2018 Chevrolet Traverse

MSRP $32,600 - $52,600

Ranked #2 in Suv

8.4

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 20, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The base trim of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse costs $29,930, and the feature-packed High Country model with AWD costs $52,050. It has a new and more modern infotainment system, a more polished cabin, and available high-end amenities. The 2018 Traverse is available in seven trims—L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country. 

The Traverse is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that delivers excellent power and towing capability. Furthermore, the 9-speed automatic transmission provides smooth shifting as well as excellent fuel economy. The RS variant in the lineup comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine for more thrilling driving.

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Pros

Huge cargo capacity

Excellent 9-speed automatic transmission

Generous room for passengers in all three rows

Room for up to eight

Cons

Best safety equipment limited to high-end models

Leather and plastic quality in lower trims

What's New?

Longer wheelbase

More rear-seat room

Better cargo space

Updated V6 engine

9-speed automatic transmission


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$47900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

223 cu.in.

horsepower

305 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 2800 rpm

transmission

9 speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

121 in.

length

204 in.

width

79 in.

height

71 in.

curb weight

4362 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

157.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

98.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/20/25 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ 100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LS$32,600 onwards

LT Cloth$35,100 onwards

LT$35,145 onwards

LT Leather$41,700 onwards

RS$42,050 onwards

Premier$45,000 onwards

High Country$52,600 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 Chevrolet Traverse in Black Currant Metallic color
Black Currant Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

8.3

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.9

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.4

Overall Rating


"A new powertrain and crisp (but conservative) styling mean the Traverse is once again a contender in the three-row crossover race." - The Car Connection

L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS Premier, and High Country are the seven model options available for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. All trim levels come standard with a V-6 and nine-speed automatic transmission, while the sporty RS trim comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Traverse has a great towing capacity, capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds.

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse starts at $29,930 for the base trim and goes up to $52,050 for the feature-packed High Country model with AWD. The five-year costs of gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance for the 2018 Traverse are expected to be around $26,110, or $5,222 per year. The interior appears to be new and has a lot of features.


8.5/10
Features

8.3/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety


2018 Chevrolet Traverse Features

8.5/10

L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country are the seven trims available for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. The V6 engine is standard on all of these trim levels, but the sporty RS trim comes with a torquey turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The majority of trims are available in front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive configurations.

LED running lights, xenon headlights, heated mirrors, 18-inch wheels, and engine stop-start are among the standard features on the Traverse L. Interior features include cloth upholstery, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, seating for eight, a rearview camera, 4G LTE connectivity and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, Chevy's Teen Driver system, and a 7-inch MyLink touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.

Trims L LS LT CLOTH RS LT LEATHER PREMIER HIGH COUNTRY
MSRP(FWD) $29,930 $33,095 $35,595 $43,095 $42,195 $45,495 N/A
MSRP(AWD) N/A $35,095 $39,395 N/A $44,195 $48,395 $52,050
Features Notable Standard features include: Everything that L has to offer with the addition or substitution of: Includes LS features and adds: Includes LT Leather (3LT) features and adds: Includes LT Cloth and adds: Includes LT Leather (3LT) and adds: Includes Premier and adds:
  Dual-outlet exhaust Deep-tinted glass Outside heated power-adjustable body-color mirrors with turn signal indicators 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine Surround Vision with bird’s-eye view (includes rear vision camera) Dual-outlet exhaust with rectangular tips Trailering equipment: Heavy-duty cooling system and trailer hitch
  Traction Mode Select   18″ Bright Silver-painted machined-face aluminum wheels 20″ Dark Android-painted aluminum wheels Side Blind Zone Alert with Rear Cross Traffic Alert LED D-Optic bi-function projector-beam headlamps IntelliBeam automatic high beam assist
      Foglamps Signature Black accents including Black roof rails, Black bowties, Gloss Black window trim and Black Ice front grille Rear Park Assist with audible warning   Forward Collision Alert and Following Distance Indicator
      Roof rails        

We Recommend 

The LT trim level of the Traverse series offers the most bang for your budget. It has a lot of amenities that aren't available on the lower trims. We recommend getting the All-Wheel-Drive version for superior traction and driving dynamics.


