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The Traverse has a quiet interior, a very comfortable ride, and responsive handling that make it a viable alternative to full-sized SUVs, such as the Suburban. It's also a competent challenger to established three-row SUVs.
The 3.6-liter V6 engine supplies quick acceleration and gets 20 mpg overall. Front- and second-row captain's seats are comfortable, and the third row is roomy. An eight-passenger configuration is available on lower trims. We like the intuitive infotainment system. The manual sunroof shades are out of place in the $50,000 Premier trim. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are available, as are a system that monitors teen drivers and a rear-seat reminder designed to prevent a small child from being left unattended.
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2018-2019
2018 Redesign Year
The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse rides on a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model, creating more rear passenger space. Motivation comes from a choice of a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine or from 3.6-liter V6, each paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Standard Traction Mode Select allows drivers to make real-time adjustments, tailoring the vehicle’s performance for the road, or even off-road, conditions. For safety, it will offer a suite of advanced features, including forward-collision warning, low- and high-speed automatic braking, pedestrian detection and braking, and lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist. A teen driver system is standard, allowing parents to set certain restrictions and review driving performance.
$23,625 - $41,725
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$21,700 - $36,350
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2009-2017
2009 Redesign Year
The Traverse, introduced for 2009, is one of GM's impressive large, car-based, three-row SUVs. You'll find a spacious and quiet interior with a third-row seat roomy enough to accommodate adults.
Seating for seven or eight is available. Handling is responsive -- especially given the Traverse's size -- and the ride is comfortable. Rear visibility isn't great, but clever extra mirrors reduce side blind spots. The smooth 3.6-liter V6 returned 16 mpg in our tests. It's mated to a six-speed automatic that sometimes hesitated to downshift; later versions have better transmission programming. A minor freshening for 2013 brought an improved infotainment system and a standard front-center airbag.
$17,300 - $27,675
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$14,625 - $23,500
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$13,875 - $19,825
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$11,625 - $16,525
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$9,850 - $14,175
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$8,050 - $10,325
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$6,900 - $9,500
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$6,350 - $8,625
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$5,700 - $7,900
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