2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV
- 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
- Generous room for passengers in all three rows
- Feature-rich standard infotainment system
- Some safety features only available on top trims
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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.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse configurations
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.
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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.
Chevrolet Traverse vs. the competition
2018 Chevrolet Traverse
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.
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.
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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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 SUV Overview
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV is offered in the following styles: 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 SUV?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Traverse SUV 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 SUV.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Traverse SUV featuring deep dives into trim levels including LT Cloth, Premier, LS, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.Read our full review of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV here.
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2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV Premier 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV 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 SUV Premier 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $4,181 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV Premier 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is8.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV LT Leather 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV 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 SUV LT Leather 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $7,406 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV LT Leather 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is16.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV LT Cloth 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV LT Cloth 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,850. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV LT Cloth 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $4,998 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $4,998 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$32,852.
The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV LT Cloth 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is13.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV 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 SUV LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $3,675 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is11% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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