Big third-row seat; bigger cargo area; 4G LTE and Wi-Fi; optional turbocharged engine; comfortable seats; excellent infotainment setup; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible
Tow rating drops from 5,000 pounds to 1,500 pounds with the turbo; active safety and driver assist features reserved for most expensive trims
For the money, we think the Traverse LT Cloth with AWD is the best choice of the bunch. However, if you want advanced driver assists like forward emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, you're going to have to move up to the more expensive Premier or High Country trim.
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is offered in seven trims: L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier and High Country.
The base Traverse L ($30,875) comes with power windows, power locks, a rearview camera, HID headlights, power heated outside mirrors, 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, MyLink radio with a 7-in touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot, keyless open and start, cruise control, tri-zone automatic climate control and seating for eight passengers.
The LS ($32,995, FWD; $34,995, AWD) adds tinted privacy glass and the option of all-wheel drive.
The LT Cloth ($35,495, FWD; $39,295, AWD) builds on the LS with second-row captain's chair seating, 18-in brightface aluminum wheels, fog lights, roof rails, SiriusXM 3-month trial subscription, an 8-way power driver's seat, express up/down power front windows and roof rails. The Convenience and Driver Confidence package is optional on the FWD LT and standard on the AWD model. The package adds an 8-in color touchscreen, navigation, driver information display, heated front seats, remote start, a power rear liftgate, side blind-zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert and rear park assist.
The LT Leather ($42,095, FWD; $44,095, AWD) adds the Convenience and Driver Confidence package, leather seating, Surround Vision camera with bird's-eye view, 20-in wheels, Bose premium audio with 10-speakers and subwoofer, a rearview camera display mirror and a 6-way power passenger seat with power lumbar support.
The RS ($42,995) carries much of the LT Leather features, but substitutes a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, 20-in dark painted wheels plus signature black accents including roof fails, a grille bow tie badge and window trim.
The Premier ($45,395, FWD; $48,295, AWD) adds a hands-free liftgate, LED headlights, power tilt-telescopic steering column, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, Qi wireless charging and heated second-row seats. Optional equipment includes the Driver Confidence II package that brings forward-collision alert, low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, pedestrian detection and automatic high beam headlights. This package is standard on AWD models along with the Trailering package and adaptive headlights. Also available is the Redline Edition that adds blackout trim and a panoramic sunroof.
The High Country ($52,995) adds all the optional features of the Premier plus an advanced AWD system featuring an auto-locking rear differential, adaptive cruise control with forward emergency braking, a power folding third-row seat and upgraded leather interior.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles 2 Visits|
2018 Volkswagen Atlas -- The Atlas isn't quite as roomy inside, but its interior is nicely appointed. The standard V6 is a bit fuel thirsty and can feel sluggish at times, but we think the Atlas gets the nod when it comes to ride and handling.
2019 Subaru Ascent -- The Ascent comes standard with full-time AWD and its turbocharged 4-cylinder engine gets better fuel economy than the Traverse's V6. Collision avoidance technology comes standard on every Ascent, but the Subaru isn't as roomy inside.
2018 Toyota Highlander -- The Highlander offers good interior room, excellent fuel economy from its hybrid powertrain option and outstanding marks for resale and reliability. The Highlander matches the Traverse for towing, but not rear cargo space.
Used Chevrolet Tahoe -- A 2014–2017 Chevrolet Tahoe offers more power for towing and hauling, a robust V8 and better performance off-road. It's thirstier at the gas pump, however, and its third-row seat and cargo volume are not as generous as the Traverse.