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2018 Chevrolet Traverse Engine and Performance

8.3/10

 “The new Traverse is lighter by 350 pounds, offers more power, sharper styling, modern technology, and a top-of-its-class driving experience.” -Kelly Blue Book

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Engine and Transmission 

Except for the RS, all Traverses are equipped with a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, which is a 20-hp increase over last year's V-6. Only front-wheel drive is offered in the RS grade, which features a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Engine Bay 

The Traverse's 310-hp V6 engine, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, feels highly active, and you might not even notice the gear shifts because it's so smooth and responsive. The smaller engine is linked to the same 9-speed transmission as the larger one.

Models 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 GMC Acadia
MSRP $30,925 $31,990 $30,900 $29,995
Engine 3.6L V6 SIDI VVT Gas engine 3.5L V6

Gas engine

3.5L V6

Gas engine

2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder Gas engine
Transmission 9-speed automatic 6-speed Automatic 6-speed Automatic 6-speed automatic
Power 310 hp @ 6,800 RPM 290 hp @ 6,500 RPM 280 hp @ 6,000 RPM 193 hp @ 6,300 RPM
Torque 266 lb-ft of torque @ 2,800 RPM 255 ft-lbs. @ 4,000 RPM 262 ft-lbs. @ 4,700 RPM 188 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

Both engines have a lot of power and can pull this large SUV with ease. The engines are honed, and you'll be pleased with the performance whether you're driving in the city or on the highway. In fact, the Chevy's new V6 engine is the most powerful of the bunch.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Acceleration

The Traverse can get from 0-60 mph in just 6.5 seconds, which is pretty good for an SUV this size. The Explorer and the Pilot are faster to 60 mph in spite of having lower power. The Pilot is quite light and it's understood that the Pilot could be faster than the Traverse.

Models 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 GMC Acadia
0-60 MPH 6.5 sec 5.8 sec 6.1 sec 6.8 sec
Quarter mile 15.6 sec @ 97mph 14.4 sec @ 94.5 mph 15.1 sec @ 91.2 mph 15 sec @ 90 mph
Engine 3.6L 3.5L 3.5L 2.5L
EmissionTons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.4 9.8 (Est) 8.0 7.7

The Explorer being heavier than the Traverse is surprisingly faster to the 60 mph mark. The new nine-speed automatic transmission feels velvety while shifting, although downshifts may become a bit abrupt while driving fast.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Ride and Handling

The five-link rear suspension and MacPherson strut in the front give the 2018 Traverse an agile and predictable handling character. The suspension absorbs the majority of the road bumps. One of the Traverse's best features has to be its ride comfort and stability, especially at highway speeds. On the road, the car feels sturdy, and wind and tyre noise are minimal.

Model 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 GMC Acadia
Brake front(in) 12.8 12.6 12.6 N/A
Brake Rear(in) 13.0 12.8 13 N/A
Curb weight(lbs) 4713 4901 4288 3956
60-0 MPH (ft.) 126 est 120 128 126

With all-electric assist, the steering feels responsive. Through the turns, the traverse body remains remarkably planted, with little wallow or roll. It's hardly what you'd expect from an SUV in this class, but it actually handles corners better than the majority of its competitors.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Braking 

Brakes are powerful and provide good pedal feedback, instilling confidence. Even while braking forcefully, it maintains a calm demeanor. For an SUV, the stopping distance of 126 feet is quite good for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. 

 

Model

2018 Chevrolet Traverse

2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Honda Pilot

2018 GMC Acadia

Brake front(in)

12.8

12.6

12.6

17

Brake Rear(in)

13.0

12.8

13

17

Curb weight(lbs)

4713

4901

4288

3956

60-0 MPH (ft.)

126

120

128

126

The Ford Explorer comes to halt the quickest from 60 mph in just a distance of 120 feet. The GMC Acadia and Traverse are evenly matched when it comes to braking distance. The Honda Pilot is the worst in the range but only by a small margin. 

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Towing Capacity

Traverse has a strong towing capacity, capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds. However, you'll have to pay an additional $650 to have Trailering Equipment installed, which includes a heavy-duty cooling system to prevent overheating while towing big loads.

