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PostHeaderIcon 10 Best 3-Row SUVs of 2018

SUVs rose to popularity in the early 2000s, with customers being drawn to their large cabins, higher ride height, and perceived safety. The fact that automakers scored bigger profit margins from them also contributed to the surge. Starting in 2015, sales of SUVs started dominating the auto industry, and carmakers began building them in all shapes and sizes. But, while you can buy everything from compacts to full-size vehicles with taller ride height, three-row SUVs are limited to only midsize and large SUVs.

It’s obviously a matter of practicality here. And, while most haulers aren’t exactly practical, three-row vehicles retain one of the most important features of original SUVs: the ability to carry more than five people. With minivans almost extinct, the three-row SUV is arguably the most practical of its kind. With that in mind, we’re going to take a look at the ten best three-row SUVs you can buy today and compare what they offer in terms of features, power, and third-row practicality.

PostHeaderIcon Chevy Traverse RS Looks Like The Better Daily Driver In Chicago

The 2018 Chicago Auto Show is now in full swing, bringing with it a fresh batch of debuts to ogle and pick apart. Chevrolet is showing up to the party with a new RS version of its Traverse mid-size SUV, and as you might have guessed from the addition of the two letters to the tail, it’s a more aggressive iteration of the high-riding utility vehicle. However, despite the sporty connotations, the Traverse RS isn’t really all that impressive when it comes to its performance. Rather, we think the extra torque, new styling bits, and fancy tech in the cabin make it better suited for the rigors of daily driving.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“While losing more than 50 horsepower is usually a surefire way to get on our bad side, the Traverse was never really anyone's go-to for coaxing out those performance giggles.”

Let’s jump right into it with a look at what the Traverse RS has under the hood. The RS is actually the first Traverse model to come equipped with a turbocharged engine, with Chevy installing a 2.0-liter Ecotec four-banger under the hood for motivation. Put your foot down, and it’ll make upwards of 257 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, with 90 percent of the available twist arriving at just 2,100 rpm.

Compared to the 3.6-liter V-6 you’d normally find in the engine bay, that’s a full 29 pound-feet upgrade, a not-so-insignificant sum, even for a heavy SUV. Unfortunately, horsepower is down a whopping 53 ponies.

The thing is, we’re okay with that. While losing more than 50 horsepower is usually a surefire way to get on our bad side, the Traverse was never really anyone’s go-to for coaxing out those performance giggles. Rather, this thing is all about practicality, and more torque is really what you want for around-town driving. The extra grunt down low will make it feel like there’s a bigger engine under the hood, and should help buyers perform passing maneuvers and quick on-ramp merging.

Routing it all to the ground is a nine-speed automatic transmission. Up front there are active grille shutters that help the Traverse become more streamlined at speed, cutting into fuel consumption. Unfortunately, the loss of two cylinders doesn’t do a whole lot for mileage, with the RS managing 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Compared to the ’six, those numbers represent a small 1-mpg loss on the highway, and a small 2-mpg improvement in the city. Once again, though, if this is your daily and you use it for errands, the extra stop-and-go miles are what you really want.


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“When making something an “RS” model, Chevy has a pretty straight-forward formula – add black. Such is the case with the RS, and we think it's stuff that shoulda been added from the factory”

Next up, let’s take a look at the styling improvements. When making something an “RS” model, Chevy has a pretty straight-forward formula – add black. Such is the case with the RS, and we think it’s stuff that shoulda been added from the factory.

For example, there’s a black grille, black window trim, black roof rails, black Chevy bowtie emblems, and the 20-inch aluminum wheels get a “Dark Android” (basically a dark gun metal) finish. It looks good on the SUV, and should help the model strut its stuff while out and about.

Further standard features include HID headlights and LED daytime running lights, both solid compliments to the dark trim pieces.

Meanwhile, the cabin gets all the usual SUV features. Max cargo room is set at 98.2 cubic feet, which isn’t bad for the segment. There’s also a power liftgate to assist loading and unloading. The upholstery include black leather, while the front seats are heated. There’s also three-zone climate control.


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“The Chevrolet Traverse RS starts at $43,095”

The tech is on point too, and includes an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation plus 4G Wi-Fi and an optional hot spot. Finally, the driver assist tech throws in all the right stuff for the daily grind, including remote start, Lane Change Alert and blind spot monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist, Surround Vision, Rear Camera Mirror, Rear Seat Reminder, and a Teen Driver function.

The Chevrolet Traverse RS starts at $43,095, landing it more or less in the middle of the range and broadening it to six trim choices total.

References

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PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Chevy Traverse RS Gets Ready for Chicago

Chevrolet pulled the covers off the all-new second-generation 2018 Traverse crossover at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Now, a year later, Chevy is finally making the Traverse RS available to customers. The news happens as Chevy officially pulls the covers off the sporterized SUV at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

The Traverse RS takes cues off other Chevy RS models by adding blacked-out styling cues, larger 20-inch gray wheels, and those red RS badges. The Traverse RS even gets blacked-out Chevy bowties. The overall look isn’t terribly different than the Traverse’s other trim levels, but it’s just enough to justify the special badging.

But the outward appearance is only half the story. The big news is what’s under the RS’ hood.

Chevy has dropped in its familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This marks the first time the Traverse has used forced induction since its introduction in 2009. The engine uses direct fuel injection and variable valve timing on its dual overhead cams to deliver 257 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, 90 percent of which is available at only 2,100 rpm. The engine pairs exclusively with GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission that powers the front wheels. Unlike the V-6 Traverse, AWD is not available.

Continue reading for more information on the 2018 Chevy Traverse RS.

Turbo-Fueled Torque Monster For Families


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“The 2.0-liter has 29 pound-feet more torque than the V-6. Unfortunately, horsepower is down by 53 horses.”

While a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder might sound far too small for a three-row full-size crossover that weights no less than 4,362 pounds, Chevy somehow was able to squeeze more torque from the four-pot than what the V-6 engine achieves.

Yep, the Traverse’s 3.6-liter V-6 makes 310 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 266 pound-feet of torque at 2,800 rpm. That means the 2.0-liter has 29 pound-feet more torque. Horsepower is down by 53 horses compared to the V-6, however. The interesting power figures certainly spark a debate over horsepower, torque, and engine revs.

Generally speaking, the vast majority of daily diving by regular people is done well below an engine’s peak horsepower. Even when merging on to an interstate, the average person probably won’t squeeze every last revolution from their engine. In the V-6’s case, peak horsepower happens at 6,800 rpm – well above what most people would ever use – and what the nine-speed automatic would allow before upshifting to a higher gear.

As such, the 2.0-liter turbo-four and its 29 more pound-feet of torque would likely feel more powerful during daily driving. That’s especially true since the 2.0 offers 90 percent of its peak torque at just 2,100 rpm. That’s smack in the middle of usable revs.


