2018 Chevrolet Traverse

 
 
2018 Chevrolet Traverse
 

2018 Chevrolet Traverse

MSRP 
$33,045
Invoice 
$32,084
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 18 mpg City, 27 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.6L Gas V6, 310 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 8
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The red-hot crossover segment has been a battlefield for auto manufacturers over the last decade. GM has gone to great lengths to help its new line of SUVs stand out from the competition and differentiate themselves from the segment. The Traverse has typically occupied the upper end of the segment size-wise, yet still this new generation has gained in overall length while its near cousin the Acadia has shrunk a few inches. Capitalizing on this extra space has been a point of concentration for GM as well as modernization. There are USB ports for all 3 rows; an auto open feature similar to Ford's as well as available 4G- LTE onboard Wi-Fi.

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What's New For 2018

The Traverse's newly redesigned exterior is now longer and wider than the previous iteration while removing 362 lbs of overall weight. GM makes good use of the space with a new split-folding second-row seat and second-row captain's chairs for easier one-hand access to the third-row seating. New standard features include LED taillights, chrome exterior accents, Android Auto, Apple Car Play and keyless entry. The Traverse now offers a choice of two engines: a standard 3.6L direct injected V6 engine producing 305 horsepower and 260 lb-feet of torque and an a sporty RS trim level that includes a 2.0L Turbo Ecotec engine making 255 horsepower and 295 lb-feet of torque. All trim levels come paired with a 9-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. All trims are offered in either all-wheel or front-wheel drive except the RS which comes as front-wheel drive only. With a sub 7-second 0-60, a combined 21 MPG rating, a 5000-lb plus towing capacity and all the tech features buyers have come to expect, the all new Traverse makes a strong argument for itself.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2018 Chevrolet Traverse

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system with traction control
    • Daytime Running Lamps, LED
    • Air bags, frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger, driver inboard seat-mounted side-impact and head curtain side-impact for all rows in outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • OnStar Basic Plan for 5 years includes select vehicle mobile app features, Advanced Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification (Does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations.)
    • OnStar Guidance Plan Limited Trial Service including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Advanced Diagnostics and more (trial excludes Hands-Free Calling minutes) (Fleet orders receive a 6-month trial. Visit www.onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Not all vehicles may transmit all crash data.)
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • Passenger Sensing System sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child/presence detector (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Rear seat reminder
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Teen Driver mode a configurable feature that lets you activate customizable vehicle settings associated with a key fob, to encourage safe driving behavior. It can limit certain vehicle features, and it prevents certain safety systems from being turned off. An in-vehicle report gives you information on your teen's driving habits and helps you to continue to coach your new driver
    • Tire Pressure Monitor, includes Tire Fill Alert (Does not monitor spare.)
    • Horn, dual-note
  • Entertainment Features
    • OnStar 4G LTE and available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot offers a fast and reliable Internet connection for up to 7 devices; includes data trial for 3 months or 3GB (whichever comes first) (Available Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
    • USB ports
    • Audio system, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7" diagonal color touch-screen and AM/FM stereo, includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and most phones; featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phones
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) Bright Silver painted aluminum
    • Tires, P255/65R18 all-season blackwall
    • Wheel, spare, 18" (45.7 cm) steel
    • Tire, compact spare, T135/70R18, blackwall
    • Active aero shutters, upper and lower
    • Moldings, Black bodyside
    • Moldings, rocker, Black
    • Headlamps, high intensity discharge
    • Mirror caps, Black painted
    • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, Black, manual-folding
    • Glass, deep-tinted
    • Wipers, front intermittent with washers
    • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
    • Door handles, body-color
    • Liftgate, rear manual
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front bucket
    • Seating, 8-passenger (2-3-3 seating configuration)
    • Seat trim, Premium Cloth
    • Console, front center with 2 cup holders, covered storage bin with storage and removable tray
    • Floor covering, color-keyed carpeting
    • Floor mats, color-keyed all rows
    • Steering wheel, urethane
    • Cup holders, 10 total
    • Lighting, interior with theater dimming, cargo compartment, reading lights for front seats, second row reading lamps integrated into dome light, door-and tailgate activated switches and illuminated entry and exit feature
    • Visors, driver and passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, covered
    • Umbrella holders, driver and front passenger doors
    • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
    • Defogger, rear-window electric
    • Sensor, humidity and windshield temperature
    • Air conditioning, tri-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver, right front passenger and rear seat occupants
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
    • Keyless Open, includes extended range Remote Keyless Entry
    • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
    • Windows, power, with driver and front passenger Express-Down
    • Compass display, digital
    • Display, 3.5" driver instrument information, monochromatic
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted controls for audio, phone and cruise
    • Steering column, tilt
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, 3.6L V6, SIDI, VVT (310 hp [232.0 kW] @ 6800 rpm, 266 lb-ft of torque [361 N-m] @ 2800 rpm)
    • Transmission, 9-speed automatic
    • E10 Fuel capable
    • Engine control, stop-start system
    • Traction Mode Select
    • Axle, 3.49 final drive ratio
    • Front wheel drive
    • Battery, heavy-duty 600 cold-cranking amps
    • Alternator, 170 amps
    • GVWR, 6160 lbs. (2800 kg)
    • Suspension, Ride and Handling
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, 17" front and rear
    • Tool kit, road emergency

