность в 475 л.с. и 637 Нм крутящего момента. Он также превосходит Tahoe по буксировочной способности на 0,18 тонны. Durango SRT стоит дешевле, но у него не так много места для хранения или посадки, как у Tahoe. Кроме того, «техасец» отличается лучшей проходимостью.

В качестве заключения

Несмотря на недостатки, Tahoe RST – прочный внедорожник, который по поведению близок к грузовику. У него достаточно места для хранения всего необходимого для далеких путешествий.

Соответствует ли это значку RST? Это веселый автомобиль для тех, кому нужно что-то размером с Техас. Грохот V8 опьяняет, а дизайн не будет привлекать к себе излишнее внимание правоохранительных органов. Это машина для фанатов производительных внедорожников.

Tested: 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST 6.2L 4WD

The quickest Tahoe, but not the Tahoe SS some people might be hoping for.

About a decade ago, Chevrolet got fast and frivolous with SS badges, gluing them on questionable machines like the Malibu Maxx SS, the Impala SS, and the naturally aspirated version of the Cobalt SS. Those cars weren’t worthy of the legendary letters, which first appeared on a high-performance Chevy Impala back in 1961, and their existence only corroded the meaning of Super Sport. The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST proves the gang at Chevrolet has learned from their mistakes. Although this is the quickest and most powerful Tahoe ever, with a strapping 6.2-liter V-8 similar to the one in the Camaro SS and Corvette Stingray, General Motors says the team didn’t even consider slapping SS badges on this SUV. That is a good thing.

Not Every RST Gets the Good Stuff

RST stands for Rally Sport Truck, and it’s an optional package available on the Tahoe’s upper LT and Premier trim levels. The RST is essentially an appearance package that adds black bow-tie badges, gloss black 22-inch wheels (up from 20-inchers) with silver accents, a black grille, black mirrors, black roof rails, and black window trim. Chevy says the RST is inspired by aftermarket tuning trends and calls it a street performance look. The package costs $2630–$2640 (depending on trim level) and does nothing to improve the performance of the full-size SUV. Under the hood, the standard 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8 remains backed by a six-speed automatic transmission.

However, on Premier-level Tahoes like our test truck, buyers can also opt for the RST 6.2L Performance package for an additional $2720 (or $2820 on 4WD models), which is the only way to get GM’s larger 6.2-liter V-8 with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque in the Tahoe. The bundle is available on both rear- and all-wheel-drive models, with the latter carrying a $3000 premium. It also includes GM’s new 10L80 10-speed automatic, a shorter 3.23:1 axle ratio (versus a 3.08:1), and adaptive Magnetic Ride Control dampers with a performance calibration. 4WD models also get a two-speed active transfer case. Chevy backs off on the suspension’s spring rates, softening the fronts from 610 to 560 pounds and switching the rears from a variable-rate spring (250/445 pounds) to fixed 245-pound units.

Our example also was equipped with the dealer-installed $2795 Performance Front Brake Kit, which adds upgraded 16.1-inch front rotors (up from 13.0 inches) clamped by red-painted Brembo six-piston calipers. With a few other options, notably the $2435 Sun, Entertainment, and Destinations package (power sunroof and a rear-seat entertainment system), the price of our all-wheel-drive 2018 Tahoe Premier jumped from $66,495 to $79,789.

At the Test Track

With its 26-gallon fuel tank full of 91 octane, our test truck weighed 5782 pounds, which is 135 pounds less than the last Ford Expedition 4×4 we tested. The Tahoe’s balance is impressive, with only 51.6 percent of its weight over its front tires. The big aluminum-block V-8 is set well back in the chassis, with the entire engine behind the SUV’s front axle line. Chevy also uses an aluminum hood to shave weight, for whatever it’s worth in a giant rig like this one.

