The Chevrolet Tahoe was introduced into Chevy’s lineup as a full-size SUV in 1994 and remains popular today. The Tahoe is known for its unique styling and for having the features consumers expect from SUVs, including towing. But what is the towing capacity of a 2018 Chevy Tahoe?
The 2018 Chevy Tahoe can tow up to 8,600 pounds when properly equipped.
The 2018 Chevy Tahoe tow capacity can vary based on a few different factors such as engine size, drivetrain, and others which we’ll discuss below.
There’s a bit more to know about Chevrolet Tahoe towing capabilities which we’ll cover in today’s guide.
2018 Chevy Tahoe Towing Capacity
The 2018 Chevy Tahoe can tow between 6,400 lbs and 8,600 lbs depending on which engine it has, whether it is 2WD or 4WD, and if it has the Max Trailering Package installed or not.
A 2018 Chevy Tahoe 2WD with 5.3L engine can pull up to 6,600 pounds without the max trailering package
A 2018 Chevy Tahoe 2WD with 5.3L engine can pull up to 8,600 pounds with the max trailering package.
A 2018 Chevy Tahoe 4WD with 5.3L engine can pull up to 6,400 pounds without the max trailering package.
A 2018 Chevy Tahoe 4WD with 5.3L engine can pull up to 8,400 pounds with the max trailering package.
A 2018 Chevy Tahoe 2WD with 6.2L engine can pull up to 8,400 pounds.
A 2018 Chevy Tahoe 4WD with 6.2L engine can pull up to 8,100 pounds.
You can check out our guide to Chevy Tahoe towing capacity by year if you’re looking at a different model year’s max capacity or if you want to compare different years of this vehicle.
2018 Chevy Tahoe Z71 Towing Capacity
A 2018 Chevy Tahoe Z71 can pull 7,600 lbs without the trailering package, and can pull a maximum of 8,600 lbs with the trailering package.
Here’s a video showing the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid in a towing test against the GMC Yukon:
Refer to the chart below to find how much your 2018 Chevy Tahoe can tow.
2018 Chevy Tahoe Tow Capacity Chart
2018 Chevy Tahoe Braked Vs. Unbraked Towing Capacity
All vehicles have different towing capacities based on whether or not you’re towing a trailer that has trailer brakes installed.
Trailer brakes allow the trailer to stop faster than if only the vehicle is using its brakes, allowing the vehicle to tow more weight, so braked towing capacity will always be higher than unbraked towing capacity.
Chevy Tahoe Braked Tow Capacity: up to 8,600 lbs.
Chevy Tahoe Unbraked Tow Capacity: 3,500 lbs.
2018 Chevy Tahoe Towing Capacity Factors
There are several factors that affect the 2018 Chevy Tahoe tow capacity which we’ll cover next.
You can also read our guide on what makes a vehicle towing capacity to learn all the aspects that go into it.
Towing Capacity By Engine Type
The current generation of the Chevy Tahoe has three engine options, and all of them are paired with a Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission.
5.3 Liter V8 Engine
The base Chevy Tahoe engine is a 5.3 Liter V8 VVT Direct Injection engine.
This engine produces 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft of torque.
The 5.3L V8 engine is available on all trims except the High Country.
6.2 Liter V8 Engine
The base Chevy Tahoe engine is a 6.2 Liter V8 VVT Direct Injection engine.
This engine produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft of torque.
The 6.2L V8 engine is available on all trims except the LS and LT.
2WD vs 4WD
Whether or not your Tahoe was 2WD or 4WD also affected how much it can tow.
The 2WD 2018 Tahoes typically have about 200 pounds of extra towing power than the 4WD versions.
Number of Passengers
A big factor in calculating your vehicle’s towing capacity is how many passengers you’re carrying, which directly calculates into the vehicle’s GCWR.
This is true of all vehicles, not just the 2018 Chevy Tahoe, so always take into consideration the total load of your passengers and gear in addition to what you’re towing.
Towing Equipment Installed
In order to get the max towing capacity of 8,600 lbs from your 2018 Chevy Tahoe, you’ll need to have the towing package installed.
This includes extra features that allow for additional performance needed to pull heavy loads.
2018 Chevy Tahoe Tow Package Info
Does The 2018 Chevy Tahoe Have A Tow Package?
Every Tahoe model comes with a Class IV tow hitch automatically installed from the factory.
Chevy offers two factory-installed Tahoe tow package options: the Advanced Trailering Package and the Max Trailering Package.
Chevy Tahoe Advanced Trailering Package
The Chevy Tahoe Advanced Trailering Package includes a trailer brake controller, smart trailer integration indicator, hitch guidance with hitch view, and trailer side blind zone alert.
Chevy Tahoe Max Trailering Package
The Chevy Tahoe Max Trailering Package is what you’ll need to get the highest tow rating on your Tahoe.
It includes everything in the Advanced Trailering Package, plus an enhanced cooling radiator and a 2-speed active transfer case (available on LS, LT, and RST 4WD models only).
Can You Install A Trailer Hitch On a 2018 Chevy Tahoe?
If you plan on towing anything with your Chevy Tahoe, you’ll need a tow hitch and wiring harness.
Depending on what you’re towing, you’re going to need a ball mount (aka a trailer ball hitch) so you can attach items for towing.
