Things were not going well for General Motors when Chevrolet launched the Chevrolet Traverse in 2009. Things were not going well for the auto industry in general, especially in the United States. After the economic crisis that shook the world in 2008, the “big three,” GM, Ford, and Chrysler, had to kneel before the government to ensure their survival through subsidies.
Barely ten years later, traces of this dark era seem already far away. Manufacturers sell cars (and especially SUVs) as hot buns, and we are ecstatic at the advent of ever more energy efficient models.
At Chevrolet, the new generation of the Traverse represents this change of course.
From a rather dull vehicle to questionable build quality, the Traverse has become a quality SUV that can compete with the big names in its class. Completely redesigned in 2018, the Chevrolet Traverse is powered by either a 3.6-liter V6 producing 310 horsepower or a 2.0-liter turbo 2.0-liter engine with 255 horsepower. Both engines come with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Traverse is one of the segment’s most massive seven-passenger mid-size SUVs, and its third seat is more spacious than some of its competitors.
An Inspiring Design
It’s not easy to build a model that stands out in the category of three-row SUVs. This is the kind of ultra-rational vehicle that suits those looking for practicality above all else. When you are looking to make a decision guided by mind, you choose the Traverse.
Still, Chevrolet has done an outstanding job with the Chevrolet Traverse. It now has a beefier look that gives it the feel of a truck. It’s almost a bit like a “little” Suburban.
This is especially true with the Redline edition, which adds black 20-inch wheels. The sills, grille and even Chevrolet logos are also painted black for the occasion. The name make sense when you think about it.
Inside, Chevrolet raised the bar. Upgraded from a very ordinary interior outfitted with plastics, the Traverse now offers a more luxurious atmosphere that speaks volumes about the progress made at GM over the past decade.
In the driver’s seat, you feel at ease quickly. Yes, the Chevrolet Traverse is a big impressive carriage, the kind of SUV with which we try to avoid the city center and parking spaces that are too narrow. Fortunately, good visibility and a surprisingly communicative direction make the onboard experience less painful than you might think.
In the center of the dashboard, an optional 8-inch touch screen provides access to the latest version of the MyLink infotainment system, compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
At the touch of a small button, the screen can rise up and gives access to a secret storage space. This gives the Traverse a fun James Bond feel!
A James Bond who had children, let’s say because with a capacity of eight passengers and more than 2700 liters of cargo space once the seats folded down, the Traverse is anything but an Aston Martin.
A Turbo With That?
Under the hood, it’s the same 3.6-liter V6 engine we already know that continues to animate the Traverse. The 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque are more than enough to get the job done right.
To improve fuel efficiency, the old six-speed transmission was replaced by a new nine-speed gearbox. At 13.7 L / 100 km in the city and 9.4 L / 100 km on the road, the V6 remains a touch greedy. It gets a little better if you give up the four-wheel drive, but with a truck like that, who wants two-wheel drive?
To make up for that, Chevrolet is now offering a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Consumption is significantly improved, but the power goes to 255 horses. Keep in mind, this engine is not available with all-wheel drive.
At a starting price of $ 37,145, the Chevrolet Traverse is an interesting choice in its class. An array of options are available if you would like to add more features to your vehicle.
The Traverse 2018 stands out with a huge loading space and surprisingly, to some, remarkable behavior.
And above all, it proves that the lean years are finished at Chevrolet.
Name: Chevrolet Traverse 2018
Base price: $37,145 Trial versions: Premier Redline AWD (V6)
Trial model price: $ 53,590
Configuration: Two or four-wheel drive vehicle with front engine
Base engine: 3.6-liter V6
Power / torque: 310 hp / 266 lb-ft
Optional engine: 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo
Power / torque: 255 hp / 295 lb-ft
Transmission: 9-speed automatic
Consumption gasoline advertised (V6 AWD): 13.7 L / 100 km (city) / 9.4 L / 100 km (highway)
Maximum towing capacity: 5000 lbs
Basic warranty: 3 years / 60,000 km
Competition: Honda Pilot, Volkswagen Atlas, Nissan Explorer, Ford Explorer