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” The 2.0-liter turbo-four and its 29 more pound-feet of torque would likely feel more powerful during daily driving.”

Then there is fuel economy. Chevy says a FWD Traverse with the V-6 will get 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway while the FWD Traverse with the 2.0-liter turbo is expected to achieve 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. While the V-6 does best the I-5 by one mpg on the highway, city fuel economy is better by two mpg with the 2.0-liter.

Standard Equipment with the Traverse RS

The RS trim level is one step above the LT Leather trim in the 2018 Traverse’s wide range of trims. At $43,095, it splits the cost between the LT Leather at $42,195 and the Premier at $45,495.

Since the RS is based on the LT Leather, it means it comes pretty well-equipped. It also means the second-row bench seat is replaced with captain’s chairs. The list of standard equipment includes the upgraded HID headlights with LED daytime running lights; the larger 8.0-inch MyLink infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi; heated front seats; tri-zone climate controls; universal home remote for garage door and gate openers; the premium Bose sound system with 10 speakers; a power liftgate; and keyless entry with remote start and passive entry.


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Standard safety items include Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert; Rear Cross Traffic Alert; Surround View 360-degree camera system; Rear Camera Mirror; Rear Seat Reminder; and Teen Driver.

And because the RS is basically an appearance package, it includes black leather seats and a choice between five exterior colors. These include Mosaic Black Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Cajun Red, and Iridescent Pearl.

The 2018 Traverse goes on sale now for $43,095. That includes Chevy’s destination fee, but of course, excludes things like tax, tag, and other ancillary fees dealerships tend to charge.

References

Chevrolet Traverse


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Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.


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Read more Chicago Auto Show news.

PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Chevy Traverse RS Gets Ready for Chicago

Chevrolet pulled the covers off the all-new second-generation 2018 Traverse crossover at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Now, a year later, Chevy is finally making the Traverse RS available to customers. The news happens as Chevy officially pulls the covers off the sporterized SUV at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

The Traverse RS takes cues off other Chevy RS models by adding blacked-out styling cues, larger 20-inch gray wheels, and those red RS badges. The Traverse RS even gets blacked-out Chevy bowties. The overall look isn’t terribly different than the Traverse’s other trim levels, but it’s just enough to justify the special badging.

But the outward appearance is only half the story. The big news is what’s under the RS’ hood.

Chevy has dropped in its familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This marks the first time the Traverse has used forced induction since its introduction in 2009. The engine uses direct fuel injection and variable valve timing on its dual overhead cams to deliver 257 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, 90 percent of which is available at only 2,100 rpm. The engine pairs exclusively with GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission that powers the front wheels. Unlike the V-6 Traverse, AWD is not available.

Continue reading for more information on the 2018 Chevy Traverse RS.

Turbo-Fueled Torque Monster For Families


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“The 2.0-liter has 29 pound-feet more torque than the V-6. Unfortunately, horsepower is down by 53 horses.”

While a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder might sound far too small for a three-row full-size crossover that weights no less than 4,362 pounds, Chevy somehow was able to squeeze more torque from the four-pot than what the V-6 engine achieves.

Yep, the Traverse’s 3.6-liter V-6 makes 310 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 266 pound-feet of torque at 2,800 rpm. That means the 2.0-liter has 29 pound-feet more torque. Horsepower is down by 53 horses compared to the V-6, however. The interesting power figures certainly spark a debate over horsepower, torque, and engine revs.

Generally speaking, the vast majority of daily diving by regular people is done well below an engine’s peak horsepower. Even when merging on to an interstate, the average person probably won’t squeeze every last revolution from their engine. In the V-6’s case, peak horsepower happens at 6,800 rpm – well above what most people would ever use – and what the nine-speed automatic would allow before upshifting to a higher gear.

As such, the 2.0-liter turbo-four and its 29 more pound-feet of torque would likely feel more powerful during daily driving. That’s especially true since the 2.0 offers 90 percent of its peak torque at just 2,100 rpm. That’s smack in the middle of usable revs.


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” The 2.0-liter turbo-four and its 29 more pound-feet of torque would likely feel more powerful during daily driving.”

Then there is fuel economy. Chevy says a FWD Traverse with the V-6 will get 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway while the FWD Traverse with the 2.0-liter turbo is expected to achieve 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. While the V-6 does best the I-5 by one mpg on the highway, city fuel economy is better by two mpg with the 2.0-liter.

Standard Equipment with the Traverse RS

The RS trim level is one step above the LT Leather trim in the 2018 Traverse’s wide range of trims. At $43,095, it splits the cost between the LT Leather at $42,195 and the Premier at $45,495.

Since the RS is based on the LT Leather, it means it comes pretty well-equipped. It also means the second-row bench seat is replaced with captain’s chairs. The list of standard equipment includes the upgraded HID headlights with LED daytime running lights; the larger 8.0-inch MyLink infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi; heated front seats; tri-zone climate controls; universal home remote for garage door and gate openers; the premium Bose sound system with 10 speakers; a power liftgate; and keyless entry with remote start and passive entry.


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Standard safety items include Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert; Rear Cross Traffic Alert; Surround View 360-degree camera system; Rear Camera Mirror; Rear Seat Reminder; and Teen Driver.

And because the RS is basically an appearance package, it includes black leather seats and a choice between five exterior colors. These include Mosaic Black Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Cajun Red, and Iridescent Pearl.

The 2018 Traverse goes on sale now for $43,095. That includes Chevy’s destination fee, but of course, excludes things like tax, tag, and other ancillary fees dealerships tend to charge.

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.


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PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Chevy Traverse Has Plenty of Storage Spots

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is all new, and while most reports focus on its longer wheelbase, the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in the RS trim, the new nine-speed automatic transmission, and the crossover’s new design, the Traverse’s number of storage options shouldn’t be overlooked.

I took the new Traverse on a 1,600-mile road trip over the recent Thanksgiving holidays. All three rows were packed with people, luggage, and the random junk that tends to accumulate on a long drive. Cups, napkins, phones, charging cables, sunglasses, iPads, and even Lacrosse sticks were all present by end of our 12-hour travel day. But thanks to the 2018 Traverse’s wildly functional interior, everything had its own place.

There are no less than eight cup holders, eight USB ports, and three separate compartments in each door panel. The rear doors have five compartments. Pockets in the seatbacks of the front seats make a great iPad hiding spot, and the hidden storage compartment behind the 8.0-inch MyLink touchscreen is a smart place to store valuables. It’s even lockable with a four-digit pin.

