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.
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.
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.
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.
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.