The Chevrolet Traverse is a roomy cargo and people hauler. It’s the perfect SUV for the family. However, this midsize SUV is not as upscale as some competitors. It also isn’t engaging to drive. In 2018, this comfortable cruiser was redesigned; Chevy gave it a gorgeous and fashion-forward look that can be mistaken with the glamour associated with a supermodel like Naomi Campbell. This look replaced its original anonymous shape. The Traverse still maintained the good stuff, like a seating capacity of eight people and spacious interior.
This version has some minor changes. Some packages and trim levels now boast of new chromed roof rails. The 1LT and the 2FL trim packages also come with new Silver aluminum wheels (18-inches).
Which engine drives this vehicle?
The new Traverse has a standard 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 266 pound-feet of torque and 310 horsepower, and either optional all-wheel drive or standard front-wheel drive. On the other hand, the FWD RS trim level comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline sport-tuned 4-cylinder engine that delivers 295 lb-ft of torque and 257 horsepower.
What are the highs and lows of this vehicle?
The Chevrolet Traverse has many good things; it has a smooth ride, an intuitive infotainment system as well as abundant cargo and passenger space. However, we don’t like the underwhelming engine power. It also lags behind its rivals that have a more upscale interior.
What do we think about its safety?
The new Traverse has not been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety but being a family vehicle; it offers many safety features. It comes with a standard rear seat reminder and a reversing camera. It also has a standard Teen Driver feature which sets limitations on the vehicle and helps you to supervise the kid’s driving habits. The optional features include rear cross-traffic alert, LCD-based rearview mirror, surround-vision camera system, forward collision alert, lane change alert, rear backup sensors, and blind-spot monitoring.
How much will I spend?
The new Traverse has a base price that is similar to many other midsize SUVs; it is offered with a starting price of slightly below $30,000. The Country trim is the Traverse’s high-end trim which is available for around $53,000. This price is more costly when compared to most rivals’ top trims.
Would we recommend it?
Yes, we would. The Chevrolet Traverse is your best bet if you want a 3-row SUV that will effortlessly accommodate your entire family. You can be certain that it will suit your family just like you can be sure that Anthony Joshua will beat Tyson Fury. It is a good bargain, especially because it is offered at a reasonable starting price. It has a much better drivability and space utilization than Chevy’s pricier and bulkier Suburban SUVs and the Tahoe. However, if you’re not interested in almost 100 cubic feet of cargo space or a seating capacity of eight people, then you will be better off with one of the Traverse’s rivals. You can consider purchasing the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot or the Buick Enclave.
Who should avoid it?
The new Traverse has some trade-offs, just like other crossover SUVs. The Traverse has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, which falls short of the more superior Chevy Suburban. You are also likely to have a hard time getting in and out of the Traverse despite its many family features. Also, the High Country might be well-equipped, but it is very costly when compared to the old Traverse. If you don’t like what we have listed above, then this car is not for you.
Which trim is the best?
We would recommend the LT Cloth trim. The all-wheel-drive version comes with a standard Driver Confidence and Convenience package. It has many basic upgrades and numerous safety features to ensure you receive everything you need. It is the perfect blend of livability and cost.