Ace of Base: 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe LS Custom

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
ace of base 2019 chevrolet tahoe ls custom

After consuming far too much turkey over the last couple of days, your humble author is suddenly a proponent of removing a few things from one’s plate. Sure, that third hot roast turkey smothered in hot gravy sounded like a good idea while ladling it onto my plate, but proved to be a fatal error just a couple of hours later as I slipped into yet another tryptophan-induced Christmas coma.

Such is the case with the 2019 Chevy Tahoe. By selecting a certain series of options, one can spec a body-on-frame SUV that actually bears a Monroney less than its base starting price. Does this make it a super Ace of Base? Do we still have turkey in the fridge?

The answer to both of these questions is a resounding “yes” … especially for the turkey.

One’s path to Tahoe enlightenment starts with a two-wheel drive LS spec, with a 5.3-liter V8 under the hood and three rows of seats. From here, one can select the Custom Edition package, a choice for which GM will put $4,200 back into your pocket. For that negative sum, GM fits a unique set of 18-inch wheels, ladles some chrome on the grille, and bins the third-row seat.

Bending the Ace of Base rules just ever so slightly, one can spec the Custom Midnight Edition instead. This choice credits $3,200 into your proverbial account, a cool grand less than the non-murdered out Custom, but bestows the Tahoe with 18-inch black painted aluminium wheels wrapped in knobby bro-level Duratracs while also fitting a set of black tubular running boards. The gold Chevy bowties turn dark, as do a pair of front recovery hooks. The third-row seat vanishes as well.

GM will pay me $3,200 for a better-looking Tahoe? A Christmas miracle, indeed! Or at least a contender for Super Ace of Base status.

For savvy Tahoe shoppers, the financial credits don’t end there. While deleting the marginally-habitable third row gives up a couple of family chairs, a seat can be re-added by way of choosing to spec one’s Tahoe with a front bench seat. Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus and there really is a full-size V8-powered SUV with a bench seat and column shifter available for 2019. The General will even take $250 off the sticker price. A flip-down centre console remains for those occasions you don’t want to sit three abreast.

Even base LS Tahoe trucks are equipped with tri-zone climate control, meaning rear-seat kidlets are free to swelter or freeze to their hearts content while on-board wifi allows them to Snapchat pictures of their rise from Default Guy on Fortnite. GM includes the good infotainment system at this price, plus remote start and backup camera/beepers so avoid flattening Junior’s bicycle while reversing out of the garage.

Let’s calculate the final tally, then. From its base price of $48,000 for a rear-drive Tahoe LS, reductions of $3,200 and $250 bring the sticker down to $44,550. Remove another $1,000 if you’re not a knob like me who wants their Tahoe in blacked-out trim with beefy tires. Bargain hard and you’ll likely shave a few more dollars off that figure.

Tossing out some wild speculation, options such as these may not be in the cards for the Tahoe much longer. Spy shots show the next Cadillac Escalade running around with an independent rear suspension, a development that would surely add to the livability of its (and its Chevy/GMC cousins) third row. Get yer cut-price Tahoe while you can!

Not every base model has aced it. The ones which have? They help make the automotive landscape a lot better. Any others you can think of, B&B? Let us know in the comments. Naturally, feel free to eviscerate our selection.

The model above is shown in American dollars with American options and trim, absent of destination charges and available rebates. As always, your dealer may sell for less.

[Images: GM]

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  • Conslaw Conslaw on Dec 28, 2018

    So here we are fighting to keep the price of a Tahoe down to $44,000, yet people complain about the price of the top-of-the-line Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited at $47,000 but with a tax credit bringing it down to $39,500. That's for a van with everything that will cost 1/3 what the Tahoe costs to keep fed. Still, the Tahoe will sell at least 5 times as many units.

  • ARVFlier ARVFlier on Jan 02, 2019

    I know this story was posted awhile ago, but I randomly came across nearly the exact vehicle that was spec'd in the article. The only difference appears to be that the dealer didn't delete the center console. There's a bunch of pics on the site so you get a pretty good idea of how it looks in the wild. Here's a link to it: Enjoy!

  • FreedMike One of the things that we here in North America often forget about Europe is that it's a COMPLETELY different world to drive in. Imagine driving in the downtown area of the city you live in 24/7, and never leaving it, and you have a decent simulation of what it's like to drive in a place like Paris, or London, or Rome - or Manhattan, for that matter. As far as the "dystopia" is concerned, I don't really see it that way. This isn't made for people living in the 'burbs - it's for urban dwellers. And for that application, this car would be about perfect. The big question is how successful the effort to provide large-scale EV charging in urban areas will be.
  • Matzel I am hoping that Vee-Dub will improve the UX and offer additional color options for the 2024 Mk8.5 refresh for Canada. Until then, I'll be quite happy with my '21 GTI performance pack. It still puts a smile on my face going through the twisty bits.
  • Stanley Steamer There have been other concepts with BYOT, that I have always thought was a great idea. Replacing bespoke parts is expensive. If I can plug in a standard 17" monitor to serve as my instrument panel, as well as speakers, radio, generic motors, batteries, I'm for it. Cheaper repair, replacement, or upgrade costs. Heck I'd even like to put in my own comfy seats. My house didn't come with a built in LaZboy. The irony is that omitting these bespoke items at the point of sale allows me to create a more bespoke car as a whole. It's hard to imagine what an empty rolling monocoque chassis would look like capable of having powertrains and accessories easily bolted on in my garage, but something like the Bollinger suv comes to mind.
  • Iam65689044 Sometimes I'm glad the French don't sell in America. This is one of those times.
  • SCE to AUX I was going to scoff, but the idea has some merit.The hard part would be keeping the weight and cost down. Even on the EPA cycle, this thing could probably get over 210 miles with that battery.But the cost - it's too tempting to bulk up the product for profits. What might start as a $22k car quickly becomes $30k.Resource-deprived people can't buy it then, anyway, and where will Kyle get the electricity to charge it in 2029 Los Angeles?