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - - TBD -
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - - TBD -
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - - TBD -
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - - TBD -
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 170
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LFY
    • Engine Type - Gas V6
    • Displacement - 3.6L/- TBD -
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 310 @ 6800
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 266 @ 2800
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 120.9
    • Length, Overall (in) - 204.3
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 78.6
    • Height, Overall (in) - 70.7
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 67.3
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 67
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - - TBD -
    • Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - - TBD -
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 8
    • Front Head Room (in) - 41.3
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 62.1
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 58.1
    • Second Head Room (in) - 40
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 38.4
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 62.2
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 56.9
    • Third Head Room (in) - 38.2
    • Third Leg Room (in) - 33.5
    • Third Shoulder Room (in) - 57.5
    • Third Hip Room (in) - 48.5
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 21
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 18
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 27
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Pwr Rack & Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - - TBD -
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - N/A
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Chevrolet Traverse
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - - TBD -
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - QO5
    • Rear Tire Order Code - QO5
    • Spare Tire Order Code - ZCD
    • Front Tire Size - P255/65R18
    • Rear Tire Size - P255/65R18
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - M3V
    • Trans Type - 9
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - - TBD -
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.49
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Sport Utility Vehicles
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 8.4
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 x - TBD -
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 x - TBD -
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - 18 x - TBD -
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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Introduction

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, a full-size crossover, is fully redesigned.

With fresh SUV styling, the 2018 Traverse features a new chassis and a new powertrain with 3.6-liter V6 engine making 310 horsepower.

The engine has all the right stuff: double overhead cams, aluminum block and head, variable valve timing, direct high-pressure fuel injection. Even with 20 more horsepower than the old V6, the new 3.6-liter gets better fuel mileage: 21 Combined miles per gallon with front-wheel drive, versus the previous 18 mpg EPA ratings.

The new chassis adds 2.0 inches to the wheelbase but only 0.7 inch to the length, while dropping 111 pounds overall to tip the scale at 4362 pounds. Chevrolet claims class-leading passenger space for eight people (seven with captain’s chairs), class-leading legroom in the third row, and class-leading cargo volume.

Two new models are added for 2018, Traverse RS, with a new turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 engine, and the luxurious Traverse High Country. Both the I4 and V6 engines use a smooth 9-speed automatic transmission, but only the V6 gets all-wheel drive.

Rivals among full-size crossovers include Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango, Mazda CX-9, Honda Pilot, and Nissan Pathfinder.

Lineup

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is available in seven models and trims: L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country. The stripped L model ($30,925) is mostly for fleet use. The 3.6-liter V6 and 9-speed automatic transmission are standard.

