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Overall, the Traverse is quiet and comfortable under most conditions. On the highway, engine and wind noise are low, and the ride is excellent.
- Car and Driver

The Chevrolet Traverse mid-size SUV combines the smooth ride and responsive handling of a car with the cargo capability and high seating position of a traditional truck-based sport utility vehicle.

The Traverse is available with front- or all-wheel drive, in LS, LT, RS (FWD only), Premier, or High Country (AWD only) trims. A 255-hp 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder (RS only), or a direct injection 305-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine, send power to the wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The well-equipped interior features two front bucket seats and two different seating configurations for the second and third row seats, accommodating a maximum of eight passengers. An extensive list of safety features includes: side curtain overhead airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for driver and front-seat passenger, an available front center airbag, anti-lock brakes, and electronic traction and stability control.

The Traverse has been completely redesigned for 2018.


The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, a full-size crossover, is fully redesigned.

With fresh SUV styling, the 2018 Traverse features a new chassis and a new powertrain with 3.6-liter V6 engine making 310 horsepower.

The engine has all the right stuff: double overhead cams, aluminum block and head, variable valve timing, direct high-pressure fuel injection.Even with 20 more horsepower than the old V6, the new 3.6-liter gets better fuel mileage: 21 Combined miles per gallon with front-wheel drive, versus the previous 18 mpg EPA ratings.

The new chassis adds 2.0 inches to the wheelbase but only 0.7 inch to the length, while dropping 111 pounds overall to tip the scale at 4362 pounds.Chevrolet claims class-leading passenger space for eight people (seven with captain's chairs), class-leading legroom in the third row, and class-leading cargo volume.

Two new models are added for 2018, Traverse RS, with a new turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 engine, and the luxurious Traverse High Country.Both the I4 and V6 engines use a smooth 9-speed automatic transmission, but only the V6 gets all-wheel drive.

Rivals among full-size crossovers include Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango, Mazda CX-9, Honda Pilot, and Nissan Pathfinder.


The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is available in seven models and trims: L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country.The stripped L model ($30,925) is mostly for fleet use.The 3.6-liter V6 and 9-speed automatic transmission are standard.

Traverse LS ($33,045) is equipped with premium cloth, three-zone climate control, six USB ports, HID headlights with LED running lights, rearview camera, keyless ignition, 18-inch wheels, 7.0-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.Traverse LT Cloth ($35,545) gets different 18-inch wheels, SiriusXM satellite radio, and power driver/passenger seats.A ($1,795) Convenience and Driver Confidence Package adds remote start, a larger 8.0-inch infotainment screen, heated front seats, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, and a power liftgate.

Traverse LT Leather ($42,145) includes leather-appointed seats on the first and second rows, 20-inch alloy wheels, surround-view camera system, a 10-speaker Bose stereo, a larger display in the instrument cluster, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with Chevy's trick Rear Camera Mirror.The LT Leather also includes the Convenience and Driver Confidence Package as standard, and adds a navigation function for the 8.0-inch infotainment system.

Traverse Premier ($45,445) adds LED headlights, 20-inch wheels, a memory function for the driver's seat, a heated steering wheel, vented front seats, and a heated second row.The ($475) Driver Confidence II Package adds active safety systems, including lane departure warnings with active lane control, forward collision warnings with low-speed automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, active front lights.A ($2,495) Redline Edition Package adds a range of sporty, blacked-out options, as well as a panoramic sunroof.

Traverse High Country ($53,045) adds a standard twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, front pedestrian braking, high-speed automatic emergency braking, and upgraded interior materials.

All-wheel drive is a ($2,000) option on LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, and Premier.

All versions of the 2018 Traverse come standard with GM's latest OnStar technologies.While 4G LTE wifi connectivity gets a lot of attention, Chevrolet's Teen Driver and Family Link programs will give parents peace of mind.The former delivers reports on a young driver's on-the-road behavior, while the latter allows parents to set boundaries on things like speed and the volume of the audio system.It also allows parents to set a maximum driving range.The system can also send text and email alerts.


Chevy designers wanted the Traverse to look like an SUV, not a crossover, and it does.It will fool everyone.It has the lines and shape of a classic Chevy Tahoe, as intended.

But it's not a truck, it's a crossover, built on a chassis shared with the Malibu.The truck demeanor is just pretend, and retro to boot: ironically, the previous generation Traverse, unashamedly a big crossover, looked smoother and cleaner, on its rounded lines.

It stands upright, with tall sides.The front is smooth, having a big grille with a gentle shape (unobtrusive black plastic in lower trims, handsome and modest chrome rails in higher trims) and discreet sweeping headlamps, available in Chevy's D-optic LED design.The nose rolls up to the hood, and down over a black horizontal air intake to the body-colored bumper.

