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General Motors might not build minivans anymore, but that doesn't mean it’s out of the big family-vehicle market, as the Chevrolet Traverse demonstrates. Test results for our Traverse test vehicle also apply to the GMC Acadia, which differs only in styling details. Very spacious inside, Traverse comfortably seats up to eight adults while leaving some cargo space behind the third row.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

General Motors might not build minivans anymore, but that doesn't mean it’s out of the big family-vehicle market, as the Chevrolet Traverse demonstrates. Test results for our Traverse test vehicle also apply to the GMC Acadia, which differs only in styling details.

Very spacious inside, Traverse comfortably seats up to eight adults while leaving some cargo space behind the third row. Drivers and passengers should appreciate the quiet cabin, comfortable seats and well-finished interior.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (281 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (288 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Chevrolet Traverse owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“The Ac compressor broke and had to be replaced”

Chris P., FL (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“AC broke down twice in 6 months...same problem”

Chris J., MI (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Automatic climate control

“Did not self adjust”

Anonymous, IL (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“The rear blower and evaporator quit working, and it shutdown the entire system. It took Chevy 22 days to get the parts to the dealer”

Sam R., PA (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Condenser

“Condensor went out and had to be replaced”

John S., OH (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“Coils had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Evaporator

“Freon leak at rear unit”

Stephen U., TX (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“An o ring had to be replaced”

Anonymous, LA (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Squeak or rattle. Dealership had my car a month before they figured it out. Windshield wasn't installed properly”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“I was hearing a loud noise a bang for the first 2 - 3 months when driving over uneven roads pavement, pot holes, the back of the car would come down hard with a loud noise from the rear of the car. The noise has not happened for the past 2 months”

Brenda B., WI (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

“It was a super quiet car initially but after about 15000 miles the wind noise became excessive. Dealer told me that was 'normal' as gaskets will shrink (?) {BS}”

William P., IN (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“I would think that car of this type would not experience wind noise, when a car passes you notice it the most”

Thomas W., OH (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Weatherstripping and seals had to be adjusted”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering wheel vibration

“Car was bucking on acceleration. Dealer said it was a steering sensor”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“It rode rough & the local dealership replaced the shocks & struts. It rides rough in the cold climate now that the weather is warmer it rides better”

Terry S., ND (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

“squekey noise”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Tire pressure monitor

“Tire warning light comes on too many times;add air to all tires, warning light appears again. It's been an on-going problem since purchase”

Anonymous, MA (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

“my wipers stopped working initially when my turn signal was on. now they only work on high. Taking car in for service”

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Factory paint issues. Paint peeled in two spots where it was bubbled at purchase. Took several months for them to finally repair”

Jeff C., PA (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

“Transmission seal/gasket was leaking the first day I had this vehicle - apparently defective gasket or installation”

Anonymous, NC (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Voice control commands

“Would not recognize names in our phones”

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

“I was hoping to get more than 24000 miles from front brake pads.but I do live in a mountainous area,and gm vehicles have always been hard on front brake pads”

Judi S., NC (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Seat belts

“on-going problem w/rear safety belt-staying buckled while driving,/when reported to Chev Dealer=he said..can't correct as the belt stays buckled for him”

Anonymous, MA (2015 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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