Drawing visual inspiration from the full-sized Chevrolet Tahoe, the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse puts increased emphasis on three-row transportation. Riding on a longer wheelbase than the outgoing Traverse, Chevrolet claims there is even more passenger space for those rear riders. 

2018 Chevrolet Traverse front

Primary motivation comes from 3.6-liter V6 paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet says this combination marks a 10-percent power increase. With the outgoing Traverse V6 rated at 281 horsepower, that would put the new model at over 300 horsepower. Of greater significance is the promise of improved fuel economy, a shortcoming with the first-generation vehicle. Chevrolet estimates that the highway mpg will be rated at 25 mpg on the front-drive Traverse V6, which would be a 3 mpg improvement based on the EPA numbers. Tow capacity, when properly equipped, is said to be 5,000 lbs.

There will also be a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine offered with a nine-speed transmission.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV interior

Standard Traction Mode Select allows drivers to make real-time adjustments, tailoring the vehicle’s performance for the road, or even off-road, conditions. All-wheel-drive models can be switched to exclusively front-drive operation to boost fuel economy, as we have experienced on the GMC Acadia. The High Country version has a more advanced twin-clutch AWD system.

As with other recent GM vehicles, the Traverse will feature a broad array of high-tech comfort and convenience features. There will be 7- and 8-inch versions of the MyLink infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as an available WiFi hotspot. All three seating rows are fitted with USB charge points, and wireless phone charging is available for up front.

For safety, the Traverse will offer a suite of advanced features, including forward-collision warning, low- and high-speed automatic braking, pedestrian detection and braking, and lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist. Plus, the teen driver system is standard, allowing parents to set certain restrictions and review driving performance. As seen, and appreciated, on other GM models, the Traverse will also include a rear-seat reminder—a simple, clever feature that reminds the driver to check the back seat for a possible child or pet when leaving the vehicle, based on if the rear seat was accessed at the beginning of that trip.

Staying true to the original, the redesigned Traverse looks to add refinements and conveniences throughout. We’ll be interested to test the fuel economy claims once we buy our own to evaluate.  

2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUV rear