Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevrolet Traverse is a large crossover SUV with big interior space, quiet comfort, and an easygoing ride. Traverse can be loaded with safety and convenience features. Seating either seven or eight occupants, this crossover has changed little since its 2009 debut, apart from a mild facelift for 2013.

Little is new for 2016, except for the addition of OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, which can provide a mobile wi-fi hotspot. A Leather and Driver Confidence package now is available for the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse LT.

For many owners, the Traverse serves as a practical alternative to a minivan. Built on a car-type unitbody platform, it delivers a more friendly driving character than does a full-size SUV built on a truck-type chassis. A Tahoe, for example.

Structurally related to the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, the Traverse is among the roomiest vehicles in its class. Passengers enjoy plenty of space, actually approaching that of a big, truck-based Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban.

In the rear are two 60/40-split benches for eight-passenger capacity, or captains chairs may be installed in the second row. In that case, capacity drops to seven.

One dilemma, though, involves the Traverses long rear doors. In contrast to a minivans sliding side doors, theses biggies open wide, which may prove challenging when facing a tight parking-lot space, or trying to slip into a modest-sized garage.

Under the hood, a smooth-running 3.6-liter V6 with direct injection delivers 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, driving a 6-speed automatic transmission. Properly equipped, a Traverse can tow up to 5,200 pounds, though frequent towing calls for a Tahoe or Suburban.

Partly because the Traverse is a heavyweight, throttle response sets no records; and acceleration gets even lazier if all-wheel drive is installed. Fuel economy isnt a strong point, either.

On the safety front, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2015 Traverse a five-star rating overall. That included five-stars on all tests except for rollover, which earned four stars. Three trim levels are offered, and the top one (LTZ) includes Blind Zone and Forward Collision alerts, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Front center side airbags are available, built right into the drivers seat. Siri Eyes Free also is available, letting the driver keep eyes on the road, not the iPhone.


2014 Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevrolet Traverse is a large crossover SUV, able to haul a truckload of cargo or up to eight people. Built more like a car than a truck, Traverse uses front-wheel drive and is much lighter than a Tahoe. As a result, Traverse rides like a car, handles well and gets decent fuel economy for its size.

All-wheel drive is optional to improve stability on winter roads and, if only by a bit, expand the range of surfaces the Traverse can traverse.

Traverse was launched as an all-new model for the 2009 model year. The 2013 Traverse got new front and rear styling, plus updated infotainment systems and cabin materials.

For 2014, Traverse gained Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. Both features are standard on the LTZ version and available for the 2LT. Each alerts the driver with visual cues on the dashboard, as well as audible signals. All 2014 Traverse models added dual charge-only USB ports at the rear of the center console, for use by second-row occupants.

We found the Chevrolet Traverse to be an excellent family vehicle. It qualifies as a modern station wagon.

Underway, Traverse feels more like a big sedan than a truck. It rides comfortably and is much more stable than truck-based SUVs, which tend to lean in corners and bound over undulations. The steering is direct and responsive, very light in effort, and the brakes are easy to modulate for nice smooth stops. Drivers moving out of a compact or midsize SUV may find it bulky when parking, while folks trading down from full-size truck-based SUVs are likely to consider Traverse surpassingly carlike and nimble. It can tow a bass boat, but isnt equipped for heavy trailering.

Fuel economy for the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse is an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg City/Highway with front-wheel drive, and 16/23 with all-wheel drive. Thats hardly stellar, but it has to be measured against the ability to traverse with six or seven of your friends, without being seen in a van.

Power is provided by a 3.6-liter V6, developing 281 horsepower with a single exhaust or 288 with dual exhaust (on LTZ models). The V6 delivers strong power, though it lacks the torque of a V8. A smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Inside Traverse youll find plenty of space: more than a Tahoe but less than a van, which has similar outside dimensions. Space in the first and second rows is plentiful. The third row is bigger than most, and is even plausible for adults. Cloth or leather, the front seats are comfortable and supportive. The second- and third-row seats fold flat to open up a generous cargo area. Even with all the seats up, there is enough room behind the third row for a weeks worth of groceries, and an available power liftgate makes access easy.

Controls are easy to reach and operate. The rearview camera, which comes standard, makes backing up this big vehicle easier and safer. The dashboard is attractive, even if theres more obvious plastic inside than wed like at this price point.

For more deluxe cabin surroundings, consider the Buick Enclave or GMC Acadia, which dress the same mechanical platform in fancier furnishings. Otherwise, the Traverse may be just your ticket for moving people and cargo. More stylish and thirsty than a minivan, more efficient than a truck-based SUV, its kind of like a big family sedan with a glassed-in cargo bay in back. We used to call these types of vehicles station wagons.


2013 Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevrolet Traverse is a large crossover SUV able to haul a truckload of cargo or up to eight people. Built more like a car than a truck, Traverse uses front-wheel drive and is much lighter than a Tahoe. As a result, Traverse rides like a car, handles well and gets decent fuel economy for its size.

All-wheel drive is optional to improve stability on winter roads and, if only a by a bit, expand the range of surfaces the Traverse can traverse.

The 2013 Traverse gets new front and rear styling, updated infotainment systems and cabin materials, and on many versions offers a front-center airbag that keeps two front occupants from hitting each other in a side collision. Traverse was launched as an all-new model for the 2009 model year.

We found Traverse to be an excellent family vehicle. It is the modern station wagon.

Underway, Traverse feels more like a big sedan than a truck. It rides comfortably and is much more stable than truck-based SUVs, which tend to lean in corners and bound over undulations. The steering is direct and responsive, very light in effort, and the brakes are easy to modulate for nice smooth stops. Drivers moving out of a compact or midsize SUV will find it bulky when parking, while folks trading down from full-size truck-based SUVs will find Traverse surpassingly carlike and nimble. It can tow a bass boat but isn't equipped for heavy trailering.

Fuel economy for the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse is an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg City/Highway with front-wheel drive, and 16/23 with all-wheel drive. That's hardly stellar, but it has to be measured against the ability to traverse with six or seven of your friends without being seen in a van.

Power is provided by a 3.6-liter V6, specifically 281 horsepower with a single exhaust or 288 with dual exhaust. The V6 delivers strong horsepower though it does not have the torque of a V8. A smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic is standard.

Inside Traverse you'll find plenty of space, more than a Tahoe but less than a van, both of similar outside dimensions. Room in the first and second rows is plentiful, and the third row is bigger than most and is even plausible for adults. Cloth or leather, the front seats are comfortable and supportive. The second- and third-row seats fold flat to open up a generous cargo area. Even with all the seats up, there is enough room behind the third row for a week's worth of groceries, and an available power liftgate makes access easy.

The controls are easy to reach and operate. The rearview camera, which comes standard, makes backing this big vehicle up easier and safer. The dashboard is attractive, even if there's more obvious plastic inside than we'd like at this price point.

For more deluxe cabin surroundings, consider the Buick Enclave or GMC Acadia, which dress the same mechanical platform in fancier furnishings. Otherwise, the Traverse may be just your ticket for moving people and cargo. More stylish and thirsty than a minivan, more efficient than a truck-based SUV, it's kind of like a big family sedan with a glassed-in cargo bay in back. Now what did we used to call them?


 

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