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At the test track, the Tahoe hustled from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. That’s 1.5 seconds quicker than a Tahoe with the standard 5.3-liter V-8, and it’s the same performance we recorded in the Ford Expedition Platinum 4×4 powered by a 400-hp 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. The last Cadillac Escalade we tested, a 2016 model, was 0.1 second slower, but its 6.2-liter was paired with an eight-speed automatic; for 2018 the Escalade gets the 10-speed, as does the GMC Yukon Denali. The Tahoe RST also was quick through the quarter-mile with a run of 14.1 seconds at 100 mph. That’s 1.4 seconds better than the standard Tahoe and a few tenths quicker (and 3 mph faster) than the Expedition. Keep your foot down and the RST continues to pull away from the Ford, hitting 110 mph 1.9 seconds quicker. Remember, these two SUVs use the same 10-speed automatic that was co-developed by GM and Ford.

The Tahoe RST generated 0.75 g of grip around the skidpad and showed moderate understeer. That’s exactly the same amount of grip available in a standard Tahoe, a disappointing performance considering the RST’s massive P285/45R-22 Bridgestone Duelers and its performance-tuned dampers. The Ford Expedition generated 0.79 g. With its upgraded brakes, the Tahoe stopped from 70 mph in just 188 feet. That’s eight feet shorter than the Ford, but only three feet shorter than a standard Tahoe on 20-inch wheels and tires. Despite the big Brembos, there’s still a slight amount of fade, with six repeated hard stops from 70 mph stretching the stopping distance to 203 feet.

In the Real World

Despite the RST’s softer springs, ride comfort is compromised by its larger, heavier wheels and low-profile tires. It isn’t uncomfortable, but the ride can be busy. While body roll is well controlled, there’s a fair amount of dive under braking, and the rear suspension squats under acceleration like an old-school muscle car.

However, nothing is more old school than the Tahoe’s column shifter. You can shift the 10-speed automatic manually, but to do so you must feel around on the shift lever for a +/- toggle switch that manages the gear selection. Not the best when you’re hustling the big SUV on a mountain road, although, to be fair, it’s really just intended for managing rpm during towing and hauling. The transmission matches revs well on downshifts, but the gearchanges are slow to come. Also, the Tahoe’s 6000-rpm tachometer does not show a redline (the engine hits a rev limiter at 5800 rpm), and the gear readout in the instrument cluster is minuscule. Ford offers a Sport setting for the transmission in the Expedition, but Chevy does not in the Tahoe.

Wide and well bolstered, the Tahoe’s seats feel comfortable both in the city and on the highway, where the big pushrod V-8 lumbers along at 1800 rpm at 80 mph. The steering has good feel, but it’s a bit heavier than it needs to be and a little slow when you decide to exploit roadholding abilities.

While few people will ever push a Tahoe on a twisty road, it’s our job, and this thing does have Sport in its name, doesn’t it? In rear-wheel-drive mode, the Tahoe RST understeers at the limit, will spin its inside rear tire if you exit a tight bend hard on the gas, and gets thrown off line by midcorner bumps. But this big beast is well balanced and actually somewhat tossable; it turns in well under braking, it takes a nice set, and Chevy even allows you to shut off the stability control if you dare. It’s surprisingly fun to drive the RST at seven-tenths, but push it harder and there just isn’t much grip in reserve, and you’re always aware of its sheer size and mass. Driving it hard is ultimately more work than fun, and it will understeer off the road if you charge into a corner with too much speed. It’s a little easier to drive quickly in the 4WD Auto setting, understeering less and powering out of turns better. But if you’re lunatic enough to drive close to three tons of truck this way, you’re better off buying something German, maybe with an AMG badge.

And then there’s the 6.2-liter V-8, which is arguably the only reason to pony up for the RST. The Tahoe is genuinely quick with this mill, and the rumble from our test truck’s optional $1249 Borla exhaust system is inebriating, yet it doesn’t drone on the highway. The EPA estimates the 6.2-liter RST’s fuel economy at 14 mpg city and 22 mpg highway; we averaged 14 mpg overall and matched the truck’s highway figure on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test. Although we never hooked up a trailer, Chevy rates the all-wheel-drive Tahoe RST to tow 8100 pounds, which is 1100 pounds less than the Expedition 4×4.

