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2018 Chevrolet Traverse Review

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is a highly ranked midsize SUV, thanks to its comfortable ride, numerous standard features, and abundance of passenger and cargo space.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy, versatile seats
  • Lots of standard tech features
  • Spacious cargo area
  • Carlike handling and ride quality
  • Some rivals have livelier handling

Rankings & Awards

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2018 Best 3-Row SUV for Families award. Currently the Chevrolet Traverse has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 12 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Chevrolet Traverse Overview

Is the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse a Good Used SUV?

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse – our 2018 Best 3-Row SUV for Families winner – is not only a good used SUV, it’s one of the best in the midsize SUV segment. With lots of family-friendly features, a huge cargo capacity, a supple ride, and ample seating space (even in the third row), the Traverse is the ideal three-row SUV for large crews and long trips. Keep in mind, however, that with the Traverse’s long list of standard features and its upscale cabin comes an above-average price for the class. 

The Chevrolet Traverse has several of highlights:

  • Spacious seats in all three rows
  • Cavernous cargo capacity
  • Comfortable, predictable driving dynamics
  • Upmarket cabin materials
  • Many standard technology and safety features
  • Good predicted reliability rating

The Chevrolet Traverse has just a couple of weaknesses:

  • High average price for the class
  • Driving dynamics are less engaging than some rivals’
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Chevrolet Traverse review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 12 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse?

Based on about 580 listings for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse on our site, the average list price is $34,500, which is on the high side for the class. Prices range from $27,900 to $43,200 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Cost to Own?

The 2018 Traverse’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $26,110, or $5,222 per year. That’s slightly above average for a midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Traverse?

Pricing for a base model 2019 Chevy Traverse starts at about $29,900 and reaches upwards of $53,200 for the top trim level. The Traverse was fully redesigned for 2018, and the 2019 model received no major changes. Stick with the used 2018 instead of the new model to save money and get a similar vehicle.

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A 2018 Traverse has a higher average price than a 2017 model, but it comes with a number of significant changes, thanks to a redesign for the 2018 model year. The Traverse received refreshed styling, a stronger engine with improved gas mileage, and standard features like a 7-inch touch screen, the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment interface, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and three more USB ports.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse?

The Chevrolet Traverse has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse Recalls

There are no safety recalls for the 2018 Chevy Traverse.

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Which Used Chevrolet Traverse Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse comes in seven trims:  L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country.

Most shoppers should be pleased with the base Traverse L. It comes with a long list of standard features, including plenty of technology to keep your entire family connected and comfortable. This is also the trim to choose for the maximum seating capacity of eight. It comes with a second-row bench seat, while upper trims have captain’s chairs that reduce seating to seven.

Mid-level trims like the LT Leather and Premier add several convenience and seating-comfort features, which can keep occupants cozy during lengthy road trips.

The all-wheel-drive Traverse High Country trim is ideal for those who tow fairly often, as it comes standard with a towing package. It's also loaded with just about every available driver assistance feature available.

  • Chevrolet Traverse L: The base Traverse L comes with the Chevy MyLink infotainment interface, a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, voice-activated controls, six USB ports, tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a rearview camera, Chevy’s rear-seat reminder, and the Teen Driver monitoring system.
  • Chevrolet Traverse LS: The Traverse LS only adds tinted glass.
  • Chevrolet Traverse LT Cloth: The Traverse LT Cloth trim replaces the second-row bench seat with two captain's chairs, reducing seating capacity to seven. It also comes with an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio, heated exterior mirrors, and roof rails.
  • Chevrolet Traverse LT Leather: This trim adds leather upholstery in the first and second rows. Other standard features include navigation, an 8-inch touch screen with a hidden storage cubby, a 10-speaker Bose premium sound system, heated front seats, a power liftgate, a surround-view parking camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.
  • Chevrolet Traverse RS: Instead of the base engine, the Traverse LS comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder.
  • Chevrolet Traverse Premier: The Traverse Premier features a hands-free liftgate, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, wireless device charging, a heated steering wheel, and memory settings for the driver's seat, outside mirrors, and steering column.
  • Chevrolet Traverse High Country: The range-topping Traverse High Country includes standard all-wheel drive and a towing package. This trim also comes with a twin-pane sunroof, a power-folding third-row bench, and automatic high beams. A rear-camera mirror, forward collision alert, a following distance indicator, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control are also standard.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers, but Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Traverse?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Chevy Traverse an overall rating of five out of five stars. It received four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not evaluated the 2018 Traverse for safety.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • rear-seat reminder that prompts you to check the back seats for kids and pets
  • Teen Driver system for monitoring secondary drivers’ habits on the road

Available advanced safety features:

  • surround-view parking camera
  • rear parking sensors
  • rearview camera mirror
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • automatic high beams
  • forward collision alert
  • following distance indicator
  • front pedestrian braking
  • lane keep assist
  • lane departure warning
  • forward automatic emergency braking
  • adaptive cruise control

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Chevrolet Traverse or 2018 Honda Pilot?

