The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is made for you if you’re looking for a big SUV able to shuttle lots of cargo and people. Besides the utility functions, it offers plenty of features for the money and is pleasant to drive. Keep reading the review below for important updates concerning the newest Traverse.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse Release date & Price
Chevy says the new Traverse should be expected sometime late this summer (2016). Pricing has already been announced for the new trim models, here are the details: base LS – $28,700, LT – $34,100, and the top-of-the-line 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Premier – $42,045.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse Review
The new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse redesign has brought about several changes that are meant to further the standing of the Traverse in its class despite facing a serious competition from some of its all-rounded foes. Some few years ago, if someone needed a big SUV with a standard eight-seating capacity and a humongous cargo bay, the only choices available were either a minivan or a massive truck-based SUV. Fast forward to today and you find a market awash with multiple choices each with its own strengths. What doesn’t however change is the ample passenger and cargo space, and some bit of off-roading capability.
Beneath the hood, the new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse comes with a standard 3.6L gasoline V6 engine that Chevy says offers an output of 281 horsepower @6,300 rpm and 266 pounds-feet of torque @3,400rpm. And even in spite of its 4,713 pounds of curb weight, it still manages to offer laudable fuel economy ratings of about 17/24 mpg in the city/highway cruising.
Besides the serious power available, 2018 Chevrolet Traverse interior is also another are that Chevrolet capitalized most of their efforts on. The interior is cavernous and its impressive 40.4-foot turning circle allows for an unwieldy feel in compact parking spaces. Furthermore, it boasts of enviable crash test scores and offers a comfortable ride quality.
Anyone shopping in this segment has several choices available to check out. Some of these include the Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe, and the Toyota Highlander.
Exterior Spy Photos & 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Redesign of Interior
Four core trims, as of this writing, are offered for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse: LT, Premier, and LS. Both the LS and the LT are further broken down into sub-trims. Some of the standard accessories available for the entry-level Traverse LS model include a front and rear air-conditioning, a 6.5” touch screen display, two additional USB charge-only ports, a USB audio interface, Bluetooth connectivity, split-folding second- and third-row seats, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, cruise control, a CD player, a six-speaker sound system, automatic headlights, roof rails, seventeen-inch steel wheels, and a rear spoiler.
Exterior Chevrolet Traverse colors: Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, Champagne Silver Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Mosaic Black Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, Blue Velvet Metallic, Siren Red Tintcoat, and Summit White.
Upgrading to the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 1LT trim model gets you features such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear parking sensors, occupant-protection airbag, eighteen-inch alloy wheels, foglights, remote start, an eight-way power driver seat, and heated exterior mirrors.
The Traverse 2LT model adds all the above features plus heated front seats, an automatic tri-zone climate control, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, a power liftgate, rear-seat audio controls, and Internet radio app integration.
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Premier is the top-of-the-line model that comes equipped with twenty-inch wheels, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross traffic alerts, power-folding mirrors, ventilated front seats, a navigation system, a heated steering wheel, an eight-way power front passenger seat, a lane-departure alert, and forward collision warning system.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse Engine Specs
Beneath the hood of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is a familiar 3.6L V6 engine good for 281 horsepower and 266 lbs. ft. of torque and comes equipped beneath the hoods of the LS and LT models. Just like the previous LTZ model that now gets replaced by the Traverse Premier model, the dual exhaust outlets bump the power to around 288 horsepower and 270 pounds-feet of torque.
As already mentioned before, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse maxes its towing capacity to up to 5,200 pounds – unchanged from the previous model it is replacing.
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Wheelbase: 9 ft. 10.9 in. (118.9 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 11.7 in. (203.7 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 6.5 in. (78.5 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 24.4 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 4,713 lbs
Top Speed: 112 mph
0-60: 7,3 sec
MPG: 17/24 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Blue Velvet Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Tungsten Metallic…
Towing Capacity: 5200 lbs