The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse aims to take on unbending SUV competition

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The redesigned-for-2018 Chevrolet Traverse is one of 4 updated crossover and SUV models from a bow-tie brand, fasten Trax, Bolt EV, and Equinox. 

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Improvements over a first- and second-generation Traverse models are significant. First, there’s a updated drivetrain. Earlier models were versed with old-fashioned 3.5-liter V6 engines and six-speed involuntary gearboxes, that dejected any wish of comfort while pushing prolonged distances. The new indication has a 3.6-liter V6 interconnected with a nine-speed involuntary transmission, that provides road-tripping bliss. In a time test-driving a Traverse, we found a form and duty are all about comfort and control, generally given a vital upgrades over a prior model.

The many apparent updates come in a form of overhauled styling. The new Traverse is offering in 7 trims: L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier, and finally, High Country, that adds a lush feeling that we differently competence not associate with Chevrolet. An accessible 7- or 8-inch MyLink infotainment complement supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, though responsiveness is lacking. After a few hours of use, plugging in and stealing a phone stirred delays and required complement restarts.  

The Traverse is a vast SUV, and it has storage ability to match. With 98.2 cubic feet of space behind a initial row, 57.8 behind a second row, and 23 behind a third row, a Traverse can fit usually about anything we chuck into it. Those numbers endowment a Chevrolet Traverse “best-in-class” for load volume, according to U.S. News World Report. The Traverse also offers 5,000 pounds of towing ability when things don’t utterly fit inside.

The interior of a Traverse has some-more load space than any other SUV in a class. —Austin Rexinger

What a experts are saying:

“Fully redesigned for 2018, a Chevrolet Traverse kicks off a new era as one of a best in a class. Whether we buy it as a value-packed eight-seat SUV or hurl with a versatile seven-seat version, we get gobs of load space and cooperative pushing dynamics.“ — U.S. News World Report

“The Traverse provides buyers a comfortable, well-equipped, mid-size, seven-seat SUV with glorious safety, value, and application for a money. we generally like a soundness of Chevrolet’s OnStar, teen motorist configuration, and onboard Wi-Fi availability.” —Rebecca Lindland, executive analyst, Cox Automotive

The Good:

  1. The nine-speed involuntary delivery dramatically improves a altogether float peculiarity compared with a progressing six-speed editions. This also improves fuel economy, that a automaker says is 17 miles per gallon in a city and 25 on a highway. During a test, we celebrated 20.6 miles per gallon pushing on a brew of interstates and cobblestones in Massachusetts. 
  2. On a subject of fuel economy, Auto Stop is enclosed within a redesigned 3.6-liter V6. This underline turns off a engine while stopped during a trade light, and saves we income during a gas pump. It feels well-spoken compared with matching functionality in other vehicles, and allows for a some-more loose expostulate around a city.
  3. Looks are subjective, though a redesign’s well-spoken lines and assertive front fascia impersonate a looks of a Traverse’s larger, some-more costly Tahoe sibling. That’s a good thing.

The Bad:

  1. The Traverse perceived a five-star altogether rating from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but a Traverse lacks adaptive journey control and involuntary braking as customary equipment. 
  2. There is no sportiness whatsoever. It’s not a sports automobile by any means, though a “S” in SUV stands for “sport,” right? Many vehicles in this shred prominence sportiness with parsimonious steering and handling, though a Traverse does not.

The back induce opens high and far-reaching for palliate of loading and unloading your belongings. —Austin Rexinger

Under a Hood:

Engine: 3.6-liter V6 (as tested), a new RS will underline a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine

Transmission: Nine-speed involuntary with primer mode

Drivetrain: Front-wheel-drive, accessible all-wheel-drive (as tested)

Power: 310-horsepower, 266 pound-feet of torque

Fuel economy: 18/27 (front-wheel-drive), 17/25 (all-wheel-drive) miles per gallon city/highway. We celebrated 20.6 miles per gallon.

0-60 acceleration: 6.9 seconds (manufacturer estimate)

Also Consider:

Volkswagen Atlas: The Volkswagen Atlas is a approach to go if you’re looking for a sportier ride. The float peculiarity is well-spoken though still pointy around corners. Improvements in doing come with a scapegoat in power. The discretionary 3.6-liter V6 in a Atlas usually puts out 276-horsepower compared to 310-horsepower from a American V6.

Mazda CX-9: Mazda’s largest SUV is surprisingly sparkling to drive, though like a Atlas, it’s down on energy compared to a Traverse — during slightest on paper. When we expostulate both, we fast comprehend a CX-9′s turbocharged engine surges past a American’s and German’s with 310 pound-feet of torque, compared with an matching 266 pound-feet from both 3.6-liter V6s.

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