After about a decade, Chevrolet has finally replaced the first-generation, three-row Crossover Crossover with a new model that offers refinement, packaging and connectivity improvements. Consumer Reports has purchased a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and we have been impressed, although there is a lot of testing to do before reaching our final score.
Like his larger-than-life brother, the new Traverse outperforms its competitors. Its wheelbase extends 120.9 inches, about eight inches longer than its platform mate, the GMC Acadia, and the sturdy Ford Explorer. At 204.3 inches in overall length, the Traverse has 10.7 inches on the Acadia, and it even surpasses 5.0 inches the beefy Volkswagen Atlas, the big boy who finished second in our most recent test of comparison to three rows. With much of this length devoted to cargo, the Traverse has 23 cubic feet of storage behind its third row and 58 cubic feet behind the second row with the third row row. It’s two more cubes than the VW in both measures, giving the Chevrolet class the best load capacity.
It is easy to enter the cavernous interior with the large vehicle doors and a manageable manageable height. The front seats are wide and accommodating, with enough legroom to stretch comfortably. The wide range of motion of the tilt / telescopic steering wheel helps drivers to position it properly. Some travelers may be hesitant about seat belts that are not height adjustable or about the high center armrest. The visibility to the outside is remarkably good, helped by the large front and side windows. Looking over the shoulder, the visibility of the back corner is limited only by the thick rear pillar. Backup is greatly facilitated by a 360-degree view available in addition to the traditional perspective of the straight camera. The sense of space is helped by the two glass roof panels. Unfortunately, front and rear sunshades for sunroofs work manually, with all the elegance of a tow-retractable shade.
Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system occupies a central place with its colorful, intuitive display and many sophisticated features. It is also retractable, revealing a trash bin at your fingertips. Compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is standard, allowing seamless integration of smartphones. Our Traverse features a 10-speaker Bose audio system that makes the most of the different audio inputs. An integrated WiFi access point includes a free trial period, just long enough for the family to enjoy. idea. Responding to the connected family, there are two USB charging points for the second row, with a 110-volt outlet. The second row offers generous legroom, with enough space for the adult to really stretch out. Heated seats and temperature controls with ceiling vents add to the comfort of the van. The key to comfort is the ability to slide the seats forward and backward.
Driving dynamics are helped by what Chevy is touting as a 350 pound weight loss that brings the Traverse Base back to around 4400 pounds. We expect, once we have a higher option model on our scales as the top of the line High Country trim that we drove for this story, we will see more numbers like 4750 pounds. Still, with a 3.6-liter V6 developing 310 horsepower, the Traverse will have one of the best power-to-weight ratios among the three-row crossovers. While the Traverse V-6 shares a displacement and power rating with the GMC Acadia V6, this variant has no cylinder deactivation and is 266 pound-feet of torque, five less than in the GMC.
All-wheel drive is optional, but not on the $ 30,875 base model, which only works with front-wheel drive. The cheapest AWD model is the LS at $ 34,995. And if you want to take advantage of Traverse’s 5,000-pound towing rating, you’ll have to switch to the LT trim, which starts at $ 35,495 for a front driver, plus $ 650 for the tow package.