As for larger items like those Lacrosse sticks, they fit perfectly in the under-floor compartment behind the third row. The area still had plenty of room for other items, too. We ended up putting an entire soft-sided duffle bag in there. If it came to hauling more cargo than people, the Traverse’s rear two rows fold flat for 98 cubic feet of storage volume. Even with the third row in place, the Traverse still boasts 23 cubic feet of room.

All told, the 2018 Traverse proved its worth at catching all the crap that tends to accumulate during a trip. It also proved easy to clean with a simple damp cloth over the plastic and leather bits and a vacuum over the black carpet. Storage and cleanability – two very important aspects of any family vehicle and something the 2018 Chevy Traverse has in spades.

Read more of my thoughts and experiences on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse below.

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PostHeaderIcon Road Trippin’ in The 2018 Chevy Traverse

Thanksgiving tops the list of holidays most traveled for, and like I always do, I joined the fray of people flocking back home for some turkey and homemade desserts. My destination was the family farm, nestled just south of Knoxville in the rolling hills of East Tennessee. Joining me was the wife and kid, along with my wife’s sister. With three girls packing for a weeklong trip, I knew I needed tons of luggage space, so I reached out to Chevrolet. They were kind enough to let me rack up miles on a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse decked out in the Premier trim.

The Traverse has been Chevy’s three-row crossover since it debuted for the 2009 model year and a slight refresh in 2013 kept it from getting stale. But Chevy pulled out all the stops for 2018, giving the Traverse an entirely new architecture, a new design, a longer wheelbase, and a swankier interior filled with Chevy’s latest tech. And not only does the new Traverse look much more upscale, its spacious interior proved well suited for two, 12-hour driving days. And anyone with kids knows entertainment options are a must; the Traverse’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi was invaluable.

Continue reading for more on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.


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“The in-dash entertainment came courtesy of Chevy’s MyLink system with the 8.0-inch touchscreen”

The in-dash entertainment came courtesy of Chevy’s MyLink system with the 8.0-inch touchscreen. Its logical interface is reminiscent of an iPad. Icons open apps and multi-gesture controls allow for pinch, swipes, and drags. You can even rearrange the icons to your liking. I put the Surround Vision 360-degree camera icon at the bottom left of the screen for an easy reach, for example. My tester’s MyLink system also came with the navigation upgrade, offering turn-by-turn directions and real-time traffic updates. Behind the MyLink screen is a hidden compartment that’s lockable with a pin code. A USB port makes charging a stored device a snap and a light keeps things in view.

On top of the tech, the interior’s roomy dimensions meant the family could spread out. Much of the drive was made with my daughter in the third row and the seat ahead of her folded flat and used like a table for her iPad stand. The sister-in-law enjoyed the other second-row bucket seat. She had it slid rearward and the seatback reclined, affording her plenty of legroom and a relaxed position. Everyone had their own USB port and choice of several cup holders, while I used the wireless charger for my iPhone 8 Plus. My wife did DJ duties with her phone via both Apple CarPlay and the MyLink’s USB phone connection – depending on whether she initiated CarPlay that particular time or not.


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“When the roads grew dark after the sun fell behind the mountains, the Traverse’s D-Optic headlights did a great job at lighting the road”

The Skyscape sunroof proved its worth as we drove through winding roads lined with fall foliage surrounding Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Between that and the tall side windows, the Traverse allowed a very immersive experience without having to brave the chilly weather. I do wish the cloth sunshades were easier to unlatch, though.

When the roads grew dark after the sun fell behind the mountains, the Traverse’s D-Optic headlights did a great job at lighting the road. The low beams provide plenty of white light without a dramatic drop-off. The incandescent fog lights helped with viewing things just beyond the hood and the high beams simply turn night into day. The IntelliBeam automatic high beam system meant I didn’t have to worry about blinding an oncoming car.


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“My tester’s front-wheel-drive layout meant the front tires received all 266 pound-feet of torque from the V-6”

The 2018 Traverse’s four-corner independent suspension did an impressive job at quelling bumpy roads while not feeling floaty. Body roll is kept to a minimum, too, which is surprising considering the Traverse’s size. My tester’s front-wheel-drive layout meant the front tires received all 266 pound-feet of torque from the V-6. Torque steer is present, but only slightly and when burying the throttle into a turn from a stop. In other words, unless you’re driving like a madman, you won’t feel it.

And speaking of keeping the inner madman contained, the V-6 FWD Traverse will return respectable fuel economy when driven nicely. The EPA estimates it will average 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. Over my 1,592-mile trip, I averaged a commendable 23.4 mpg. Thankfully, regular 89-octane is all that’s required.

Final Thoughts


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The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse honestly impressed me over the 1,600 miles I drove it – and I say that as objectively as I can. It’s not perfect, but this three-row crossover feels extremely well conceived and impressively executed. About my only complaints were the glare something shining off the chrome bits on the dash and the lack of an off button for the engine’s automatic start/stop system.

The crossover market is inundated with contenders, but Chevy has done a good job making the 2018 Traverse stand out. It makes a great alternative for a minivan and the customer who wants something smaller and more budget-friendly than a full-size Tahoe or Suburban.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Traverse – Driven

The Chevrolet Traverse made a big splash into the three-row crossover pond when it debuted for 2009. It offered more interior room than Chevy’s own Tahoe, and at a much more family-friendly price. The same is true for Chevy’s all-new, second-generation Traverse, which debuts for the 2018 model year. It rides on a new chassis, comes with updated powertrains, and classier styling. Inside is Chevy’s latest tech-filled cabin with plenty of creature comforts spread over three rows and seven seats – or eight seats with the standard second-row bench.

To get an in-depth feel of how Chevy’s redesigned Traverse handled a family road trip, I embarked on a 1,500-mile road trip with my wife, daughter, and sister-in-law all piled aboard. The trip took us from sunny Central Florida to the chilly hills of East Tennessee for Thanksgiving. Our chariot was a Premier trim, second only to the High Country trim in the 2018 Traverse’s lineup. That means it came with just about every wish-list item, including heated and vented front seats, heated second-row bucket seats, the MyLink infotainment system with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, USB ports galore, and Sirius XM radio for uninterrupted music over the day-long, 12-hour drive north. Of course, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth allowed for other choices for the front-seat DJ.

Continue reading for more on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse family road trip.

Exterior

  • All new design for 2018
  • Wheelbase lengthened by two inches
  • D-Optic headlights
  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Hands free power tailgate
  • Trailer tow package
  • Skyscape panoramic moonroof

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“The new Traverse looks far more upscale thanks to its new proportions.”

Chevrolet completely ditched the bubbly styling of the old Traverse and adopted a much more angular, modern appearance for 2018 – much to everyone’s approval. The new Traverse looks far more upscale thanks to its new proportions. It looks far less like a minivan and more like a Tahoe. In fact, much of the Tahoe and Suburban’s styling cues can be seen in the Traverse.