Traverse LS ($33,045) is equipped with premium cloth, three-zone climate control, six USB ports, HID headlights with LED running lights, rearview camera, keyless ignition, 18-inch wheels, 7.0-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Traverse LT Cloth ($35,545) gets different 18-inch wheels, SiriusXM satellite radio, and power driver/passenger seats. A ($1,795) Convenience and Driver Confidence Package adds remote start, a larger 8.0-inch infotainment screen, heated front seats, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, and a power liftgate.

Traverse LT Leather ($42,145) includes leather-appointed seats on the first and second rows, 20-inch alloy wheels, surround-view camera system, a 10-speaker Bose stereo, a larger display in the instrument cluster, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with Chevy’s trick Rear Camera Mirror. The LT Leather also includes the Convenience and Driver Confidence Package as standard, and adds a navigation function for the 8.0-inch infotainment system.

Traverse Premier ($45,445) adds LED headlights, 20-inch wheels, a memory function for the driver’s seat, a heated steering wheel, vented front seats, and a heated second row. The ($475) Driver Confidence II Package adds active safety systems, including lane departure warnings with active lane control, forward collision warnings with low-speed automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, active front lights. A ($2,495) Redline Edition Package adds a range of sporty, blacked-out options, as well as a panoramic sunroof.

Traverse High Country ($53,045) adds a standard twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, front pedestrian braking, high-speed automatic emergency braking, and upgraded interior materials.

All-wheel drive is a ($2,000) option on LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, and Premier.

All versions of the 2018 Traverse come standard with GM’s latest OnStar technologies. While 4G LTE wifi connectivity gets a lot of attention, Chevrolet’s Teen Driver and Family Link programs will give parents peace of mind. The former delivers reports on a young driver’s on-the-road behavior, while the latter allows parents to set boundaries on things like speed and the volume of the audio system. It also allows parents to set a maximum driving range. The system can also send text and email alerts.

Walkaround

Chevy designers wanted the Traverse to look like an SUV, not a crossover, and it does. It will fool everyone. It has the lines and shape of a classic Chevy Tahoe, as intended.

But it’s not a truck, it’s a crossover, built on a chassis shared with the Malibu. The truck demeanor is just pretend, and retro to boot: ironically, the previous generation Traverse, unashamedly a big crossover, looked smoother and cleaner, on its rounded lines.

It stands upright, with tall sides. The front is smooth, having a big grille with a gentle shape (unobtrusive black plastic in lower trims, handsome and modest chrome rails in higher trims) and discreet sweeping headlamps, available in Chevy’s D-optic LED design. The nose rolls up to the hood, and down over a black horizontal air intake to the body-colored bumper.

The C-pillar is thick and angled aggressively forward, conveying forward motion. The rear window is pinched at the bottom to give the pillar room to stretch; the corner shape adds to the flow of the shoulder line and roofline.

The straight wraparound rear glass nicely complements the roofline. The slim wraparound red taillamps are high at the shoulder line, which gives the rear end an uplifted look, at the same time creating a blank face that needs to be filled on the tailgate with a ridge and some sharp concavery. If it weren’t for the Chevy bowtie badge on the rear liftgate, it could be almost anything.

Interior

The cabin is also truck-inspired, so much that it seems to be shouting that it wants to be a Tahoe. The centerstack is high and wide, and meets a big flat dash. The quality of materials is highly dependent on the trim level, but even the LS has attractive plastics with a solid, durable feel, and bits of leather trim on the doors. The range-topping High Country shares some of the same plastic, however it comes with its own rich reddish leather called Loft Brown, which contrasts nicely with the bits of black plastic throughout the cabin. With door panels and dash trimmed in synthetic suede and wood, it’s one of Chevrolet’s best cabins.

The front seats are wide and supportive, and even the LS seats are eight-way power adjustable. We did 250 nonstop miles in an LT Leather model in comfort.

The second row, whether a bench or captain’s chairs, feature GM’s SmartSlide feature, improved for 2018. The bench seat splits and folds, while the curbside captain’s chair flops for easy access to the third row.

