STATUS: Reduced powertrain availability for 2020 - This utility vehicle was made over from the ground up for the 2018 model year, a move that distanced it from the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia wagons. In fact, the Traverse is much larger overall than the Acadia, even though Chevrolet's designers managed to reduce the weight by nearly 400 pounds. A side view reveals some similarity with the Ford Explorer, especially aft of the rear doors. The eight-passenger Traverse (seven, if the second-row bucket seats are ordered) is the least expensive of GM's full-size people-hauling machines. All trim levels, from the base LT to the top-end High Country, employ a 310-horsepower V-6. The 257-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, part of the sportier looking front-wheel-drive RS, has been cancelled. The AWD RS gets the V-6. Selecting the High Country trim level gets you leather and suede seats plus a power-folding third row. When properly equipped, the Traverse has a maximum 5,000-pound towing capacity.
Base price (incl. destination): $30,900
Type: Full-size tall wagonEngine (h.p.): 3.6-liter V-6 (310)
Transmission: Nine-speed automatic
Drivetrain: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 18/27/21 (3.6, FWD)
Base weight (lb.): 4,360