The 2018 Honda Pilot and Chevrolet Traverse are two of the roomiest midsize SUVs available, both offering adult-friendly third rows, which is rare for the segment. Still, you can load up the Traverse with more cargo, as its overall capacity is 14.3 cubic feet larger than that of the Pilot. Be sure to browse pictures and features of both models to aid in your decision-making, as deciding between these two may come down to your own styling preferences and technology needs. The Pilot looks and feels a little more luxurious inside. On the other hand, the Traverse has a better predicted reliability rating, and its infotainment system has a more straightforward interface and features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which the Pilot only offers in upper trims.

Which Is Better: 2018 Chevrolet Traverse or 2018 GMC Acadia?

If space is a top priority, the 2018 GMC Acadia probably won’t work for you. The majority of its midsize SUV rivals, including the Traverse, offer much larger cargo capacities. Additionally, the Acadia’s maximum seating capacity is seven, and its third row is only comfortable for children. The Traverse can seat up to eight, and it has an adult-friendly third row. While the Acadia has a lower average listing price, the Traverse’s higher predicted reliability rating, interior spaciousness, and additional standard features are worth the extra cost.

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2018 Traverse Performance

How Does the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Drive?

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse’s V6 engine delivers plenty of momentum to move the SUV. The transmission changes gears in a smooth and timely manner. Like most midsize SUVs, the Traverse isn’t made with agile handling in mind, so its driving dynamics are on the dull side. That said, it remains stable on the highway and offers predicable steering and a cushioned ride.

  • Base engine: 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V6
  • Available engine: 257-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (RS trim only)
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive available in all but the base trim
  • Transmission: nine-speed automatic transmission
Does the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 Traverse’s fuel economy estimates are slightly above average for the segment. To conserve fuel, the Traverse has a standard stop-start system. It’s more refined than what you'll find in most rivals, but it can’t be disabled, which frustrates some drivers.

  • V6, FWD: 18/27 mpg city/highway
  • V6, AWD: 17/25 mpg
  • Four-cylinder, FWD: 20/26 mpg
2018 Chevrolet Traverse Towing Capacity

The Traverse can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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2018 Traverse Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Traverse Seat?

The 2018 Traverse seats eight with the standard second-row bench seat, or seven with the available second-row captain’s chairs. The Traverse can comfortably accommodate a large family, and climbing into the spacious third row is easy. The cabin features mostly quality materials that feel nice to the touch, though there are some hard plastics throughout.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth seats
  • 60/40 split-folding second-row bench seat
  • split-folding third-row bench seat

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • heated steering wheel
  • heated first- and second-row seats
  • ventilated front seats
  • power-folding third-row bench seat
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse?

There are two full sets of LATCH anchors on the second-row outboard seats and three tether anchors on the third-row seat. Models with a bench seat in the second row also include a tether anchor for the middle seat.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Features

The Traverse’s wide array of standard amenities are great for keeping all members of the family entertained on the road. With six USB ports – two in each row – you can simultaneously charge several devices. Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto easily link your smartphone to the user-friendly MyLink interface, which features crisp graphics.

  • Standard infotainment features: 7-inch touch screen, Chevrolet MyLink interface, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice controls, six USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: 8-inch touch screen with hidden storage cubby, 10-speaker Bose premium stereo, satellite radio, and wireless device charging
  • Additional standard features: tri-zone automatic climate control and proximity key
  • Other available features: twin-pane sunroof

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse Dimensions

Chevrolet Traverse Cargo Space

The 2018 Traverse has one of the largest cargo capacities among three-row SUVs, with 23 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 57.8 cubic feet behind the second row, and 98.2 cubic feet overall. There are several cubbies for stashing small items, including a hidden bin under the rear cargo floor. A power liftgate and a hands-free liftgate are available.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet
  • Curb weight: 4,362 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Built?

Chevy built the Traverse in Michigan.

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