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2018 Chevrolet Traverse – Review and Road Test

2018 Chevrolet Traverse – Review and Road Test

the second generation Chevrolet Traverse
it’s a three row midsize SUV that we really like propelling our positive
vibes is a deeply functional interior let’s start somewhere boring door
storage the front rear doors are loaded with bins and nooks galore though I’m
not quite sure what defines a bin versus a nook beyond the aforementioned door
nooks smaller items can be stowed in the sizeable center console in this spot
below the second row climate controls or in a handy USB adjacent bin beneath the
center stack aside from slight pressure in the upper back region the front seats
are superbly comfortable and as the driver you’ll enjoy a highly
customizable driving position supported by well-placed arm rests just know drive
like a maniac and you’ll wish for more lateral support Headroom is
unsurprisingly excellent up front but that excellence extends rearward as well
Tim is six foot something and look his head is not mashed against the headliner
nobody cares also he’s British and too polite to complain about legroom so I’m
going to proactively slide and angle my seats slightly forward. Thank you. Sorry I was uncomfortable. It’s fine. with less diplomatic occupants rear-seat
nice space could be tight but as consolation third row dwellers are
gifted a wealth of cupholders decent foot space under the second row and two
USB outlets on that note the Traverse comes with USB ports in all three rows
that plus an optional three prong outlet means well-charged devices ensuring your
family never has to, you know, speak where material quality is concerned the
Traverse leaves room for its Buick Enclave sibling to fancy things up even
so GM’s mainstream offering incorporates some soft materials and in many places
uses a soft coating to spruce up hard plastics in other places it doesn’t with
the second and third row stowed Traverse owners have a substantial ninety eight
point two cubic feet to fill raised those seats and twenty three cubic feet
of dedicated cargo space remains supplemented by an additional 3.2 cubic
foot underfloor storage hold while prattling on about the traverses many
fine qualities we should reserve time to talk about how it drives and how it
drives is lovely the suspension skillfully absorbs bumps while keeping
the chassis in check when cornering and when you pick up the pace interior noise
is mostly quashed except for some whistling in this region, which you would
hear if I didn’t have to stop for that stoplight
the man says I have to stop providing propulsion is a mighty 3.6
liter v6 that tows up to 5,000 pounds and moves the Traverse with real
authority when asked maybe more impressive is the standard 9 speed
automatic it’s a shining star of a transmission that delivers virtually
seamless transparent shifts and when you introduce the accelerator to the carpet
acceleration and downshifts occur without delay for its size the Traverse is
fairly efficient aided by an inconspicuous but undefeatable automatic
engine start/stop system that saves fuel when the vehicle is motionless if you
don’t mind giving up a few mpg the optional all-wheel drive system adds
traction inslippery conditions a turbocharged four-cylinder engine is
also available but only in the sporty Traverse RS producing less horsepower
more torque and better city fuel economy than the v6 the real trick with a
relatively large SUV is to hide its girth the Traverse does just that with
light and easy steering and a tight turning circle that make it a confident
parking tool parked on the flipside visibility over your right shoulder is
terrible especially since depending on where the seats are the right second row
headrest completely blocks the side window in my experience if you can see
what’s in the adjacent Lane lane changes are less stressful helping address those visibility
concerns our higher trim features like blind spot monitoring a 360 degree
camera system rear cross-traffic alert and rear but not front parking sensors
rounding out the option roster are indulgences like wireless phone charging
a hands-free tailgate heated and ventilated front seats leather and a
heated steering wheel choose the fancy high country trim with its power folding
seats and traction enhancing dual clutch rear differential and you can spend
nearly fifty three thousand dollars it’s worth mentioning that adaptive cruise
control is only offered on the high country trim while many competitive SUVs
offer similar technology at a lower price point and if you need eight seats
you’re stuck with the low end L & LS trims as higher Traverse trims only come
with seven in basic not quite $31,000 form the Traverse comes surprisingly
well equipped with keyless entry and push-button start three-zone automatic
climate control a wide-angle backup camera a smart slide 2nd row seat for
easy third row access and 7 airbags including a center airbag that deploys
from the inboard side of the driver’s seat the standard infotainment system is
a 7-inch unit featuring apple carplay and android auto but buyers can also
upgrade to an 8 inch system with a lockable storage area behind the screen
hiding the traverses elusive seventh USB port either way the screen is decently
sized placed within reach and the menus are a cinch to navigate while shopping 3
row midsize SUVs it’s always smart to investigate the alternatives some
standouts include the roomy VW Atlas the practical Toyota Highlander the
thoughtfully crafted Honda Pilot and the strong selling Ford Explorer pleasant to drive and
competitively-priced with lots of cargo space and room for up to 8 passengers
the Chevrolet Traverse is fantastically suited for family duty despite some
formidable competition the Traverse is a midsize SUV that deserves your attention

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100 thoughts on “2018 Chevrolet Traverse – Review and Road Test

  1. It looks like the Pilots 3rd row is bigger and has higher seats.

    Also the cheapest Pilot has a lot of soft materials.

  2. Who cares if there is hard plastic? Hard plastic is easier to clean and is less susceptible to ripping and tearing. I couldn't care less, if it works and it's easy to clean. Especially if you have kids spreading food everywhere. Give me the hard plastic, please. The Traverse is a vehicle for families who actually use their car. As opposed to spoiled millenials who need everything to be soft and plush and whatever. Grow up!