Model 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 GMC Acadia
Capacity (lbs) 5000 5000 5000 5200

With an extra 200 pounds of towing capacity, the GMC Acadia is edging out the Chevrolet Traverse and the rest of the competition who only offer 5000 lbs of towing capacity. 

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The Chevy Traverse's 3.6-liter V-6 engine and 9-speed automatic transmission help it achieve an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 21 mpg with front-wheel drive and 20 mpg with all-wheel drive. The city rating with the front-wheel-drive model comes at 18 mpg and the four-wheel-drive model losing a point.

Model 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 GMC Acadia
Mpg (city) 18 16 18 21
Mpg (highway) 27 22 26 26
Mpg (combined) 21 18 21 23

Highway ratings are impressive, with 27 mpg on front-wheel drive and 25 mpg on all-wheel drive. These ratings show a healthy improvement over the last traverse, which was rated at 15/22/18 mpg. The GMC Acadia is the most economical with a combined 23 mpg. 

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Interior

9.0/10

 “The front seats and 2nd-row seats offer up ample headroom and legroom, and the rear bench can accommodate three across without difficulty. The third row is tighter, but still acceptable for kids for long trips, and there’s a ton of cargo space behind the third row even without using the hidden storage area under the floor.” - Kelly Blue Book

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Seating and Comfort 

Inside the Traverse, there's enough room for people in all three rows, getting in and out is a breeze, and the central stack controls are simple to operate. The cabin of the 2018 Traverse is one of the largest in the segment, and you can stretch out regardless of your seat position.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse seats

Cloth seats are standard on the base model and leather options become available when you move to higher placed trims. There are USB ports in each row that can be used for charging mobile devices but the 2018 Traverse does not provide any rear-seat entertainment system. 

Model 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Ford Explorer  2018 Honda Pilot 2018 GMC Acadia
Passenger capacity 8 7 8 7
Passenger Volume(ft cube) 150.8 151.7 151.7 143.8
Front (Head/Hip/Shoulder/Leg)(In.) 41.3/58.1/62.1/41 41.4/57.3/61.5/42.9 39.5/59.1/62/40.9 40.3/55.7/59.4/41
Second (Head/Hip/Shoulder/Leg)(In.) 40/56.9/62.2/38.4 40.6/56.8/61/39.5 39.9/57.3/62/38.4 39.6/53.3/58.7/39.7
Third (Head/Hip/Shoulder/Leg)(In.)

 

38.2/48.5/57.5/33.5 37.8/40.7/50.8/32 38.9/44.9/57.6/31.9 37.2/42.9/54.3/31.1

Seating options include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power-folding third-row bench

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Infotainment

The MyLink infotainment system is simple to operate and features vibrant graphics on the touchscreen. The middle stack's buttons and knobs are well-organized, but the touchscreen is a bit out of reach. The infotainment menus are intuitive to use virtually immediately.

2018 Chevy Traverse dashboard and infotainment system

A 10-speaker Bose audio system is standard in the 2018 Traverse. Even the cheapest model of the 2018 Traverse comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an in-car Wi-Fi connection.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Cargo Space

With all seats folded, the 2018 Chevy Traverse boasts the best cargo volume in the class at 98.2 cubic feet. It boasts more cargo room than nearly every other midsize three-row SUV on the market, as well as some full-size SUVs.

Model 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 GMC Acadia
Behind 3ndRow(ft.cube) 23.0 21.0 16.5 12.8
With 3rd row folded (ft.cube) 58.1 43.9 46.8 41.7
With All  Seats folded (ft.cube) 98.2 81.7 83.9 79

So, when it comes to cargo space, there is no comparison. When you fold down the back seats, you'll have a flat cargo floor. There are plenty of cubbies throughout the cabin as well.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Exterior

8.0/10

"The new Traverse is a sharp looking crossover SUV, looking something like a Chevy Tahoe that cut the carbs and hit the gym. It's actually longer than the Tahoe, with a longer wheelbase as well." - Kelley Blue Book

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Dimensions and Weight 

The exterior design of the 2018 Traverse is primarily influenced by Chevrolet's full-size truck-based SUVs. The upright stance, squared-off front and rear, and towering sides of the Traverse combine with a C-pillar that's slanted aggressively forward to give it a more rugged appearance.