Make sure to get the right trailer ball size that matches your hitch and trailer.
2018 Chevy Tahoe Tow Hitch
Trailer hitches come in different hitch classes, which are rated for different vehicle sizes and weight limits.
The Chevy Tahoe uses a Class 3, Class 4, or Class 5 hitch.
The Chevy Tahoe uses a Class 3 or Class 4 hitch.
Here’s a great option for a Class III Chevy Tahoe trailer hitch:
- DEPENDABLE STRENGTH. This trailer hitch is rated for 6,000 lbs. gross trailer weight and 600 lbs. tongue weight (limited to lowest-rated towing component)
- VERSATILE DESIGN. This class 3 hitch equips your vehicle with a standard 2-inch x 2-inch hitch receiver, allowing for a wide variety of towing options. It can accept a ball mount, cargo carrier, bike rack, tow hook and much more
- FULLY TESTED. Every CURT class 3 trailer hitch design is tested in real-world, on-vehicle conditions at our Detroit engineering facility. Aftermarket hitches are tested according to SAE J684 standards for the utmost safety while hauling
- RUST, CHIP, UV-RESISTANT. This tow hitch is protected with a unique dual-coat finish of rust-resistant liquid A-coat and highly durable black powder coat. The two finishes are co-cured together for exceptional resistance to rust, chipping and UV rays
- EASY TO INSTALL. This hitch offers a custom, factory fit on select model years of the Chevy Tahoe
Here’s a great ball mount option so you can hook up different types of trailers for towing with your Tahoe:
- DEPENDABLE STRENGTH. Rated to tow 3,500 pounds gross trailer weight and 350 pounds tongue weight, this ball hitch offers dependability for your towing setup (weight capacity may change if trailer ball is removed).Fit Type: Universal Fit
- VERSATILE USE. This trailer hitch ball mount comes with a 1-1/4-inch shank to fit virtually any industry-standard 1-1/4-inch receiver. The ball mount has a 3-1/4-inch drop, 2-inch diameter ball, 1/2-inch hitch pin hole and 7-1/4-inch overall length
- READY TO TOW. Hitching up your trailer is easy with this ready-to-use trailer hitch ball mount. It comes with a pre-attached tow ball for ready coupling and a trailer hitch pin to securely mount onto your hitch receiver
- CORROSION-RESISTANT. For long-lasting use, this ball hitch is protected with a durable black powder coat finish, and the trailer ball has a polished chrome plating. These finishes resist damage from rain, dirt, road salt and other corrosive threats
- EASY TO INSTALL. To install the trailer hitch ball mount on your vehicle, simply insert the shank into your vehicle's 1-1/4-inch hitch receiver. The rounded shank makes installation easy
2018 Chevy Tahoe Trailer Hitch Installation
If you’re considering having a tow hitch added to your Tahoe, expect to pay between $100 and $200 to have a tow package professionally installed (excluding the cost of the tow hitch and wiring harness).
If you’re handy and looking to save money, you can install the trailer hitch and wiring harness yourself.
Always follow the manufacturer’s directions and use proper safety precautions.
Here’s a great video walkthrough on a Chevy Tahoe trailer hitch installation:
Hitch Receiver Vs Rear Step Bumper Towing
Some vehicles allow for bumper towing, which means you can mount a tow hitch ball directly on the bumper instead of installing a tow hitch to the vehicle’s frame.
Can I Bumper Tow With A 2018 Chevy Tahoe?
Yes, you can bumper tow up to 2,000 pounds with a Chevy Tahoe.
But in most cases, it’s just as economical and better worth it in the long run to install a frame-mounted trailer hitch on your Tahoe.
Does My 2018 Chevy Tahoe Have A Tow Package?
You can start by looking under the rear bumper of your Tahoe to see if you notice a trailer hitch or trailer ball.
That will give you a good indication of if you have a tow hitch already installed on your Tahoe.
Another way to research this is by checking the paperwork that came with your vehicle or taking it to a local dealer to see what’s installed.
Make sure to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) handy if you call the dealer so they can look up the exact specs and whether or not your Tahoe has any towing packages or features installed on it.
2018 Chevy Tahoe Towing Capacity Vs Competitors
The 2018 Chevy Tahoe has a maximum towing capacity of 8,600, which makes it capable of doing some heavy duty trailer towing. This number is similar to its main competitors, the 2018 Toyota Sequoia and the 2018 Jeep Wagoneer.
Here are some similar vehicles to the Chevy Tahoe and their towing capacities below:
2018 Ford Expedition Towing Capacity: 9,300 pounds
2018 Chevy Suburban Towing Capacity: 6,300 pounds
2018 GMC Yukon XL Towing Capacity: 8,100 pounds
2018 Toyota Sequoia Towing Capacity: 7,400 pounds
2018 Nissan Armada Towing Capacity: 8,500 pounds
2018 Dodge Durango Towing Capacity: 8,700 pounds
How To Increase 2018 Chevy Tahoe Towing Capacity
If you’re looking to increase the tow capacity of your 2018 Tahoe, you’ll need to add the Towing Package.
Adding Chevy’s Heavy-Duty Trailer Towing Package to your Tahoe will increase the towing capacity to the max tow capacity of 8,600 pounds.
Having said that, we still recommend you refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual yourself before towing with your Chevy Tahoe.