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Which used year model of Chevy Tahoe is the best value?

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We break down prices, mileage, and features for recent year models

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The Chevy Tahoe is among the best do-it-all vehicles made and sold in America. Its two choices of V8 engines are beefy enough to haul around 8 passengers, whatever you can fit in the 95 cubic feet of cargo space, or up to 8,600lb of towing capacity. Since its remodel for the 2016 model year, the Tahoe has featured a sleek, modern design on the outside and a well-equipped, stylish design on the inside. 

Throughout the generation and through to the 2020 model, not much has changed year to year. Luckily, that means that you can find pre-owned vehicles at great prices and with most, if not all, of the best features on a new Chevy Tahoe. Here at CoPilot, we’ll help you figure out which model year is the best one for you.

How much are you saving buying a used Chevrolet Tahoe vs. new?

 

While many of these model years have good deals and are worth buying, the best one for your money is the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe. Unlike the 2015 and 2016 models, there have been few reliability issues reported with the 2017, and it is available with all the features of the 2020 model, even Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

The average listing comes in at about $38,735, which is 38% below MSRP on a 2020 Tahoe, and has less than 60,000 miles on the odometer. If that seems like too many miles for your taste, you can find good deals on a 2018 or 2019 Tahoe, but keep in mind that a well maintained car should make it to 200,000 miles in its lifetime, so there are still plenty of roads left to travel in your 2017 Chevy Tahoe.


WHY BUY USED?

A new car loses value the second you drive it off the lot. Luckily, many used models sport the same great features as their new counterparts. Here’s where you can find nearly-new cars at significant discounts off MSRP.


2015 Chevrolet Tahoe: Used vs. New

Average Used Listing Price: $30,981

Average Used Mileage: 95,852

Savings vs. buying new: $31,557

The average 2015 Chevy Tahoe is listed at $30,981, and has an average of 95,852 miles on its engine. That’s $31,557 less than buying a new 2020 model, and the only features missing are lane keeping assist, a heads-up display, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capabilities. And with those savings, you could definitely buy a third party HUD and a new stereo with CarPlay, and still have spent only half the cost of a new car.

 Newer Features the 2015  Chevrolet Tahoe lacks

●               Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

●               Heads-up display

●               Lane keeping assist

Is buying a used 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe a good idea?

The 2015 model year earned a poor reputation for reliability, so buying a car with around 95,000 miles on it already probably isn’t a good idea. You might want to look into newer Chevy Tahoe models.

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe: Used vs. New

Average Used Listing Price: $34,827

Average Used Mileage: 78,504

Savings vs. buying new: $27,711

At $34,827, the average pre-owned 2016 Chevy Tahoe costs $27,711 less than a new 2020 Tahoe. All of the features of a new model are available on the 2016 Tahoe, so those savings are coming from the car’s age and its average of 78,504 miles on the odometer.

Newer Features the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe lacks

●               None

Is buying a used 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe a good idea?

While CarPlay and Android Auto were added for the 2016 model year, reliability was not. Even though it is a better deal than the 2015 model, you should still look for a newer Tahoe if you can.


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2017 Chevrolet Tahoe: Used vs. New

Average Used Listing Price: $38,735

Average Used Mileage: 59,757

Savings vs. buying new: $23,803

The average 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe is listed at $38,735 and has 59,757 miles on it. That will net you a savings of about $23,803 on average, or 38% compared to the price of a nearly identical 2020.

 Newer Features the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe lacks

●               None

Is buying a used 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe a good idea?

With all the features of a 2020 model at a fraction of the cost, a 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe is a good deal. It also has less reported reliability issues than previous models, making a pre-owned 2017 Chevy Tahoe a good car to buy.

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe: Used vs. New

Average Used Listing Price: $41,786

Average Used Mileage: 47,240

Savings vs. buying new: $20,752

A 2018 Chevy Tahoe will run you $41,786 on average, which is still $20,752 less than a 2020. On average, a 2018 Tahoe will have 47,240 miles on it; around 12,500 less than a 2017, but only 10,000 more than a 2019.

 Newer Features the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe lacks

●               None

Is buying a used 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe a good idea?

The 2018 Chevy Tahoe is a good car and a good deal. You don’t have to miss any features of the 2020 and can save about 13 of your money. It is a great middle ground between the newness and low mileage of the 2019 and the savings of the 2017.


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2019 Chevrolet Tahoe: Used vs. New

Average Used Listing Price: $43,909

Average Used Mileage: 37,499

Savings vs. buying new: $18,629The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe costs $43,909 on average. That’s $18,629 less than the average new 2020 that came out only one year later and added no new features. The only drawback to the 2019 model is the average mileage of 37,499.

Newer Features the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe lacks

●               None

Is buying a used 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe a good idea?

The 2019 Tahoe does cost more than its older counterparts, but it is only a year old and has all the same features at only three quarters of the price. It might not be the best deal on a used Tahoe, but it is a better deal than buying a new one.

The easiest way to find reliable Tahoes in your area

The easiest way to find reliable pre-owned SUVs is with the free CoPIlot car shopping app. We’ll search through every dealership listing and find you the best deals on whatever car you want. CoPilot uses the same software that dealerships use to buy and sell inventory, so you can shop with confidence that you’re getting the best deal on an SUV that the dealerships have to offer.

Only interested in newer, off-lease vehicles? Try CoPilot Compare, the search engine for nearly-new cars. We’ll help you figure out which model year is best for you by comparing the features, mileage, and savings for each year. It’s a great way to find certified pre-owned SUVs that are nearly new, but without the new price tag.

The best part? CoPilot doesn’t work with dealerships, so there are no ‘promoted’ or ‘sponsored’ listings - just the best cars in your area. Learn more about how CoPilot works on our About Us page.