2018 Chevy Traverse Loses Weight, Gains Space & Power

The Chevrolet Traverse went on a diet for its 2018 redesign, losing more than 350 lbs. The reduction in weight has improved the 2018 Chevy Traverse’s performance and fuel economy. Further changes to the all-new Traverse have added cabin space and creature comforts, propelling the vehicle to the top of its class.

The 2018 Chevy Traverse is the first model year of the second generation of Traverse vehicles. The new Traverse has a more truck-like design than its predecessor, and Chevy engineers managed to shed more than 350 lbs. from the body while lengthening the wheelbase by about two inches. The new Traverse offers best-in-its-class cargo volume and an upscale cabin with lots of amenities.

Performance

2018 Chevy Traverse Loses Weight

The new Chevy Traverse has a new V6 engine that cranks out 310 horsepower. It also weighs considerably less than its predecessor. These factors have improved the Traverse’s performance, making it more enjoyable to drive. On the highway, the Traverse handles well and offers a smooth, composed ride.

The lighter Traverse enjoys improved fuel economy. The new Traverse gets 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. While city mileage is about average, the Traverse outperforms the average midsize SUV’s fuel economy on the highway.

Interior

The Traverse has an upscale look to its cabin, with lots of high-quality materials used throughout the interior. The vehicle has three rows and can seat seven or eight people. The cargo area is quite generous, offering 23 cubic feet of space. With the second- and third-row seats folded down, this expands to 90 cubic feet of space. The Traverse also has several nifty compartments in the cabin for safely storing wallets, purses, and other belongings.

Tech

The new Traverse gained some standard tech features which have become common among other Chevy SUVs, including a 7-inch touchscreen, the MyLink infotainment system, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice-activated controls, a tri-zone climate control system, and six USB ports. At upper trim levels, buyers can get heated mirrors, a heated steering wheel, wireless charging, and a variety of other gadgets.

Reliability

New Chevy Traverse

Chevy holds the distinction of being one of the most reliable American automakers, turning out vehicles that hold up well over time and which present their owners with few maintenance needs. The Traverse is a good example of Chevy’s commitment to quality. Previous models of the Traverse have scored good reliability ratings, and the new Traverse is shaping up to continue that trend.

Safety

The 2018 Chevy Traverse received a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Administration. The Traverse has a number of standard safety features drivers will love, including a rearview camera, an alert that reminds drivers to check the back seat for kids and pets, and the Teen Driver system, which allows parents to set parameters for their teen drivers.

Price

The new Traverse starts at about $29,930, which is about $1,000 less expensive than the average for a three-row SUV. Considering all the amenities that come along with the Traverse, that’s a pretty good bargain.

Community Chevy is a Spencer Chevrolet dealer that provides a wide selection of cars, trucks, and SUVs. Stop by today to test drive the 2018 Chevy Traverse or to check out other great new and pre-owned Chevy vehicles.