2018 Chevrolet Traverse

2018 Chevrolet Traverse
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2018 Chevrolet Traverse
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What’s new

  • Fully redesigned with more passenger space and cargo capacity
  • V6 is more powerful and fuel-efficient
  • New infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Part of the second Traverse generation introduced for 2018

Pros

  • Generous room for passengers in all three rows
  • Feature-rich standard infotainment system

Cons

  • Some safety features only available on top trims


Which Traverse does Edmunds recommend?

We think the LT Cloth with the Convenience and Driver Confidence package (which is standard on the all-wheel-drive version) will give you everything you need. Between the LT's basic upgrades and the option package's suite of useful safety features, the LT Cloth strikes a good balance between cost and livability.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

For 2018, the redesigned Chevy Traverse loses weight and gains power, passenger space and technology, along with a new luxury-level top trim. In this case, the big numbers are almost 400 less pounds to cart around and an extra 3 inches of legroom for the second-row passengers. Third-row legroom has also increased, offering more than the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. You'll be hard-pressed to find more passenger room without stepping up to a full-size SUV.

Along with the extra passenger space is an increase in overall cargo capacity. With 98.5 cubic feet of available space, the Traverse is tops in the class when it comes to interior space. It also has more room behind the third-row seat compared to other vehicles in its class. Interestingly, the dimensions of this year's Traverse have grown a bit, but its  fraternal twin, the GMC Acadia, actually shrank for its 2017 redesign. This marks the first time the two vehicles are sized differently.

This lighter Traverse carries over the same V6 from the last generation, but it gains 29 horsepower to make a total of 310 hp and is paired with a new nine-speed transmission. This pairing, along with some aerodynamic tweaks, improves fuel economy by about 3 mpg to a maximum of 21 mpg combined (18 city/27 highway). There's also a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but it's only available on the sport-styled RS trim.

A bigger 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay and OnStar (with a 4G connection and Wi-Fi) are standard across the range. Chevy's Teen Driver system — which lets you track the car, receive notifications if it's in an accident, and set limits on functions such as stereo volume — is standard equipment in the new model. Safety features such as blind-spot monitoring are available across more of the range now, and adaptive cruise control comes to the Traverse, although only to the top High Country trim.

Speaking of the High Country: Chevy is expanding the Traverse range to push up against near-luxury offerings. This new, leather-draped trim features LED headlights as well as all of Chevy's available driver aids and safety tech. There's also a special all-wheel-drive system designed to improve traction and control both on- and off-road compared to the other trim levels' optional AWD systems. Unfortunately, adaptive cruise and related safety features, such as forward collision alert with automatic braking, are limited to the top two trims.

That extended range of trims means the Traverse isn't just taking on traditional competitors such as the versatile Honda Pilot, fun Mazda CX-9 or practical Toyota Highlander. A 2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Country is priced above the top trims of most direct competitors and the entry-level trims for luxury SUVs, such as the sporty Acura MDX, classy Volvo XC90 or very German Audi Q7.

Still, whether Chevy can play with the heavy hitters of the luxury class won't be relevant to most buyers. The midlevel trims offer a competitive list of features and lots of passenger space all wrapped up in an appealing package. We'll have a better idea of just how the new Traverse stacks up once we get our hands on one, but based on what we know so far, this looks like a strong entry in the three-row crossover category.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse boasts seven trim levels: L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier and High Country. These trims run the gamut from reasonably well-equipped to luxury SUV competitor. Most of these trim levels are fitted with a V6, but the sport-styled RS trim is unique in that it comes with a torquey turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The standard engine for the Traverse is 3.6-liter V6 (310 hp, 266 lb-ft of torque) paired with Chevy's new nine-speed automatic transmission. Most trims can be had in either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive configuration.