Up front, chrome lines the black grille and accents the fog lights without being too in-your-face about it. Chevy’s new D-Optic headlights come standard on the Premier and High Country. Not only do they look really neat up close, but they do an amazing job at lighting dark country roads. They provide a crisp, white light with very little fall off. The high beams reach noticeably further, too, which is handy when driving through areas known for suicidal deer and skunks.

The 2018 Traverse’s roofline is flatter than the previous model, but outward visibility is still impressive. The tall windshield, thin A-pillars, and big side windows provide a panoramic view for the front seats. Generously sized mirrors and blind spot monitoring made easy work of lane changes. Even better, Chevy’s rear camera mirror provided an unobstructed view free of headrests, luggage, and stretching arms. The depth perception takes some getting used to, but I never found myself turning the camera mirror to its “analog” mirror position.


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“The Traverse offers an optional trailering package and roof rack.”

And thanks to Chevy’s available 360-degree camera system and quick access app on the MyLink screen, a bird’s eye view of the Traverse was just one click away. This made parking much easier, especially in the crowded streets of Gatlinburg.

My Premier model rolled on handsome, 20-inch aluminum wheels with painted pockets and machined faces. Continental Crosscontact LX20 Eco Plus tires provided plenty of grip with no road noise.

On the utility side of things, the Traverse offers an optional trailering package with a two-inch receiver hitch, four- and seven-pin wiring connectors, and an upgraded cooling system for the engine and transmission. Max towing is rated at 5,000 pounds with the V-6. A roof rack offers even more places to put things.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (in./mm) 120.9/3,071
Overall Length (in./mm) 204.3/5,189
Overall Width (in./mm) 78.6/1,996
Overall Height (in./mm) 70.7/1,795
Track (in./mm): 67.3/1,709 (front)
67/1,702 (rear)

Interior

  • All new interior design
  • Seating for seven
  • Adjustable second-row bucket seats
  • Heated & vented front seats
  • Second-row HVAC controls
  • Tons of USB and power ports
  • MyLink 8.0-inch infotainment system
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • 98 cubic feet of cargo space

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“The 2018’s interior is completely reworked and shares no parts with the previous crossover”

The newness doesn’t stop at the Traverse’s doorsills, either. The 2018’s interior is completely reworked and shares no parts with the previous crossover. That means Chevy was able to improve the overall design, the materials, the functionality, and the in-dash technology.

On top of the front seats being incredibly comfortable even after a full day, the middle seats proved to be the spot to be. The bucket seats could be slid rearward, opening up to limo levels of legroom. The seatbacks reclined and folding center armrests kept elbows happy. Heated seat bottoms kept buns toasty on those cold mountain mornings, and the rear HVAC controls allowed for separate adjustments from the front HVAC settings. Vents in the ceiling are well placed, too.

Slide the second row forward maybe five inches, and the third row provides a surprising amount of legroom. That means small kids aren’t the only ones able to ride back there. The 60/40-split bench allowed us to fold the smaller section flat for luggage, leaving the larger section free for the six-year-old to claim the space. Cup holders and UBS ports in the walls kept her iPad charged and her drink held upright throughout the trip. And thank heavens for that 4G LTE Wi-Fi and Netflix.


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“Thank heavens for that 4G LTE Wi-Fi and Netflix.”

Getting into the third row is simple, too. There are two ways: the first by simply walking between the second-row bucket seats and the second by tumbling the passenger side second-row seat forward with a single handle. This tumble action even works with a child seat fastened in place, making the Traverse a solid pick for families with more than one LATCH seat in use. Sadly, the driver’s side second-row bucket seat doesn’t have this tumble feature.


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“Under the rear load floor lies a large area for more luggage.”

Another annoyance is the shiny chrome scattered around the dashboard and center console. Sometimes these pieces will reflect the sun’s glare, even when the sun is high in the sky. More than once I found myself using a napkin to cover the chrome around the gear shifter and cup holders. Beyond that, though, the interior proved incredibly complaint-free. Oh, and owners will have to learn to kick slowly when opening the hands-free tailgate. Do it too fast and it won’t respond. The projected Chevy bowtie does provide a great reference to where to kick, though. The bowtie also garnered a few awe-struck comments from passer-bys in a parking lot one evening.

With the tailgate open, the Traverse shows its cargo-hauling prowess. There’s 23 cubic feet of room behind the third row, 58.1 cubic feet behind the second row, and a whopping 98.2 cubic feet with both rows folded flat. Under the rear load floor lies a large area for more luggage or items like jumper cables, tow straps, and trailer hitches. Under that is the compact spare tire.

Interior dimensions

Headroom (in/mm) front: 41.3/1,049 (without sunroof)
2nd row: 40/1,016 (without sunroof)
3rd row: 38.2/970
Legroom (in. / mm) front: 41/1,042
2nd row: 39/990
3rd row: 33.5/850
Max Cargo Volume (cu. ft. / L) 23/651 (behind third row)
58.1/1,645 (behind second row, third row folded)
98.2/2,781 (second and third rows folded)

Drivetrain

  • 3.6-liter V-6
  • 310 horsepower, 266 pound-feet of torque
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • FWD & available AWD
  • 18 mpg city / 27 mpg hwy / 21 mpg comb
  • 23.4 mpg average of 1,600 miles of testing
  • Max tow rating of 5,000 pounds

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“I averaged 23.4 mpg over the 1,592 miles driven during my trip.”

Powering my 2018 Traverse tester is the latest version of General Motors’ 3.6-liter V-6 making a respectable 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission that sends power the front wheels. AWD is available on all but the base L trim and comes standard on the range-topping High Country. The EPA estimates the 2018 Traverse V-6 FWD will get 18 mpg city 27 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. I averaged 23.4 mpg over the 1,592 miles driven during my trip. Regular 89-octane is all that’s required.

A small percentage of that efficiently comes from the V-6’s new automatic start/stop system. It works by shutting off the engine when stopped at a red light or in traffic and automatically restarting the engine when the brake pedal is released. While the system is fairly smooth, there is no way to turn it off.

The nine-speed automatic transmission, on the other hand, plays a big part in the Traverse’s efficiency. The gearing is spaced close enough for smooth, seamless shifts yet far enough apart that engine revs are kept as low as possible. Running at 70 mph sees the engine only turning around 1,700 rpm.


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“As for power, 310 horses is more than enough for moving the Traverse.”

