2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Country: Lighter, More Powerful and Ready To Go

Published: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 | 10:56 PM

2018chevrolettraverse475The redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Traverse three-row crossover has a lot to offer those looking for more room without pulling the trigger on a full-size SUV.

The new Traverse is a leaner, meaner people mover with more features and more passenger space. It also boasts more standard technology like a bigger 7-inch touchscreen and Chevy’s Teen Driver system (for all you parents biting your nails when your teen takes out the car).

There are seven trim levels available on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse: L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier and High Country. This review will focus on the high-end High Country trim.

The all-wheel-drive High Country trim sets itself apart from the other trim levels with a special all-wheel-drive system with an auto-locking rear differential, along with automatic high beams, the panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, a power-folding third-row seat, and unique interior leather upholstery.

2018chevrolettraverseintAll of the above is in addition to the goodies the Premier trim has like, LED headlights, auto-dimming side mirrors, hands-free operation for the liftgate, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a power-adjustable steering column, and driver-seat memory settings.

Equipped with a V6, the ligher-leaner Traverse delivers more horsepower than the last generation. 310 horses make the baby go and a nine-speed automatic transmission drives it. Expect to get 17/city, 25/highway and 20/combined mpg.

The interior of the High Country is draped in leather with an attractive dash and easy to decipher controls. Backseat passengers will enjoy the dual USB charge ports and 120-volt outlet. They will also appreciate the plentiful elbow room even in the third-row. Drivers will like the bigger 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay and OnStar with a 4G connection and Wi-Fi. Cargo space has increased to a whopping 98.5 cubic feet with the second and third row seats down.

In the Traverse High Country, you’ll be one with the road without feeling it. The suspension glides over ruts and the interior is as quiet as your passengers will allow it to be. Cornering is good for such a large vehicle and the acceleration is quick and powerful.

Need a people-mover with a little style? Give the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Country a test drive.