Bring On the Blower

If you’re looking for a big-power, high-performance Tahoe to square off against your buddy’s Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk or Mercedes-AMG GLS63, the Tahoe RST isn’t it. It isn’t even close. To fight those battles you’ll have to look to aftermarket tuners such as Callaway, Hennessey, and Specialty Vehicle Engineering, all of which will sell you a turbo- or supercharged Tahoe with absurd levels of horsepower.

Chevrolet, of course, could build its own using the supercharged LT4 V-8 from the Corvette Z06, Camaro ZL1, and Cadillac CTS-V. Dial in the suspension and put some serious tires on it, and Chevy could call it the Tahoe SS with a straight face. In the meantime, the 2018 Chevy Tahoe RST is a small step in the right direction.

Specifications

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear/all-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED: $79,789 (base price: $71,945)

ENGINE TYPE: pushrod 16-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 376 cu in, 6162 cc
Power: 420 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque: 460 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 10-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

CHASSIS:
Suspension (F/R): control arms/live axle
Brakes (F/R): 16.1-in vented disc/13.6-in vented disc
Tires: Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza, P285/45R-22 110H M+S TPC SPEC 1427

DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 116.0 in
Length: 203.9 in
Width: 80.5 in Height: 74.4 in
Passenger volume: 162 cu ft
Cargo volume: 15 cu ft
Curb weight: 5782 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 5.7 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 14.1 sec
Zero to 110 mph: 17.5 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 6.0 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.0 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.8 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.1 sec @ 100 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 113 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 188 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.75 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY:
Observed: 14 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 22 mpg
Highway range: 570 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY:
Combined/city/highway: 17/14/22 mpg

First Drive: 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

With components from the Camaro ZL1, this high-performance special edition is the most powerful Tahoe ever

FORT WORTH, Texas – Enormous size, stump-pulling power and comfortable trappings used to be enough for fans of these rolling behemoths. Who knew that a full-size SUV that sprints from 0-to-100 in 5.7 seconds was what they really wanted, while still maintaining the ability to tow up to 8,400 lbs.?

Introduced at the New York Auto Show earlier this year, the Chevrolet Tahoe RST – which stands for “Rally Sport Truck” starts with an appearance package and builds all the way up to a bad-ass performance truck with powertrain and suspension components borrowed from the Camaro ZL1.

With 49.3 per cent of the marketshare, the full-size SUV segment is an important market for GM – one out of every two sold is either a Tahoe or Suburban. A three-row, eight-passenger, body-on-frame vehicle available in either rear- or all-wheel drive, the Tahoe competes agains the Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia, sister vehicle GMC Yukon and its biggest rival, the Ford Expedition. Tahoe sales are nearly double that of the Expedition’s in the U.S. – but in Canada it trails the Ford by a few hundred vehicles. While the rest of the segment is powered by big V8 engines, the Expedition has a twin-turbo V6, and near-premium luxury features.

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

For 2017, the Tahoe lineup received more equipment and interior features, and a Premier model to replace the LTZ as the top trim level. A host of new standard equipment such as the Teen Driver System (allowing parents to monitor their youngster’s driving habits), back-seat reminder, active grille shutters and an updated MyLink infotainment system. The options list was also expanded with an upgraded rear entertainment system, more USB ports, automated emergency braking, the illuminated bow-tie grille emblem from its pickup siblings, new 22-inch rims and a Midnight Edition appearance package.

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And now – the most powerful Tahoe ever, the RST.

While the base RST starts as a dechromed appearance package available on mid-level LT trims, retaining the standard 5.3-litre V8 and six-speed powertrain and adding blacked-out grille and 22-inch rims; the top spec Premier model can add the 6.2L Performance Package – available on both rear- and all-wheel-drive Tahoes. The package consists of the L86 6.2L V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 ft. lb of torque mated to the same 10-speed automatic transmission found in the Camaro ZL1. Available are six-piston Brembo brakes, and the Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension system which can assess road conditions and respond within milliseconds.

