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2018 Chevrolet Traverse Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse was new.


Interior: 8.7

The roomy seats, profusion of standard entertainment technology, and abundance of cargo space make the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse an excellent pick for large crews. You can load eight people in the standard configuration or upgrade the middle row to two captain's chairs (which grant easy access to the rear seats).   

  • "Interior materials and fit-and-finish are state-of-the-art for a brand offering luxury at a commodity price, with rich-looking padding on the dashboard and better-than-average plastic finish on the lower parts of the doors." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The interior is also not hideous. It's actually pretty darn nice, with a fresh design that reminds me of other new Chevrolet models (mostly the Cruze) thanks to ample use of layering across the dash and door panels. It's nice in its $31,000 base trim, but things get properly fancy in the $53,000 Traverse High Country -- as things should, considering that price tag is bordering on ludicrous." -- CNET
  • "The interior is typical GM, and I don't mean that in a good way. The styling uses soft, organic shapes that looks awkward and bulky. Materials range from piano black to textured plastic to soft leather, leading to little cohesion. The standard leather in my test car was fine, but the brown stitching on the otherwise black and gray interior felt completely out of place. It was as if, at the last minute, they decided a sea of darkness needed some sort of contrast. The top-tier High Country trim uses better leather and suede inserts, but the general shape remains. The gauges look cheap, and most surfaces you touch are either hard plastic or low-grade rubber." -- Autoblog


The number of seats inside a Traverse varies depending on the trim. Lower trim levels come with a bench seat in the second row and can carry eight people. Upper trims feature two second-row captain's chairs, limiting seating to seven. Cloth upholstery and a third-row bench seat with a 60/40 split are standard. Seating options include leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, and a power-folding third-row bench.

When it comes to providing family-friendly accommodations, the Traverse gets a passing grade. Its seats are broad and comfortable, and the available second-row captain's chairs make it especially easy to climb into the third row, which offers a good amount of space.

For child safety seats, 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.

  • "By extending the wheelbase 2 inches engineers managed to grow the SUV's interior volume to 98.2 cubic feet while barely altering its exterior size. This has improved headroom in every row and benefitted legroom in the second and third rows. It's also given the new Traverse class-leading cargo and passenger space. … A 6-foot male can easily sit in each of the three rows -- with room to spare." -- Forbes
  • "The front seats and 2nd-row seats offer up ample headroom and legroom, and the rear bench can accommodate three across without difficulty. The third row is tighter, but still acceptable for kids for long trips, and there's a ton of cargo space behind the third row even without using the hidden storage area under the floor." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "With both [seating] setups, you get Chevy's trick SmartSlide curbside second-row seat. A simple lever moves it up and forward out of the way, allowing easy access to the rear seat. You can even move it with a child seat still in place. Competitors offer similar solutions, but Chevy's is one of the easiest to use." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

The Traverse's standard infotainment system uses a 7-inch touch screen and the Chevrolet MyLink interface and comes with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice-activated controls, and six USB ports. Tri-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, a rearview camera, a rear-seat reminder, and Chevy's Teen Driver system are also standard.

Higher trim levels offer upgrades such as navigation, an 8-inch touch screen with a hidden storage cubby behind it, a 10-speaker Bose premium sound system, satellite radio, wireless charging for devices, a power liftgate or hands-free liftgate, and a twin-pane sunroof. Available safety technology includes a surround-view camera, rear parking sensors, a rear camera mirror, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, forward collision alert, a following distance indicator, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward automatic braking, and adaptive cruise control.

With its full array of standard goodies, the Traverse can easily entertain your entire crew, as well as charge multiple devices simultaneously. The MyLink interface has an intuitive layout and nice graphics. If you prefer, circumvent the built-in apps and use your own, thanks to standard smartphone integration.

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  • "The new Chevy Traverse interior features a big, bright infotainment screen complemented by an available full-color display between the main gauges." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The [MyLink] system is better than average, with a simple layout and a number of integrated apps like iHeartRadio, Pandora and Audiobooks.com. Those apps sync directly with your account, so no smartphone needed. The data is pulled from the 4G LTE system. The WiFi hotspot can connect up to 10 devices. Still, if you're like me, you'll be happy to know that Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available." -- Autoblog
  • "Our High County model had a 4G hotspot that consistently delivered quick internet access to entertain my teens, and the new 'audiobooks.com' app synched my iPhone to the Traverse sound system for on-demand narration of some classic Stephen King novels. Apple CarPlay continues to impress with its seamless integration of text, navigation and music functionality, making all three simple to use without distraction." -- Forbes


The Traverse has more cargo space than almost every other midsize 3-row SUV and even some vehicles in the large SUV segment. There is 23 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rearmost row, 57.8 cubic feet with the third-row seats folded, and 98.2 cubic feet overall. The rear seats lay flat, creating a flush cargo floor. Ample cubbies (including a hidden bin under the rear cargo floor) are located throughout the cabin. A power liftgate and a hands-free liftgate are available.

  • "Even with the third row up, there's a decent sized cargo area. The load floor has a small bin underneath, increasing the usable space. It's wide and deep enough for carry-on luggage and a purse or backpack. Just under that bin is the spare tire, now mounted inside the vehicle. Yes, you'll have to pull all your luggage out when you get a flat, but that beats having to crawl around on the ground trying to remove the spare. The second and third rows fold flat, creating an absolutely cave-like cargo area. … Flat sides mean there's nothing for cargo to catch on when sliding in or out." -- Autoblog
  • "How roomy is the 2018 Traverse? There's more than 157 cubic feet of passenger volume plus 23 cu.-ft. of cargo space behind the third-row seat. That's more luggage space than in the trunk of any full-size sedan. … Looking at it another way, the new midsize Traverse has more back seat and cargo space than the full-size Chevy Tahoe. It pulls off this feat despite weighing approximately 1000 pounds—a half-ton—less than the Tahoe." -- New York Daily News
  • "With the third row up, there's still about two feet of usable cargo space between the seat back and the liftgate. That is both impressive on its own and great for big families on the go." -- CNET

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