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Why Your 2018 Chevy Traverse Will Be One of a Kind

Have you been eyeing a new Chevy SUV? Well, in that case, you can’t make a better choice than the impressive 2018 Chevy Traverse. This will surely be a popular choice for a wide variety of customers. Fortunately, you won’t have to worry about your vehicle being identical to your neighbor’s, as Chevy provides their customers with an assortment of options that let you make your new vehicle one-of-a-kind. In other words, when all is said and done, it’s unlikely you’ll come across an identical SUV.

Below, we’ve walked through the extensive building process that accompanies the 2018 Chevy Traverse. Specifically, we touch on the various cosmetic inclusions that you can add to your ride, as well as many of the mechanical amenities. As you’re reading through the various options, think about which attributes you’re going to ultimately pursue. Then, when it’s time to finally start shopping for that new Chevy SUV, you’ll already know exactly what your picture-perfect ride should look like…



As you’re building your new 2018 Chevy Traverse, you’ll first have to deal with the SUV’s cosmetics. Naturally, this includes the color of your vehicle, as the brand provides customers with a number of notable paint options as they’re designing their new ride. The various options include

  • Graphite Metallic
  • Mosaic Black Metallic
  • Pepperdust Metallic
  • Sable Brown Metallic
  • Satin Steel Metallic
  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Summit White
  • Black Currant Metallic (extra $395)
  • Cajun Red Tintcoat ($395)
  • Iridescent Pearl Tricoat ($995)

Next, you’ll have to start thinking about your vehicle’s interior. Fortunately, the decisions shouldn’t be as difficult, as customers can choose between either Dark Atmosphere/Medium Ash Gray Premium Cloth or the Jet Black Premium Cloth trim. Regardless of what option you ultimately land on, you’ll surely be happy with either of the elegant offerings.



Chevy does an admirable job of letting their customers choose from a variety of package options as they’re building their new SUV. These offerings can influence a number of aspects of the owning experience, including convenience and comfort. For instance, the Convenience and Driver Confidence Package includes features like Remote Start, the eight-inch-diagonal color touchscreen (with Chevrolet MyLink), heated driver and front passenger seats, and a power liftgate. Meanwhile, the Hit the Road Package includes amenities like roof-mounted cross rails and molded assists steps. Each of the packages provide some individual amenity or attribute that helps improve the overall driving experience.

The rest of the package offerings (which are pretty easy to gauge based on their titles) include:

  • Cargo Package
  • Floor Liner Package
  • Interior Protection Package
  • Premium Carpet Mat Package
  • Black Accent Package
  • Chrome Essentials Package




While some customers will group this phase of the building process with “cosmetic,” these choices actually have an impact on the overall driving experience. For starters, customers will have to choose from three wheel options. Besides adding a bit of athleticism to your new ride, these various offerings also influence drivability. The offerings include:

  • 18-inch Bright Silver machine face painted aluminum wheels
  • 20-inch Transit wheels
  • 20-inch LPO Gloss Black paint aluminum wheels (extra $1,995)

Regardless of which wheel option you opt for, you can accompany your choice with either the 18-inch all-season Blackwall tires and the 20-inch all-season Blackwall tires.

The vehicle comes standard with the nine-speed automatic transmission, but customers can choose to add additional mechanical components. This includes an engine block heater (extra $100), a heavy-duty cooling system, and trailering equipment ($650).

Looking for more practical additions to your exterior? The brand provides several exterior accessories, including

  • Wheel locks (extra $70)
  • Black finish grille
  • Front and rear black splash guards ($170)
  • Roof-mounted cross rails ($325)
  • Molded assists steps ($725)
  • Front and rear black bowtie emblems ($195)
  • Chrome mirror caps
  • Front license plate bracket ($40)
  • Power liftgate
  • Keyless entry keypad ($155)



Similar to how you had to choose from several practical exterior offerings, you’ll also have to build your SUV’s interior. It starts with the radio options, as drivers can choose between the seven- or eight-inch-diagonal color touchscreen. Both of these options include the Chevrolet MyLink technology, allowing occupants to access a wide assortment of notable applications. Thanks to this inclusion, you’ll never find that your commute is completely unbearable.

After choosing between either seven- or eight-passenger seating, you can choose from several notable safety functions. The Rear Park Assist is a useful feature for those who require some guidance into a parking spot, while the Lane Change Alert (with Side Blind Zone Alert) and the Rear Cross-Traffic Alert will provide the driver with an extra set of eyes. If you’re going to be relying on the Traverse as a family ride, you’ll surely appreciate these various inclusions.

Finally, you’ll have to opt for a number of interior amenities that can boost comfort, cleanliness, and convenience. These offerings include

  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • First and second-row premium carpeted floor mats
  • Third-row premium carpeted floor mat
  • Horizontal cargo net (extra $65)
  • Protective second-row seat cover ($295)
  • Stainless-steel door sill plates
  • 4.2-inch multi-color Driver Information Center
  • Remote Start
  • Universal Home Remote
  • Rear seat infotainment system without DVD player ($1,750)
  • Rear seat infotainment system with DVD player ($1,995)
  • Universal table holders ($195)
  • Powered universal tablet holder ($250)


Finally, in the rare event that you didn’t find what you were looking for during any of the other phases, Chevy provides customers with a long list of accessories that they can add to their new SUV.

One of the most notable “accessories” is the vehicle care offerings, which will provide you with amenities that will help you maximize your SUV’s elegance. There are also a number of cargo management features, whether they’re placed inside the SUV or on top. Otherwise, these accessories mostly influence convenience and entertainment. The list includes:


  • Bluetooth Music System
  • Battery Jump Starter
  • Entry Systems
  • Exterior
  • Deflectors
  • License Plate Frames
  • Interior
  • Floor Mats
  • Smoker’s Package
  • Security and Protection
  • Safety (First Aid Kit)
  • Safety (Reflective Triangle)
  • Safety (Roadside Assistance Package)


  • Trailering Hitch