Chevrolet's largest crossover, the Traverse can handle up to eight passengers and almost as much cargo as some minivans. Nothing else in its class offers more room for family living, and yet the Traverse starts at a price that fits the average shopper's budget.
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2017 Chevrolet Traverse Overview
What's New for 2017
A full redesign is coming next year, so the Traverse is unchanged for 2017, except the top trim has been renamed Premiere.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Traverse
Every Traverse carries a 3.6-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is good for 281 horsepower in LS and LT trim, and 288 horsepower in the Premiere (formerly LTZ), where it gets a dual exhaust system. Like all of GM's big crossovers, the Traverse is a front-driver with all-wheel drive optional. So equipped, it can tow up to 5,200 pounds, more than most vehicles in this class.
The Traverse offers a legitimate third row where even adults can get comfortable. With a full crew aboard, cargo space is limited to 24.4 feet, but with the rows folded, you get a cavernous 116.3 cubic feet. That's tops in this class.
The Traverse covers a lot of market territory across its four trim levels:
All models except the Base LS are eligible for a Hit the Road package with an adjustable roof rack and running boards. A panoramic sunroof is available on the 1LT and above as a standalone option.
The LS and LT models fulfill Chevy's aspiration of providing a lot of car for the money. The LS, in particular, is better trimmed than you might expect for the price. There's no getting around the fact that the Premiere's upgrades come at a substantial price. We're not crazy about the notion of non-luxury family crossover priced at $43,000, no matter how spacious it is.
2017 Chevrolet Traverse Review
With plenty of passenger room and loads of available features, the Chevrolet Traverse remains a popular model with larger families.
Pricing and Equipment
The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse starts at $32,195 (destination fees included) in its LS trim with front-wheel drive – buyers looking for all-wheel drive will shell out an additional $2,000.
With its target audience being more established families, most buyers will likely lean toward the 1LT trim, which starts at $34,995 and includes:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- 6.5-inch touchscreen audio system with six speakers
- Rear parking sensors
- Remote start
Unfortunately, advanced safety items, like forward collision alert and lane departure warning, require buyers to move up to the 2LT trim, and even then they’re still not standard.
Though it’s a little old-school in some key areas, the 2017 Traverse is still competitive.
- We found its ride quality impressive, despite this model's age
- For a larger crossover weighing around 5,000 pounds, it handles corners well
- 5,200-pound towing capacity with front-wheel drive should be plenty for most families
- No hybrid or four-cylinder powertrains to boost fuel economy
- The 3.6-liter V6 engine is smooth, but even with 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, it works harder than we expected when going uphill or accelerating
- Though it handles well, its up to 4,956-pound curb weight makes itself known at times
- We found the cabin surprisingly void of road and wind noise
- Seats are supportive and comfortable, making them great for long trips
- The third row is easy to access for children
- The cabin's unexciting styling and simple layout hasn't aged well
- Lifting items over its high cargo floor can become frustrating
- Lacks the max cargo room of a minivan
The Most Pleasant Surprise
Despite lacking some modern technology, the Traverse is surprisingly easy to drive and its ride is very controlled. Its peaceful cabin was also quite a surprise considering there is no noise-canceling technology in use.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
The lack of eagerness from its V6 engine was a bit of a turn off, especially considering the fuel economy tradeoff from a turbocharged four-cylinder. In 2018, Chevy will solve this problem with two new engines: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a more powerful 3.6-liter V6
The Bottom Line
Its looks and technology are a little dated – this all ends with the redesigned 2018 model – but the Traverse is still a solid choice for large families looking for a comfortable three-row crossover.
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