Chevrolet completely redesigned the Traverse for 2018. They changed the size, power, standard infotainment features and safety features. It is a sleek-looking, roomy, mid-sized SUV that should be on your short list if you're looking to buy a new one. It will haul whatever you need to haul in comfort and style.
Are there any new Traverse models available for 2018?
The 2018 Chevy Traverse actually has two new trim levels or models. The RS trim is a sportier Traverse model. The High Country is a top-of-the-line luxury trim level.
How many 2018 Traverse models or trim levels are there?
Chevy is offering seven different models or trim levels for the 2018 Traverse. It comes in the L, LS, LT, Premier and Redline models as well as the new RS and High Country. You can get the L, LS, LT, and Premier in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The High Country is only available with AWD.
Is the 2018 Traverse bigger than the 2017 model?
Yes, it is. There is an additional 10% of interior space, and that doesn't include the underfloor cargo storage area. You can actually fit a 4' x 8' piece of plywood in the back when you fold down the second and third row of seats. The 2018 Traverse has a total of 98.2 cubic feet of storage space, over and above the underfloor compartment. To make hauling the plywood and building supplies or groceries even easier, Chevy added a convenient hands-free liftgate. All you have to do is wave your foot under the bumper, and the liftgate opens. They even installed a light that projects the Chevy logo on the ground right where you need to wave your foot. It just doesn't get any easier than that.
How many people can fit in the 2018 Traverse?
There is seating for seven or eight people, depending on the seat configuration you get. You can get either bucket seats in the second row or a bench.
Does the 2018 Traverse come with a good infotainment system?
Yes, the 2018 Traverse comes well-equipped with the latest infotainment technology. Chevrolet MyLink with either a 7" or 8" touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility come standard, and there are USB ports throughout. A 10-speaker premium Bose system and OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi are available options.
Is the new Chevy Traverse expensive?
The L FWD starts out at $30,875. That's the lowest-priced model. The LS jumps up to $32,995 for the FWD model or $34,995 for the AWD model. You can get cloth or leather seats in the LT trim. The LT cloth FWD trim starts out at $35,495. If you want the LT leather FWD model, be prepared to spend at least $42,095. The LT leather AWD trim level is $2,000 more. The Premier FWD model starts out at $45,395. If you want the Premier AWD, you'll have to pay at least $48,295. The new Redline trim package is available only on the Premier model. It will add $2,495 to the price. The luxurious High Country trim level starts out at $52,995.
What is included in the Redline trim package?
The Redline trim includes some flashy options and ornamentation. It comes with 20" black glossy painted aluminum wheels that have red accents; black door handles, a power sunroof, black Chevy bowtie emblems and Traverse badges with a red outline and a number of other nice touches. The Redline trim is only available with Chevy's Silver Ice Metallic body paint.
What size engine does the 2018 Traverse have?
The 2018 Traverse comes with a 3.6-L V6 SIDI VVT engine and a 9-speed automatic transmission. You can get a 2.0-L turbo engine in the RS trim model.
Does the 2018 Traverse get good gas mileage?
It is fairly fuel efficient, for a mid-sized SUV. The 2018 Travers front-wheel-drive models get 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The AWD models get 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
Is the 2018 Traverse a safe SUV?
The 2018 Chevy Traverse has not been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2017 model was, though, and it did really well. The IIHS gave the 2017 Traverse a Good rating on all tests, which is the highest possible rating. It only got a Basic rating on the front crash prevention test, though. It also received an Acceptable rating on ease of use for the child seat anchors. The NHTSA gave the 2017 Traverse a five-star overall rating.
The 2018 Traverse comes standard with some hi-tech safety features, and others are available on the higher trim levels. Forward collision alert, lane keep assist with lane departure warning and front pedestrian braking are some of the hi-tech safety options that are standard on higher trim levels. Traverse High Country models come standard with all those safety features and forward automatic braking. You can also get a rear vision camera, rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert and lane change with side blind zone alert. Teen Driver safety features are standard on all trim levels.