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The venerable and humble Chevrolet Traverse is borrowing upscale design cues from its Tahoe and Suburban big brothers. The change happens for the 2018 model year as the Traverse moves into its second generation with little more than an engine option and the name carrying over. This unibody, three-row crossover is new from the lug nuts up. It rides on an elongated C1XX platform shared with the Cadillac XT5 and new-for-2017 GMC Acadia. Chevy expects the Traverse to lead the segment in interior volume and third-row legroom, making it a decent alternative to a minivan. It might still be a crossover, but its humility has gone missing.

The Traverse has been around since 2009 and has been Chevy’s version of the Lambda-based GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave. With GM’s movement away from the aging Lambda platform, these vehicles migrated (save yet for the Enclave) to the new CX11 chassis. The 2017 Acadia was first out of the gate, but the Traverse now follows. However, the two are not badge-engineered twin anymore. The Traverse has a longer wheelbase that brings more interior volume and a more stately side profile appearance.

The 2018 Traverse now has two available engines – a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and the reworked 3.6-liter V-6. Both come mated to a new nine-speed automatic transmission. The Traverse retains its transverse engine mounting and standard front-wheel drive configuration. GM’s new part-time AWD system is optional.

Inside, the Traverse can hold eight people in a 2+3+3 configuration. A seven-seater configuration can be had thanks to optional second-row captain’s chairs. New folding mechanisms in the second row allow for easier folding and third-row entry. With both rows stored flat, the Traverse can swallow 98.5 cubic feet of cargo – nearly four cubic-feet more than the Chevy Tahoe.

Update 07/27/2017: Chevy has announced pricing for the 2018 Traverse. The base L trim starts at $30,875, while the range-topping High Country starts at $52,995. Full details are in the Pricing section below.

Of course, there is more to the 2018 Traverse, so keep reading for the full run-down.


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The 2018 Traverse shares no styling with the previous generation. That’s great news for the Traverse, which now wears a more mature and sleeker design. Cues from the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban can be seen along its side profile and in the chrome work around the windows. Not only does this help tie the Traverse to Chevy’s other SUVs, but it represents a massive improvement over the bubbly first-generation Traverse.

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Cues from the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban can be seen along its side profile and in the chrome work around the windows.

Up front, the Traverse’s crossover bones are denoted with a grille that resembles Chevy’s smaller crossovers and sedans. Strong character lines near the fog lights are dressed in chrome and help add definition to the lower fascia. The character line runs rearward, capped by a chrome strip along the doors. A similarly strong belt line runs between the side windows and door handles, giving the Traverse a masculine shoulder. That masculinity is also seen in the relatively short, flat hood reminiscent of the Colorado pickup.

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One aspect Chevy seems rather proud of is the D-Optic LED headlights. Not much is know about their night-time performance, but the highly detailed lighting elements sure look fantastic. They come standard on High Country and Premier trim levels.

Around back, the tail reminds us of the 2011-2013 Dodge Durango a bit. Similarities aside, the Traverse looks refined and well conceived back here. That’s thanks to handsome taillights, chrome accents, embedded exhaust tips, and a wrap-around style rear window. A shark-fin antenna and spoiler over the rear window further give this crossover some much-needed flair.

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Other noticeable and commendable design cues include the strong wheel well arches, the large C-pillar, and the surprising amount of ground clearance and approach and departure angles. This thing looks far more off-road ready than most other comparable crossovers in the segment.

The Competition

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Two of the biggest competitors in the three-row crossover segment is the Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder. These two offer room for seven, have unibody chassis, can come with FWD or AWD, and offer a respectable amount of interior space. Of course, Honda and Nissan do things a bit differently than Chevy, so let’s check out the differences.

On the outside, the Honda still looks fresh from its 2016 generational change. It has a well-mannered, reserved look that’s more mature than the Pathfinder. A chrome grille and opulent headlights, along with chrome bits scattered across the outside, help brighten the Pilot’s appearance.

