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2018 Chevrolet Traverse: Detroit Auto Show

What Is It?

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is a completely redesigned version of Chevy’s midsize Traverse crossover, which went on sale for the 2009 model year. Long overdue for a redesign, the latest Traverse zooms into the future with a fresh look and a long list of new features and equipment.

The most noticeable update to the Traverse is on the outside, as the new model takes on a completely different look from the outgoing version — in front, in back and on the sides. The outgoing Traverse shared a platform and architecture with the old GMC Acadia, and the new model does, too. It’s based on the new Acadia, and like its platform-mate, the latest Traverse is slightly smaller than the last-generation model it replaces.

Inside, the Traverse touts a substantial leap forward in design, with an upgraded interior that boasts higher-quality materials and a more modern layout. Technology is also improved, as the Traverse now offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an 8-inch infotainment screen and virtually every piece of modern safety tech, including forward collision alert, automatic braking, LED lighting and a 360-degree surround-view camera system.

Under the hood, most 2018 Traverse trims retain a 3.6-liter V6, which makes 305 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque while returning 18 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The exception is the Traverse RS, which uses a fuel-saving 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and boasts fuel economy ratings of 20 mpg city/23 mpg hwy. Front-wheel drive is standard, though all-wheel drive will be offered on all Traverse models except the fuel-economy-focused RS.

How Much?

Although Chevy has not yet announced pricing for the 2018 Traverse, we expect starting prices in the same range as today’s figure of around $29,600 with shipping.

When Can You Get It?

Fall 2017

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With its recent redesign, the GMC Acadia went from being a lackluster choice to a strong midsize-SUV contender. While we obviously haven’t yet driven the Chevy Traverse, we strongly suspect that it, too, will put up a serious fight against midsize-SUV rivals thanks to new features, a handsome new look and a more modern interior.

Other Cars to Consider

2017 Ford Explorer — While the Ford Explorer is a little bigger than the Traverse, it boasts a similar level of equipment and more interior room. It also offers a performance-oriented Explorer Sport model that the Traverse lineup won’t have.

2017 Honda Pilot — The recently redesigned Honda Pilot also boasts all the latest technology, in a slightly larger package than the Traverse.

2017 Toyota Highlander — The midsize Toyota Highlander is an excellent family SUV with relatively roomy 3-row seating, lots of modern technology and a comfortable, smooth driving experience.

Used Chevy Tahoe — If you like the Traverse’s equipment and its general look but need more space or engine power, you might want to consider Chevy’s larger Tahoe. Prices are steep, though, so you may have to get a used model.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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