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Lexington Chevrolet Drivers Take A Closer Look At The 2018 Chevy Traverse

If you’re looking for a midsize crossover that can seat up to eight passengers with lots of room for cargo, you’ll want to give the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse a close look. The Traverse is spacious, but the folks at the Lexington Chevrolet Dealer assure us it’s nimbler than a conventional truck-based SUV. The big news is the Traverse has been redesigned for 2018.

The Chevrolet Traverse is now 400 pounds lighter, with a more powerful V6 engine, a new available turbocharged four-cylinder block for the RS trim, improved fuel economy, an extra 3 inches of legroom in the second row, more space in the third row and more cargo space. The Traverse has more interior room than any vehicle in its class, with a whopping 98.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third rows folded down.

The Traverse also features a plethora of new technology features. The Chevrolet Teen Driver setup is standard on all models. Teen driver helps keep teenage drivers safe by giving parents the ability to limit the vehicle’s audio volume, track the vehicle, and receive messages if the Traverse is involved in an accident. Other standard features include a bigger 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and OnStar with a 4G connection and Wi-Fi.

The New High Country Trim Will Appeal Lexington Area Chevy Drivers

The 2018 Traverse gets a new well-appointed trim called High Country. This new model is intended to go head-to-head with near-luxury crossovers. The High Country comes standard with leather trim, a distinctive all-wheel-drive system engineered to increase traction, and LED headlights. Also standard are a host of driver assistance features like forward collision alert with automatic braking and adaptive cruise control.

CNET was suitably impressed with the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, writing: “But I want to write this review, because I genuinely believe Chevrolet has a hit on its hands. The 2018 Traverse offers an embarrassment of in-car tech, driving dynamics that aren't entirely stale and plenty of space across its three rows. In a world where crossovers are slowly eliminating everything in their path, this one's a good'un.”

The Traverse is offered in no less than seven trim levels, listed as L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier and High Country. Front- and all-wheel drive are available on most models, but the L and RS can only be had with front-wheel drive.


The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is powered by a standard 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 310 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque, connected to a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Under the hood of the RS trim is the new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 255 hp and 295 lb.-ft., also mated to the nine-speed automatic.

Towing capacity maxes out at 5,000 pounds. Fuel economy for the Traverse with the four-cylinder engine is estimated by the EPA at 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.* The V6 engine with front-wheel drive checks in at 18/27, while models with all-wheel drive are rated at 17/25.

* All vehicle mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.