new Traction Mode Select system is standard across the line in
the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. It lets the driver choose driving
modes to match road conditions.
Chevrolet’s eight-passenger crossover, enters its second
generation for 2018 with a complete restyling designed to make an
already great vehicle even better.
makeover, prices for 2018 begin at $29,930 (plus $995 freight) for
the base L model with front-wheel drive, and run as high as $52,100
for the High Country model with all-wheel drive.
In between are
the LS ($32,100), LT Cloth ($34,600), LT Leather ($41,200), RS
($42,100) and Premier ($44,500) front-wheel-drive models. All-wheel
drive is available on all but the L and RS models, and is standard
on the High Country. The RS and High Country models are two new trim
levels added for 2018.
vehicle for this report was the LT Leather with front drive, with a
list price of $41,200 and total delivered price of $42,540,
including freight and $395 in options – the cost of the premium
Cajun Red Tintcoat exterior paint.
of the best of its class, the Traverse is a large crossover with
lots of room for the family and their stuff.
the new Traverse’s exterior styling "bold and refined."
It’s not as rounded as its predecessor, but it still very much
looks like a Traverse, which is a good thing. This is one of
Chevrolet’s best vehicles of the past decade, and it didn’t need
an entirely new look. The rear end has a squared-off look, which is
probably the biggest styling change.
Some of the
Traverse’s exterior styling was "inspired" by the big
Chevrolet sport utility vehicles – the Tahoe and Suburban, Chevy
says. Those include premium features such as chrome accents, LED
signature lighting and available D-Optic LED headlights.
One thing that
was retained in the new generation is the generous third-row space,
particularly the legroom, which makes that seat just as comfortable
for adults as for children. This is one of the few big crossovers
that can achieve that. There is also ample cargo room and overall
As there is a
host of new, improved and impressive new active safety technology on
the market in general now, it’s essential that most of that also
be standard or available on the new Traverse, and it is.
There are also
a new split/folding second-row seat and second-row captain’s
chairs that improve on the original Smart Slide feature for that
row. That includes the curbside seat’s ability to tip up and slide
forward, even with a forward-facing child seat in place, to provide
easy access to the third row.
captain’s chairs in the middle row, included on our test vehicle,
the Traverse seats seven, but access to the third row is easier
because of the gap between the two middle-row seats.
A new Traction
Mode Select system is standard across the line. It lets the driver
choose driving modes to match road conditions
engine is the 3.6-liter V-6, cranking out 310 horsepower and 266
foot-pounds of torque. It’s connected to a nine-speed automatic
transmission. This was the engine on our tester, and we had plenty
of power for both routine interstate highway driving and some
mountain roads we encountered during our weeklong test.
The new RS
model comes with a 257-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter
four-cylinder engine, also paired with a nine-speed automatic.
features include 20-inch wheels and blacked-out exterior cues,
including a black chrome grille and black bowtie emblem.
for the V-6 are 18 mpg city/27 highway with front drive, and 17
city/25 highway with all-wheel drive. The 2.0-liter engine is rated
at 20 city/26 highway.
model – the High Country – has a long list of premium features,
including unique interior trim with Loft Brown leather and suede
microfiber accents, 20-inch polished wheels, High Country badges,
D-Optic headlights, standard twin-clutch all-wheel drive, and
power/fold third row seat.
Edition ($2,495) is offered on the Premier model. It brings black
wheels with red accents, black exterior trim and bowtie emblems, a
dual-panel power sunroof, a trailering package and more.
levels come with active aero shutters, LED daytime running lights,
keyless entry and pushbutton start, and three-zone automatic climate
liftgate is standard on LT Leather, RS, Premier and High Country
models, and optional on the LT Cloth (which has cloth upholstery).
Additionally, there is a power liftgate with hands-free operation
and bowtie emblem projection standard on Premier and High Country
MyLink audio system with seven-inch screen is standard on L, LS and
LT Cloth models, but our LT Leather came with the MyLink system with
an eight-inch screen, which also is standard on RS, Premier and High
Country models, and available on LT Cloth. Both systems are
compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
on all models—and a cool feature on our tester – is the OnStar
4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, which includes a three-month/3GB data trial.
This gives everyone on board Wi-Fi access for their portable
devices, as long as the vehicle is in cell service range.
driver-information center with 3.5-inch display is standard on L, LS
and LT Cloth models, while the 4.2-inch display is standard on LT
Leather, RS, Premier and High Country; and available on LT Cloth.
