Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2014 Chevrolet Traverse OVERVIEW
Situated between the compact Equinox and the full-size Tahoe in Chevrolet's lineup, the Traverse is emerging as a buyer's favorite in the growing midsize crossover category.
And for good reason. The Traverse has plenty of versatility in its DNA—you'll find the option of all-wheel drive and the flexibility of seating for seven or eight passengers. A Traverse can also tow up to 5,200 pounds, which should be enough for a good-size boat or smaller camper.
What's New for 2014
Advanced safety features are becoming more common—Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning features are new to the 2014 Traverse.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Traverse
The Traverse comes with a single engine—a 3.6-liter V6 powers that produces 288 horsepower with dual exhausts or 281 horsepower with a single exhaust.
Your first major choice is between front-wheel and all-wheel drive. We often advise buyers who don't need all-wheel drive against the extra weight, added cost and decreased fuel efficiency, but you'll pay only a slight mileage penalty here—a front-wheel drive Traverse, rated at 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway, beats the all-wheel drive by only 1 mpg in each category.
Trim levels at Chevrolet tend to range from Spartan to luxurious, and can create dramatically different ownership experiences. As with most Chevy products, therefore, we suggest skipping the entry-level $31,670 LS. Either LT—priced from $34,885 and $37,740—is nicely equipped, while the $42,130 LTZ includes upscale features that aren't necessarily standard on luxury-class SUVs.
If you need eight-passenger seating, it's standard on the LS and 1LT, and optional on the 2LT. The LTZ limits passenger capacity to seven.
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