When it was time for a redesign, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse swam in a different direction than its GMC Acadia twin. While the Acadia shrunk, the Traverse grew to better accommodate its third row. In the process, the Traverse now looks more like the Tahoe than a midsize SUV. Did Chevrolet go too far?
The new Traverse receives a bigger grille and thinner headlights for 2018. Not only that, but its hood is more squared off than before. Chrome accents adorn the striking integrated grille, with the new High Country model receiving the most bling. Meanwhile, sporty Redline models get a blacked-out bow tie emblem and black wheels as well as other updates.
One look at the side profile and it’s clear that the Traverse looks much more like a truck now. Consider the lines of the windows and the rear liftgate. All of its round edges have been replaced with square shapes. Much like the headlights, the taillights have also narrowed.
Inside, the Traverse gets a larger 7- or 8-inch touchscreen as opposed to the old 6.5-inch screen. No longer is the area surrounding the screen sprinkled with buttons and knobs. Chevy has also freed up space right below the central display and in front of the shifter for a more open cabin look. The model also receives a new split-folding second row seat instead of the old Smart Slide setup. The curbside seat can tip up and slide forward even when a child seat is installed, providing easier access to the third row.
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