The 2018 Chevy Traverse vs. the 2018 Ford Escape

2018 Traverse

Chevrolet has returned to the drawing board this year with the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. It is longer, wider and a little taller than in previous models. It is closer to being a small van than an SUV, and all of those added inches go into boosting the cabin space. The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse treads a thin line between being a pleasant, family-friendly SUV and being more like something muscular and able. Fresh styling inside the cabin and a revamped body style, a pleasing powertrain, a comfy, and roomy interior help put the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse at the top of its class.

The 2018 Ford Escape still looks strong, rigid, and even elegant if you compare it up against something as dated as the Subaru Crosstrek. It does not fare too well against the 2018 Chevy Traverse at all– although, a big change from the early generation Escapes and its micro-Explorer design to help it somewhat.

Externally the 2018 Ford Escape is easy on the eye with a few cosmetic changes over the previous model. Inside it is a different story; too many swelling surfaces and intricate cutlines make it a hectic environment.

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Driving Performance & Cargo Capacity

Under the 2018 Traverse’s hood is a more powerful 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 305 horsepower. A 9-speed automatic is the only gearbox on offer throughout the range, but you do have the choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. All the Chevrolet engines have the cylinder deactivation technology from Chevy that will close down the engine to four cylinders in light load circumstances, such as highway driving, coasting, or deceleration. The 3.6-liter’s performance feels out of the ordinary for a Chevy crossover SUV, but it is the sound that amazes.
Three engines are available in the 2018 Ford Escape specifications. Do not even bother with the entry-level engine unless your budget is very tight. The entry-level two and a half-liter four-cylinder engine is capable and somewhat smooth, but it has the worst fuel economy for its size, and it is the slowest off the line.

Even with passengers in the third-row of seats, there’s a remarkable amount of cargo area available. The 2018 Chevy Traverse has 23 cubic feet, which is beyond the cargo area offered on most mid-range sedans. Lay the second row of seats down, and the volume increases to 58.1 cubes, the Chevy Traverse has a maximum of 98.2 cubic feet with all the rear seats folded down. The Chevy offers more cargo volume than the 2018 Ford Escape and by a significant amount.

Cargo space is mid-range for the Escape’s size. It boasts 34 cubic feet behind the back row of seats, which increases to 68 cubic feet once the back seats are folded down. The 2018 Ford Escape has a gesture-activated tailgate that operates at the swing of a foot. The Escape’s cargo floor also has a dual-position floor, and the containing space is unvarying and tired looking.

Chevrolet Traverse Interior
Chevrolet Traverse Interior

Interior & Technology

The interior of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse features state of the art safety and convenience technology. Improved cargo and passenger comfort with beautiful styling touches and more premium features. There is enough room for eight passengers in the three-row 2018 Chevrolet Traverse cabin.
The contrasts between these two vehicles demonstrate absolutely how dramatic styling can eat into interior space. The dash restricts the knee room of even average height passengers, and the footwells taper almost to a point. There’s ample of headroom, but the Escape’s optional panoramic sunroof has a low hanging mount, which cuts into the headspace significantly.

The options available on the 2018 Traverse include a rearview camera, a power liftgate, a DVD player and XM Satellite Radio. Heated and cooled front seats can add extra comfort for driver and passengers. All models feature a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth, six USB ports, keyless ignition.

For its price range, the 2018 Escape delivers somewhat impressive tech features, a reversing assist camera, climate control air conditioning, adaptive cruise control, an audio system featuring 6 speakers, and Ford’s proprietary “Sync” infotainment module with a four-inch center mounted the screen.

Why Us at Castle Chevrolet North?

Why should you buy your new 2018 Chevy Traverse from Castle Chevrolet North, Arlington Heights, IL? Our excellent customer service and extensive Chevrolet catalog have put us at the top of preferred dealers of Chevrolet vehicles. Our sales teams resolve to exceed your hopes from your first test drive of a 2018 Chevy Traverse to the moment you drive off the lot in it. Our enthusiastic, passionate sales team will give you the best possible experience when purchasing your new 2018 Chevy Traverse. Our technologically advanced service department uses the most current analytical and repair apparatus available today and our experienced factory-trained specialists will deliver professional, quality care to safeguard the longevity of your new purchase.