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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 Tahoe. It's also a competent challenger to established three-row midsized SUVs.
The 3.6-liter V6 engine supplies quick acceleration and gets 20 mpg overall. The front seats and the second-row captain's chairs are comfortable, and the third row is roomy. An eight-passenger configuration with a second-row bench seat is available on lower trims. We like the intuitive infotainment system, but the manual sunroof shades are out of place in the $50,000 Premier trim. For 2022, the Traverse got exterior and interior styling updates, along with standard FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, LDW, LKA, a more user-friendly gear selector, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
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2018-2021
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. News for 2020 included a new infotainment system, and no more four-cylinder engine option. For 2022, active safety features such as FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection are standard on all trims. The Traverse also receives a number of exterior styling updates, as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
$30,075 - $54,125
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$28,675 - $49,525
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$25,650 - $43,050
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$22,950 - $38,150
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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.
$18,200 - $28,500
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$15,975 - $23,275
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$14,575 - $20,425
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$12,400 - $17,025
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$11,025 - $15,625
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$9,175 - $11,950
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$8,275 - $10,475
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$7,100 - $9,625
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$6,700 - $8,925
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