While it may be the base model, the Traverse L comes respectably equipped with LED running lights, xenon headlights, heated mirrors, 18-inch wheels and engine stop-start. Inside, you get cloth upholstery, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, seating for eight, a rearview camera, OnStar communications (with a 4G LTE connection and onboard Wi-Fi hotspot), Chevy's Teen Driver system, and a 7-inch MyLink touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

The L is only available in front-wheel drive and doesn't have access to most optional extras. It's a build-to-order trim, so you're unlikely to ever even see a Traverse L on a dealer lot.

Functionally, the LS trim will be the base trim you'll likely come across. The LS has the same equipment as the L, but can be had with all-wheel drive and a few optional extras, such as second-row tablet mounts with dedicated USB charging ports and a cargo management package.

Stepping up to the LT Cloth gets you second-row captain's chairs in place of a bench, reducing seating capacity to seven but improving accessibility and comfort. The LT Cloth also gets roof rails, mirror-integrated turn signals and a power-adjustable driver seat.

Two notable options packages are available for the FWD Traverse Cloth. The Convenience and Driver Confidence package adds rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a power liftgate, remote engine start, an upgraded 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, a color driver information display, and heated front seats. It also includes some active safety features: blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. The Trailering package adds a trailer hitch and heavy-duty cooling system. Note that optioning the LT Cloth with all-wheel drive gets you the Convenience and Driver Confidence package standard.

The LT Leather, in either front- or all-wheel drive, gets the Convenience and Driver Confidence package and adds navigation functionality to the MyLink system. It also gets some luxury upgrades. These start, as you might expect, with leather upholstery and continue with a 10-speaker Bose sound system, a 120-volt power outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a built-in rearview camera display, a top-down parking camera system, and a power-adjustable passenger seat. A panoramic sunroof is available as a stand-alone upgrade.

The RS trim receives a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (257 hp, 295 lb-ft of torque) and is only available in front-wheel drive. It is equipped much the same as the LT Leather, but with unique styling cues and accents, including 20-inch wheels and a blacked-out grille and bowtie badge.

Near the top of the range, the Premier trim adds LED headlights, auto-dimming side mirrors, hands-free operation for the liftgate, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a power-adjustable steering column, and driver-seat memory settings.

Major packages for the Premier include the Driver Confidence II package, which adds forward collision alert with pedestrian detection and low-speed automatic braking as well as lane departure warning and intervention. There's also the Redline Edition package, an appearance package that blacks out all the chrome trim and adds the panoramic sunroof. Adding all-wheel drive to the Premier trim gets you the Driver Confidence II package, Trailering package and adaptive headlights.

The range-topping High Country comes with all the Premier's goodies and adds a special all-wheel-drive system with an auto-locking rear differential, along with automatic high beams, the panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, a power-folding third-row seat, and unique interior leather upholstery. It can only be had with all-wheel drive.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our First Drive of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 9-speed automatic | FWD).

Driving

The RS' turbo four-cylinder makes less horsepower but more torque than the standard V6. The smaller engine has no trouble moving the SUV's 2-ton mass. It is still a big vehicle with low dynamic limits, but it takes turns with more control and less body roll than many rivals.

Comfort

The Traverse RS delivers a quiet, comfortable ride and a solid feel on the road. Wind and road noise is nicely damped, the seats are supportive without being confining, and the taut suspension absorbs ruts and bumps without issue. Some big SUVs can feel light and hollow — not this one.

Interior

The RS' leather upholstery looks and feels good. It's not luxury-grade, but it's high enough quality given the wear and tear this family SUV will endure. The controls are simple to decipher and use except those for cruise control. Elbow room is generous, especially between the seat and the door.

Utility

Even with reduced cargo space compared to the last-gen model , the Traverse delivers more max space than its rivals. Still, you'll notice the reduced room behind the upright third row. You can stand up a few carry-on bags there. The Traverse will tow up to 5,000 pounds, similar to most of the class.

Technology

MyLink offers robust features and is easy to use. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are nice to have. Dual USB charge ports and a 120-volt outlet will please rear passengers. It's disappointing, though, that the adaptive cruise control system is limited to the top trim.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.

