Midsize or large? Whichever, the Traverse fits perfectly

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2018 Chevrolet 
Traverse AWD 3LT Leather
• Midsize SUV/crossover, AWD
• 3.6L V6 engine, SIDI, VVT
• 9-speed automatic transmission
• Trailering equipment with cooling system
• Heavy duty roof rack
• Three-row seating with tri-zone climate control
• Bose premium 10-speaker sound
• Leather seating
• Each seat has USB charging socket
• Rear camera mirror, rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, surround vision, lane change alert with side blind zone alert
• 5 Year/100k Powertrain Limited Warranty & Roadside Assistance. 3 Year/36k Bumper to Bumper
• 20 mpg (17/25 city/hwy)
MSRP: Around $45.7k, pictured, with dealer-installed options
As always, check with dealer for details

I have a theory when it comes to SUV sizes. They start out small, unassuming, polite.  Then, while you’re not watching, as model years progress, they grow, inching up from small to midsize to large, sometimes without changing the name in the marketing.
Sometime in the near future, perhaps 20, 25 years, they will have grown to monstrous size, dominating the very mountains with their roominess, wiping clouds off their windshields with cloud-sensing wipers. Moonroof will be a term that needs to be taken literally.
Until that strange day (which is only an educated guess on my part), you can enjoy the roomy effects of this increase in size in the 2018 Chevy Traverse.  Interchangeably called a large crossover and/or midsize SUV, the Traverse is a result of Chevy attempting to optimize vehicles for their markets.  They noticed that people that purchased the Traverse tended to need extra room for people, less for cargo, but still enough power for decent towing.  The result of the most recent redesign is the 2018 model.
The Traverse is built on a unibody frame. Often called a car-like frame, the unibody is a plate that the rest of the vehicle is placed upon, rather than an underlying literal frame (common among pickup trucks, off-road vehicles and others that need stiffness and towing capacity).
The unibody provides a remarkably pleasant drive. As large as it is, the Traverse was very civilized on the road, driving like a large, comfortable car.  This is helped by the engine, with a quietly hefty 310 horsepower, the vehicle accelerated easily and smoothly.
What makes the Traverse special (even in previous incarnations) is that it provides this car-like ride with a decent amount of towing capacity.  In the 2018 model, it’s rated up to 5,000 pounds, making it perfect for towing a boat or a camper, as well as loading the family and a few friends in the cabin, with what may well be more room than the full-size Tahoe.
The 3LT I drove provided a well appointed cabin to put them in as well.  Each seat in the interior has access to its own USB charger, which in this fascinating modern era we live in, is nigh essential.  Beyond that simply smart feature, the gray leather is simple and easy on the eyes, the dash is simplified as well, without being awash in buttons, utilizing the touchscreen system to great effect.
The seating is smart, easy to adjust, and comfortable, with second-row captain’s chairs and third row 60/40 bench seating.
While not a true off-road vehicle, the Traverse AWD comes with a smart AWD system that you can adjust from 2WD to AWD to Off-Road with a dial on the center console. 
Larger than its predecessor, the Traverse fills a neat slot in the Chevy lineup, providing passenger space with power and enough towing for most needs and coupling it with a decent fuel rating and comfortable drive.
Remember, according to my theory, in a few years they may be bigger than your house, so you should check them out at their spacious but reasonable size now at Ed Bozarth Chevrolet Buick.

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