2018 Chevy Traverse Is Sized Right To Hit The Three-Row SUV Bullseye

How “full-sized” the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse actually is will be a point of contention for a while.

Make no mistake, the Traverse, its second iteration after eight years, is a large vehicle. But it makes few attempts to appear to be anything it isn’t: a people mover. The Traverse adopts much of the styling cues that have proliferated through the Chevrolet sedan lineup, complete with Impala-esque lettering on the doors. This is no truck, the Traverse is clearly trying more than ever to be a cosseting vessel to quiet children and weary parents. Making it more like an Impala bodes well.

Consider what the Traverse is up against (Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, etc.) and the quality and finesse is certainly up there on the well-equipped models that were displayed Monday on the show stand. Consider, also, the Cadillac XT5 with which the new Traverse shares some of its underpinnings and Chevy’s crossover should prove to be just what most people want when they shop cars of this class: quiet and comfort and plenty of seatbelts.

Chevy is also expanding its reach with a sportier Traverse (the RS) and a more opulent version (High Country) to see how far it can go in a crossover-loving market. Most will probably stick to a reasonably optioned model, likely retailing in the low-$40,000 range when it does go on sale in the fall, however.

Frankly, the seat-folding arrangement for getting into the third row isn’t as slick as the outgoing model, which set a standard for third-row entry and exit among vehicles of the same type. If you were a fan of the vastness of the old Traverse, this one will disappoint.

I liked the old one, but it’s probably going to be hard to argue against steering practical people towards the 2018 Traverse.

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  • donald seymour

    The front fascia is unattractive and dated. And it’s cheap looking.

    • hwkr_01

      I wouldn’t say its unattractive and dated but perhaps lackluster. The Traverse has never been one to stir the soul. But it kind of reminds me of an inflated boxy version of the 2018 Equinox. I’m sure they had to make some distinction between this and the Equinox and undoubtedly the upcoming Enclave should have more curves and lines hopefully that stand it apart from this.

  • Karl

    Rear outside quarters look like the Ford Explorer.

  • WG

    This grille looks good on the Equinox; however, on this car, it doesn’t give the Traverse the bold feeling.

  • Astonman

    I would have liked to see this profile with a Cadillac front end for smaller SUV to the Escalade. The gray and tan leather interior just does not go well together.

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    And then Equinox became an adult! Sigh

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  • roy

    The rear quarter design nullifies the existence of this vehicle as this is a full sized crossover and having this and Tahoe in the same line up is kind of redundant