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Most helpful consumer reviews

2018 CHEV HIGH COUNTRY DISAPPOINTMENT
DJ,04/03/2018
This vehicle has given us nothing but headaches since purchasing end of Oct 2017! It began within a few days of purchase, the LED headlight assembly started flashing erratically, other cars began pulling over when I drove up behind them, I assume they were thinking that they were being pulled over by an unmarked police car. Into the dealership it went. Right after we got it back from the dealership(they replaced the headlight assemble) we noticed a strong jerk at various speeds and thought it was the transmission. We brought it back in and were told that the computer was dropping programs but they were positive the problem was fixed. It was not, it continued and seemed to get worse. Honestly it was embarrassing to have others ride with me in my vehicle, it was like a whip-lash jerk. Then the check engine light came on. Back to the dealership we went and were told they had to replace the entire emissions unit. They said the replacement was most likely the reason it was still jerking. They were wrong, it again jerked(feels like a major hard shift) at 32, 44, 56, 68 you name it, it jerked. We brought it back in and it sat another week at the dealership. They claimed the computer dropped programs again and it was fixed. It was not. Went back to the dealership and spoke to the dealer who sold it to us. He said he would take care of the concerns we had. 1,000 miles later(put on by the dealership to replicate the concern) We were told the vehicle was fixed and the problem was due to an electronical issue that was causing the torque converter to not work properly. We were also told that the dealership could do nothing for us as far as getting a buy back. We were told we had to contact Chevy to initiate a buy back. We did so... and if you think the problems above were frustrating enough, this process was much more painful. We have called numerous times and told 72 hours and someone will call you back. No one did. We had to have our dealership send a message through the dealership to get Chevy to call us back. We were told by Chevy that the district manager came to our dealership and looked at our vehicle. We stressed that we felt this was a major safe issue and did not feel comfortable transporting our young children in this vehicle. We also challenged back because we had the vehicle when said district manager visit occurred. The rep denied it did not occur. We contacted our dealership who confirmed said visit did not happen, the only contact they had was an email request for all the repair records. We then got a call from Chevy and he told us they would be buying back our vehicle BUT THEN SAID "oh sorry I have the wrong paperwork in front of me actually we will not be able to do anything for you". We were shocked. We asked why our families safety was not as important as the first families buy back letter he had mistakenly thought was ours. We asked to speak to his manager and were told no and they he made the buy back decisions and there was nothing that would change. We again demanded to speak to his manager. He then said she would call us Friday or Monday. She called us Tuesday and told us there was nothing they were willing to do. We called our dealership who were also very confused as to what criteria is needed to lemon out a vehicle especially since ours has been in the dealership with several safety concerns since purchase. Dealership said they would try to get some answers. So here we are waiting for answers and contimplating contacting an attorney. To top it off it continues to have electrical issues, now the carplay connection goes in and out when I have a phone call. It will start through the speakers then about a minute in change over to my cell and then back to speakers again if I am lucky. Dreading having to return to the dealership yet again to get a loaner while they try to troubleshoot the issue. We have owned several chevy's and sadly this most likely will be the last due to Chevy's lack of customer regard for safety and blatant disregard for a consumers time, money, efforts and dissatisfaction with a product.
Beautiful vehicle but Jury not quite in for me yet
Christine,01/10/2018
Purchased my 2018 Traverse LT3 Model in Oct 2017 (traded a Ford Explorer). This is a beautiful looking vehicle, however I'm trying to work out a few "bugs". Three days after purchase the second row drivers side rear seat developed a vibration noise that drove me nuts. The Dealer actually removed the seat, found nothing wrong, reinstalled the seat, and that particular vibration stopped. Now, another vibration has developed- I can't figure out from where, but it's becoming louder and very distracting. I am now having an issue (with just over 3,000 miles on it) with loss of acceleration, which is frightening because both times this happened, I have been entering intersections, and lose power. We all know this vehicle shuts off most times when stopped (for fuel saving purposes), but the most recent episode caused me to lose acceleration while engine was running and trying to accelerate. Each time I hit the gas (five times), I lost acceleration, and the car only inched forward. I was able to roll to the side of the intersection, allowing traffic to pass. It stalled, I put the trans in park, and was able to start it, and was able to accelerate. Will be contacting Dealer right away in an attempt to resolve this very important issue. Moving on to climate control- it's nice and toasty from the dash and defrost, however, doesn't warm my feet very well, when mode is selected. The recirculate feature doesn't seem to work. The climate control still takes in outside fumes from trucks, etc, even while selected. The navigation feature has only recognized one request from me for street address properly- and, I speak very clearly- this is frustrating. I am forced to use Google maps on my cell phone, which transmits through the car speakers. Overall, you can't beat the cargo area, and the deep well under the cargo area allows for even more storage. The third row is nice as well. If I can work out the bugs, I will be a happy camper for now, but my Explorer had every option in it, except for cooking my dinner for me- so I do miss some of the goodies.
Where have you been my whole life?