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The Nissan Pathfinder underwent a mid-cycle refresh for the 2017 model year. It now wears a new face with a more angular appearance. Its shoulders are more angular, too, with hard-creased lines replacing swooping curves that made the Pathfinder look overweight. Chrome is found here as well, with the grille, door handles, roof rack, bumper trim, and door guards all sporting the stuff.

In the end, looks are subjective and buyers will make their own decisions about which vehicle looks better. More than likely, it’ll come down to interior features and financing deals that warrant a signature on the dotted line.

Honda Pilot Nissan Pathfinder Chevrolet Traverse
Wheelbase (Inches) 111.0 114.2 120.9
Length (Inches) 194.5 198.5 204.3
Height (Inches) 69.8 69.6 70.7
Width (Inches) 78.6 77.2 78.6


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Chevy didn’t forget the interior. The cabin is larger than before, giving more room for all eight occupants. A seven-seater configuration is still available with the optional second-row captain’s chairs. The 2018 Traverse also has a completely new dashboard and center console not seen anywhere else in the GM lineup. It does carry similarities and familiar switchgear, but thankfully it is not a direct shoe-in from another GM product.

The dash has a modern and sophisticated appearance with leather coverings on higher trimmed models. Piano black and satin chrome trim pieces add polish and class to the cabin. Instrumentation includes analog gauges for the tachometer, speedometer, fuel level, and coolant temperature. An average-sized screen shows details like mileage, trip information, turn-by-turn navigation directions, and other vehicle information.

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The 2018 Traverse now has a completely new dashboard and center console not seen anywhere else in the GM lineup.

The center console holds Chevy’s familiar 8.0-inch MyLink infotainment system. Lower trims get a 7.0-inch unit. Both include a row of physical buttons along the bottom for quick-access features like Home, rewind, fast-forward, volume, and a button to raise and lower the entire screen. Yep, just like other GM models, the entire screen assembly raised vertically to reveal a secret storage compartment with a USB charging port and LED light. The screen’s operation can be locked with a six-digit code in Valet Mode.

Dual-zone climate controls reside front and center below the MyLink system. A pair of USB ports and a 12-volt plug reside just below, along with a wireless phone charger. Chevy decided to stick with a traditional gear shifter, unlike the new 2018 GMC Terrain’s dash-mounted buttons. While this does eat some space in the center console, it also provides a more conventional driving experience.

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The second row now has more legroom than before thanks to the longer wheelbase. Third-row seats are said to provide class-leading legroom of 33.7 inches, again thanks to the longer wheelbase.

In back, the second row now has more legroom than before thanks to the longer wheelbase. A three-person bench seat comes standard, but captain’s chairs are optional. When selected, the bucket seats allow for easy access to the third row through the center aisle. While Chevy’s new fold and slide mechanism called Smart Slide provides a much simpler action for getting to the third row, the aisle is still the easiest route.

Third-row seats are said to provide class-leading legroom of 33.7 inches, again thanks to the longer wheelbase. And as always, the second and third rows fold flat for an uninterrupted cargo space. Chevy says the 2018 Traverse will hold 98.5 cubic-feet of stuff. That’s four cubic-feet more than the Tahoe. While that is commendable, cargo room is down overall from 116.3 cubic-feet in the first-generation Traverse.

The Competition

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Honda does interiors rather well. Having recently spent more than 1,500 miles behind the wheel of the 2017 Ridgeline, we can attest to that. The Ridgeline, of course, is based on the Pilot and shares its dashboard – well, all but the shifter. Things are cleanly designed and simple to operate. Cubbyholes are scattered everywhere and can swallow tons of junk. A bench seat is standard in the middle row, but like the Traverse, second-row captain’s chairs. Honda offers a rear seat entertainment package, rear HVAC controls, and tons of charging ports for devices.

The Nissan Pathfinder’s interior is typical Nissan, meaning it has soft, comfy seats, small buttons, and some chintzy plastics scattered about. That’s not to say the interior isn’t nice, but it is a few steps behind the Pilot. We’ll reserve judgment on the Traverse’s interior till we can sample a regular production model. Like the others, the Nissan offers a second-row bench and a two-person third row, however, there is no option for second-row captain’s chairs. Thankfully, the seats do provide an easy tilt and slide feature for entering the third row.

