2018 Chevrolet Traverse Review

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September 13, 2017

A new powertrain and crisp (but conservative) styling mean the Traverse is once again a contender in the three-row crossover race.

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse walks a delicate line between being an affable, family-friendly crossover SUV and looking like something more rugged and capable.

Clean styling inside and out, an enjoyable standard powertrain, a comfortable, spacious cabin, and most of the equipment we expect in a modern family car help the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse score 7.2 out of 10 in our testing. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

For now, all Traverses use a new 3.6-liter V-6 with 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque that adds 20 hp over last year’s V-6. It’s the only available engine until a 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline-4 joins the lineup under the hood of the Traverse RS. Both engines work alongside a standard 9-speed automatic, but only the V-6 is available with all-wheel drive. At this point, we’ve only driven the V-6 and will update once we drive the RS.

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The V-6 model improves on the first-generation crossover’s fuel economy despite the extra power. Thanks in part to the 9-speed automatic, the front-drive Traverse returns 18 mpg city, 27 highway, 21 combined. All-wheel drive lowers those figures to 17/25/20 mpg. Both are substantial increases on the last Traverse, which could only muster 15/22/18 mpg in its most efficient trim.

The 2018 Traverse is available in seven trims—L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country are the others. Each comes with a HID headlights with LED running lights, rearview camera, 18-inch wheels, a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, Bluetooth, six USB ports, keyless ignition, and three-zone climate control. That means even the $34,995 (including a mandatory $945 destination charge) Traverse LS has a lot going for it.

The most advanced active safety equipment is, as is Chevrolet’s tendency, limited to the range-topping Premier and High Country—it’s only standard on the latter. Lesser trims, like the LT Cloth and LT Leather, are available with blind-spot monitors, while all trims come with GM’s Teen Driver and Family Link systems, as part of the OnStar suite.

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September 10, 2017
2018 Chevrolet Traverse AWD 4-Door Premier w/1LZ

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Traded in my 2009 Traverse with 175k miles for a 2018 AWD Silver Ice Metallic Redline Edition Traverse. Been following the redesign for months and couldn't be happier that I did wait for the update rather than... + More »
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August 3, 2017
2018 Chevrolet Traverse FWD 4-Door LT Cloth w/1LT

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We had a 2011 Traverse which we traded for a 2013 Acadia as we found the rounded style of the old traverse confining and cut down on storage behind the third row. We were extremely disappointed that GM shrunk... + More »
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  • Redesigned 2018 Traverse arriving; 2017s still on hand
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