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Fully redesigned for 2018, the Chevy Traverse is smaller and more powerful than ever. With increased passenger space, better technology and a new trim added for this year, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is sure to be one of 2018’s best vehicles for under $30,000. The new Traverse is 400 lbs lighter than last year’s model, but has packed in extra legroom for second- and third-row passengers, beating out every other vehicle in this class in terms of legroom. Cargo space is also impressive, at 98.5 cubic feet, making this a great vehicle for hauling both passengers and all the cargo you need. Think the 2018 Chevy Traverse may be the right vehicle choice for you? Keep reading to learn more about trim levels, features, performance and safety!

Trim Levels & Features

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is available in seven trim levels - L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier and High Country - which cover everything from well-equipped base model to all-out luxury. The base L trim comes equipped with several high-end features, inclduing xenon headlights, LED running lights, engine stop-start, heated mirrors, OnStar with 4G LTE, onboard WiFi hotspot, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and more. Stepping up to the LS, you’ll get everything on the L along with a few optional extras like second-row tablet mounts, as well as the option for all-wheel drive. The LT Cloth trim adds second-row captian’s chairs, roof rails, mirror-integrated turn signals and a power-adjustable driver seat. The LT Leather trim is available in either front- or all-wheel drive and gets upgraded with the Convenience and Driver Confidence packages, along with added navigation and some luxury upgrades like leather upholstery and premium sound system. The RS trim is similarly equipped to the LT Leather trim, but adds a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and unique styling that includes a blacked-out grille, bowtie badge and 20-inch wheels.

At the top-tier of the trim levels, the Premier trim adds on LED headlights, auto-dimming side mirrors, ventilated front seats, hands-free liftgate, heated rear seats, driver-seat memory settings and power-adjustable steering. The highest trim level, the High Country, comes with everything on the Premier and adds all-wheel drive with auto-locking rear differential, automatic high beams, panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, unique leather uphosltery and a power-folding third-row seat.

Performance

The 2018 Traverse comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine (310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque) paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Most of the trim levels have the option of either a front-wheel or all-wheel drive, though the L trim is only available in front-wheel-drive and the High Country trim is available only with all-wheel-drive. The RS trim amps up the engine power to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s more fuel efficient and loses out on horsepower but adds a bit of torque. Regardless of which engine is equipped, however, the Traverse has excellent acceleration, even on inclines and can handle turns with ease.

Safety

The 2018 Chevy Traverse has several standard safety features to help keep you safe on the road, including driver and passenger airbags, front and rear head airbags, front and rear side airbags, 4-wheel ABS and disc brakes, electronic stability control, daytime running lights and traction control. Other safety features include blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and automatic braking on higher trim levels. The 2018 Traverse received a 5-star rating from the NHTSA, which is the best possible score.