The low station wagons are cool. The big SUVs are sometimes cool. Station wagons disguised as crossover vehicles, like the previous three-row Chevrolet Traverse? Not cool. This new, although the first of the second generation, is cooler. I do not know if something three lines can really be cool, but it’s close.
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse looks like a Chevrolet Tahoe left too long in the dryer. The dimensions are not perfectly arranged, because this big vehicle is even longer than the life-size Tahoe. But the proportions are perfect, and we love the body-colored C-pillars and the judicious use of chrome highlights, especially on high-end models. The Premier and High Country offer unique touches, such as LED headlights with futuristic optics and unique wheels.
Inside, you’ll find seats for seven or eight in an interior that says Chevy takes a lot of its color and elements of menswear. The idea is to provide an elegant place to spend time that will please both genders, and considering the universal endorsement of our group, we would say that Chevy has succeeded. I particularly liked the subtle use of color in our gray-on-gray interior, the soft-touch surfaces on the dashboard and doors, and the piano-black surfaces on the center console. I wish Chevy would spend more money on the bottom panel of the door and the lower plastics of the console.
Under the skin, Chevrolet boasts a 351-pound weight saving (comparing front-wheel drive base models), making the Traverse more in line with slightly smaller competitors such as the driver and the Toyota Highlander. On most models, GM’s famed 3.6-liter V6 provides the driving force (and a 5,000-pound tow rating) with 305 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Curiously, the larger Chevrolet has a less powerful version of this engine than the smaller Acadia, which makes 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of its 3.6-liter.
The Traverse’s new RS trim level is also puzzling, as the supposedly sporty version of the Traverse only comes with front-wheel drive and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 255 horsepower. The turbo four has more torque than the V-6, with 295 lb-ft, but it does not seem to be tuned to the RS model’s black trim and claimed the racier suspension agreement with a real performance advantage.
Chevrolet will not announce pricing details until the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse comes online later this year, but expects L, LS and LT lower trim levels to remain in the $ 30,000 range. at $ 40,000. The RS should be placed between the LT and Premier models slightly above, while the High Country will be at the top of the range. comes online later this year, but expects L, LS and LT lower trim levels to remain in the $ 30,000 range. at $ 40,000. The RS should be placed between the LT and Premier models slightly above, while the High Country will be at the top of the range.