The 2018 Traverse is bigger, but is it better than Chevy's other three-row offering?

Buying a three-row SUV has never been so easy. Volkswagen introduced the Atlas late last year, and now Chevy has further biggified its lineup with the introduction of the larger Traverse. The new Traverse accents already-available three-rows like the Tahoe and Suburban. Though the three cars are different overall, they do share a number of similarities. Take a look.

Bigger Is Better

2018 Chevrolet Traverse
2015 Chevy Tahoe Z71

The new Traverse measures in at 204.3 inches (5,189 millimetres), making it significantly longer than the one it's replacing, and now the second longest SUV in the lineup behind the Suburban. Add that added length measures up to make it one imposing vehicle.

  2018 TRAVERSE 2017 TAHOE
Length 204.3 Inches (5,189 mm) 203.9 Inches (5,179 mm)
Wheelbase 120.9 Inches (3,071 mm) 116.0 Inches (2,946 mm)
Width 78.6 Inches (1,996 mm) 80.5 Inches (2,045 mm)
Height 70.7 Inches (1,796 mm) 74.4 Inches (1,890 mm)

 

Loads of Room

2018 Chevrolet Traverse
2015 Chevy Tahoe Z71

The Chevy Tahoe is known for its spacious interior, but the Traverse is somehow even bigger. More than 98.5 cubic feet (2,789 litres) of usable space is available with the second and third row of seats folded down.

  2018 TRAVERSE 2017 TAHOE
Headroom (front/2nd row/3rd row) 41.3 / 40 / 38.2 (1,049 / 1,016 / 970 mm) 42.8 / 38.7 / 38.1 Inches (1,087 / 983 / 968 mm)
Legroom (front/2nd row/3rd row) 41 / 39 / 33.7 Inches (1,041 / 991 / 856 mm) 45.3 / 39 / 24.8 Inches (1,151 / 991 / 630 mm)
Cargo Volume 23 / 58.1 / 98.5 Cubic Feet (651 / 1,645 / 2,789 litres) 15.3 / 51.7 / 94.7 Cubic Feet (433 / 1,464 / 2,682 L)

 

Performance

2018 Chevrolet Traverse
2015 Chevy Tahoe Z71

Chevy opted for two engines in the new Traverse – and both are more efficient than the ancient 5.3-litre V8. A 305-horsepower V6 and a 255-horsepower four-cylinder option gives the Traverse a slight edge over the heavier, less efficient Tahoe.

  2018 TRAVERSE 2017 TAHOE
Engine 3.5-Litre V6
Turbocharged 2.0-Liter I4
5.3-Litre V8
Power 305 Horsepower
255 Horsepower
355 Horsepower
Torque 260 Pound-Feet
295 Pound-Feet
383 Pound-Feet
Fuel Economy

18 City / 25 Highway (13.9 litres per 100 kilometres city, 9.4 L/100 km highway, V6)

16 City / 23 Highway (15.2 L/100 km city, 10.8 L/100 km highway, V8 4WD)
Towing Capacity 5,000 Pounds (V6) (2,268 kilograms) 5,600 Pounds (2,540 kg)

 

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