Honda Pilot Nissan Pathfinder Chevrolet Traverse
Headroom (front/middle/rear) (Inches) 40.1/40.2/38.9 42.2/39.4/37.8 41.3/40.0/38.2
Legroom (front/middle/rear) (Inches) 40.9/38.4/31.9 41.1/38.5/36.5 41.0/39.0/33.7
Shoulder Room (front/middle/rear) (Inches) 62.0/62.0/57.6 60.7/60.4/57.1 62.1/62.2/57.5
Hiproom (front/middle/rear) (Inches) 59.1/57.3/44.6 56.8/56.1/42.0 58.1/56.0/57.5
Cargo Volume (behind 3rd-row) (cu. ft.) 16.5 16.0 23.0
Cargo Volume (behind 2nd-row) (cu. ft.) 46.8 47.8 58.1
Cargo Volume (behind 1st-row) (cu. ft.) 83.9 79.8 98.5


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The 2018 Traverse offers two engines to choose from, though all but the RS come with the 3.6-liter V-6. The “sporty” RS trim gets exclusive use of a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The engine features an all-aluminum design, direct fuel injection, and variable valve timing on its dual overhead cams. The result is 255 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and an impressive 295 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm. Surprisingly this is more torque than the V-6.

Speaking of which, the ubiquitous 3.6-liter V-6 returns for 2018, but with some power improvements. Horsepower is up from 288 to 305 at 6,800 rpm. Torque remains at 260 pound-feet, which peaks at 2,800 rpm. Fuel economy is estimated to be 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway on FWD V-6 models. Both engines feature a start/stop system designed to help save fuel when at a red light. When it comes to utility, the V-6 offers 5,000 pounds of towing via its optional two-inch receiver hitch.

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The 2018 Traverse offers two engines to choose from, though all but the RS come with the 3.6-liter V-6. The “sporty” RS trim gets exclusive use of a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

Both engines come mated to a new nine-speed automatic transmission. AWD is available across the board, including with the four-cylinder. When traction isn’t an issue and fuel efficiency is favored, the driver can select FWD mode on the console-mounted rotary knob. This disconnects the rear driveshaft. When left in AWD mode, the system automatically sends power where it is needed, though with a front-wheel bias. The High Country trim gets its own unique AWD system with a dual-clutch engagement. Regardless of trim or engine choice, a new Traction Mode Select comes standard. It gives the driver the ability to dial in the terrain, which allows for the computer to better cope with conditions.

We are left disappointed Chevy isn’t offering the 1.6-liter turbodiesel found in the new 2018 Equinox. This four-cylinder makes a respectable 136 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. While it’s less powerful than the 2.0-liter gasser in the RS, the turbodiesel could be the Traverse’s fuel-economy leader. The Equinox diesel is expected to achieve an astonishing 40 mpg highway. Of course, the larger and heavier Traverse would achieve less mpg, but not by too much. Chevy also has the 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel from the Colorado mid-size pickup it could use. Making 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, the baby Duramax would be a great fit for the three-row Traverse. Then again, the engine could price the Traverse out of its segment.

The Competition

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The Honda only has one engine – the 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6. This all-aluminum engine may only make 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, but it feels peppier in person. A nine-speed automatic transmission does the shifting and the front wheels receive the power unless the i-VTM4 AWD system is ordered. In that case, the rear wheels get power when traction becomes an issue. Honda offers different drive modes, including Normal, Snow, Mud, and Sand. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway for an AWD model.

The Nissan also comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 as the only option. This engine has an all-aluminum design, direct injection, variable valve timing, and dual overhead cams. Power is rated at 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. Nissan’s widespread use of continuously variable transmissions is seen here too, with the automaker’s latest version sending power to the front wheels. Optionally, AWD is available. And like the others here, the Pathfinder has drive modes and downhill descent control.

