2018 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2013-2017: 2nd vs 1st generation differences

Eight years after the original Traverse, Chevrolet has unveiled an all-new large crossover. See the changes in this side-by-side photo comparison.

The second-generation Traverse sits on the much newer C1XX platform, which also underpins the similarly sized Buick Enclave, the smaller GMC Acadia, and the Cadillac XT5.

With high-strength steel and other weight saving measures, the new Traverse has a starting weight of 1,979kg (4,362 lb), down around 50kg (111 lb).

2018 Chevrolet Traverse - front, burgundy2nd gen
2016 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ - front, red1st gen F/L
The second-generation Traverse is boxier than the first, both in terms of the overall shape, but also in the details.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse - rear2nd gen
2016 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ - rear, gray1st gen F/L
The first-generation model seen here is the 2013 model year facelift, which has new front and rear ends with squarer design details.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse - seating layout with first, second and third rows2nd gen
2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ - seats1st gen F/L
The first and second generation models are around the same size (see the table at the bottom), and again the Traverse is available as both a seven seat (2+2+3) or eight seat (2+3+3) car.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse - second and third rows folded flat2nd gen
2016 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ - trunk, third and second rows down1st gen F/L
Given that car's large dimensions there's plenty of space for both people and luggage. Just like the first-generation car, the new Traverse has second and third rows that fold completely flat.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse - interior, orange leather, dashboard2nd gen
2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ - interior, tan leather1st gen F/L
The second-generation Traverse's dashboard is a huge upgrade on the original. Although the first-generation car got a big external refresh for the 2013 model year, the interior was already beginning to show its age. Thankfully the new Traverse is available without the awful fake wood used on the original model.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse - dashboard2nd gen
2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ - center stack1st gen F/L
A large high resolution multi-function display sits in the middle between the speedometer and tachometer of the new Traverse. The old car had a crummy dot matrix display. There's also GM's latest infotainment setup, with a high-mounted screen, and a compatibility with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay mirroring standards.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse - side2nd gen
2016 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ1st gen F/L
The original Traverse was only available with a 3.6-litre V6 with 215kW (288hp) and 366Nm (270 lb-ft), and a 6-speed auto. The new car's standard 3.6-litre V6 has 227kW (305hp) and 353Nm (260 lb-ft), and there's an optional 2-litre turbo 4-cylinder with 190kW (255hp) and 400Nm (295 lb-ft). Both the V6 and I4 have a 9-speed auto, and FWD and AWD options.


Length: 5,189mm (+15mm) | 204.3 inches (+0.6 inches)
Width: 1,996mm (+5mm) | 78.6 inches (+0.2 inches)
Height: 1,796mm (-53mm) | 70.7 inches (-2.1 inches)
Wheelbase: 3,071mm (+51mm) | 120.9 inches (+2 inches)

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Editor-at-large — Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]

2018 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2013-2017: 2nd vs 1st generation differences