For the most part, special editions are not worth the extra money. For a few extra thousand dollars, you tend to get a unique paint job and maybe a few trim pieces specific to the package. The 2018 Chevy Tahoe Custom Midnight certainly looks like it falls into that trope, at first, but there’s a healthy dose of practicality to go with the tactical paint scheme.

Similar to the Custom Edition introduced last year, the Midnight Tahoe benefits from a third-row seat-delete, opening up 54 cubic-feet of cargo room in the back. However, the Midnight Edition gets a secret-service-like all-black paint job, with a blacked-out grille and Chevy badges for style. But, where you might expect Chevy to bolt on massive 24-inch rims shod with ridiculously useless low-profile tires, it wen the other way. The Midnight package sits on 18-inch black wheels wrapped in rugged Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, which, on a truck this big, is the type of rubber you want anyway.

Chevy isn’t asking you to shell out any extra money you wouldn’t already be spending on a base Tahoe LS either, which starts at $48,795. So not only is the Midnight Edition the more practical way to spec a new Tahoe, but it also adds considerable style to a run-of-the-mill SUV.

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