Here’s something fun to do this week, head over and build yourself, and your presumed family, the ideal 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. Completely redesigned for 2018, it starts at $30,875. That’s over a grand more than the last model, but this vehicle pulls out all the stops to make it worth your while.
Chevy hasn’t given it a next-generation since 2009. So it’s long over due for this, especially considering how hot the SUV market is right now. For 2018 the Traverse is longer meaning not only more storage but more seats. There’s now seating for up to eight.
And it’s crazy long. If you’re actually planning on putting full-size people, versus just the mini ones known as kids, you need to check it out. Its wheelbase measures 120.9-inches, two inches shy of a full foot more than the competition. So those third-row seats shouldn’t sit right on the rear wheels and they shouldn’t feel like clown car seats. A plus even clowns can appreciate.
The tech upgrades are thorough, with it offering features including Teen Driver, a baby in the back alert, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The second row even slides forward for easy third-row access.
The engine across all but the RS trims is a new 3.6-liter V6 with 305-horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The performance RS trim is all-new for 2018. It only offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 255-horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
The two high-end trims are the Premier and an all new ridiculously snazzy, High Country. Each starts at $45,395 and $52,995. The High Country comes standard with AWD (optional on all the lower trims but the base L), 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, SkyScape sunroof and rear seat skylight, and power-folding third-row seats. It also comes standard with high tech features including automatic high beam assist, Forward Collision Alert and Following Distance Indicator, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Auto Braking.
If you’re into the black out trend, there’s a Redline option with the Premier trim.