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As Chevrolet's largest crossover, the Traverse has always been a vehicle that walks the tightrope between having the same seating capacity as a large SUV, being able to carry as much cargo as a minivan, and sporting all of the latest technology. And now, with the 2018 model, the Traverse is better than ever.

What's New for 2018

Featuring a completely redesigned exterior, the Traverse's looks now match that of Chevrolet's newer offerings, which include the Malibu, Cruze, and Equinox, as the automaker shifts towards a harmonious design throughout its entire range. The crossover's design has moved upstream, as well, with more chrome pieces, LED lighting, and nifty LED running lights.

In addition to the new look, the Traverse's wheelbase has been stretched by two inches, resulting in even more interior space. Second-row captain's chairs are now available, as is a new split-folding second-row that is capable of tilting upwards and sliding forward to provide easy access to the vehicle's third row. The interior also benefits from a new multimedia system that comes with Andorid Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

A new host of safety features have been added to the Traverse, including a rear-view camera as standard, Surround Vision, a rear-seat reminder, Chevrolet's rear camera mirror, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control.

Other changes have been made underneath the Traverse's body, as well. A new 3.6-liter V6 engine provides a boost in output and now works alongside a nine-speed automatic. A new Traction Mode Select allows drivers to change the crossover's driving mode in differing road conditions. And two new trims have been added to the lineup with the sporty RS and luxurious High Country.

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Choosing Your Chevrolet Traverse

The majority of Traverse models are equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The engine is matched to a new nine-speed automatic transmission that helps improve the large crossover's fuel economy. Front-wheel-drive models are rated to get 18 miles per gallon in the city, 27 highway, and 21 combined, while all-wheel-drive miles can get 17 mpg in the city, 25 highway, and 20 combined.

A new engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four is available only for the latest RS model, although it isn't immediately available at launch. The turbocharged engine generates 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and is paired to the same nine-speed automatic transmission.

As a large crossover, the new Traverse boasts 41 inches of front legroom, 39 inches for passengers in the second row, and 33.5 inches for individuals sitting in the third row. That means full-sized adults can sit all the way in the back of the vehicle comfortably. As far as cargo space goes, the Traverse provides owners with 23.5 cubic feet behind the third row and 58.1 cubic feet with the third row folded. That space is easy to access, too. The third row is easy to stow manually, although a power-folding option is available, while the second row slides fore and aft and can be pushed forward for easy access to the third row.

For 2018, the Traverse comes in seven different trims:

L

The Traverse L is priced at $30,875 (all prices include the destination fee). The trim comes with Chevrolet MyLink, which includes a seven-inch color touch screen, six USB ports, built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, seating for eight, premium cloth seats, keyless open, tri-zone automatic climate control, 18-inch aluminum wheels, active aero shutters, heated exterior mirrors, and more. This trim is only available with front-wheel drive.

Expect to only see the L on rental company lots – Chevy won't be offering many for sale to consumers.

LS

Available in all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive, the LS trim is effectively the real base model and starts at $32,995 for front-wheel drive and $34,995 for the all-wheel-drive model. The LS trim has all of the same standard features as the base L trim, but adds tinted rear glass.

LT Cloth

The LT Cloth, which is available in front- and all-wheel drive, starts at $35,890 and adds 18-inch aluminum wheels, heated exterior mirrors, fog lamps, roof rails, SiriusXM satellite radio, seating for seven with second-row captain's chairs, eight-way power driver's seat, a three-spoke leather steering wheel, and power windows with driver express-up/-down and front passenger express-down.

The Convenience and Driver Confidence Package ($1,795) adds Chevrolet MyLink Radio with an eight-inch touchscreen, a digital display in the instrument cluster, remote start, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a rear power liftgate. This package is standard if you opt for all-wheel drive, which adds $3,800 to the price tag.

LT Leather

The LT Leather trim is priced at $42,490, while the all-wheel drive trim increases the crossover's price to $44,490. The LT Leather trim adds Surround Vision with a bird's-eye view, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, 20-inch aluminum wheels, rear power liftgate with programmable height adjustment, remote start, a navigation function for the Chevy MyLink system, Bose 10-speaker audio, Chevrolet's Rear Camera Mirror, and heated front seats over the LT Cloth trim.

Aside from dealer-installed accessory packages, there are no optional packages on the LT Leather.

RS

The new RS trim with the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four making 255 hp is the next step up. Chevrolet hasn't released pricing for the RS trim, or the crossover's complete list of standard equipment. But the RS trim will come with blacked-out exterior cues, a black bowtie, 20-inch wheels, and a black chrome grille as standard.

Premier

Available in either front- or all-wheel drive, the Premier trim starts at $45,790, and adds various features over the LT Leather trim, including dual exhausts, upgraded LED headlights, chrome door handles, 20-inch aluminum wheels, a hands-free rear liftgate, a memory function for the driver's seat, a power tilt and telescopic steering column, a heated steering wheel, perforated leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs, and wireless charging.

The Driver Confidence II Package ($475) adds forward collision warning with low-speed automatic emergency braking with front pedestrian braking, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and IntelliBeam headlights.

The Premier trim is also available as the Redline Edition ($2,495) that adds a lot of black accents. There are 20-inch gloss black wheels with red accents, smoked tail lamps, black mirror caps, window surrounds, door handles, rocker and wheel openings, grille, fog lamp bezels, and roof rails. The Chevy bowtie and Traverse badges are also done in black. A panoramic sunroof and trailering equipment are standard.

High Country

The High Country trim is the new range-topping trim for 2018 and starts at $52,995 with all-wheel drive as standard. This is also the trim where the best safety equipment is available as standard – IntelliBeam automatic high beams, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and front pedestrian braking, lane keeping assist with lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control. There are also 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels, a panoramic sunroof, and a power-folding third row.

Again, accessories packages are the only available extras.

CarsDirect Tip

The LT Cloth represents the best value in the range, with plenty of standard equipment at a price that won't break the bank. That said, the LT Leather isn't a huge jump and certainly allows the Traverse to feel like a more premium offering.

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