2018 Chevrolet Traverse

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Chevrolet Traverse highlights

Customer rating


  • Lots of room for passengers
  • Generous cargo capacity
  • Infotainment system with plenty of features


  • Some driver-aids on top trims only
  • Unimpressive interior panels
  • Hard to see out the back

Mileage (EPA estimate)

17 city, 25 highway, 20 combined

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All Chevrolet Traverse years

New for 2018

  • The Traverse is available in a variety of new trims, including the High Country, L, and RS.
  • Traverse trims have been upgraded with Smart Key, Rear Seat Heaters, Sunroof(s), Automated Cruise Control, Power Folding Third Row, Tow Hitch, Turbo Charged Engine, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay as standard equipment this year.
  • Rear Sunshade and Flex Fuel Vehicle features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The LT trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor and Lane Departure Warning as standard equipment.
  • The LS trim now comes with Power Seat(s) and Alloy Wheels as standard equipment.

Explore Chevrolet Traverse details

RS 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Quad Seats
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41"/M 38.4"/R 33.5"

Head room

F 41.3"/M 40"/R 38.2"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

150/1500 lbs.



5 reasons to buy the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse

1. Spacious three-row seating

When you step inside the spacious interior of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, it feels much bigger than a midsize SUV. The three-row seating offers space for eight passengers as standard with the second-row bench seat, or you can get seating for seven with the optional second-row captain's chairs. No matter where you sit in the 2018 Chevy Traverse, you'll have space to stretch out, with 41 inches of legroom in the front, 38.4 inches in the second row, and 33.5 inches in the third row. With a grand total of 157.3 cu-ft of passenger volume overall, your friends and family will love every second of travel with you.

2. Generous cargo capacity

The vast amount of space for passengers doesn't mean the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse skimps on luggage volume—quite the opposite, in fact. There's an already sizeable 23 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the rear seats in the standard configuration, which is more than enough for groceries and daily supplies. And when you fold the third-row seats flat, storage goes up to 57.8 cu-ft. Do the same with the 60/40 split-folding second-row bench seats, and capacity swells to an enormous 98.2 cu-ft. Whether it's holiday flight luggage or new furniture for the house, the 2018 Chevy Traverse has the space to meet your cargo needs.

3. Two powerful engine options

Standard across most of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse range is a strong 3.6L V6 engine producing 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. That's more than enough power for day-to-day driving and highway cruising, especially when paired with the available all-wheel drive. With the standard front-wheel drive, the 3.6L engine gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg on the highway.

 The sporty RS trim offers a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 257 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque for added pulling power off the line. 

4. Great selection of tech features

Not only does the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse have a jam-packed feature list across the range of six trims, but a large amount of those features are available even on standard models. The base LS trim is very well equipped, including features like heated and power mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, a rearview camera, and available OnStar® communications with an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot.

 Additionally, LS models can be found with optional features like all-wheel drive and second-row tablet mounts with their own USB charging ports. 

5. Top-line High Country trim

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is generously equipped, even on the base trim. So what happens when you move to the higher end of the trim levels? You get the premium High Country trim, which focuses on luxury and comfort. It includes features from lower trims like hands-free liftgate operation, and heated rear seats from the Premier trim, and adds its own premium features like a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, unique leather upholstery, and power-folding third-row seats. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.5 out of 5

8 customer reviews
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Chevrolet Traverse an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Chevrolet Traverse 19th out of 30 among Midsize SUVs.

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse trims

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  • 310-hp, 266-lb-ft of torque 3.6L
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Cruise Control
  • Third Row Seat
  • Cloth Seats
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Power Mirrors
  • Traction Control


  • Includes all features available on the L
  • Power Seats
  • 4WD/AWD



  • Includes all features available on the LT
  • 257-hp, 295-lb-ft of torque 2.0L
  • Leather Seats
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Navigation System
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