The redesigned Chevrolet Traverse delivers room, comfort, and connectivity, providing a civilized alternative to full-sized SUVs and a credible challenge to established three-row competitors.

It shows grace and composure on the road that belies its length and overall size, handling curvy pavement with agility. The ride is comfortable; the suspension quietly smooths bumps in the road.

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Aided by a nine-speed automatic transmission, the easygoing V6 engine has plenty of power at the ready for merging and passing. The Traverse is one of the quicker three-row SUVs we’ve tested, covering the 0-to-60 mph sprint in 7.3 seconds.

It’s easy to get into the cavernous interior, which features wide, accommodating seats front and rear. The third-row seat is low and tight but tolerable if you slide the second-row chairs forward a notch.

The controls are easy to operate with large, legible buttons. The MyLink infotainment system takes center stage with its colorful, intuitive screen and lots of cool features.

Despite its modern cabin appointments, the Traverse’s interior ambience feels low-rent for its price, reinforced by the clunky manual roof sunshade.

A rear-seat reminder designed to prevent drivers from leaving a child behind is standard, but only the top trims have automatic emergency braking.

Read the complete Chevrolet Traverse road test.

HIGHS: Ride, room, braking, quietness, controls, access
LOWS: Advanced safety features only on pricier trims, manual sunroof shade feels cheap, only two-way lumbar support
POWERTRAIN: 310-hp, 3.6-liter V6 engine; 9-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
FUEL: 20 mpg on regular fuel
PRICE AS TESTED: $49,945

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the February 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.