As for power, 310 horses is more than enough for moving the Traverse. Interstate on-ramps and passing on two-lane roads is done with ease thanks to the V-6’s variable valve timing and direct fuel injection making the most from the 3.6 liters.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine 3.6L DOHC direct injection 2.0L turbo DOHC DI
Bore & stroke (in / mm) 3.74 x 3.37 / 95 x 85.8 3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86
Block material Cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners Cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners
Cylinder head material Cast aluminum Cast aluminum
Valvetrain Dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, continuous variable valve timing Dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, continuous variable valve timing
Fuel delivery Direct, high-pressure fuel injection with electronic throttle control Direct, high-pressure fuel injection with electronic throttle control
Horsepower 310 HP @ 6,800 RPM 255 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 266 LB-FT @ 2,800 RPM 295 LB-FT @ 3,000 RPM
Transmission Hydra-Matic 9T65 nine-speed automatic Hydra-Matic 9T65 nine-speed automatic

Behind the Wheel


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“The crossover proved surprisingly spry to drive.”

On top of the Traverse’s adequate power, the crossover proved surprisingly spry to drive. The steering felt tight with almost no on-center play, the suspension soaked up bumps like a champ without feeling too squishy or allowing too much body roll, and the cabin remained library quiet regardless of speed or road surface.

As mentioned, outward visibility is very good thanks to the large side mirrors and rear mirror camera system. Ergonomics are impressive thanks to an eight-way power driver’s seat and power-adjustable steering column. Memory settings allowed me to keep my favorite seating position, too. Despite its length, the Traverse feels comfortable navigating through tight city streets.

My tester came with the $475 Driver Confidence II Package, which brought the following distance indicator light in the gauge cluster, forward collision alert, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, low speed forward auto braking, pedestrian braking, and the IntelliBeam auto high beam headlights. These features really helped with long-distance comfort, though adaptive cruise control was missed. Only the High Country offers that feature.

All told, the 2018 Traverse is surprisingly rewarding to drive for being a three-row crossover. Its ridged new chassis, four-wheel independent suspension, grippy tires, and well-sorted steering combine to make a very willing road tripper. It proved completely comfortable over a full day of driving thanks to its spacious interior, comfortable seats, quiet cabin, and entertainment options like 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, and SiriusXM radio.

Pricing


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The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has a wide range of trims with an equally wide price range. The base L trim with zero options starts at $30,925. Good luck finding that version outside the airport rental car agencies’ fencing, though. Most folks will go for the LS starting at $33,045, the LT with cloth for $35,545, the LT with leather for $42,145, or the RS with the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and all the features of the LT with leather for $43,045. The High Country is the range-topping trim and comes standard with just about every feature for $53,045, but the Premier (like my tester) offers tons of features while leaving a few of the more expensive features as optional add-ons for $45,445. In my book, the Premier offers the best bang for the buck.

My Premier tester came with a few options that gave it a more upscale feel but added $2,565 to the price. These include the $1,400 Dual Skyscape Sunroof, the $650 trailering package, and the $475 Driver Confidence II Package. Add on the $945 destination fee, and the total price came to $47,960.

Competition

Dodge Durango


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The Durango has been around a while, so the Chevy certainly has the newness factor on lock. Still, the Durango offers a ton of interior room and comfort, three available engines (two of which are Hemi V-8s!) the popular Uconnect infotainment system, standard rear-wheel drive, and a tow rating ranging from 6,200 pounds to 8,700 pounds. The Durango will hold seven people in a 2+3+2 configuration or six with the optional second-row bucket seats. Fold the seats down and the Durango will swallow 84.5 cubic feet of luggage.

As far as those engine options go, the standard mill is the familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The optional 5.7-liter Hemi offers a respectable 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. They can be had with either RWD or AWD. But for those needing something more powerful, Dodge offers the Durango SRT with the monstrous 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 making 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The SRT is only offered in AWD and all versions of the Durango come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing for the 2017 Dodge Durango starts at $29,995 for the base SXT model. The SXT Plus adds more features at $32,195 and the GT brings mid-level luxury at $37,495. The Citadel is the range-topping luxury choice at $41,395 and adding the Anodized Platinum package brings the price to $45,090. The sporty R/T with the 5.7-liter starts at $42,095. Those wanting the powerful SRT will have to shell out $62,995.

Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Durango.

Volkswagen Atlas


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Debuting for the first time is the new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas – the automaker’s first three-row crossover designed for U.S. customers in mind. The Atlas undercuts the Touareg is pricing while offering far more interior functionality. The Atlas rides on VW’s familiar MQB platform and orients its engine to power the front wheels like the Traverse. AWD is optional, too. And like the Traverse, its interior space is cavernous. There is 21 cubic feet behind the third row, 56 behind the second row, and a total of 97 cubic feet behind the first row.

Standard power comes from 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque when fed premium gasoline. The optional 3.6-liter V-6 brings 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque and only requires regular fuel. As for fuel economy, the 2.0-liter offers an impressive 22 mpg city and 26 mpg highway while the 3.6-liter manages only 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

Pricing is separated between the 2.0-liter and 3.6-liter with the four-cylinder starting at $30,500 for the base S trim. The other trims include the SE, SE w/ Technology, and SEL. The V-6 starts at $31,900 and grows up to $48,490 for the range-topping SEL Premium w/ 4Motion AWD.

Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Conclusion


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Crossovers and SUVs are all the rage these days – and for good reason. They are very functional, comfortable, and are getting better fuel economy than ever before. Sure, they’re not a sexy as a two-seat roadster or a 700-horsepower muscle car, but their purposeful carryall design makes them irresistible.

I’ve driven nearly every crossover and SUV currently available and can vouch for Chevy’s improvements on the 2018 Traverse. The composed, quiet ride matched with the spacious interior and wrapped in its handsome styling make it a very strong competitor in a field of worthy advisories.

  • Leave it
    • Interior chrome can reflect light
    • Undefeatable auto start/stop
    • Would be amazing with a turbodiesel

References

Chevrolet Traverse


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Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.



Read more Chevrolet news.

PostHeaderIcon Chevy Offers Helpful Hints for Transporting Your Christmas Tree

December has arrived, and that means many different things to different people. Those of us who celebrate Christmas will have to face an onslaught of visits to shopping malls or online stores. But before that, the first order of business is to buy a Christmas tree. For those who prefer to go all-natural with their Christmas trees, Chevrolet isn’t going to let you do it without sharing some tips on how to properly secure and transport your freshly cut trees from farm to home.


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“According to the automaker, the first thing you need to do is to dress warmly, wear gloves, and bring a piece of cardboard that you can use to kneel on when you start cutting your tree down”

The American Automobile Association (AAA) recently published a survey that said that in the past three years, 20 million Americans did not properly secure their new Christmas trees to their cars. That’s a revealing discovery that can be avoided if proper measures are taken. This is where Chevrolet comes into the picture. According to the automaker, the first thing you need to do is to dress warmly, wear gloves, and bring a piece of cardboard that you can use to kneel on when you start cutting your tree down. You’ll also need to bring a tarp to put inside the cabin if you’re transporting your tree inside your car. If you’re transporting the tree on top of your car, cross-rails are important so the tree doesn’t damage the paint on your car.