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Engine 3.5-liter V-6 3.5-liter V-6 3.6-liter V-6 Ecotec 2.0-liter Turbocharged I-4
Horsepower 280 HP @ 6,000 RPM 284 HP @ 6,400 RPM 305 HP @ 6,800 RPM 255 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 262 LB-FT @ 4,700 RPM 259 LB-FT @ 4,800 RPM 260 LB-FT @ 2,800 RPM 295 LB-FT @ 3,000 RPM
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic Xtronic Hydra-Matic 9T65 nine-speed automatic Hydra-Matic 9T65 nine-speed automatic
Curb Weight (2WD/AWD) 4,054/4,220 Lbs 4,292/4,432 Lbs 4,362 Lbs 4,362 Lbs
Fuel economy City-Highway-Combined (2WD/AWD) 19-27-22/18-26-21 20-27-23/19-26-22 18/25 (FWD) 20/23 (FWD)


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Chevy packed the 2018 Traverse with all the modern safety equipment. Active systems include the Surround Vision camera system, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert, and both low and high-speed forward automatic braking. Passive systems include a full suite of airbags, crumple zones, and three-point seat belts for all passengers.

Chevy also includes its Teen Driver system. Basically, parents can set certain operation parameters like radio volume and monitor vehicle location, speed, and traction control usage. While this is a big buzz-kill for kids, parents might be more willing to loan the car for a Friday night date.

The Competition

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Honda has become known for its Honda Sensing safety system, and when ordered on the Pilot, offers plenty of active safety features. They include adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring, and a 360-degree camera system. Honda Sensing comes standard on upper trim levels, but is an extra-cost option on lower grades.

Nissan also offers an impressive number of active safety systems. Nissan pioneered the use of the 360-degree camera system with its Around-View monitor, so it’s obviously available. Nissan bundles its active safety system into what it calls its Intelligent Safety Shield. It includes adaptive cruise control, forward emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert with moving object detection.

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Moderate overlap front G G G
Side G G G
Roof strength G G G
Head restraints & seats G G G


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The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse starts at $30,875 for the base L trim, including the destination fees. That is an increase of $1,280 over the 2017 model’s starting price of $29,595. However, the new generation is much improved, so the price hike is justifiable. The 2018 Traverse comes in these six trim levels: L, LS, LT, Premier, High Country, and RS. The LT trim is further broken down into LT Cloth and LT Leather, with the latter getting more technology and appearance upgrades than just leather seating. The High Country is the range-topping trim, coming standard with nearly every available feature offered for 2018. As such, its price starts at $52,995 and doesn’t fluctuate much.

Unfortunately, Chevy has not announced pricing for the sport-inspired RS trim. It’s also unclear where within the trim levels the RS falls. Not even a Chevy spokesperson had a clear answer when we reached out. The RS won’t be immediately available when the 2018 Traverse goes on sale this fall, but will arrive in the following months. Expect an update towards the end of 2017.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse trim Price
L $30,875
LS $32,995
LT Cloth $35,499
LT Leather $42,095
Premier $45,395
High Country $52,995

Money also brings up a good point about the Traverse. Some might wonder why Chevy has two, vastly different three-row SUVs – the Traverse and Suburban. Chevy is slowly pushing the Suburban up-market, while leaving the Traverse as the middle-class family machine. The Suburban’s price has been steadily increasing over the last decade. The 2017 model carries a base price of $50,000. A 2000 model Suburban carried a starting price of only $26,500. Chevy uses the Traverse to fill the affordable void left behind where the Suburban used to sit.

The Competition

The three-row crossover segment is intensely competitive, so pricing hardly deviates away from the current $30,000 starting price. The Honda Pilot is no exception, as it carries a starting MSRP of $30,595 for the base LX trim. Five trim levels are available, with the Elite trim acting as the range-topping model. It has a starting price of $47,070. Pricing doesn’t get much higher than that, as the Elite comes pretty much fully loaded, with only an optional wheel package and the usual dealer add-on items like bike carries to be had.

Unsurprisingly, the Nissan starts at $30,290 for the base S trim in FWD. Four trims are available, with the Platinum being the range-topping model. It does beat out the Honda, though, with a starting price of only $42,070. AWD, A $1,700 rear-seat entertainment package, and the usual dealer add-on accessories can be had, rounding out the price to just north of $46,000.

