Choices, choices, so many choices.
Crossovers continue to steamroll other segments as business change from sedans to SUV-flavoured styling, newcomer room and load versatility.
But, within that same car class, there’s something to be pronounced on a solid expansion of GM’s three-row crossovers.
The Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave are dual of a biggest CUVs in GM’s lineup, stretching a bounds between mid-size and full-size categories, a final crossover stop before full-blown truck-based ute offerings like a Tahoe, Yukon and Suburban.
These fraternal siblings, closely related though not utterly identical, have been around for a decade though they have debuted anew in second-generation form for a 2018 indication year.
The changes start with a 50 mm (2-in) wheelbase widen and total physique length.
Overall weight was reduced and a extended redesign by stylists and engineers focused on formulating best-in-class third quarrel leg room and augmenting load space, while also adding new reward cues, new tech and new trim levels.
Let’s take a discerning spin in dual examples.
CHEVROLET TRAVERSE PREMIER AWD 2018:
Our as-tested 2018 Traverse Premier ($53,590) loses a distorted jelly-bean-like influences of a past with an injection of pattern machismo attributed to a lorry stylings of GM’s full-size highway warriors.
And, in this case, that harder-edged and trucky opinion gets bumped adult a serve notch, interjection to a Redline Edition package ($995) that adds 20-inch black aluminum wheels with singular red ribbon accents. I’d be really tempted to supplement red calipers too.
Also enclosed in a Redline Edition are blacked-out treatments to a dim window trim, a black ice grille, black haze flare bezels, black roof rails, a black looseness image approximate and black Traverse badges on red outlines. Even a code bowtie escutcheon is blacked-out.
This is one cool-looking crossover.
And, underneath that irritable veneer, a new 3.6-litre approach injection V6 engine with start/stop tech offers a 10 per cent energy boost over a predecessor, creation 310 hp and 266 lb/ft of torque streamed by a nine-speed Hydra-Matic 9T65 involuntary and all-wheel drive. A new Traction Mode Select complement comes standard.
This powertrain combo hauls butt.
It will also ride roughly anything else with a 2268 kg (5,000 lb) draw rating when trailer prepped. Fuel economy is rated during 13.7/9.4L/100km (city/hwy) with my genuine universe outcome averaging out to 10.4L/100km (comb).
Yes, there’s an discretionary 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine in an RS indication and front-wheel-drive starting in bottom trim, though a V6 AWD combo make adult a bulk of sales.
Coming on a heels of an progressing exam expostulate of Chevrolet’s smaller Equinox, a Traverse’s total roominess was immediately noticeable.
Storage spaces within a car have grown and improved, a vast load space can be accessed by a hands-free powered tailgate, and a new split-folding second quarrel chair or captain’s chairs urge on their strange Smart Slide pattern for easier entrance to a third row.
And those are only a few of a improvements to a extended register of accessible and customary techs and facilities within a new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.
BUICK ENCLAVE PREMIUM AWD 2018:
A comparison expostulate in a 2018 Buick Enclave Premium ($60,510) adds a opposite essence to a formula.
The height measure might be a same though a Enclave is wider with a lowered roofline and it facilities a some-more organic, well-developed clarity of character inside and out with issuing lurch lines and fewer right angles.
Buick has always been positioned between Chevrolet and Cadillac so there’s an apparent uptick in enclosed calm and quality, geared towards a some-more traditional, classically disposed audience.
Our Premium turn tester bolsters that some-more thorough mindset with an Experience Buick package ($3,170), adding 20-inch discriminating wheels, a dual-pane moonroof and Buick infotainment navigation.
The same 3.6-litre V6, nine-speed automobile tranny and AWD complement exaggerate energy and fuel economy numbers identical to those of a Traverse with my fuel econ normal entrance in this time during 12.6L/100km (comb).
This Enclave is, as expected, packaged with features. The reserve and driver-assist techs, for example, embody adult to 17 radar, camera and ultrasonic sensors.
New Evonik Acrylite LED technology, bi-functional LED projector headlamps and LED tail lamps accent a singular extraneous demeanour while neat extraneous aerodynamics, sound deadening acoustics and Buick QuietTuning with active sound termination mix for a inside tinge of still ambiance within a cabin. It’s a finish package in typically singular Buick style.
With varying selections within GM’s three-row crossover lineup, a newly redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Traverse ($38,300-$58,900) and 2018 Buick Enclave ($47,900-$61,900) offer smooth, absolute capabilities with incompatible calm and cost ranges.
The increasing roominess and qualities in common are away extended with singular packaging, specific code marque approval factors and with stand-apart styling flavours.
And with total purchases pulling their recognition into a top reaches of a segment’s sales numbers, a Traverse and Enclave also offer rival and efficient choices for crossover business looking for additional room, additional power, additional everything.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse Premier AWD 2018 Buick Enclave Premium AWD
BODY STYLE: Five-door, seven-/eight-passenger full-size crossover (CUV)
DRIVE METHOD: Front-engine, nine-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive
ENGINE: 3.6-litre approach injection DOHC V6 engine (310 hp, 266 lb/ft).
FUEL ECONOMY: 3.6-litre AWD 13.7/9.4L/100 km (city/hwy).
CARGO: Traverse 651/1,645/2,789 litres behind third row/second row/first row; Enclave 668/1,642/2,764 litres.
TOW RATING: 3.6-litre – 2,268 kg (5,000 lb)
PRICES: Chevrolet Traverse Premier AWD $53,590; Buick Enclave Premium $60,510 not including $1,700 end fee
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