As the market for new cars shifts away from passenger cars and large sedans, more and more American families are buying up crossover SUVs, and for good reason. Advances in engine technology, manufacturing techniques, and low fuel prices have made these formerly maligned vehicles much more economical, powerful, and safer than they’ve ever been before.
With today’s SUVs offering cargo space and seating equivalent to the station wagons of yesteryear, but with the added benefits of a higher ride with improved sight lines and all-wheel drive available, it’s easy to see why the buying public is making the switch.
The 2018 Traverse, Chevrolet’s latest iteration of their popular full-size crossover SUV, will be making its way to Spencer Chevrolet showrooms soon, and you’ll soon see what makes this such a great choice among Chevrolet cars.
Completely redesigned for this model year, the Traverse currently comes standard at all trim levels with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, putting out a solid and muscular 310 horsepower and 266 foot-pounds of torque. An upcoming RS trim level will instead have a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 engine. Both engines are paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, and optional all-wheel drive is available.
Despite the increased power over last year’s V-6 engine, the fuel economy was also increased. With two-wheel drive, the Traverse manages a combined city and highway rating of 21 miles per gallon. While four-wheel drive lowers this rating to 20 combined mpg, it is still a substantial improvement over the 18 miles per gallon that the previous model managed.
Trim and Features
The Traverse is available in seven trim levels: the L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, Premier, and High Country, and the upcoming sport-oriented RS. All trim levels are standard with HID headlights with LED running lights, a rearview camera, 18-inch wheels, a 7-inch infotainment system compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, six USB ports, keyless ignition, and three-zone climate control.
Chevy’s electronic safety features, such as adaptive cruise control, come with the more expensive trim levels. The less expensive trims only come standard with blind spot monitors, and GM’s Teen Driver and Family Link systems, which are part of the OnStar suite.
Cargo and Seating
While the exterior styling of the 2018 Chevy Traverse is clearly designed to give the impression of a rough, rugged, and capable outdoors vehicle, the interior is spacious and comfortable. It has seating for up to eight and available extras, such as transforming the car into a wireless hot spot, storage for tablet computers, and USB ports throughout. The third-row seating doesn’t sacrifice any leg room, either, with nearly 34 inches of space that adults will find a welcome change from usually cramped seating.
Cargo weighs in at a generous 23 cubic feet with all the seats up, and, with the third row lowered, jumps up to over 58 cubic feet. Fold down the second row as well, and you’ll be working with nearly 100 cubic feet—certainly enough to fit whatever you can possibly dream of stowing.
For more information about the 2018 Chevy Traverse, including pricing, availability, and options, please don’t hesitate to contact Community Chevy.