Honda Pilot LX (2WD) $30,595
Honda Pilot LX (AWD) $32,395
Honda Pilot EX (2WD) $33,030
Honda Pilot EX (AWD) $34,830
Honda Pilot EX (2WD) w/ Honda Sensing $34,030
Honda Pilot EX (AWD) w/ Honda Sensing $35,830
Honda Pilot EX-L (2WD) $36,455
Honda Pilot EX-L (AWD) $38,255
Honda Pilot EX-L (2WD) w/ Honda Sensing $37,455
Honda Pilot EX-L (AWD) w/ Honda Sensing $39,255
Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Rear Entertainment System (2WD) $37,455
Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Rear Entertainment System (AWD) $39,255
Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navi (2WD) $38,055
Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navi (AWD) $39,855
Honda Pilot Touring w/ Navi and Rear Entertainment System (2WD) $41,670
Honda Pilot Touring w/ Navi and Rear Entertainment System (AWD) $43,470
Honda Pilot Elite w/ Navi and Rear Entertainment System (AWD) $47,070
Nissan Pathfinder S 2WD $30,290
Nissan Pathfinder SV 2WD $32,980
Nissan Pathfinder SL 2WD $36,100
Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 2WD $42,070
Nissan Pathfinder S 4WD 3.5 Liter V6 $31,980
Nissan Pathfinder SV 4WD $34,670
Nissan Pathfinder SL 4WD $37,790
Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4WD $43,760

Other Competitors

Ford Explorer

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Check out the rged new look of the 2016 Explorer, and don’t forget about the new Platinum trim level.

Chevy considers the Ford Explorer as a primary competitor for the Traverse. Subject to a facelift for 2016, the Ford Explorer looks better than ever before. It got an all-new look on the outside that makes it stylish and sporty, while the inside saw mild revisions that were focused around the driver. It did get an updated infotainment system and a Sony, 500-Watt sound system on higher-trimmed models. Under the hood, you’ll find a 2.3-liter four-banger with 270 horsepower and 300 pound-feet, a 3.5-liter with 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet or an EcoBoost version of the same V-6 that delivers 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet. If Chevy doesn’t bring a serious power update to the Traverse, and you really want power, the Explorer might be the better option for you.

Read more about the Ford Explorer here.

Toyota Highlander

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Another major competitor for the Traverse is the Toyota Highlander. The third-gen model was just updated for the 2017 model year with a refreshed front end, a new 3.5-liter V-6, a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and, of course, seating for up to eight people. It can also be had with a smaller 2.4-liter four-banger or as a hybrid if you prefer to stick on the greener side of things. The Highlander is priced from $30,630 in entry-level form and climbs to as much as $47,880 for the range-topping, hybrid, AWD V-6 model.

Find out more about the Toyota Highlander here.


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The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is a huge step up in terms of styling, sophistication, interior accommodations, and powertrains. The Traverse certainly needed these improvements and it seems like Chevy knocked this one over the fence. We have to reserve final judgment until we get behind the wheel, but from the auto show floor here in Detroit, the all-new Traverse is a winner.

Of course, it will be the car-buying public that has the final say. Unless something drastic happens with gas prices, the crossover and SUV craze is sure to grow over the next few years. The Traverse will definitely be a big player for GM in this market.

What do you think about the 2018 Chevy Traverse? Let us know in the comments below!

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Press Release

Chevrolet today introduced the all-new 2018 Traverse. Wrapped in bold and refined styling, the completely redesigned Traverse offers technologies to help keep passengers of all ages and lifestyles comfortable and connected.

Traverse will deliver what is expected to be best-in-class third-row legroom, maximum cargo room and passenger volume with an enhanced roster of available active safety features.

“The all-new Traverse offers the ultimate in style and convenience for the segment, with the versatility customers need and a thoughtful, spacious design they’ll love,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief, Global Chevrolet. “It’s the midsize SUV designed to help keep you safe, comfortable and connected.”

When it goes on sale this fall, the 2018 Traverse will be the fourth updated crossover or SUV from Chevrolet within a year, joining the Trax, Bolt EV and 2018 Equinox, further strengthening the brand’s crossover and SUV lineup.

