CARS.COM — As we get closer to revealing the winner of our 2017 Three-Row SUV Challenge, take a look at one of the four competitors: the completely redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, which competed in our test with the 2017 Honda Pilot, 2017 Toyota Highlander and 2018 Volkswagen Atlas.
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Our model was a mid-level 3LT trim (also named LT Leather) painted in Graphite Metallic. The full redesign of the Traverse modernized the look of the large SUV with a more aggressive face and angular, sculpted body. While it’s a little bigger than the outgoing version, the new design of the exterior windows lends an illusion of even greater size. That’s not to say the Traverse is small — it’s nearly a foot longer than the Highlander.
Inside are three rows of seats (duh, it’s the Three-Row SUV Challenge) covered in Jet Black leather. There’s seating for seven occupants, with captain’s chairs in the second row and room for three in the third row. Standard 3LT features include an 8-inch infotainment screen with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot with free trial before it becomes a subscription-based service. The only major options on our test Traverse were a $1,400 dual-pane sunroof and a heavy-duty cooling system for towing up to 5,000 pounds.
This Traverse’s 3.6-liter V-6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission powered only the front wheels, though all-wheel drive is available. Standard safety features on the 3LT level include blind spot warning, rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert and GM’s trick rearview camera mirror, but not a forward collision warning system with automatic braking like the others.
All told, the Traverse came in at a suggested price of $44,185 including destination fee. Be on the lookout for more previews of the competitors, and be sure to check back for the results of our 2017 Three-Row SUV Challenge on Oct. 30.