2018 Chevrolet Traverse
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is a great, spacious, three-row, powerful SUV. Simplified but painted with an aggressive brush for straight lines and smooth texture, the Traverse almost looks like a work of art to SUV lovers. Maybe that’s why it’s always set against a backdrop of the mountains or some nice scenery. Let’s take a look at what makes the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV so good.
Avail. Engine Type
Standard Infotainment System
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has six trims (L, LS, LT with cloth or leather, RS, and Premium) that are available with front-wheel drive (FWD) and six trims (LS, LT with cloth or leather, RS, Premium, and High Country) that are available with all-wheel drive. All trims, but the Traverse RS, are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 SIDI engine built with direct fuel injection and variable valve timing technology (VVT), and the engine is able to generate 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. The Traverse RS is equipped with a 2.0-liter Turbo 4-cylinder engine with GDI and VVT under the hood. The 2.0L engine generates up to 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Driving and Handling
The Traverse comes standard with a 9-speed automatic transmission, regardless of the engine or drivetrain. When powered by the 3.6-liter engine and equipped with FWD, the Traverse has a standard fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. If equipped with AWD, the fuel economy drops to 17/25 mpg city/highway. The Traverse RS, powered by the 2.0-liter Turbo engine, has a fuel economy of 20/26 city/highway.
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has an SUV design, but the interior has the versatility of a minivan. However, minivan style is not what it’s known for; starting with an almost luxurious feel, deep tinted glass is standard on all trims (but the Traverse L). Depending on the trim, consumers will see the light with high-intensity discharge headlamps on the Traverse L, LS, and LT (cloth and leather) trims, LED lighting on the Traverse Premier, or IntelliBeam headlamps found on the Traverse High Country trim. Depending on the trim, Traverse rides on 18- or 20-inch rims.
The cabin comes with many comfort features. The Traverse LT Cloth and Traverse LT Leather have few differences aside from the obvious upholstery choice, offering consumers great features with or without leather. Standard across the lineup is tri-zone automatic climate control, which is a great feature when the SUV is full of passengers. The Traverse Premier and High Country trims come standard with driver memory settings,wireless charging, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel (leather wrapped steering wheel on all but the Traverse L and LS trims). The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT Leather, Premier, and High Country trims come with heated driver and front passenger seats, and surround vision. Only the Traverse High Country comes with a third-row with a 60/40 split-fold bench.
Between the exterior and interior, there are several packages that may increase driver comfort, upgrade safety, or offer better technology. These are:
- Convenience and Driver Confidence adds Chevrolet MyLink with an 8-inch color touchscreen, heated front seats, a rear power liftgate, side blind zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear park assist. It is available on the LT Cloth and comes standard on the LT Leather trim.
- Driver Confidence II adds low-speed forward automatic braking, forward collision alert, lane departure with lane keep assist, front pedestrian detection, and Intellibeam headlamps. It is only available on the Premier trim.
- Interior Protection adds all-weather floor mats to all rows and an all-weather rear cargo mat. It is available on all trims after the base trim.
The standard setup for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, available on a 7-inch touchscreen (L, LS, and LT Cloth) or an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation (RS, LT Leather, Premier, and High Country). The LT Cloth trim can opt-in for this, but without navigation capabilities. If looking for a great sound system, a Bose 10-speaker premium sound system can be found on the RS, LT Leather, Premier, and High Country trims.
Safety Features and Warranty
Throughout the 2018 Chevy Traverse lineup, there are a variety of safety features, basic and advanced. The standard features consist of front, seat mounted side-impact, and curtain airbags; child security locks; a LATCH child seat anchor system; LED Daytime running lamps; a rear view camera; traction and stability systems; teen driver mode; and a variety of OnStar systems and plans. A following distance indicator is available on the Chevrolet Traverse Premier and standard on the Traverse High Country, and forward automatic braking comes standard on the Traverse High Country trim. Forward collision alert is available on the Traverse Premier and it is, standard on the Traverse High Country. Forward pedestrian braking is available on the Traverse Premier trim and standard on the Traverse High Country trim.
All Chevrolet vehicles are covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 3-year/36,000-mile corrosion warranty, a 6-year/100,000-mile rust-through warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, a 2-year scheduled maintenance plan, and roadside assistance with courtesy transportation for 5 years or 60,000 miles.