We have had our car for 4 months and have had to already put $1,000 into it for repairs. The a/c condenser in the rear air went out a week before vacation. While on vacation the transmission started acting up and shifting hard. Also, the right front strut is going to need to be replaced. We sold my 4runner so that we could buy a newer vehicle with less mileage to avoid having problems that an older vehicle has. This car barely had over 50k and all of these problems already. I would expect it with an older car, but not this new. Disappointed to say the least.
I bought the Traverse to replace my 2014 Honda Pilot. I was looking for an 8 seat SUV with s similar overall size to my Honda Pilot, but with some additional legroom for my growing kids. There is a noticeable amount of increased leg room in all rows, with the 3rd row being much better than the Pilot. This was my biggest reason for going for the Traverse. The Traverse, AWD version, has increased towing capacity over the Pilot as well. I also like the infotainment system better than what I had in the 2014 Pilot.
My wife and I were shopping for an SUV because she grew tired of minivans. She saw a traverse and fell in love. She likes being up off the pavement higher than the van and likes the third row seat. She also likes how the seats in the rear and middle fold forward flat for hauling large items. Me being mechanically minded had questions about the traverse's 3.6L engine. I found some reports of the timing chain jumping out of time. I researched and talked to 3 or 4 mechanics. Two who work for a Chevrolet dealer. They told me that changing the oil regularly (about 4 to 5k miles on full synthetic which is what the manual calls for) will keep the chain running smooth. Fuel mileage is good at about 22 on the interstate. Ride is comfortable.