Take a Tour of the Chevrolet Traverse


The Chevrolet Traverse is a mid-size SUV that shares its platform with the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave. This proven formula brings peace of mind, but it also comes with enough uniqueness to make the Chevrolet Traverse a distinctive model. In its latest iteration the Traverse climbs a few steps up with more modern features, more power, lower weight and better fuel efficiency.

Design of the Chevrolet Traverse

In terms of looks, the latest Chevrolet Traverse has very fresh styling, with large, angular grille and sleek headlights. Sheet metal of the vehicle also features sharp lines.

The first and second row windows are bordered with chrome surrounds that separate the third-row windows, giving both the feeling of elegant compactness and practicality.

Interior of the Chevrolet Traverse

The latest Traverse brings more space overall. Legroom has increased for both second and third rows, which makes the Traverse more accommodating that the Highlander or the Pilot. The second row seats can slide and recline to give more room for the third row, or more comfort to the second one. Moreover, third row seats get additional foot space under the second row seats, as well as bottle holders and USB chargers.

Storage is also plentiful, with large door bins, deep central console bin, cup and bottle holders, glovebox and another bin in front of the gear selector. Lower trim levels can come with 8 seats.

The spaciousness of the Chevrolet Traverse is further emphasized by the total available cargo space of a massive 2790 l. 650l is available with all seats up and there is an additional underfloor compartment.

However, it’s not all about space. Ergonomics in this vehicle are amazing. Seats are easily adjustable and finding the right position is a breeze.

The seats are obviously geared more towards comfort than sporty driving and that is completely in line with the main use of the Traverse.

In terms of tech, the interior is awesome. Just some of the standard features on even the base trim level include 3-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, 7” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Of course, as you start stepping up with more elaborate trim levels, the list of amenities increases greatly. But, we’ll get to that below.

Engines and Drive of the Chevrolet Traverse

The Traverse gives more of a push in this latest generation. It carries a similar engine as last years model, the 3.6 l V6, but now it has more power and torque, anew gearbox and a lighter body to push. The total power and torque stand at 310 hp and 266 lb-ft, respectively. The gearbox is a fine nine-speed, fuel-saving unit. All of this translates to 12.9 l per 100km combined, and a respectable 8.7 l on the highway.

However, it’s not all about efficiency. When you push the pedal, the Chevrolet Traverse is very enthusiastic. The gearbox is a big reason for this enthusiasm, and in normal conditions the shifts are smooth and seamless. Similarly, if you want to overtake and you press the pedal harder, the gearbox instantly understands and downshifts without hesitation.

There is also a 2.0 l turbo with 257 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. However, this engine comes only with the RS trim level and only with FWD.

Suspension is amazing. Settling after a rough bump is quick and confident and comfort is among the best in class. It is worth saying that the new Traverse is 180 kg lighter than the previous one and that it shows both in terms of performance and agility.

Trim Levels for the Chevrolet Traverse

There are five trim levels in total. If you opt for a FWD Traverse, you can choose between LS, LT and RS, while going for AWD removes the RS, but adds the LT True North, Premier and High Country.

The LS kicks off the lineup with loads of airbags with Passenger Sensing System, OnStar Safety & Security Plan with 1-month coverage, reversing camera, electronic stability system, Teen Driver function, electronic traction control, ABS, hill start assist, Traction Mode Select which controls suspension, engine and gearbox settings, manual liftgate, LED DRLs and LED taillights, power mirrors, 18” wheels, automatic 3-zone climate control, cruise control, ambient lighting, eight seats, MyLink system with 7” screen, Wi-Fi hotspot and six USB ports.

Stepping up to LT adds different wheels, trailering pack with heavy-duty cooling system, fog lamps, lane change alert with blind zone alert, rear park assist and cross traffic alert, power rear liftgate, remote starting, leather steering wheel, heated front seats, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar adjustment and 8” touchscreen.

The LT True North has all of the abovementioned but adds switchblade AWD system, 20” wheels, 360 camera, rear camera mirror, 2-panel sunroof, leather seating surfaces, satnav and premium Bose sound system.

The next one is the RS which is noticeably different, mostly due to the four-cylinder turbo engine. Aside from that, it features everything that the lower trim levels have plus dedicated 20” wheels, black bowtie emblems, black ice grille and black side rails. These features are unique to the RS.

The Premier trim level adds new 20” wheels, low speed forward automatic braking and pedestrian braking, forward collision alert with following distance indicator, automatic high beam, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, hands free programmable power liftgate, perforated leather seats, vented front seats, heated second row seats and wireless charging.

High Country is the very top of the stack. It includes all of the amenities from the lower trim levels and adds twin-clutch advanced AWD, 20” polished aluminium wheels, adaptive cruise control with automatic braking and premium perforated leather seats.

Come see everything the Chevrolet Traverse has to offer at our Calgary car dealership, Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick at 4620 Blackfoot Trail SE. You can also give us a call at (403) 243-4200, or book a test drive online now. We are happy to show you all the features of this vehicle and answer any questions you may have. See you soon!

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