Chevy Traverse excels in large crossover class
Chevrolet's big, eight-passenger crossover, the Traverse, enters its sixth year, having received some exterior styling tweaks, interior enhancements and new technology last year, designed to make a great vehicle even better.
Prices for 2014 begin at $30,795 for the base LS model with front-wheel drive, and run as high as $43,255 for the LTZ with all-wheel drive.
Arguably one of the best of its class, the Traverse is an eight-passenger large crossover with lots of room for the family and their stuff.
Changes last year brought a more-athletic exterior design, which included a new power-dome hood, horizontal grille, headlights, chrome accents and sculpted front corners. The changes were intended to make the Traverse look more like other Chevrolet car models.
In the middle of the dash is a standard touch-control radio with a 6.5-inch color screen, with the addition of the optional MyLink infotainment system, which is available with or without navigation.
There are larger controls for the heating and air conditioning system, and front seats have headrests that can be adjusted forward and backward along with up and down. This allowed finding a comfortable position that kept the headrest from being an annoyance.
The front passenger seat has eight-way power adjustment, and there is wood trim standard on the midlevel LT and top-end LTZ models. Three interior colors are offered, with cloth on lower grades and leather on the LTZ model we tested.
Built on a car-style unibody structure, unlike traditional SUVs that are on a truck chassis, the Traverse is one of a trio of large crossovers from General Motors that share the same architecture. The others are the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia.
A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and all models are available with either seven- or eight-passenger seating, and front- or all-wheel drive.
To make the Traverse one of the roomiest of the crossover vehicles, the wheels were moved as close to the four corners as possible.
Body fit and finish, including gaps between body panels, were designed to be comparable with those of premium sedans from Lexus and BMW. Wind tunnel testing helped give the vehicle a sleek exterior, with a 0.33 coefficient of drag, an important design aspect in achieving the best possible fuel economy.
The Traverse comes with GM's OnStar satellite-based communications system, which reports automatically to an OnStar operator if the vehicle is involved in an accident. During routine driving, the OnStar system provides such features as turn-by-turn navigation and directions to restaurants, hotels or other points of interest.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Operating loss widens at Highmark parent
- Consol Energy files for IPO of coal spin-off
- Conventional gas, oil drillers seek rules differing from shale industry in Pennsylvania
- U.S. Steel considers temporary shutdown of Minn. plant
- Stocks of Pittsburgh-area companies set record in March
- Pittsburgh region’s unemployment rate stays steady
- 6-year stock market rally still going strong, bulls say
- Home prices rise as supply still tight
- Increased credit card use reflects confidence, flat wages
- Falling demand for steel not likely to reverse any time soon
- Internet gambling results ‘disappointing’ so far