The Chevrolet Traverse finally received the attention it deserves with the second-generation, 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.
Revealed at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, the 2018 Traverse aims to capture a larger scope of crossover and utility buyers with more SUV-like looks and new trim options to expand further segment consumers.
I spent some time with the 2018 Traverse to see if this second-generation of crossover is enough to build upon the success found in the outgoing Traverse.
Foremost, despite being a little underwhelming, the 2018 Traverse is most certainly an improvement regarding the exterior design. It’s evident Chevrolet tried very hard to capture the looks of the Tahoe with this redesign, as the 2018 Traverse takes a truckier profile with elements inspired from the 2018 Equinox. In person, it’s not striking, but the overall profile gives the Traverse more presence than the outgoing crossover ever had.
Stepping inside, the driving position is properly up high with decent visibility. Materials were quite nice in a mid-level trim, mixing soft touch and harder plastics. The piano black plastic surrounding the infotainment screen is begging for fingerprints, however.
I certainly appreciated oodles of pocket storage found everywhere I looked and the wireless phone charging was front and center, held carefully in a cradle.
Scooting into the second row, the seating was plenty roomy with no complaints from us. But, it’s the third row Chevrolet is most proud of. The brand is expecting to deliver the segment’s best third-row legroom, and it shows. I certainly didn’t feel cramped or trapped in a penalty box while sitting in the third row. Although, I am only 5’9″, meaning taller passengers may not be as comfortable.
The passway into the third row was also a talking point, as Chevy made a concerted effort to ensure it was large enough for even adult passengers to squeeze by into the third row.
Storage with the third row up was a tad disappointing, but opening the floor cover reveals additional space for various items to be brought along during a road trip or even quick runs to the grocery store.
After years getting to know the outgoing Traverse, the 2018 Traverse feels a bit underwhelming. But, it’s the details. Chevrolet has packaged the Traverse very well, and those looking will certainly appreciate the thought gone into bountiful storage options.
Overall, it seems the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has the keys to success to persuade buyers into a full-size crossover, even if that means foregoing a few Chevrolet Tahoe sales.