SUM UP (3 Stars)

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Traverse in 2015

The Chevrolet Traverse gains a revised 18-inch wheel style, Siri Eyes Free, Ebony/Saddle Up as an interior color option, and Siren Red Tintcoat, Sable Metallic, and Blue Velvet Metallic as exterior color options...
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Vehicle Overview

The Chevrolet Traverse is a seven- to eight-passenger crossover that competes in the highly competitive three-row crossover segment. The Traverse sits above the Equinox and below the Tahoe/Suburban in Chevrolet’s lineup.

Summary

The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse is offered in front- or all-wheel drive, which gets paired with a six-speed automatic. All models use a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque (or, 288 hp / 270 lb-ft with an available dual exhaust) that is rated by the EPA for 17/24 mpg city/highway in FWD and 16/23 mpg in AWD. The ride is quiet enough that drivers can communicate with third row passengers at a normal volume.

Family friendly features on the 2015 Traverse include 12 cupholders, a SmartSlide system for the second row that offers easy entry to the third row, two charge-only USB ports for the second row on the back of the center console, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, and a rear-seat entertainment system. The Traverse also features a number of advanced safety features, including an industry first front center airbag (it keeps the passenger and driver safe during side-impact crashes), side blind zone alerts, rear cross traffic alerts, and lane departure warnings.

The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, the highest possible rating. In IIHS testing the Traverse received four ratings of good (the highest possible rating is good).

What We Think

The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse helps us to forget about the last of the automaker’s efforts at crafting a minivan. “Surely this is better than the statement made by those poor sad folks forced to get a minivan,” a thought no doubt many of the almost 100,000 new owners of a Chevrolet Traverse in 2014 may have had. The improved styling (as of the 2013 redesign), easy-to-live-with dynamics, and adequate power all have helped to make the Traverse the success it is. Perhaps more telling are the comments we made even as a 2013 Traverse was beaten by a 2013 Mazda CX-9 in our 2013 Family Crossover comparison.

Despite the fact that the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse excels over the 2013 Mazda CX-9 in so many practical categories that relate to utility and comfort, the Mazda has a performance margin over the Traverse in every dynamic respect. We've found that driving makes a difference not only in safe maneuverability around town but also secure maneuverability in those remote places where vacation travel takes you. It's this factor, which is all-important to AUTOMOBILE, that makes the Mazda CX-9 the winner in this match-up.

The Chevrolet Traverse is a perfectly logical choice for anyone considering a large family-hauler of a vehicle, and is certainly an attractive alternative to the ever-unpopular minivan. If you care about the same things we do (your presence on this site might be evidence of that) you should turn to more sporting fare, like the aforementioned Mazda.

You’ll Like

  • Lots of standard features
  • Up to eight passengers
  • Attractive sheetmetal

You Won’t Like

  • High curb weight
  • Can get pricey
  • Engine feeling dated

Key Competitors

  • Mazda CX-9
  • Ford Explorer
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Honda Pilot

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