2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Country Tested

GM's newest and also best family bus.

When General Motors eliminated its minivans and launched a variety of three-row crossovers on a then-brand-new Lambda system regarding years ago, it seemed a dangerous step. But it paid off: Fast-forward to currently, as well as Americans, have acquired greater than 2 million of those Chevrolet, GMC, and also Buick (and, yes, Saturn) people haulers.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Country Tested

Now GM's second-generation three-row transporters are right here, and they've obtained a much tougher playing field of household SUVs to face. The initial of these restored efforts was the GMC Acadia, which reduced substantially compared with its predecessor. In a current comparison examination, it placed mid-pack behind the Mazda CX-9 and also the Volkswagen Atlas. So possibly it's an advantage that the Acadia's company cousin, the brand-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, is taking a various approach.

Larger Is Better

For starters, it has done the converse of shrink: By a wheelbase that's a full two inches longer than that of the great Traverse and also incremental upticks in size, width, and also maximum, the Traverse is a size XL to the Acadia's L. It's the most awesome crossover in a high class, and its size pays dividends inside. Despite having a third-row seat raised, there's a generous 23 cubic feet of freight room in back, sufficient to fit six carry-on travel suitcases in our screening, two greater than the in a similar way enormous Atlas.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Country Tested, Interior

We can not quite announce the Traverse's third row to be as fitting as the Volkswagen's, however, since Chevrolet has insisted on wedging the third seating setting therein. Packing the Chevy loaded with seven passengers requires one unlucky resident to live in the awkward third-row middle seat, whereas the Volkswagen's three-seat 2nd row and two-seat 3rd row apportion the readily available room better. For those that put carpooling for sporting activities teams on top of their priority listings, the Traverse's ace up its sleeve is the possible eight-seat setup that swaps out our examination automobile's second-row captain's chairs for a three-seat bench-- however, it's readily available only on lower trim levels with cloth seats as well as much less equipment.

Mentioning devices, our top-trim Traverse High Country test vehicle had it all-- as it should, considering its steep asking cost of $52,995. Similar GMC's Denali trim level, the High Country is directed at increasing transaction costs and also revenue margins and also comes filled with flashy outside bits including 20-inch wheels and lots of chrome trim; interior upgrades such as a scenic sunroof and also a power-folding third-row seat; and a complete enhance of active-safety features. Its perfectly laid-out interior mainly impressed with its smooth controls and attractive-looking surfaces, even if the feeling of products doesn't rather validate the hefty price tag. We were also let down to locate a few locations where GM reduced prices. The shades for the twin sunroofs, for instance, are manual rather than power ran, and the turning as well as folding second-row seat that relieves accessibility to the 3rd row is consisted of just on the passenger-side commander chair.

Dynamically Fair

The High Country is the only variant of the Traverse that comes standard with four-wheel drive, which is a $2000-to-$ 3800 alternative or else. Compared with lesser AWD Traverses, the High Country's system boasts a more advanced rear-axle drive system with two clutches that independently manage torque per wheel. The arrangement is shared with the Acadia All Terrain as well as the Cadillac XT5. So, in theory, it's far better at, cough, traversing great nation.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Country Tested, price

We figured that off-roading this Chevrolet individuals hauler would have to do with as pointless as putting a child seat in a Corvette. But we did check it on-road, where it showed to be a qualified entertainer in almost every metric. The conventional 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 310 steeds provides high and also direct power with a smooth-shifting nine-speed automated, propelling the Traverse to 60 miles per hour in a competitive 6.5 seconds. A composed and powerfully tuned framework, good for a solid 0.83 g of hold on the skidpad, offers the Chevy a planted feeling, while its brakes are self-confidence inspiring and quit the substantial, 4680-pound crossover from 70 miles per hour in a relatively clean 176 feet. Its ability to balance comfort as well as peaceful with responsiveness well splits the difference, dynamically, in between the lot more dexterous Mazda and the somewhat softer and also plusher Volkswagen.

Automatic stop/start is standard on every Traverse and also is about as inconspicuous as these systems get; presumably, it was a part in our examination truck's high 21-mpg regular gas economic climate, bordering the EPA's consolidated figure. In our real-world highway fuel-economy screening, the Chevrolet handled to top its 25-mpg EPA quote, racking up 27 mpg and also defeating every one of its rivals consisting of the CX-9 and also the Honda Pilot (both which returned 26 mpg).

Lookin' Good

Past being a roomier, extra polished, extra efficient, and better-performing bus than in the past, the Traverse additionally looks significantly less like a bus. Its handsomely squared-off styling is a lot more appealing than that of the old spheric Traverse, which possibly took its minivan-surrogate standing a little bit also seriously. You might also blunder it for a Tahoe or a Suburban, offered its size, which is not a poor thing.

The new version's more truckish layout probably would have sufficed to make sure the second-gen Traverse's sales success. That the brand-new Traverse is significantly boosted in many various other means places it near the top of its contentious section. We 'd certainly bet that GM will have no trouble selling many more copies in the years to come.

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