The C-pillar is thick and angled aggressively forward, conveying forward motion.The rear window is pinched at the bottom to give the pillar room to stretch; the corner shape adds to the flow of the shoulder line and roofline.

The straight wraparound rear glass nicely complements the roofline.The slim wraparound red taillamps are high at the shoulder line, which gives the rear end an uplifted look, at the same time creating a blank face that needs to be filled on the tailgate with a ridge and some sharp concavery.If it weren't for the Chevy bowtie badge on the rear liftgate, it could be almost anything.


The cabin is also truck-inspired, so much that it seems to be shouting that it wants to be a Tahoe.The centerstack is high and wide, and meets a big flat dash.The quality of materials is highly dependent on the trim level, but even the LS has attractive plastics with a solid, durable feel, and bits of leather trim on the doors.The range-topping High Country shares some of the same plastic, however it comes with its own rich reddish leather called Loft Brown, which contrasts nicely with the bits of black plastic throughout the cabin.With door panels and dash trimmed in synthetic suede and wood, it's one of Chevrolet's best cabins.

The front seats are wide and supportive, and even the LS seats are eight-way power adjustable.We did 250 nonstop miles in an LT Leather model in comfort.

The second row, whether a bench or captain's chairs, feature GM's SmartSlide feature, improved for 2018.The bench seat splits and folds, while the curbside captain's chair flops for easy access to the third row.

In the third row, the legroom is best in class with 33.5 inches, a fraction more than the Ford Explorer with 33.3.The Honda Pilot drops to 31.9 inches and the Nissan Pathfinder to 30.7.We squeezed a large person into the third row, 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds, and he managed to climb back without struggle and found a comfortable position, or so he said.Then we put three smaller persons in the third row, and they complained about lack of legroom.They didn't want to hear “best in class.”

That made a full eight passengers for a test run, with three more in the second row, complaining about lack of shoulder room.We were glad for the new 310-horsepower V6 engine.

Realistically, it's a six-adult vehicle.The optional captain's chairs are four-way adjustable, to make it with more space.

The Traverse offers a ton of cargo space.There's a vast 23 cubic feet behind the third row, much more than any sedan.With the third row flat it swells to 58.1 cubic feet, as much as some smaller crossovers have with their second row dropped.With both rows flat, it's a vast 98.2 cubic feet, blowing the Explorer, Pilot and Pathfinder out of the water.

Driving Impression

The new 3.6-liter V6 is much more pleasant than the old 3.6-liter V6.It makes 266 pound-feet of torque to go with its 310 horsepower, and it comes on low for a non-turbo engine, at just 2800 rpm.It's very lively from a standing start, with an aggressive throttle response, and it's smooth and linear up into high rpm.It has a new sound, too, deep and resonant under hard acceleration.The powerband is perfect for passing, whether at 45 mph on a two-lane or 65 mph on a freeway.

The 9-speed automatic transmission is also a big improvement.It's slick and barely noticeable under gentle throttle, then quick-shifting under hard acceleration.Importantly, it's consistent and the shifts come at predictable times.

If only the steering were as good as the powertrain.It's heavy, numb on center, and offers little feedback.But something makes the Traverse feel lighter in the corners, so it's easier to make the corrections demanded by the lifeless steering.That something might be the independent suspension with MacPherson struts in front and five links in rear, trying to make the handling more nimble and predictable.

Still, it handles better than the last Traverse.Nothing like a Mazda CX-9, but it won't trip over itself in the twisties.The brakes are stouter in 2018, as well.