A 30-mile loop of not-very-inspiring Fort Worth suburban landscape is all we’ve got to evaluate our fully-loaded Tahoe RST. There’s no RST badging anywhere on the vehicle, a glimpse of red Brembo callipers peeping from behind the spokes of the blacked out, 22-inch wheels, and two steely black tips from the optional Borla exhaust (which reportedly offers a 28 per cent improvement in flow) are the biggest visual clues.

Inside is a low-key leather interior – functional, comfortable but not particularly memorable. There are other colours available that are more striking than our tester’s black. The infotainment screen is somewhat small in these days of panoramic display.

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

Seating is comfy with room for seven or eight, depending on whether you opt for second row bench or available captain’s chairs. Our tester features the optional power release that easily drops the second row seat for easier access to the third row – a rather cramped but admittedly useful space. In all, there is a maximum of 2,681 litres of cargo space.

Despite its bulk, the Tahoe has very good road manners, quiet and composed over bumps without allowing any disturbances to enter the cabin. It’s fairly quiet until you tromp the gas pedal, when the small-block EcoTec3 V8 roars to life and the Borla exhaust answers with a deep-throated rumble. This is the first time this engine has been available in the Tahoe, and if it doesn’t quite offer Corvette-style performance, it does move the nearly 6,000 lb. vehicle along with surprising swiftness. We weren’t able to confirm the sub-six second 0-to-100 km/hr sprint time, but suffice it to say the RST is pretty quick.

The Brembo brakes do a great job of reining it back in. Once off the freeway, we travelled over some rather ratty pavement where “GUNS”, and “FIREWORKS” billboards lined the roadway. Although the big rims were wrapped in performance rubber, the suspension absorbed most of it without any harshness, yet at the same time the vehicle felt nicely planted without exhibiting any wallow.

Our U.S.-spec vehicles were rated at 17 mpg city/22 highway (13.8 L/100 km/10.7 highway) but featured active cylinder management, shutting down half the cylinders when not under heavy load and effectively converting it into a more efficient four-cylinder.

So, is there really a demand for such special-edition, high-performance utility vehicles? Well, in addition to the Tahoe RST we just tested, and its sibling the Suburban RST, Mercedes has been relentlessly churning out new AMG-badged crossovers, Chrysler has a 700hp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk powered by a Hellcat engine, and its new Dodge Durango boasts 475 hp, launch control – and a towing capacity of 8,600 lbs.

Suddenly – the Tahoe RST sounds almost reasonable.

Available now in Canadian dealerships, the 2018 Tahoe starts at $64,045 for the LT 2WD, $67,345 for LT 4WD and $75,070 for the Premier 4WD ($1,795 destination/freight charge included). RST appearance package is $2,995. RST 6.2L Peformance Package $3,395 in addition to appearance package – total $6,390. Add $4,130 for the Brembo Brake Package, and $1,620 for the Borla Exhaust

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Chevrolet Tahoe — 2018

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Product Information

Chevrolet Tahoe was ranked most dependable large SUV in the J.D. Power 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study.

EPA VEHICLE CLASS

NEW FOR 2018

  • RST Edition available on LT and Premier models
  • RST 6.2L Performance Package available on RST Edition with Premier trim. Content includes 6.2L engine with 420 hp and 460 lb.-ft. torque, 10-speed automatic transmission and performance-calibrated Magnetic Ride Control
  • Custom Edition available on LS models
  • Exterior colors: Havana Metallic and Satin Steel Metallic
  • LED daytime driving lamps now standard on all models
  • Available Borla performance exhaust system (dealer-installed)
  • Available six-piston Brembo front brake package (dealer-installed)

VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Offered in LS, LT and Premier models, in 2WD and 4WD configurations
  • Z71 Package – available on LT models
  • RST Edition – available on LT and Premier models
  • RST 6.2L Performance Package – available on RST Premier models
  • Midnight Edition – available on LT and Z71 models
  • Signature Package – available on LT models
  • All-Season Package – available on LS models
  • Max Trailering package available on all trims, available towing up to 8,600 lbs
  • A standard 5.3L V-8 engine with direct injection and Active Fuel Management provides 355 horsepower and segment-leading V8 fuel economy of: 23 mpg highway
  • Front active aero shutters enhance aerodynamics on the highway
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability through MyLink displays messages, music, maps and more on the multicolor screen
  • 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot (includes three-month/3G data trial)
  • Chevrolet MyLink offers in-vehicle shopping apps and Rear Seat Reminder Customization
  • Fold-flat second- and third-row seats that enhance cargo convenience – including an available power-folding feature
  • Available hands-free power liftgate
  • Available eight-inch color touchscreen radio with next-generation MyLink connectivity
  • Up to seven USB ports and six power outlets – including a 110-volt three-prong outlet – to support electronic devices of all kinds (up to 13 charging locations)
  • Available 8-inch diagonal reconfigurable cluster with Driver Information Center and available Head-Up Display
  • Conversation mirror in the overhead console that provides a panoramic view of the rear seats
  • Available rear seat entertainment system upgrades that include HDMI/MHL connector, additional USB port, digital headphones and device projection; new video voiceover feature benefits visually and hearing impaired
  • Keyless entry and push-button start are available
  • Standard remote start
  • Available wireless charging
  • Standard Teen Driver feature
  • Perforated, leather-trimmed heated and vented driver and passenger seats are standard on Premier

SAFETY FEATURES

  • Standard front and side-impact air bags for driver and front passenger with front-center air bag and head curtain side-impact air bags for all rows
  • Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Driver Seat, IntelliBeam headlamps with automatic high-beam control, Lane Keep Assist and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking are standard on LT and Premier. They are included on LS with the available Enhanced Driver Alert Package
  • Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert are standard on Premier and available on LT
  • Standard rear-vision camera
  • Tire pressure monitor includes tire fill alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Automatic Braking is available on Premier

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST essentials: May as well call it the SS

What is it: The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST is a full-size, body-on-frame SUV with sporting intentions. The RST package adds the bigger 6.2-liter engine, 3.23 rear axle ratio, a high-capacity air cleaner, 10-speed automatic transmission and a few other performance bits. The Brembo brakes are a $2,795 option.

Base Price: $66,425 As-Tested: Price: $78,450

Highlights: The big V8 in the 2018 Tahoe RST brings 420 hp along with 460 lb-ft of torque. It can tow 8,400 pounds and fit seven passengers in relative comfort. Other changes include body-color grille surround and door handles; gloss-black grille and mirror caps; black roof rails, window trim, badging and Chevy bowties.

Our Opinion: I love this Tahoe, but to buy it, you have to hate gasoline. It’s rated at 14 mpg in the city, but it’s so damn fun to stomp the throttle that it was probably closer to 10 for my two-day combined average.

This V8 and 10-speed combo seem perfectly suited to each other. The 6.2 rumbles semi-quietly along, with a great exhaust burble, until you smash the right pedal. The new transmission, co-developed with Ford, drops three or four gears and roars like, well, a Corvette or Camaro or something. A bigger TrailBlazer SS if you will.

It’s too big to use the words “nimble” or “sporty,” but powerful? It’ll do powerful all day. Even with the “exclusive 22-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone tires,” it just blows over potholes and rutted roads without upsetting the passenger compartment. The tires are 45 profile, on the low side, but I never felt like I had to worry about what the road was doing under me with GM’s Magnetic Ride Control. There was no weather during my three days with the car, but I’d guess it would be impervious.

I almost forgot the best part: six-piston Brembo brakes. Perfect pedal feel, almost no movement, and they made this huge utility feel lighter than it should. On the gas, on the steering, it feels like the 5,600 pounds that it is, but it’ll stop on a dime. Maybe not a dime, but a silver dollar for sure. You can’t confidently hustle a big car like this without them. Unfortunately, they’re not included with the RST package; you’ll have to shell out another $2,795.

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The steering is just on the easy side of medium, effort-wise, but not full-luxury, one-finger control like the Cadillac Escalade or Lincoln Navigator. It felt spry for its size, I can say confidently.