Tom Cardamone,11/22/2017
Over two months ago traded my '15 Traverse with 11K miles for an '18 Premiere Redline not because I wanted to, but because I had to! Dealer had just taken delivery and prepped......took my first test ride of this new vehicle with 8 miles on the clock. Twenty miles later, parked it taking up two parking spots and told the salesman to keep the keyfob in his pocket and don't let anyone else in it until I first dealt with the manager. Four hours later it was tail lights down the road. No idea why Chevy even badged this vehicle as a Traverse, likely for marketing reasons, only features in common with the older gen is they both have round tires. Sixty years later I realize how my father had felt when his new '58 Impala was replaced by Chevy with the totally redesigned, larger, wider, more powerful, stylish finned '59 Impala. It has been 10 years since Chevy introduced the Traverse and spent the time well gathering user data and complaints for improvement and saving all the new high tech innovations for this new iteration of a totally redesigned vehicle. Originally looked at the Acura MDX, but decide against it because the Chevy was significantly less costly with a control layout I found more suitable, and no nearby dealers in my area. Don't have time or space to go into all the details, but it took three re-reads of the owner's manual and a few weeks of playing around to realize the capabilities of the Traverse. Just hit 2,200 miles and it has been flawless...can't find the keyfob half the time because the wife grabs them both and I get the truck. Every part of this vehicle is high tech and different from the previous gen. ------front, (2) rear, (2) side cameras, ultrasonics, radar for birds eye view of the vehicle, parking assist, auto braking, blind zone alert, lane keeper alert, pedestrian detection and braking, auto leveling headlights, "D" lens LED headlights with enough output to sunburn a deer, LED tail lights, all LED interior lighting, puddle lighting, multiple 8"/4" LCD screens, digital or analog readouts, 9 speed tranny, rear suspension design "squats" to prevents nose diving on a hard stop so the groceries don't hit you in the back of the head, combo self dimming rear view mirror with built in wide angle overlay from rear camera #2 - no head or seat backs in the display!, rear camera washers, motorized steering wheel/seat/mirror adjustments with memory for multiple drivers, active noise cancelling, soundproof windshield, new unobtrusive start/stop, keyless entry, variable ration power steering for ease of parking, ventilated disk brakes on all 4 wheels, 5000 lb towing with trailer braking and trailer anti sway, and a whole crap load of other creature features from large comfortable leather seating, second row heated seats that can tilt with a child seat still attached for third row entry, and third row seating that can actually seat adults, bathtub sized under the floor storage, internal compact spare tire storage, and a Nav system with 8" touchscreen that is accurate, understands voice commands and auto zooms the closer you get to the destination. The large 20" tires and suspension do not dive in a turn and the 310 hp V6 can do 0-60 in under 7 sec with no perceptible torque steer. New sunroof operates externally with automatic wind deflector. Limited space with dual sunroofs necessitates a sunshade tpe screen which is now opaque, not the former annoying screen....auto opening but manual shut - --but is you try to open the shade manually you had better read the manual which says to push the relase button and push up.....if you try to strong arm it back it will likely break.
Hope I don't regret purchase...
LH,09/23/2017
Purchased LT Traverse August 2017. Had Traverse back to dealer after owning literally a week and a half as the brake assist turned on when driving in town at 35 MPH and coming to a stop slowly. Additionally, received transmission error following day. Apparently connector issue, and was fixed. One week later brake assist came on again. Dealership indicated software update should resolve issue. Now Engine has been much louder when sitting idle, as it seems that the Stop/Start function is not working properly since software update. Other than these major issues, vehicle has more space than older model; better storage space in rear. This vehicle has more features that are electric powered, and hoping there are no major issues. I recommend the extended warranty, even if buying brand new. I'm regretting not purchasing now. ****Update 3/2018: Since purchase in August of '17, have had Traverse in four times to dealership for the Brake Assist Error Message. Had vehicle into dealership three times between August and October of '17. Went almost five months with no issues after they had fixed a wire with a sensor in October, however March of '18 Brake Assist Error kicked on again. I was at a speed of 18 mph and slowly came to a stop sign, and brake assist kicked on, and brake was pushed to the floor. You can actually hear the grinding of the brakes. This feature would be great in a situation where you are about to rear-end someone, however, I have been the one who would be rear-ended due to the feature kicking on at incorrect times. Brake assist issue continued for another 2 miles, as it had done in the past. Dealership was great and got Traverse in right away, and GM has apparently rebuilt a part as more Traverse owners have had this "Brake Assist" error message generate. Fingers crossed, otherwise I will be contacting GM as this is dangerous and could cause you to get rear-ended. I can only imagine at high speeds what would happen. Still not a fan of the transmission; shifts from first to second with a lag, and sometimes jolts the vehicle so you will fly forward in your sit a bit.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$34,600
MPG
18 city / 27 hwy
Seats 7
9-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
305 hp @ 6800 rpm
MSRP
$38,400
MPG
17 city / 25 hwy
Seats 7
9-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
305 hp @ 6800 rpm
MSRP
$44,500
MPG
18 city / 27 hwy
Seats 7
9-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
305 hp @ 6800 rpm
MSRP
$32,100
MPG
18 city / 27 hwy
Seats 8
9-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
305 hp @ 6800 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Traverse safety features:

Teen Driver Mode
Limits some systems, prevents safety features being deactivated and reports driving behavior.
Side Blind Zone Alert
Warns the driver when a lane change may result in a collision with another vehicle.
Front Automatic Braking
Automatically applies the brakes to help you avoid potential collisions with vehicles in front of you.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover16.9%

Chevrolet Traverse vs. the competition

2018 Chevrolet Traverse

2018 Chevrolet Traverse

2018 GMC Acadia

2018 GMC Acadia

Chevrolet Traverse vs. GMC Acadia

The Traverse and 2018 GMC Acadia are mechanically related, though the Acadia is a little smaller than the Traverse. Aside from the Acadia's reduced interior room, the two vehicles are differentiated primarily by exterior and interior design. However, the Acadia's base four-cylinder engine is nowhere near as powerful as the Traverse's standard V6, and the Acadia is only slightly more fuel-efficient.

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Chevrolet Traverse vs. Ford Explorer

Like the Traverse, the Ford Explorer is a three-row midsize SUV available in a variety of trims. The Explorer's ride is quiet; the interior build quality is solid; and the turbocharged V6 in the Sport model is considerably more powerful than anything you'll find under the Traverse's hood. But the Explorer offers less cargo room and third-row legroom than the Traverse, and it's hard to see out the back.

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Chevrolet Traverse vs. Chevrolet Equinox

The Equinox is the Traverse's little brother, with two rows of seating and less cargo capacity. This compact crossover is less expensive by several thousand dollars, so you can get a reasonably well-equipped Equinox before you breach the Traverse's starting point. Which SUV is right for you depends on your needs. If you need seating for seven or eight people, the Traverse is the way to go.

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse for Sale

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The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has been redesigned from the ground up. Changes include reduced weight and more passenger room, technology and power.