Once the tree has been cut, it’s critical to tie it with either a rope or netting. Lay the tree directly overtop the cross rails with the stump end facing toward the front of your car. Loop twine over and around it, repeat, and cinch it with a figure-eight motion to tightly secure the tree to the rails. According to Chevrolet, placing the stump end of the tree toward the front of the car helps reduce aerodynamic drag, ensuring a safer drive home.

When the tree is stowed and secured, try to use secondary roads on your way home. Avoid highways as much as you can. It also helps if you happen to have a car like the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. Promoting the new SUV is actually the purpose of these tips. It’s a bit cheeky, but we’ll give points to Chevy for the creativity.

References

Chevrolet Traverse


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Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.



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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept

The Chevrolet Traverse will never be mistaken for a scene-stealer, but every so often, the humble crossover gets its turn in the spotlight. That much we can expect from the Traverse SUP Concept when it paddles its way to the 2017 SEMA Auto Show. Dressed to impress, the Traverse SUP Concept takes the idea of a versatile ride to a new level. It’s not just a family-hauling three-row crossover anymore. It’s become an all-purpose vehicle that’s as adept at transporting groceries as it is at hauling beach and outdoor paraphernalia.

That’s pretty much the identity of this concept, and contributions from Thule and Riviera Paddleboard help bring it to life. Most of the upgrades do come by way of Chevrolet Accessories so, in some ways, the concept also acts as a showcase of sorts for a lot of Chevrolet Accessories that are on track to hit the market soon. There’s certainly a lot to look forward to when the Traverse SUP Concept hits the scene at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas. Who knows, this interpretation of the crossover could inspire you to get creative with your own Traverse. The model has shown that it’s capable of wearing many different masks, and the one we’re going to see at SEMA is just one of the lot.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept.

Exterior

  • Two-tone paint scheme with graphics
  • Loads of Chevrolet Accessories pieces
  • Paddleboard on the roof
  • Good looks

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“Fancy paint scheme and new accessories notwithstanding, the Traverse SUP is still a Traverse at heart”

On the surface, the Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept retains most of its standard looks. Fancy paint scheme and new accessories notwithstanding, the Traverse SUP is still a Traverse at heart. It does get plenty of stylized additions, including a two-tone paint finish characterized by Blue Wave bodyside graphics that ensures that nobody’s going to mistake it for anything other than its intended purpose.

The concept is rich on is accessories, and it has a lot of them. Most of the pieces come from Chevrolet itself through its Chevrolet Accessories gig, and given the sheer quantity of pieces that are included in the Traverse, you might mistake the concept as a model that’s showcasing all these accessories altogether. From the blacked-out grille inserts to the bowtie emblems and the set of 20-inch wheels, there’s more than enough pieces on the Traverse SUP Concept from Chevrolet Accessories’ catalog. It’s worth noting too that some of the accessories on exhibit in the crossover can already be seen in other Chevy Traverse trims, sometimes as standard features. The smoked-out taillights, for example, are available on the Traverse Redline Edition while the LED headlights come standard on the Traverse High Country trim.

The most important piece, though, sits on top of the crossover’s roof. It’s called a Stand-Up Paddleboard Carrier, and it’s the biggest reason why the concept is what it is. That carrier is available through Chevrolet Accessories and is created by Thule. It’s the perfect rig to store a paddle board, as shown in this example with a Riviera Paddlesurf paddle board sitting on top of it.

Interior

  • Embroidered headrests
  • Door sills light up
  • Plenty of room for friends and family

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“Traverse-embroidered headrests are joined by illuminated front door sill plates, all-weather floor mats, a black cargo liner, assist steps, and a trailer hitch”

The narrative is the same in the cabin of the Chevrolet Traverse. There are no over-the-top accessories to speak of, only accessories from Chevrolet. That’s not to say that these add-ons aren’t any good because they are, at least to the right customer. Traverse-embroidered headrests are probably the first ones to scream attention. Those are joined by illuminated front door sill plates, all-weather floor mats, a black cargo liner, assist steps, and a trailer hitch.

All together, these parts are miles away from being fancy, but they do serve their respective purpose, and some more so than others. Put them all together, and you get the cabin of the Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept. It’s not for everyone, but for those who like to spend their leisure time in the outdoors, these accessories should be able to serve them well.

Drivetrain

  • Two engine options
  • FWD capability
  • Steady power and torque figures

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“There are no hints of any engine upgrades in the Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept”

There are no hints of any engine upgrades in the Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept. It shouldn’t come as a surprise either given the overall purpose of the concept as a showcase of Chevrolet’s new parts and accessories bin. Be that as it may, the crossover still offers a choice of two engines, one of which is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. If you want a step up in power, the choice of a 3.6-liter V-6 powertrain is available. This engine set-up is good for 305 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of twist. No matter the choice, both versions are mated to the same Hydra-Matic nine-speed automatic transmission, which in turn sends all that power to the two front wheels.

Conclusion


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“The Traverse SUP Concept provides a nice peek into what’s possible when the crossover gets some aggressive treatments to help it thrive in a beach setting”

The Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept is what it is. There’s little about it that’s going to attract the attention of those who are allergic to the outdoors. But for those who do spend a fair amount of time outside, the Traverse SUP Concept provides a nice peek into what’s possible when the crossover gets some aggressive treatments to help it thrive in a beach setting. The paddle board and the paddle board rack are the unquestioned highlights here, but the rest of the accessories are also important in giving the concept it’s character. Take it for what it is, look at the accessories, and decide for yourselves if those pieces are worth putting into your own Traverse units. I like some parts of it, but for the most part, the concept doesn’t speak to me the way it will to those who are into the “hang ten” lifestyle.

  • Leave it
    • No engine upgrades
    • Not for everyone
    • Not the most flamboyant SEMA offering

References

Chevrolet Traverse


2018 Chevrolet Traverse - image 700701

Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.


2018 Ford Mustang By Air Design - image 740034

Read more 2017 SEMA Show news.

PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept

The Chevrolet Traverse will never be mistaken for a scene-stealer, but every so often, the humble crossover gets its turn in the spotlight. That much we can expect from the Traverse SUP Concept when it paddles its way to the 2017 SEMA Auto Show. Dressed to impress, the Traverse SUP Concept takes the idea of a versatile ride to a new level. It’s not just a family-hauling three-row crossover anymore. It’s become an all-purpose vehicle that’s as adept at transporting groceries as it is at hauling beach and outdoor paraphernalia.