In the third row, the legroom is best in class with 33.5 inches, a fraction more than the Ford Explorer with 33.3. The Honda Pilot drops to 31.9 inches and the Nissan Pathfinder to 30.7. We squeezed a large person into the third row, 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds, and he managed to climb back without struggle and found a comfortable position, or so he said. Then we put three smaller persons in the third row, and they complained about lack of legroom. They didn’t want to hear “best in class.”

That made a full eight passengers for a test run, with three more in the second row, complaining about lack of shoulder room. We were glad for the new 310-horsepower V6 engine.

Realistically, it’s a six-adult vehicle. The optional captain’s chairs are four-way adjustable, to make it with more space.

The Traverse offers a ton of cargo space. There’s a vast 23 cubic feet behind the third row, much more than any sedan. With the third row flat it swells to 58.1 cubic feet, as much as some smaller crossovers have with their second row dropped. With both rows flat, it’s a vast 98.2 cubic feet, blowing the Explorer, Pilot and Pathfinder out of the water.

Driving Impressions

The new 3.6-liter V6 is much more pleasant than the old 3.6-liter V6. It makes 266 pound-feet of torque to go with its 310 horsepower, and it comes on low for a non-turbo engine, at just 2800 rpm. It’s very lively from a standing start, with an aggressive throttle response, and it’s smooth and linear up into high rpm. It has a new sound, too, deep and resonant under hard acceleration. The powerband is perfect for passing, whether at 45 mph on a two-lane or 65 mph on a freeway.

The 9-speed automatic transmission is also a big improvement. It’s slick and barely noticeable under gentle throttle, then quick-shifting under hard acceleration. Importantly, it’s consistent and the shifts come at predictable times.

If only the steering were as good as the powertrain. It’s heavy, numb on center, and offers little feedback. But something makes the Traverse feel lighter in the corners, so it’s easier to make the corrections demanded by the lifeless steering. That something might be the independent suspension with MacPherson struts in front and five links in rear, trying to make the handling more nimble and predictable.

Still, it handles better than the last Traverse. Nothing like a Mazda CX-9, but it won’t trip over itself in the twisties. The brakes are stouter in 2018, as well.

Summary

The Chevy Traverse looks like an SUV, a slightly smaller Tahoe, but it’s really a crossover. We like the new V6, new 9-speed, and new cabin with all its space. If you’ve got a big family, four or five kids, we recommend checking out the Traverse against its many worthy rivals.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

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Local taxes, license fees and other local fees, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, and where applicable, finance charges — these fees are also excluded from Dealer Invoice and MSRP and would be excluded from most advertisements you might see.
Random ’special qualification’ rebates — i.e., for new college grads only; for customers trading in a specific type of car.  Ask your dealer Representative for more information on ’special qualification’ rebates.

CarQuotes Estimated Dealer Price

The Estimated CarQuotes Dealer Price is an estimate of the pricing presented to CarQuotes members from CarQuotes Authorized Dealers in your area, and is calculated by subtracting an estimated savings value from the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") as well as a value that relates to invoice for the "ideal vehicle" you configured. Dealer documentation, administrative or similar processing fees are not included in the price estimate. Any vehicle configured on the CarQuotes website is an "ideal vehicle" and may not exist at a CarQuotes Authorized Dealer or any other partner dealer. Each Dealer attempts to match a member’s vehicle preferences with the best possible selection from current, in-stock inventory.

Estimated Savings

The Estimated Savings represents the estimated amount of savings off of MSRP available to you from CarQuotes Dealers for a vehicle consistent with your configured preferences plus any customer incentives currently available.  This is also true when it comes to CarQuotes estimated target prices. Your actual savings will depend on several factors including market conditions, the style of vehicle you select, installed options, dealer coverage, and applicable manufacturer incentives. Each dealer sets its own pricing.

Advertised Rebates, Special Manufacturer Financing or Leasing Programs

In most cases, you must choose between these programs OR a customer rebate or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive that may or may not already be included in your CarQuotes.com Target Price. So, your final price may go up if you take advantage of special manufacturer financing. Credit Union members should contact their Credit Union loan department to determine what type of loan and financing options are right for you.

Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.

Options

This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.

 

Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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