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A capable SUV with lots of personality.

Chevrolet Traverse Review | CarMax

If you need a crossover SUV that has lots of interior space and a powerful engine, look no further than the Chevrolet Traverse. You'll find a variety of trims to suit your needs across 2013 to 2018 model years. Stylish and capable, the Traverse is a great choice for families on the move.

Here's what you can find in our Chevrolet Traverse review:

Chevrolet Traverse Specs & Features

  • A standard 3.6L V6 and optional turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine are available on all Traverse (2018 models).
  • A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Chevrolet Traverse models.
  • Automatic stop/start technology is standard on the Traverse. This shuts down the engine while stopped in traffic (2018 models).
  • The Traverse has a capable infotainment system standard on all models. Connect your smartphone to either Android Auto ™ or Apple CarPlay ™ and an impressive seven-inch screen.

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Reasons to Buy

1. Teen Driver Technology

Introduced as standard with the second-generation (2018-present) Traverse, this technology lets parents set limits on maximum speed and volume, as well as set an alert for speeding. Parents can review trips their teens have taken too, with a readout of activated safety alerts. A key is assigned to Teen Driver Technology, so it's always on whenever that key starts the Traverse.

2. Good Towing Capability

A strong V6 engine and sub-frame reinforcement make the Chevrolet Traverse a capable towing SUV. When properly equipped, any Traverse with a V6 engine from 2009 to 2016 can tow an estimated 5,200 pounds, reduced to 5,000 pounds for 2018 and newer models.1 This further enhances the Traverse's practicality as a strong, capable SUV.

3. Cool Tech Features

Chevrolet Traverse Review: Tech Dashboard | CarMax

Keeping up with the growing demand for technology, the 2018 Traverse offers a good selection of standard tech features across all model trims. LTE Wi-Fi hot spot technology is standard on 2016 models and newer. A suite of high-tech features is standard on 2018 and newer models.

4. Room for the Whole Family

Chevrolet Traverse Review: Backseats | CarMax

Standard eight-passenger seating is available on L and LS trims in any Traverse, in any model year. Folding second-row seats make for great third-row access. Families will make good use of the ample 24.4 cubic-feet of cargo space behind the third row in 2009 -2016 models.

5. Budget-Friendly

Regardless of the model year, the Traverse offers an impressive selection of features at great value. Ranked as one of our best-selling three-row SUVs under $25,000, there is a lot packed into the Traverse, even at entry trims. A diverse set of options give you great choices at any trim.


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What You Need to Know

Chevrolet Traverse trims

2009 to 2012 trims:

  • LS: This base-level trim includes standard power windows and doors, an AM/FM radio with CD player, satellite radio, and manual climate control.
  • LT1: Add some comfort with heated side-view mirrors, leatherette seating surfaces, and rear parking sensors.
  • LT2: Travel in style with leather seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker Bose® audio system, a power liftgate, and a rear-view camera.
  • TZ: Loaded on luxuries such as standard leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, driver seat memory and Bluetooth® connectivity. Navigation, and rear-seat DVD systems are optional.

2013 to 2016 trims:

  • LS: The entry-level trim includes power windows and doors, a satellite radio, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Siri Eyes-Free, and LTE Wi-Fi hotspot were added in 2016.
  • LT1: A small bump in standard features such as heated side-view mirrors, leatherette seating surfaces, and rear parking sensors.
  • LT2: This popular trim features easy-fold captain's chairs, available leather seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, a ten-speaker Bose audio system, power liftgate, and rear-view camera.
  • LTZ: Fully-loaded with full leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, driver seat memory and Bluetooth connectivity. Navigation, and rear-seat DVD systems are optional.

2017 to early 2018 (fleet exclusive) trims:

  • LS: The entry-level trim includes power windows and doors, a satellite radio, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Siri® Eyes-Free, and LTE Wi-Fi hotspot were added in 2016.
  • LT1: A small bump in standard features such as heated side-view mirrors, leatherette seating surfaces, and rear parking sensors.
  • LT2: This popular trim features easy-fold captain's chairs, available leather seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, a ten-speaker Bose audio system, power liftgate, and rear-view camera.
  • LTZ: Fully-loaded with full leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, driver seat memory and Bluetooth connectivity. Navigation and rear-seat DVD systems are optional.

2018 to 2019 trims:

  • L: This feature-rich base trim includes 18-inch aluminum wheels, HID headlights, LED daytime running lights, a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, tri-zone climate control, and six USB charge ports.
  • LS: The LS trim unlocks a selection of option packages, and adds deep-tinted glass.
  • LT: Choose from either cloth or leather seating upholstery. Also includes features such as fog lights, a rear power tailgate, a Bose ten-speaker audio system, heated front seats, and an eight-inch touchscreen.
  • RS: This sport appearance package adds gloss black exterior trim, black Chevrolet emblems, 20-inch black wheels, black roof rails, and grille.
  • Premier: Travel in comfort and style with 20-inch machined wheels, leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, LED headlights, a power lift-and-telescoping steering wheel, and heated second-row captain's chairs.
    Chevrolet Traverse Review: Front seats | CarMax

Chevrolet Traverse Available Colors

Available exterior colors for the 2018-2019 Chevrolet Traverse:

  • Black Currant Metallic
  • Cajun Red Tintcoat
  • Graphite Metallic
  • Iridescent Pearl Tricoat
  • Mosaic Black Metallic
  • Pepperdust Metallic
  • Sable Brown Metallic
  • Satin Steel Metallic
  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Summit White

Chevrolet Traverse CarMax Prices2

  • 2009-2016: Average price less than $25,000
  • 2018-2019: Average price less than $35,000

Years in Review

2013 Chevrolet Traverse - A refreshed look for the 2013 model year, the Chevrolet Traverse saw a new grille and tailgate design. Available with a 3.6L V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system was standard, enabling you to connect your Android® or Apple® device for enhanced function.

2014 Chevrolet Traverse - Chevrolet improved safety in 2014, adding forward collision and lane departure warning systems across on all trims. The audio system software was refreshed and updated, improving response time.

2015 Chevrolet Traverse - The technology keeps getting upgraded, adding Siri Eyes-Free in 2015. This feature is designed to help you keep your eyes on the road while using the infotainment system. A revised set of 18-inch wheel appearance packages give the exterior looks a little boost.

2016 Chevrolet Traverse - Improved connectivity for you and your passengers was added as standard on all 2016 Traverse models. OnStar 4G and an LTE Wi-Fi hotspot let anybody in your Traverse connect to the internet from the comfort of their seats (a separate data plan is needed to use this feature).

2018 Chevrolet Traverse - A brand-new redesign marked the beginning of the second generation of the Chevrolet Traverse. 2018 brought a host of standard technology, and connectivity features. Two engines are available; a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder and 3.6L V6.

Chevrolet Traverse Review: Engine | CarMax

The Bottom Line

Whether you need a family hauler with lots of space or enough USB charge ports for a long family road trip, the Chevrolet Traverse is a great package. The Traverse offers great value for budget-conscious buyers, without sacrificing comfort or modern technology.

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1 Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
2 Based on CarMax average prices between August 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
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