Inside there’s plenty of space, the seats have a ton of adjustment and the infotainment works well. I put both a toddler seat and child seat in the second row and it left enough space for above-average first row passengers. That’s not always the case (see Infiniti QX80 and Land Rover Discovery). Cargo space won’t be a problem until you have a basketball team’s worth of kids to contend with.

The top Tahoe trim straddles the luxury/near luxury line. At $78K it’s almost as expensive as that aforementioned QX80, and that has every option in the book. On the other hand, so does this Tahoe. Heated and cooled leather seats, heated wheel, automatic start, all the goodies. And since I like my SUVs square, this one checks the boxes for me. I don’t love the weirdly shaped headlights though.

—Jake Lingeman, road test editor

Options: RST performance edition including 3.23 rear axle ratio, trailer brake controller, high capacity air cleaner, 170-volt generator, 6.2-liter V8 EcoTec3, ten-speed automatic, active noise cancellation, two-speed transfer case ($5,450); Sun, Entertainment, Destination Package with a power sunroof, rear seat entertainment, additional nine months XM radio ($2,885), performance front brake kit ($2,795), 8″ diagonal reconfigurable cluster with head up display ($850), cocoa/mahogany interior ($295), all-weather floor liner ($250), sun, entertainment, destination discount (-$500)

Vehicle Model Information

BASE PRICE: $66,425

AS TESTED PRICE: $78,450

POWERTRAIN: 6.2-liter V8, 4WD, ten-speed automatic

OUTPUT: 420 hp @ 5,600 rpm; 460 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm

CURB WEIGHT: 5,631 lb

FUEL ECONOMY: 14/22/17 mpg

PROS: Stellar brakes, angry roar

CONS: Super thirsty for fuel, priced in the luxury-car range

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe review: A full-size SUV hot rod

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    • Engine 8 Cylinder Engine
    • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
    • MPG 19 MPG
    • Passenger Capacity 8
    • Body Type SUVs

    Roadshow Editors’ Rating

    The Good Impressive acceleration and cornering capabilities for a full-size SUV when equipped with the RST performance package. Ear-pleasing exhaust note. Slick exterior looks with a comfortable and feature-rich cabin.

    The Bad Ride quality for second- and third-row passengers is choppier. Adaptive cruise control isn’t standard even on the range-topping Premier models.

    The Bottom Line The RST packages add a more entertaining drive character and sharper looks to the practical and capable Chevrolet Tahoe SUV.

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    A throaty roar greets you as soon as you start up the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST . «Does this have a stock exhaust?» asks my surprised passenger. After a quick explanation of the optional Borla exhaust — and a couple more blips of the throttle — he responds with a simple, but stunned, «Wow.»

    Louder noises are only one part of the Tahoe’s new RST package. For $2,820, you also get a unique rear axle ratio and high-flow air filter, all part of a big powertrain upgrade. Yes, the big selling point is the bigger engine underhood: Chevy’s 6.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

    Giddy-up

    The 5,600-pound Tahoe rapidly shoots forward as soon as you stomp on the right pedal, with plentiful and accessible power throughout the engine’s rev range. The bigger engine is accompanied by a 10-speed automatic transmission, and it thankfully doesn’t suffer from any gear hunting issues, instead performing crisp, well-timed shifts.

    All those gears and a seamless engine cylinder deactivation system help garner fuel economy estimates that aren’t comically low, too, with 14 mpg city and 22 mpg highway ratings. Over the course of two tanks of fuel in mixed driving environments, I averaged a low-but-not-horrible 16.1 mpg.

    The big V8 rumbles through the Borla exhaust.

    Customers can get the RST package on the Tahoe LT with a standard suspension, or on the range-topping Premier trim that comes standard with a Magnetic Ride Control suspension system with RST-specific calibration for the adaptive dampers. Along with the super-wide 22-inch Bridgestone Dueler tires, the Tahoe RST hustles through bends with respectable composure. Turn-in for corners is brisk with lightly-weighted, but responsive steering. There’s plenty of grip through corners and the optional six-piston Brembo front brake calipers easily scrub off speed in a hurry.

