2018 Chevrolet Traverse

Pros: Generous passenger and cargo room; expansive list of available safety features; easy access to third-row seat

Cons: Large size can make close-quarters maneuverability difficult; V6 engine not offered on RS; some desirable safety features are restricted to pricey trim levels

CG Says: Chevrolet’s midsize crossover SUV is redesigned for 2018. The new Chevrolet Traverse has a wheelbase that is two inches longer than the previous generation for increased passenger and cargo room, and it is about 400 pounds lighter than before. Traverse has three rows of seats and can carry up to eight passengers. Newly available features include autonomous emergency braking, rearview camera mirror, LED headlights with automatic high beams, and hands-free power liftgate. Other available features include a 360-degree surround-vision camera, lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning, front pedestrian braking, GM’s Teen Driver monitoring system, and a rear-seat reminder feature. The 3.6-liter V6 is now rated at 310 horsepower (up from 281 or 288 hp in the previous-generation Traverse). A 257-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is newly available, but only in the sporty RS model—another new addition for 2018. Both engines are paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission (the V6 previously had a 6-speed automatic). In addition to the exclusive turbo-four engine, the RS has blacked out trim, black 20-inch wheels, and other unique features. The Traverse lineup also gets a new topline model for 2018 named High Country; it has standard all-wheel drive, leather and suede upholstery, power-folding 3rd-row seats, and other upscale features. The new Traverse is among the biggest of the midsize crossover SUVs—it offers interior room that rivals some large SUVs. For buyers looking for a roomy SUV with a comprehensive list of safety and convenience features, the Chevrolet Traverse is a must-see.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 8
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices L: $30,925
LS: $33,095
AWD LS: $35,095
LT Cloth: $35,595
LT Cloth: $39,395
LT Leather: $42,195
LT Leather: $44,195
RS: $43,095
Premier: $45,495
AWD Premier: $48,395
AWD High Country: $53,095

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
257
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26

Optional Engine
3.6-liter V6
Horsepower
310
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-27

The 2018 Traverse High Country trim features premium content and
2018 Chevrolet Traverse
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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