Chevrolet’s Minivan Surrogate Improves But Misses Key Safety Content – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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Featuring a bold and refined new look, the completely redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is built of style and purpose. The all-new Traverse offers customers best-in-class cargo space and convenience features that make loading and unloading a breeze.

I recently had the opportunity to take my family to the west side of Michigan for a weekend for a series of short road trips in a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. The Traverse is GM’s answer to the minivan. In fact, it’s really the only crossover that can play the part. In a market where minivans are a tough sell, the Traverse has set itself apart from the competition by offering a minivan-like package minus the sliding doors and awkward styling.

The 2018 Traverse shares a platform with the upcoming Buick Enclave and the smaller GMC Acadia. The Traverse has greatly improved from the first generation with better interior materials, a quieter cabin, and a more supple ride. My kids were glued to their Kindle Fire tablets courtesy of the suite of USB chargers and high-speed wifi available from AT&T. No one complained about getting car sick, which I think goes to show that GM engineers did their homework when it came ride quality.

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Featuring a bold and refined new look, the completely redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is built of style and purpose. The all-new Traverse offers customers best-in-class cargo space and convenience features that make loading and unloading a breeze.

The Traverse sticks with a V6 powertrain but it mated to a new nine-speed automatic that provides virtually seamless shifts. Merging onto the freeway, the Traverse stays right in the power band and the gears continue to climb. It almost feels like a CVT transmission with fake gear shifts because it is so smooth. A vast improvement over the nine-speed transmission in the Honda Pilot.

My kids were disappointed to find out that the Traverse does not offer a Blu-Ray or DVD player as an option. Even though they all have tablets, there is something to be said for being able to pop in a movie for all to see and hear.

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The 2018 Traverse’s enhanced Smart Slide® seat allows the curbside seat to tip up and slide forward, even with a forward-facing child seat in place, providing open and easy access to the third row. Third row legroom is expected to be the most spacious in the segment at 33.7 inches (856 mm).

The dad (me) was surprised to see that the model we were driving for the weekend (over $44,000) did not have active lane keep assist, collision warning, pre-collision avoidance, automatic high beams or even adaptive cruise control. If you want this standard on the Traverse you have to step up to a $54,000 High Country model. That seems a bit odd when Nissan, Honda, and Toyota all offer it as standard or as an option around $31,000. This is your new family hauler. Wouldn’t that make sense to have those features as least as an option on the trim level people will buy?

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