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    Unfortunately, trade-off for this upgraded suspension is poor ride quality. Up front, it’s not as noticeable, but for second- and third-row passengers, the rear suspension provides a decidedly choppy ride.

    Dark matter

    No special edition model is complete without visual alterations. The $2,630 RST appearance package — yes, an additional cost over the $2,820 powertrain upgrade — adds 22-inch wheels with gloss black-painted insets along with a slew of other black exterior accents including a grille, badges, mirror caps and roof rails. Combine all that with this test car’s black paint job and you’ve got a wicked appearance befitting of the Secret Service or a famous music mogul.

    Large 22-inch wheels and tires up style and handling.

    The RST changes end when you head inside the spacious cabin, which is fine because accommodations are still plenty good. Contrasting cocoa brown and black soft-touch surfaces with mahogany trim offer a premium look and feel, while creature comforts like heated front seats, steering wheel and second-row captain’s chairs will keep occupants toasty on cold days.

    Like most full-size SUVs, the Tahoe is capable of swallowing a lot of cargo with 15.3 cubic-feet of space behind the third row, 51.7 cubic-feet aft of the second row and 94.7 cubic-feet behind the first row. However, with all seats up, the Nissan Armada edges the Chevy out with 16.5 cubic-feet of cargo space and 95.4 cubic-feet with both rows of back seats down. The new Ford Expedition betters it by even more with 20.9 cubic-feet behind the third-row and 104.6 cubic-feet with the second and third rows folded.

    Still solid tech

    Even with fresher competition on the market, the Tahoe’s technology game remains strong. The MyLink system with 8-inch touchscreen is simple and effective with intuitive menus, plus hard buttons in the center stack to quickly get to the home and audio screens. Navigation with real-time traffic updates, a crisp-sounding 10-speaker Bose audio system and OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot are all excellent during a road trip to Chicago from Detroit and back.

    Chevy MyLink runs both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

    Apple CarPlay and Android Auto users will appreciate MyLink because it’s capable of running both, while there are numerous USB ports, 12-volt outlets, a wireless charging pad on the center armrest and a three-prong plug in the second row to juice up smart devices.

    Safety tech isn’t skimpy, either. Standard forward collision warning comes with automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist comes with lane departure warning, and there’s blind-spot monitoring and a rearview camera with rear cross-traffic alert. Strangely, adaptive cruise control isn’t standard even on the top-end Premier trim, but is available as an $895 option.

    My Tahoe

    As a car enthusiast, my Tahoe would definitely have the RST performance package , and since I’d also want Magnetic Ride Control, I’d have to pony up for a Premier model. As much as I would love the optional Brembo front brakes, I would forego those to keep the price somewhat in check, but spring for four-wheel drive because I live in Michigan and am subjected to real winters.

    2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST: Meaner looks and performance

    With all that, my Tahoe would sticker for $71,945, which includes $1,295 for destination. That’s a little more reasonable than my tester’s $78,450 as-tested price with the upgraded brakes, sunroof and rear entertainment system, but still not an inexpensive truck.

    One of the few

    Jeep’s Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with the supercharged 707-horsepower Hellcat engine is among the most noteworthy go-fast utes today, but that’s a midsize SUV. When it comes to full-size performance SUVs, the Tahoe RST really only has the Dodge Durango SRT as non-luxury competition, and with 470 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque from a 6.4-liter Hemi V8, the Chevy is outgunned. When optioned with similar equipment, the Dodge also checks in at the low $70K range to put both muscle trucks on a level playing field price-wise.

    Either one of those SUV hotrods will plant a smirk on your face and likely draw some «wows» out of your passengers every time you mash the gas pedal. If you value bragging rights at the drag strip, you’ll probably want to go for the Dodge, but if you want a still-fast people mover with a slightly nicer cabin and infotainment tech, the Chevy may be more up your alley.

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