Review: 2018 Chevrolet Traverse

Review: 2018 Chevrolet Traverse

Virginia is for lovers, which means it’s also for families. Drivers with kids in tow who want an alternative to a minivan should be sure to check out the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, a three-row midsize SUV that’s as suited for romantic getaways as it is family road trips.

The Traverse is all new for 2018, so there’s plenty to explore even if you’re already a fan of the Chevy SUV. See our full review below, then visit us in Chester to get behind the wheel:

Comfort and Convenience

The all-new Traverse has more spacious seating and a larger cargo area than the previous generation, putting it among the top of its class for interior design and comfort. Up front, there’s 41 inches of leg room and 41.3 inches of head room, while the rear boasts 38.4 inches of leg room and 40 inches of head room.

The 2018 Traverse has 23 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, and 57.8 cubes behind the second row. With all rear seats folded, it features 98.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Models with a second-row bench seat eight passengers and those with rear captain’s chairs seat up to seven people.

The Chevy SUV comes in six trims, so you can choose from basic to deluxe, and several degrees in between. Trims include the L, LS, LT, RS, Premier, and High Country. Available interior features include heated front and second-row seats, ventilated front seats, a power-folding third row, leather-appointed seating, and a heated steering wheel. The all-new Traverse also comes available with a hands-free power liftgate, seat and mirror memory, and Universal Home Remote.

Technology and Entertainment

All models of the 2018 Traverse come standard with Bluetooth wireless tech, at least six USB ports, three-zone climate control, Rear Seat Reminder, OnStar 4G LTE with available built-in WiFi, and Chevrolet MyLink Radio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additionally, it’s available with a Bose premium audio system, auto-dimming Rear Camera Mirror with full camera display, and wireless charging for devices.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the all-new Chevy Traverse a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating. Plus, it features a bevy of upgraded driver assistance technology, including Forward Automatic Braking, Forward Collision Alert and Following Distance Indicator, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking. The LT trim and higher feature Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Surround Vision Camera with bird's-eye view.

Powertrain and Fuel Economy

Most trims feature a 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission, making 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive models get 18 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, and all-wheel drive variants get 17 MPG city and 25 MPG highway.

The Traverse RS features a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission, making 255 horsepower and 296 lb-ft of torque. It gets up to 20 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.


Starting at $29,930 MSRP

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