The Chevy Traverse looks like an SUV, a slightly smaller Tahoe, but it's really a crossover.We like the new V6, new 9-speed, and new cabin with all its space.If you've got a big family, four or five kids, we recommend checking out the Traverse against its many worthy rivals.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Rear air conditioningWith separate controls
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Audio security systemYes
Audio security systemYes
Audio/Video Remote ControlYes
Digital Audio InputYes
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotChevrolet MyLink
Memory Card SlotChevrolet MyLink
Premium Brand SpeakersBose
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Radio Data SystemYes
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Surround AudioYes
Surround AudioYes
Total Number of Speakers10
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Fabric TypeLeather
Fabric Type 2Plastic
Fabric Type 3Leather
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area floor matVinyl/rubber
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Dash trimMetal-look
Door trimSimulated wood
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Heated steering wheelHeated steering wheel
Reading lightsFront and rear
Shift knob trimLeather
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet4
12V DC power outlet4
AC power outlet1
AC power outlet1
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo netCargo net
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate, remote engine start
Power Activated Trunk/HatchPower liftgate
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Rear area cargo coverRoll-up
Remote trunk releaseProximity
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Universal remote transmitterUniversal remote transmitter
Universal remote transmitterUniversal remote transmitter
3rd Row Head Room970 mm
3rd Row Hip Room1,232 mm
3rd Row Leg Room851 mm
3rd Row Shoulder Room1,460 mm
Front Head Room1,006 mm
Front Hip Room1,476 mm
Front Leg Room1,041 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,577 mm
Front track1,709 mm
Overall height1,796 mm
Overall Length5,189 mm
Overall Width1,996 mm
Rear Head Room991 mm
Rear Hip Room1,445 mm
Rear Leg Room975 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,580 mm
Rear track1,702 mm
Wheelbase3,071 mm
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typePower liftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 2-way
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Power Adjustments8
4WD TypeAutomatic full-time
Axle ratio3.49
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Locking HubsPermanent
Block HeaterRegular duty
Displacement223 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationV
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power310 hp
Keyless IgnitionPush button start only
Keyless IgnitionPush button start only
Max RPM6,800 RPM
Max Torque RPM2,800 RPM
Remote engine startRemote engine start
Size3.6 L
Torque361 Nm
Total Valves24
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
Rear spoilerLip
Rear spoilerLip
Tailpipe finisherChrome
Fuel Consumption
City13.7 L/100 km
Combined11.8L/100 km
Highway9.4 L/100 km
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Engine Size3.6 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersV-6
Trans Speeds - VA9
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual w/tilt
Adjustable rear headrestsFixed
Number of rear headrests2
Third row headrests2
Blind Spot SensorLane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert warning
ClockIn-radio display
External tempExternal temperature display
Forward CollisionFront Automatic Braking mitigation
Lane Departure WarningActive
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear CollisionRear Cross Traffic Alert warning
Rear View CameraYes
Transmission Temperature GuageTransmission temperature
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Power door locksRemote, digital keypad power door locks
Memorized Settings
includes door mirror(s)Yes
includes steering wheelYes
Number of drivers2
seat memoryDriver
Auto-dimming mirrorsElectrochromatic
Auto-dimming mirrorsElectrochromatic
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Signal mirrorsTurn signal in mirrors
Signal mirrorsTurn signal in mirrors
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height adjustablePower
Lumbar supportPower 2-way
Manual Adjustments6
Power adjustments6
Rear Seats
Climate controlledHeated
FoldingFold forward seatback
Rear heatWith separate controls
One-Touch Power SunroofOne-touch power sunroof
Rear sunroofGlass
Roof rackYes
Roof rackRails only
SunroofDual SkyScape express open/close glass
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
CooledDriver and passenger
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity7
Total Seating Capacity7
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationUnderbody w/crankdown
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlWith Anti-Roll
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
internet accessMobile hotspot
internet accessMobile hotspot
Navigation systemWith voice activation
Navigation systemWith voice activation
Satellite communicationsOnStar Guidance
Satellite communicationsOnStar Guidance
smart device integrationApple CarPlay/Android Auto
smart device integrationApple CarPlay/Android Auto
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Third Row Seat
Speed RatingH
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
Width255 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Trailer hitchTrailer hitch
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds9
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Running boardsYes
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size8.0"
Primary Video Monitor Size8.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Video Monitor LocationFront and rear
Video playerWith digital media
Video playerWith DVD and digital media
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance160,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distance160,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distance160,000 km
rust months72 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place651 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,637 L
Curb weight1,978 kg
EPA interior volume4,454 L
Fuel Capacity82 L
Gross vehicle weight2,794 kg
Max cargo capacity2,781 L
Towing Capacity2,268 kg
Turning radius6 m
Rim TypeMachined aluminum
Rim TypeBlack aluminum
Rim TypePainted aluminum
Rim TypeMachined aluminum
Wheel LocksYes
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows2
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear quarter windowsWiper park
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Auto-dimming door mirrors
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Power liftgate
Roof rack
Trailer hitch receiver
Turn signal indicator mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Garage door transmitter
Heated steering wheel
Illuminated entry
Memory seat
Navigation system
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear air conditioning
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Steering wheel memory
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Trunk/hatch auto-latch
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
A/V remote
Entertainment system
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Auto high-beam headlights
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera front
Exterior parking camera left
Exterior parking camera right
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear reading lights
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Block heater
Manual-shift auto
Mode select transmission
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Heated front seats
Heated rear seats
Leather shift knob
Leather upholstery
Power 2-way driver lumbar support
Power 2-way passenger lumbar support
Power driver seat
Power passenger seat
Ventilated front seats
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

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Finance Incentives

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Lease Incentives

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GM CA GM Financial Residuals
Traverse AWD Premier
51% 42% 37% 27% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Premier All-wheel Drive, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

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