That’s pretty much the identity of this concept, and contributions from Thule and Riviera Paddleboard help bring it to life. Most of the upgrades do come by way of Chevrolet Accessories so, in some ways, the concept also acts as a showcase of sorts for a lot of Chevrolet Accessories that are on track to hit the market soon. There’s certainly a lot to look forward to when the Traverse SUP Concept hits the scene at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas. Who knows, this interpretation of the crossover could inspire you to get creative with your own Traverse. The model has shown that it’s capable of wearing many different masks, and the one we’re going to see at SEMA is just one of the lot.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept.

Exterior

  • Two-tone paint scheme with graphics
  • Loads of Chevrolet Accessories pieces
  • Paddleboard on the roof
  • Good looks

2017 Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept - image 740205
“Fancy paint scheme and new accessories notwithstanding, the Traverse SUP is still a Traverse at heart”

On the surface, the Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept retains most of its standard looks. Fancy paint scheme and new accessories notwithstanding, the Traverse SUP is still a Traverse at heart. It does get plenty of stylized additions, including a two-tone paint finish characterized by Blue Wave bodyside graphics that ensures that nobody’s going to mistake it for anything other than its intended purpose.

The concept is rich on is accessories, and it has a lot of them. Most of the pieces come from Chevrolet itself through its Chevrolet Accessories gig, and given the sheer quantity of pieces that are included in the Traverse, you might mistake the concept as a model that’s showcasing all these accessories altogether. From the blacked-out grille inserts to the bowtie emblems and the set of 20-inch wheels, there’s more than enough pieces on the Traverse SUP Concept from Chevrolet Accessories’ catalog. It’s worth noting too that some of the accessories on exhibit in the crossover can already be seen in other Chevy Traverse trims, sometimes as standard features. The smoked-out taillights, for example, are available on the Traverse Redline Edition while the LED headlights come standard on the Traverse High Country trim.

The most important piece, though, sits on top of the crossover’s roof. It’s called a Stand-Up Paddleboard Carrier, and it’s the biggest reason why the concept is what it is. That carrier is available through Chevrolet Accessories and is created by Thule. It’s the perfect rig to store a paddle board, as shown in this example with a Riviera Paddlesurf paddle board sitting on top of it.

Interior

  • Embroidered headrests
  • Door sills light up
  • Plenty of room for friends and family

2017 Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept - image 740206
“Traverse-embroidered headrests are joined by illuminated front door sill plates, all-weather floor mats, a black cargo liner, assist steps, and a trailer hitch”

The narrative is the same in the cabin of the Chevrolet Traverse. There are no over-the-top accessories to speak of, only accessories from Chevrolet. That’s not to say that these add-ons aren’t any good because they are, at least to the right customer. Traverse-embroidered headrests are probably the first ones to scream attention. Those are joined by illuminated front door sill plates, all-weather floor mats, a black cargo liner, assist steps, and a trailer hitch.

All together, these parts are miles away from being fancy, but they do serve their respective purpose, and some more so than others. Put them all together, and you get the cabin of the Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept. It’s not for everyone, but for those who like to spend their leisure time in the outdoors, these accessories should be able to serve them well.

Drivetrain

  • Two engine options
  • FWD capability
  • Steady power and torque figures

2017 Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept - image 740207
“There are no hints of any engine upgrades in the Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept”

There are no hints of any engine upgrades in the Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept. It shouldn’t come as a surprise either given the overall purpose of the concept as a showcase of Chevrolet’s new parts and accessories bin. Be that as it may, the crossover still offers a choice of two engines, one of which is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. If you want a step up in power, the choice of a 3.6-liter V-6 powertrain is available. This engine set-up is good for 305 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of twist. No matter the choice, both versions are mated to the same Hydra-Matic nine-speed automatic transmission, which in turn sends all that power to the two front wheels.

Conclusion


2017 Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept - image 740204
“The Traverse SUP Concept provides a nice peek into what’s possible when the crossover gets some aggressive treatments to help it thrive in a beach setting”

The Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept is what it is. There’s little about it that’s going to attract the attention of those who are allergic to the outdoors. But for those who do spend a fair amount of time outside, the Traverse SUP Concept provides a nice peek into what’s possible when the crossover gets some aggressive treatments to help it thrive in a beach setting. The paddle board and the paddle board rack are the unquestioned highlights here, but the rest of the accessories are also important in giving the concept it’s character. Take it for what it is, look at the accessories, and decide for yourselves if those pieces are worth putting into your own Traverse units. I like some parts of it, but for the most part, the concept doesn’t speak to me the way it will to those who are into the “hang ten” lifestyle.

  • Leave it
    • No engine upgrades
    • Not for everyone
    • Not the most flamboyant SEMA offering

References

Chevrolet Traverse


2018 Chevrolet Traverse - image 700701

Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.


2018 Ford Mustang By Air Design - image 740034

Read more 2017 SEMA Show news.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Pricing and Specs

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Chevrolet offers sport utility vehicles in all sizes and shapes, and among them the new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse seems to be the one occupying the sweet spot. The size of this crossover/SUV is just about right for every occasion, and so is its list of features. We have to say it does not look particularly interesting, though. 

In any case, 2018 Chevrolet Traverse gets a number of new highlights to help justify its $30,875 starting price. You get new chrome accents, LED signature lighting and available D-Optic LED headlamps, and there are two new sporty RS and luxurious High Country trim levels to choose between. New split-folding second-row seat and second-row captain’s chairs improve on the Traverse’s original Smart Slide feature, and all model now get standard Traction Mode Select which becomes handy in tricky driving situations.

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Engine-wise, 2018 Chevrolet Traverse can be had with a 3.6L V-6, with a 2.0L turbo engine offered with the RS model. Speaking of trims, the RS’ highlights include blacked-out exterior cues with a black chrome grille, black bowtie, 20-inch wheels, while the High Country gets Loft Brown leather appointments and sueded microfiber accents, 20-inch polished wheels, High Country badging, D-Optic headlamps, standard twin-clutch AWD and power-fold third row seats.

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Standard on all models are keyless entry and start, Tri-zone automatic climate control, OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Teen Driver and active aero shutters. But some of the good stuff, such as adaptive cruise control, wireless phone charger, heated steering, MyLink 7-inch infotainment, and Power liftgate with hands-free operation come only with high-end trim levels.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Traverse

The venerable and humble Chevrolet Traverse is borrowing upscale design cues from its Tahoe and Suburban big brothers. The change happens for the 2018 model year as the Traverse moves into its second generation with little more than an engine option and the name carrying over. This unibody, three-row crossover is new from the lug nuts up. It rides on an elongated C1XX platform shared with the Cadillac XT5 and new-for-2017 GMC Acadia. Chevy expects the Traverse to lead the segment in interior volume and third-row legroom, making it a decent alternative to a minivan. It might still be a crossover, but its humility has gone missing.

