General Motors might not build minivans anymore but that doesn't mean they're out of the big family-vehicle market, as three-row SUVs such as the Chevrolet Traverse, and Buick Enclave corporate siblings demonstrates. The GMC Acadia, formerly one of the three-row SUV siblings, has been redesigned for 2017 and is now on a different platform.
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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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
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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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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 they're out of the big family-vehicle market, as three-row SUVs such as the Chevrolet Traverse, and Buick Enclave corporate siblings demonstrates. The GMC Acadia, formerly one of the three-row SUV siblings, has been redesigned for 2017 and is now on a different platform.

These large SUVs are all very spacious inside, comfortably seating up to eight adults while leaving some cargo space behind the third row. Drivers and passengers should appreciate the quiet cabins, comfortable seats, and well-finished interiors.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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 (288 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (281 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Chevrolet Traverse owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"When I had 40,000 miles.Took to dealer, 130.00 just to look at it. Can't afford right now."

Anonymous, MN (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Would not display systems information"

Martin M., MI (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"occasional non-recognition of ipod device.via USB"

Anonymous, OR (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

"MP3 player would not always connect to USB play and when it did it tried to play MP3 and radio stations at the same time. It also corrupted my MP3 flash drive so badly that I couldn't even erase it and I had to throw it away. Replaced it with an aftermarket Kenwood unit."

David H., MO (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Maps are out of date and no one knows how to update them. Also, not as easy to use as my 7 year old Garmin portable"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

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

"Air Conditioning would not blow cool air."

Mark H., GA (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"A month ago the passenger side and third zone climate control stopped working. The problem is with the "blixer". Not resolved yet due to COVID19 crisis. Had this problem with my previous Chevrolet vehicle too."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Evaporator

"LEAKING, this is the 4th AC repair and a different cause each time per the dealer."

Anonymous, (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"it took the dealer 3 shop visit before they find the leak"

Gideon L., OK (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 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

Pulsation or vibration

"Brakes continue to vibrate"

Anonymous, (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Front brake rotor pulsation. Replace rotors with OEM replacement and same problem returned within 8000 miles"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

"Front rotor warping"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Squeaking

"I would hear a squealing noise when I turned steering wheel all the way left or right"

Oscar M., CA (2017 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"on the driver side passenger door the chrome pinstriping began to peel up, it appears that when the passenger door was opened it was rubbing against the driver door and peeling the chrome. The car only had 4,000 miles on this when it happened and we had to pay for the repair out of pocket for the repair, the dealership and we contacted GM were no help. The chrome pinstriping on the passenger side of the car is loose also(we checked there is no evidence of vandalism). We glued the passenger side ourselves. I feel there is a defect on the chrome trim and am very displeased GM has done nothing to help us."

Aimee M., NY (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint chips & scratches VERY easily"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Chevrolet Traverse 3.6-L V6)

"On the hood of the car you can see defects in the paint."

Aimee M., NY (2017 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

Power steering pumps and hoses

"The hose sprung a leak at the connection and caused the fluid to leak."

Anonymous, (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Being a brand new vehicle, I expected a much smoother ride. I drive about 60 miles each day to and from work on major highways and streets. I feel every tiny bump, manhole cover, and pot hole that I drive over. It is a very uncomfortable and rough ride"

Anonymous, KY (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"apparently steering column brackets were installed upside down at the factory. They came loose causing violent shaking felt at the steering wheel and later throughout the car. I had it towed in for repair. I actually thought something was wrong with the wheels or even the brakes."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 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

Air or water leaks

"Sunroof drain clogged. Water poured into the vehicle during rain storm. Vehicle is stored in a garage except when in use. I don't feel it should have clogged."

Anonymous, (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"It is much noisier now than it was when we bought it four months ago - highway noises, wind noises, rattles"

Anonymous, KY (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

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.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"faulty valve"

Anonymous, (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Check engine light came on. Dealer replaced emission valve under warranty."

Anonymous, (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"This was part of the alternater problem, not a separate problem. The pulley was not replaceable, alone (by design), so the alternater, with it's new pulley, had to be replaced."

Anonymous, AR (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

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

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Alternater pulley free-wheel mechanism quit working, alternater had to be replaced."

Anonymous, AR (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"I started to notice that my car was jerking sometime when shifting on the go."

Anonymous, MO (2017 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

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

Transmission Minor

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Cooling

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

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.

Drive System

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

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.

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