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.
Overall, a good vehicle with comfortable interior and sound system, great driving manners...but with some glaring issues. One, the transmission is a clunky mess. At highway speed, it's ok, but around town it constantly downshifts, hunts for a gear when it should just hold the one it's in. Throttle tip-in from dead stop is initially ok, but then jumps ahead as tranny tries to decide what gear to use. GM needs a complete software reset on this new unit. Two, quality of some interior parts is substandard. For example, the latch on the front sunshade in the sunroof broke right away. The material is a cheap plastic that you would expect on a crap-box car from eastern Europe, but not on Traverse costing north of $51K! Three, the foot-activated rear lift hatch feature doesn't work most of the time, even when the little bowtie logo is displaying. Got the key fob in my pocket and it just doesn't respond most of the time. I fear that the amount of electronic gadgetry and features on this Premier model will be its undoing. Get the extended warranty for sure.
Wife and I went to the dealership as part of due diligence to "rule out" the Traverse because it was in our price range as an available 3-Row vehicle for the family. Immediately upon beginning the test-drive, it was clear this was a game changing vehicle. Astonished, my wife and I left the dealership to go re-drive a couple SUVs we had previously considered. There was no doubt the redesigned 2018 Traverse was going to be our next vehicle. Smooth ride, unbelievably smooth transmission (smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy?) told a story of being a luxury vehicle - Even the interior materials seemed beyond the price tag of this vehicle. Fit and finish of all internal mechanisms just seemed premium. We were blown away. At the end of the day, we figured the LT Cloth version with the Driver Comfort and Convenience Package offered the best value among the various trims and we took him home. I might have opted for a vehicle with leather but as this is to be my wife's daily driver, she did not care either way. We are an average family without any buyer's remorse or regrets on this vehicle purchase. Hope this review helps others out there considering the many offerings in this price range and class.
We spent a couple months looking at all the 7 passenger options. (We had a 2013 Traverse - but had several concerns). The 2018 fixed them all and then added more capabilities and features. We knew you can get a great deal on a 2017 but waited for the 2018. Glad we did. In the end we decided on the Premier, but the dealer parked the Premier and High Country in the Iridescent White Paint option next to each other. For the small ($51k vs. $54k) price difference we went with the HIgh Country. I love the additional safety feature like adaptive cruise, etc. We also liked the interior color combination, polished aluminum wheels, twin rear axle clutch, power third row, and exterior trim. In our opinion, since we were spending that much money, and plan on keeping it a few years - why not. The dealer also closed the gap by providing a larger discount.
Beautiful vehicle but Jury not quite in for me yet
written on 01-10-2018
LT Leather 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)
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.