As much fun as family road trips can be, getting from Point A to Point B can be a daunting task if you don’t have the right vehicle. With so many fun day and weekend trips, from hiking in the mountains of Colorado, shopping in NYC, to the sun and fun in Orlando, Chevy has a number of vehicles suited for summer adventure. Perhaps the perfect fit might be the redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. Whether you’re tooling around town, toting the kids and all their friends to and from soccer practice and the mall, or planning a cross-country summer road-trip and bringing the dog, the Chevrolet Traverse makes every mile count.
Chevy cares about the features that are important to you. If you ask any family about the features that make up their ideal SUV, you will almost certainly hear things like comfort, safety, value, and space. No other crossover automaker comes close to delivering on all fronts like Chevrolet.
The Chevy Traverse was initially introduced in late 2008 at the Chicago Auto Show to fuel America’s growing SUV fever, and to replace the Trailblazer, and arrived at dealerships in October of that year as a 2009 model. While the Traverse is still technically considered a first-generation model, it received a few noticeable changes in 2010, 2013, 2014, and again in 2018. The major changes have mostly been to the interior technologies as opposed to overall design, though the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has grown over the years, making it longer than the Chevy Tahoe with more interior room to boot (perfect for long family road trips).
The Traverse has seating for up to eight, depending on the model configuration. The Traverse also has more cargo space in the rear with hidden storage beneath the floor, so packing light never needs to be an option. The Chevy Traverse has a maximum cargo space of up to 98.2 cubic feet.
The 2018 Traverse comes with an assortment of USB and 12-volt charging ports, wireless charging, and an available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection for up to seven devices, which means the kids will always be fully charged and fully entertained. Say ‘goodbye’ to endless hours of ‘Are we there yet?’
We all know kids keep your hands full. That’s why Chevy designed the 2018 Traverse with a hands-free liftgate to make like a little easier. With a quick kick of the foot, your hatchback will conveniently open so you can drop whatever the kids made you carry this time.
Protecting Your Precious Cargo
Chevrolet takes safety seriously. The Chevy Traverse uses available cameras, sensors and radar to warn you of potential hazards and help you avoid collisions. The 2018 Traverse received a 5-Star Overall safety rating from NHTSA. The following is a list of standard and available safety features for the 2018 Chevy Traverse:
- Forward Collision Alert – Uses camera technology to alert you to slowing vehicles in your path, based on an adjustable distance indicator the driver sets.
- Front Pedestrian Braking – Alerts the driver to an imminent collision with a pedestrian and, if the driver has not already applied the brakes, can automatically apply the brakes to help reduce the collision’s impact or avoid it altogether.
- Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking – When traveling below 50 mph and upon sensing a front-end collision with a vehicle, this feature automatically applies the brakes to limit the severity of the impact.
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning – Long drives make for tired eyes. Tired eyes occasionally cause unintentional drifting from your lane. Lane Keep Assist provides alerts and gentle steering in the event your vehicle ends up where it shouldn’t. It will also notify you when you cross into another lane.
- Rear Vision Camera – Your standard back-up camera.
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert – Utilizes sensors to monitor approaching traffic that passes behind the vehicle.
- Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert – Side mirror alerts warn you when vehicles are approaching from the side, but may not be visible, helping you avoid a collision during a lane change.
- Rear Park Assist – Senses stationary objects and offers guiding lines when backing up to assist with parking.
- Surround Vision – This technology uses four strategically placed cameras to give you a bird’s-eye view of the vehicle.
Perhaps the most important safety feature available on the 2018 Chevy Traverse is the Teen Driver Technology. After all, you need your family car to protect your family when you aren’t there to do it yourself. Teen Driver has advanced features that go above and beyond the normal human error-avoiding necessities. Because your teen is new on the road and may be more easily distracted, you can automatically mute the audio until the driver and front-seat passenger are safely buckled in. You can also automatically turn on available advanced safety features and obtain an in-vehicle report card to see how your teen is performing.
Wherever the Road Takes You
The best part of a road trip is taking a detour and not knowing where you’ll end up. With Chevy Traverse’s Traction Mode Select, you can conveniently adjust your vehicle’s performance based on road conditions with the simple turn of a dial, no matter how challenging the terrain may be. So go on and drive up that mountain road.
Go the Distance
With an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 18 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, and a 19.4 gallon fuel tank, you can go farther with the 2018 Chevy Traverse, so you can make fewer stops for gas and spend more time on the road with your family.
Where Will You Go?
Pack the whole gang into the Traverse for a day trip to visit Mickey and Minnie at Orlando’s Walt Disney World, or plan the ultimate NYC weekend getaway with your friends. No matter if hiking in the mountains or camping with your family, your trusty family Traverse will take you as far as your families’ imaginations will go.