We also had
heated, leather-trimmed front seats on our LT Leather model; they
are also included on the RS, Premier and High Country
steering wheel, ventilated front seats and heated second-row
outboard seats are standard on Premier and High Country models, as
is wireless phone charging.
vehicle came with standard cruise control, the new adaptive cruise
control is included only on the High Country model.
which was a nice feature on the cold January days, was standard on
our vehicle. It’s also included on RS, Premier and High Country
models, and available on LT Cloth
Teen Driver feature is included on all models
rearview camera system is standard on all models, we had Surround
Vision with rear camera mirror on our LT Leather model; these are
also standard on RS, Premier and High Country trims.
on our LT Leather model were rear park assist, rear cross-traffic
alert, and lane-change alert with blind spot alert.
The LT Leather
has 20-inch machined-face aluminum wheels with Technical Gray
pockets, front fog lights, heated/power body-color outside mirrors,
roof rails and deep-tinted glass.
tester came with the leather seats, eight-way power adjustable
driver’s and six-way power front passenger seats, leather-wrapped
steering wheel, Bose 10-speaker sound system, universal garage/gate
opener, and a 120-volt power outlet.
similar to systems such as Ford’s SYNC and Toyota’s Entune that
allow for integration of the onboard audio system with smartphones
for hands-free calling, Bluetooth audio streaming and connection to
popular Internet sites.
Body fit and
finish, including gaps between body panels, were designed to be
comparable with those of premium vehicles from Lexus and BMW.
Overall, the vehicle has a premium look and feel.
Traverse is intended to be a family vehicle, strong emphasis was
placed on safety, with features to protect occupants before, during
and after a crash. Among these are electronic stability control and
traction control; antilock brakes; and rollover mitigation, to help
prevent one of the most dangerous of common SUV accidents.
seat-mounted side air bags for the front-seat passengers, and
roof-mounted side-curtain air bags for all three rows, along with
the standard front air bags.
after a crash, the Traverse comes with GM’s OnStar satellite-based
communications system, which reports automatically to an OnStar
operator if the vehicle is involved in an accident. Besides
reporting when an air bag deploys, the system also tells the
operator if the vehicle has rolled over, or been hit on the front,
side or rear.
operator attempts to talk to the occupants of the vehicle after
receiving a crash notification, but if there is no response, will
call out emergency responders to the scene. The GPS satellite
location service built into the system allows the operator to
pinpoint the crash site.
driving, the OnStar system (with subscription) can provide such
features as turn-by-turn navigation and directions to restaurants,
hotels or other points of interest.
all-wheel drive gives the Traverse great all-weather capabilities,
along with limited off-road ability – allowing it to handle many
of the dirt roads that might be found in national and state parks.
But it has lower ground clearance than most traditional SUVs, and
the all-wheel drive doesn’t include low-range gearing for serious
drive is intended to give the vehicle better traction on slippery
roads, but it’s also valuable on dry pavement at times,
particularly during cornering. The system is fully automatic and no
driver action is required to activate it.
Large, five-door, seven- or eight-passenger, front- or
all-wheel-drive, V-6 or four-cylinder, gasoline-powered crossover
The Traverse has been redesigned for 2018, and now enters its second
generation. It’s roomy and comfortable, has plenty of power and
decent fuel economy, and comes with a wide variety of standard and
optional features, depending on trim level.
No low-range four-wheel-drive system offered for serious off-road
3.6-liter V-6, normally aspirated; 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder,
310 HP/266 foot-pounds (3.6-liter); 257 HP. (2.0-liter).
front/rear: Disc/disc, antilock.
(base): 4,362 pounds.
23 cubic feet (behind third seat); 58.1 cubic feet (behind second
row, third row folded); 98.2 cubic feet (behind first row, all rear
stability control: Standard.
Side air bags:
Front seat-mounted; side-curtain, all three rows, standard.
capacity: 5,000 pounds (3.6-liter); 1,500 pounds (2.0-liter).
capacity/type: 19.4 gallons/unleaded regular (front drive); 21.7
gallons/unleaded regular (AWD).
economy: 18 city/27 highway/21 combined (V-6, 2WD); 17/25/20 (V-6,
AWD); 20/26/22 (I-4).
competitors: Nissan Pathfinder, Infiniti QX60, Honda Pilot, Ford
Flex, Toyota Highlander, Acura MDX, Mazda CX-9, Dodge Durango, Buick
Enclave, GMC Acadia.
range: $29,930-$52,100, plus $995 freight.
tested: $42,540, including freight and options (LT Leather model
with front-wheel drive, premium paint).
On the Road
rating: 9.3 (of a possible 10).
are manufacturer’s suggested retail; actual selling price may