The Traverse has been around since 2009 and has been Chevy’s version of the Lambda-based GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave.
With GM’s movement away from the aging Lambda platform, these vehicles migrated (save yet for the Enclave) to the new CX11 chassis. The 2017 Acadia was first out of the gate, but the Traverse now follows. However, the two are not badge-engineered twin anymore. The Traverse has a longer wheelbase that brings more interior volume and a more stately side profile appearance.

The 2018 Traverse now has two available engines – a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and the reworked 3.6-liter V-6. Both come mated to a new nine-speed automatic transmission. The Traverse retains its transverse engine mounting and standard front-wheel drive configuration. GM’s new part-time AWD system is optional.

Inside, the Traverse can hold eight people in a 2+3+3 configuration. A seven-seater configuration can be had thanks to optional second-row captain’s chairs. New folding mechanisms in the second row allow for easier folding and third-row entry. With both rows stored flat, the Traverse can swallow 98.5 cubic feet of cargo – nearly four cubic-feet more than the Chevy Tahoe.

Update 07/27/2017: Chevy has announced pricing for the 2018 Traverse. The base L trim starts at $30,875, while the range-topping High Country starts at $52,995. Full details are in the Pricing section below.

Of course, there is more to the 2018 Traverse, so keep reading for the full run-down.

PostHeaderIcon The 10 Most-American cars Built in 2017

Each year, the American University’s Kogod School of Business conducts a survey of the automotive industry. The D.C.-based school maps out the most American-made vehicles, regardless of their brand. Seven key criteria are used in determining the rankings, but it comes down to the percentage of American and Canadian parts used and location of the vehicles’ assembly, research and development, and corporate headquarters.

Though Kogod’s inclusive survey ranks every vehicle sold in the U.S., we’re focusing on the top 10. Much of the list hasn’t changed over 2016, but there are a few additions and missing models. An update in scoring for 2017 allows half-points for automakers (FCA, in particular) that have headquarters in multiple countries. As such, the Jeep Wrangler joins the list, despite the vehicle itself not changing. For a full explanation of the points system, check out Kogod’s website. To skip to the Top 10 most American vehicles, keep reading here on TopSpeed.com

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Traverse Redline Edition

Unveiled for the 2018 model year, the second-generation Chevrolet Traverse is as fresh as it gets in 2017. Built around the new C1XX platform, which is shared with the Cadillac XT5 and replaces the old GM Lambda underpinnings, the redesigned Traverse is actually a tad shorter than its predecessor but, at the same time, it’s slightly wider and has a longer wheelbase. The new, fresh design is backed by a roomier interior with state-of-the-art technology, while the 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes the entry-level version an attractive proposition to those concerned about fuel economy. At the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, the Traverse gained its first-ever special edition, called the Redline Edition.

Part of a bigger effort that includes Redline Edition versions of the Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, Trax, Equinox, Colorado, and Silverado, the limited-edition Traverse stands out by means of blacked-out exterior features. It’s also based on the range-topping Premium model, which means it comes with plenty of standard equipment. On the flipside, it’s also the most expensive model in the lineup.

The Redline Edition is based on a couple of concepts that Chevy unveiled at SEMA Show events in 2015 and 2016 and will go on sale by the end of 2017.

“Redline is another example of Chevrolet bringing SEMA concepts to showrooms,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “The SEMA show has proven to be a great way to identify customization trends in the industry, and quickly apply those trends to our most popular Chevrolet models. Based on the strong interest Redline attracted at the show, we believe they will be very popular with customers looking for standout cars, trucks, and crossovers.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Traverse Redline Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Unveils Nine Redline Editions in Chicago

Chevrolet is taking the 2017 Chicago Auto Show by storm with no fewer than the nine cars under the Redline special-edition badge. First shown in concept form at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Redline package found its way on nine cars, trucks, and crossovers.

The vehicles that benefit from the bundle and are on display in Chicago are the Cruze LT, Malibu LT, Camaro LT and SS, Trax LT, Equinox LT, Traverse Premier, Colorado LT, Silverado Double Cab LT Z71, and Silverado Crew Cab LTZ Z71. The Cruze LT Redline is available in both sedan and hatchback versions, while the Camaro LT/SS Redline can be had both coupe and convertible body styles.

“Redline is another example of Chevrolet bringing SEMA concepts to showrooms,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “The SEMA show has proven to be a great way to identify customization trends in the industry, and quickly apply those trends to our most popular Chevrolet models. Based on the strong interest Redline attracted at the show, we believe they will be very popular with customers looking for standout cars, trucks, and crossovers.”

All Redline models are fitted with black wheels with distinct red hash marks, black nameplates with a red outline, blacked-out grilles, and black Chevrolet “bowtie” logos. Customers can also opt for red tow hooks on Silverado and Colorado trucks and unique black hash marks above the front wheels on Camaro pony cars.

The Silverado Redline is already available for purchase, but you’ll have to wait a while longer for the rest of the lineup to become available. Chevrolet says that all Redline cars will be dealerships by the end of the 2017 calendar year. Pricing information is not yet available.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Camaro Redline Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Chevy Says All-New Traverse Coming to Detroit Auto Show

Chevrolet is bringing its next-generation Traverse to the 2017 North American International Auto Show. The full-size, three-row crossover is currently one of the oldest vehicles in Chevy’s lineup and is said to receive a bold and refined design with “exclusive D-Optic headlamps” that provide more natural lighting that is comparable to daylight.

The Traverse will continue offering room for up to eight people. Chevy anticipates the Traverse, which will likely be a 2018 model, will have segment-leading legroom for its three, third-row passengers. No details were given in the short press release announcing the Traverse’s debut at Detroit.

However, one important detail is noted. The Traverse, because of its eight-passenger seating, will be larger than the 2017 GMC Acadia – a vehicle that used to share its platform with the Traverse. The new Acadia is now smaller than its previous generation and only provides a maximum of seven seats.

Alan Batey, president of GM North American and brand chief of Global Chevrolet, said, “Nobody in the industry offers a broader, fresher lineup of SUVs and crossovers than Chevrolet. From the all-electric Bolt EV to America’s longest-running nameplate, Suburban, we’ve got something for every customer and lifestyle.”

The revamped Traverse will sell along side Chevy’s other crossovers, including the all-new 2018 Equinox and the 2017 Bolt EV (though some might argue the Bolt is a four-door hatchback). Other crossover and SUV models include the Trax, Tahoe, and Suburban.

Though Chevy wasn’t forthright with information on the new headlights, a quick search reveals D-Optic headlights are a new generation of LED leadlight design with multiple 1×1 LEDs close coupled with injection molded lens optics that provide strong forward lighting with minimal energy requirements.

The Traverse will debut on January 9, 2017. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for official information and photos as they become available.

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