  3. I don't know wtf with this company, they copy the ugly front to all general motors cars , do they even realize its so ugly from front

  4. Looks like a smaller Tahoe with the square rear… which is a good thing! Good job Gm/Chevy. Every SUV doesn’t have to look like a stereotypical crossover. Saw one going down the street yesterday and loved it! Glad they did away with the rounded rear.

  5. This car is literally a clunker. I had this as a loaner for 5 days . Dash panel is peeling off. Got a wierd thud sound on slow speeds – I looked it up – it's a known issue . Come to think of it it's only 2 month old car . What a POS. Save yourself some trouble buy Highlander or Pilot.

  6. Why would any American buy from GM? Did you know that from 2003 to 2009 GM KNOWINGLY sold cars that had ignition switches in them that could turn the car off while driving? Did you know that they did this WHILE begging for a BAILOUT from the American people? They kept this a secret until 2011, when they were caught and FINALLY admitted that they knew all along , and that a better switch would've cost 70 cents per car to fix but they CHOSE not to because it was MORE IMPORTANT to satisfy their shareholders . Why would anyone trust a company like this??

  7. Honda Pilot has a lot of soft materials even on the cheapest model. lol. While the traverse has a lot of hard plastics..

  8. Completely missed the rear view display which comes on the LT3 and higher… It's wide angle view covers much of your blind spots for encroaching vehicles and is also quite sensitive to low light as well.

  9. One thing I dislike about the 18 Traverse is the auto stop feature… It should be adjustable as I find it turns off at inopportune times such as a brief stop before pulling out of a parking lot or when using my security card when entering a parking garage… Just add a 3 second option and it will be significantly improved.

  10. So Chevrolet is going Chinese ripping off the durango and the 1500 looks just like f150? Whats next they will go aluminum??

  11. I like this suv, but the price tag for the premier model is very very expensive. Yes it is supposed to be , but for what a moon roof and chrome etc. Maybe someone can politely explain to me why the “next model up” is so expensive.

  12. Can't u guys come up with your own designs?
    Always copying Ford. Looks exactly like the Ford explore. Just longer nose.
    Wish Ford would sue the fuck out of chevey. Sick of all Chevys lies and played actors and actresses.

  13. The 2018 Traverse seems really nice; too bad standard safety features on the $31k Toyota Highlander will cost you nearly $53k on the Chevrolet Traverse!!! WTF GM!!! SAFETY SHOULD NOT BE OPTIONAL!!!

  14. saw a very nice all blacked out traverse at a dealership. But I think they screwed up the price point though. I cant see myself ever paying MORE for this than a much more dependable highlander.

  15. I'm 6'4 and I sat in the third row on the honda pilot highlander vw and all three my head hit the ceiling but the terverse I didn't. I'm getting the terverse and the only negative is the folded seat to get to the third row is on the passenger side. The worse third row is the highlander

  16. Bro , I'm Trailblazer fan why does this remind me of it so much , I have to get this . Chevy kilt this one

  17. I really like it but an un-defeatable stop-start system is a dealbreaker for me. Until they add that off button I will be taking my business elsewhere.

  18. This isn't the year I'm getting (purchasing a 2017) but it looks amazing and the features aren't bad.

  19. The only down side of this beautiful car is that when I tried to change the music, it will glitch out and click on random apps like the NY times.

  20. My family just brought it. It's beautiful. My only complaint is that it doesn't have GPS. However you can easily hook up your phone

  21. atlas , Traverse , explorer or highlander , which 1 has a smooth drive, please help . though i am not fan of japanese cars

  22. it might not look like much, but let me tell you…RENT ONE. these are so fucking fun to drive hard. slam it into manual mode, turn TRAC off and throw it in AWD and holy hell is it responsive for a big ass suv. it grips hard, and it pulls hard and will hold high rpms/redline! and doesnt auto-upshift like so many of these other vehicles. driving this thing is a god damn blast.

  23. OK so what happens with the a/c or heat when the engine shuts off? Also, no mention of remote start–did they kill that with this feature as well?

  24. Indians never buy this car.. Because company may be permanently shutdown in India.. Y these people try to selling their cars without service centre.. Chevrolet cars areVery worst cars

  25. Cheverolet asked Dodge for the blueprints to the Dodge Durango. You cannot get mad because it looks exactly like a Durango. It really does. I remember when every car looked different, you knew what car was what.

  26. This is full size, not mid size. And I would love a Traverse SS with a 6.2L V8 to go up against the Durango SRT.

  27. Wait until the new Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride come out. They will serious players in the three row, midsize SUV/ CUV's

  28. My grandma has a 2016 traverse and she gets a new car every other year so she pointed to her old car and said the she would replace it with a 2018

  29. This is not the same as a van, which it replaced. I had to buy a different brand to get the space we needed. It is sad

  30. My sister has one and I gotta say the traverse is really nice! The 3rd row works great in a pinch but it's tight I'm around 5'9" I had plenty of head room, leg eh manageable haha

  31. The triverse looks like the dodge durango gm stop copying other car companies and plus the dodge durango is better

  32. This car is bushit car I never had believe me guys because I’m always at the dealership with a new issue since January 2018 . Fuck GM for that bushit

  33. i mean the lease prices on the Tahoe and Traverse are pretty much within $50 so i would just go with the more capable Tahoe

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