The previous-generation Traverse offered a generous amount of passenger and cargo space. Unfortunately, it was also heavy, and wound up feeling ponderous and slow on the road. For 2018, Chevy is looking to make the Traverse a strong all-around competitor in the three-row midsize crossover SUV market.

For starters, the Traverse has lost a few hundred pounds and gained 20 horsepower from its 3.6-liter V6 engine. There's also a new turbocharged four-cylinder with ample torque for drivers who need a quicker SUV. Both engines pair with Chevy's new nine-speed automatic transmission. Taken all together, that should improve the 2018 Traverse's handling and acceleration. It's certainly improved fuel economy, which is up 3 mpg to an EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined (18 city/27 highway). The turbo-four is rated to return up to 22 mpg combined (20 city/26 highway).

Passenger space has increased as well, with 3 extra inches of legroom for the Traverse's second row. Cargo capacity has decreased, but at 98.5 cubic feet (with the seats folded down) it still offers above-average storage space.

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse comes in seven trim levels, starting with the base L trim. Standard equipment includes LED running lights, xenon headlights, heated power-adjustable mirrors, 18-inch wheels, and engine stop-start. Inside, you get cloth upholstery, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, seating for eight, a rearview camera, OnStar with a 4G LTE connection and Wi-Fi, Chevy's Teen Driver system, and a 7-inch MyLink touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Moving up to the Traverse LS gets you access to all-wheel drive and some other options. The LT Cloth adds second-row thrones in place of a bench and an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat. You can also get a power rear liftgate, heated front seats, remote start and an 8-inch touchscreen (all standard if you opt for all-wheel drive).

The LT Leather then adds — you guessed it — leather upholstery along with a premium Bose sound system, a rearview mirror with a built-in backup camera display, a 360-degree camera, and six-way power-adjustable passenger seat. The Traverse Premier adds LED headlights, auto-dimming side mirrors, a hands-free liftgate, heated rear seats and ventilated front seats.

In between the LT Leather and Premier is a bit of a wild card in Chevy's lineup: the Traverse RS. This sporty version of the three-row SUV comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 257 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.

The new range-topping trim for the Chevrolet Traverse is the High Country, which gets unique leather, adaptive cruise control, a power-folding third row, and a unique all-wheel-drive system with a locking rear differential.

Make sure to read Edmunds' full review to find out more about the redesigned Traverse, and take advantage of our shopping tools to get the best deal on a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse in your area.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Overview

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is offered in the following submodels: Traverse SUV. Available styles include LT Cloth 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), LT Cloth 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A), Premier 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), LT Leather 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A), Premier 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A), LT Leather 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), High Country 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A), LS 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A), L 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), RS 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), LS Fleet 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), LT Fleet 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A), LT Fleet 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), and LS Fleet 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A).

What do people think of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Traverse 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Traverse.

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What's a good price for a New 2018 Chevrolet Traverse?
2018 Chevrolet Traverse Premier 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Premier 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $50,485. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Premier 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $5,762 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,762 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$44,723.

The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Premier 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is11.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Premier 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT Leather 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT Leather 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,635. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT Leather 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $6,906 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,906 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$38,729.

The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT Leather 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is15.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT Leather 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT Cloth 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT Cloth 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,505. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT Cloth 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $7,871 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,871 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$31,635.

The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT Cloth 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is19.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT Cloth 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT Cloth 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT Cloth 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,430. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT Cloth 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $7,268 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,268 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$30,162.

The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT Cloth 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is19.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT Cloth 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Premier 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Premier 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,535. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Premier 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $7,266 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,266 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$38,269.

The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Premier 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is16% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Premier 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse LS 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LS 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,135. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LS 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $9,906 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,906 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$25,229.

The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LS 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is28.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LS 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,290. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $3,675 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,675 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$29,615.

The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is11% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

Which 2018 Chevrolet Traverses are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2018 Chevrolet Traverse for sale near. There are currently 44 new 2018 Traverses listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $33,150 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the Carfax and Autocheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $9,906 on a used or CPO 2018 Traverse available from a dealership near you.

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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