“Nobody in the industry offers a broader, fresher lineup of SUVs and crossovers than Chevrolet,” said Batey. “From the all-electric Bolt EV to America’s longest-running nameplate, Suburban, we’ve got something for every customer and lifestyle.”

Bold and refined

The 2018 Traverse has a new look inspired by Chevrolet’s full-size SUVs, with purposeful proportions complemented by premium cues such as chrome accents, LED signature lighting and available D-Optic LED headlamps.

Chevrolet is adding two new trim levels for the 2018 Traverse — the sporty RS and luxurious High Country — to offer customers more choices for a personalized appearance.

The new RS package includes unique, blacked-out exterior cues with a black chrome grille, black bowtie, 20-inch wheels and more.

The High Country trim features premium content and technology, including a unique interior trim featuring Loft Brown leather appointments with suede accents, 20-inch polished wheels, High Country badging, D-Optic headlamps, standard twin-clutch AWD and power-fold third row seats.

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“The all-new Traverse blends Chevrolet’s characteristic SUV cues with capability and refinement,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Global Chevrolet Design. “Inside and out, it offers style with a purpose.”

With available seating for up to eight and a longer wheelbase than the current model, the Traverse has few peers when it comes to capacity and roominess. In fact, the new Traverse is expected to offer best-in-class passenger volume as well as max cargo room at 98.5 cubic feet (2,789 liters), while greater storage options and larger bins throughout the ergonomically optimized cabin are designed to enhance convenience and versatility.

Loading the Traverse is a breeze with a new Chevrolet bowtie logo lamp feature illuminating the ground to show where drivers need to place a foot to activate the available hands-free power liftgate.

A new split-folding second-row seat improves on the Traverse’s original Smart Slide® feature. The curbside seat is capable of tipping up and sliding forward, even with a forward-facing child seat in place, to provide open and easy access to the third row. Third-row legroom is expected to be the most spacious in the segment at 33.7 inches (856 mm).

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Connected and protected

The 2018 Traverse offers purposeful technology designed to help keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected.

Chevrolet’s latest connectivity technologies include available 7- and 8-inch-diagonal MyLink infotainment systems designed to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are products of Apple and Google and their terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible smartphone and data plan rates apply.)

Passengers will have access to USB charging ports in all three seating rows, available wireless charging and steering wheel-mounted phone and audio controls. Chevrolet’s Rear Seat Reminder feature is standard on all trim levels.

When it comes to helping to protect passengers, a comprehensive suite of available safety technologies and adaptive crash-avoidance features offers ease of use and added peace of mind, with new available features including:

Surround Vision
D-Optic LED headlamps (standard on High Country and Premier)
Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
Front Pedestrian Braking
Forward Collision Alert
Low and High-Speed Forward Automatic Braking.

Teen Driver is standard, allowing parents to set certain controls and review performance in order to help encourage better driving habits, even when parents are not in the vehicle.

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Performance and efficiency

A new 3.6L V-6 and nine-speed automatic transmission form the standard propulsion system, expected to offer nearly 10 percent more horsepower than the current model and a GM-estimated 25 mpg highway (FWD). The combination also supports an estimated 5,000-pound (2,268 kg) trailering capacity when properly equipped.

Sporting the new RS trim, the Traverse will exclusively feature a 2.0L turbocharged engine that provides a unique driving experience, with more maximum torque than the V-6. It is also paired with the nine-speed automatic transmission.

Both engines feature new intelligent stop/start technology that determines the best times for fuel-saving engine-stop events, based on a variety of driving factors.

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New Traction Mode Select is standard on all models and allows the driver to make real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s driving mode to account for varying road conditions. On available AWD models, it also allows the system to be completely disconnected from the rear axle, which helps save fuel and enhances refinement.

High Country’s exclusive Advanced AWD system employs twin-clutch technology that optimizes traction for every condition it encounters. It is engineered for optimal performance in wet, snowy and icy conditions, while also providing enhanced stability in dry conditions.

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