 

The squared-off back hatch went well with the overall idea of linearity, and the 20-inch wheels added to the look of strength. A secret bin under the rear cargo floor is one of several nooks for storing small goods. There's a motorized liftgate and a hands-free liftgate to choose from.

Model 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 GMC Acadia
curb weight(lbs) 4713 4901 4288 3956
Length(in) 204.3 198.3 194.5 193.6
Width(in) 78.6 78.9 66.3 75.4
Height(in) 70.7 70 69.8 66
Ground clearance(in) 7.2 8.3 7.3 7.20
Wheelbase(in) 120.9 112.8 111 112.5
Track width(in) F/R 67.3/67.0 67/67 66.3/66.3 64.5/65.5

Some exterior features of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse are :

  • Roof Rack Cross Rails 
  • Front License Plate Bracket Mounting Package
  • Molded Assist Steps
  • Front And Rear Black Bowtie Emblems 
  • Keyless Entry Keypad
  • Painted Body Color Front And Rear Splash Guards
  • Wheel Locks
  • Polished Alloy Wheels    

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Wheels 

When it comes to wheels, there is something for everyone's taste. The base and LS models come standard with 18-inch wheels, however the LS has the option of upgrading to a 20-inch wheel.

Model 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 GMC Acadia
Size F/R (in.) 17*7/18*7.5 20*8.5/20*8.5 18*18/18*18 17*7.5/17*7.5
Quality Aluminum Aluminum aluminum Aluminum
Wheel type Alloy Alloy alloy

Alloy

As you progress through the trim levels, you'll have a larger selection of 20-inch wheel options to choose from. The 20-inch polished aluminium wheel is standard on the High Country trim level.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Safety

9.9/10

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Chevy Traverse an overall rating of five out of five stars. It received four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not evaluated the 2018 Traverse for safety.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • A rear-seat reminder that prompts you to check the back seats for kids and pets
  • Teen Driver system for monitoring secondary drivers’ habits on the road

Optional advanced safety features:

  • Surround-view parking camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera mirror
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Automatic high beams
  • Forward collision alert
  • Following distance indicator
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Competition

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Vs 2018 Ford Explorer

Both SUVs have parallels and distinctions, however, Traverse ranks somewhat higher than the Ford Explorer. The Ford has a 3.5-liter V-6 with 290 horsepower as standard, while the Traverse has a 3.6-liter V-6 with 310 horsepower. With a 9-speed transmission, Chevy definitely has more power than the Explorer's 6-speed transmission.

 

2018 Ford Explorer 

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Vs 2018 Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot offers one of the most comfortable third-row seats on the market, and the choice between the Pilot and the Traverse may come down to personal preference in terms of appearance and technology. The interior of the Pilot, on the other hand, is more upmarket, and the Traverse infotainment system is user-friendly. The Chevy also comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which the Pilot only offers in pricier grades.

 

2018 Honda Pilot

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Vs 2018 GMC Acadia

GMC automobiles are slightly more expensive in GM's garage than their Chevy counterparts. The Traverse does, however, start $1,000 higher than the Acadia. For the extra money, you receive a larger cargo area and more passenger space. Traverse can also accommodate eight people, although Acadia can only accommodate seven. Both cars have nearly identical feature lists and performance, but the Traverse offers superior value for money.

 

2018 GMC Acadia

 

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Final Verdict

When all is said and done, the Traverse is a bit of a mixed bag. It neither does anything revolutionary nor does it include any catastrophic defects. It's a great vehicle for transporting a large number of people while still leaving room for shopping bags. Third-row seats are comfy and capacious, with a variety of tech and functions to pamper occupants. The interiors are pleasant as well, however, when compared to the Honda Pilot, some may prefer the latter.


2018 Chevrolet Traverse FAQs

How much does the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse cost?

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse starts at $29,930 for the base trim and goes up to $52,050 for the feature-packed High Country model with AWD.

How much can the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse tow?

The 2018 Traverse has an impressive towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

How economical is the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse?

The 3.6-liter V-6 with a 9-speed automatic helps boost the Chevy Traverse to an EPA estimated combined rating of 21 mpg with front-wheel drive and 20 mpg with all-wheel drive. 

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