2015 Chevrolet Traverse

MSRP $30,995 - $41,935

Ranked #4 in Suv

8.2

Overall Rating

2015 Chevrolet Traverse Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 29, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2015 Chevy Traverse is one of many offerings in the vast range of SUVs from Chevrolet. It is a three-row full-size crossover SUV that made its debut in the year 2008. Although it hasn’t got any generation upgrade yet, the SUV has gone through a lot of changes and updates over the years since its launch. That being said, the 2015 Traverse is more or less a carryover model with a few minor updates.

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Pros

Best-in-class cargo space

Stable and comfortable ride

Impressive reliability ratings

Upscale interior

Cons

The infotainment system controls are not very intuitive

The heft can be felt while driving

The HVAC system is not very competent

High load floor

What's New?

Revised 18” aluminum wheel appearance

Siri Eyes Free (available on models equipped with the MyLink infotainment)

New Ebony/Saddle Up interior color combination


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30995

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

91 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

217 cu.in.

horsepower

281 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

266 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

118.9 in.

length

203.7 in.

width

78.5 in.

height

69.9 in.

curb weight

4647 lbs.

ground clearance

7.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

150.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

116.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1764 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/24 mpg

highway range

528 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LS$30,995 onwards

LT$33,795 onwards

LTZ$41,935 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 Chevrolet Traverse in Blue Velvet Metallic color
Blue Velvet Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

7.0

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


Offered broadly in three different trim levels, the Chevrolet Traverse has a starting price range of $30,995 to $43,935, depending on the trim level and spec. At its price range, it competes with the likes of Ford Explorer, GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot, and other similar three-row crossover SUVs in the market. With decent interior space, comfortable ride, top crash test scores, and an attractive warranty scheme, the Chevrolet Traverse manages to be among the top choices in its segment.


9.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2015 Chevrolet Traverse Features

9.0/10

Chevrolet offers the 2015 Traverse in three different trim levels to choose from, viz. LS, LT, and LTZ. The midrange LT trim is further subdivided into two sub-trims, viz. 1LT and 2LT. The 2015 Chevy Traverse comes standard with 17” steel wheels, keyless entry, automatic headlights, roof rails, 6.5” touchscreen display, and Bluetooth phone connectivity. You can upgrade to the higher trims for other features like 18” alloy wheels, a power liftgate, and more.

Trim

LS

1LT

2LT

LTZ

MSRP

$30,995

$33,795

$36,295

$41,935

Key Features

17” steel wheels

In addition to, or replaces LS trim features with:

In addition to, or replaces 1LT trim features with:

In addition to, or replaces 2LT trim features with:

 

Keyless entry

18” alloy wheels

Power liftgate

20” alloy wheels

 

Automatic headlights

Power adjustable driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support

Heated front seats

Driver seat memory functions

 

Roof rails

Wood-grain interior trim

Tri-zone automatic climate control

Power adjustable passenger seat

 

6.5” touchscreen display

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirrors

Blind-spot monitoring system

 

Bluetooth phone connectivity

Rear parking sensors

2nd-row captain’s seats

Forward collision warning

We Recommend

Among the four available specs for the Traverse, the top-of-the-line LTZ trim might just be the better choice, if not the best. It might seem to be a bit expensive at first, but it is definitely worth the price, mainly because of the fact that it is the only trim that comes with several advanced active safety features, such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Moreover, it is the only trim with standard leather upholstery, and an inbuilt navigation system to mention among the few. 

2015 Chevrolet Traverse Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse is powered by a standard 3.6L V6 engine under the hood across the trim level, producing a maximum of 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. The dual exhaust outlet in the LTZ trim bumps the power output to 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic gearbox sending power to the front wheels via a front-wheel-drive drivetrain. But the customers have the option to upgrade to an optional all-wheel-drive system.

While the power output figures might seem adequate for its segment, the Chevrolet Traverse is among the slowest in the competition. But for the Chevrolet Traverse, towing capacity matters more than outright performance, and the Chevrolet Traverse does a pretty good job at it. When properly equipped, it can tow up to 5,200 pounds.

Model

2015 Chevrolet Traverse

2015 Ford Explorer

2015 GMC Acadia

2015 Honda Pilot

MSRP

$30,995

$30,700

$33,975

$29,870

Engine

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

Drivetrain

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

5-speed automatic

Power

281 HP @ 6300 rpm

290 HP @ 6500 rpm

281 HP @ 6300 rpm

250 HP @ 5700 rpm

Torque

266 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm

255 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

266 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm

253 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.0

7.5

7.8

7.6

Quarter mile (seconds)

16.3

NA

16.1

NA

Top speed (mph)

91

122

110

112

With a 0 to 60 mph time of 8 seconds, you wouldn’t call the Chevrolet Traverse fast, even for a segment where performance and top speed are not that important. Speaking of top speed, the Chevrolet Traverse tops out at 91 mph, which is outright disappointing. If we look at the competition, with a decent 0 to 60 mph time of 7.5 seconds, and a top speed of 122 mph, the Ford Explorer is the clear winner here, followed by the Honda Pilot. Even its corporate cousin, the GMC Acadia is pretty competent in this regard.

2015 Chevrolet Traverse Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The front-wheel-drive variants of the SUV can deliver up to 17, 24, and 19 mpg respectively in the city, highway, and combined, respectively. The all-wheel-drive variants on the other hand drop that figure to 16, 23, and 19 mpg in the same order, which is a marginal difference from the front-wheel-drive variant. The fuel economy figures are pretty decent considering its size and weight, and this makes the Chevrolet Traverse pretty competitive in the segment in this regard.

Model

2015 Chevrolet Traverse

2015 Ford Explorer

2015 GMC Acadia

2015 Honda Pilot

MPG (city)

17

17

17

18

MPG (Highway)

24

24

24

25

MPG (Combined)

19

20

19

21

Fuel Capacity

22.0

18.6

22.0

21.0

Range (City/Highway)

374.0 / 528.0

316.2 / 446.4

374.0 / 528.0

378.0 / 525.0

In terms of fuel economy, the Chevrolet Traverse and most of its competitors are in a similar ballpark. The Chevy also has one of the largest fuel tank capacities making it quite suitable for long-distance driving. However, the Honda Pilot offers the best fuel economy in the competition with a slight margin.

2015 Chevrolet Traverse Interior

9.0/10

The interior of the Chevy Traverse has a pretty mature design to it. Good build quality and the use of high-quality materials make it a pretty nice place to be in. While the base trim might feel a bit bare-bones, the addition of wood-grain interior trim from the 1LT trim makes it a pretty worthy upgrade. But if you want leather upholstery, you have to opt for the range-topping LTZ trim. The base LS trim also comes with manually adjustable front seats, but with the option to upgrade to a power-adjustable setup for the driver’s seat. 

With gradual upgrades along with the lineup, the top-of-the-line LTZ gets fully equipped with standard power-adjustable front seats with power-adjustable lumbar support, heated and ventilated front seats, driver-seat memory functions, and a heated steering wheel. As for the 2nd and 3rd-row seats, it is a 60/40 split-folding set up in the base model. The 2LT trim upgrades the 2nd-row seat to captain’s chairs, with the option to keep the bench seat if you want to. But the top-spec LTZ only comes with the captain’s chairs for the 2nd row.

Model

2015 Chevrolet Traverse

2015 Ford Explorer

2015 GMC Acadia

2015 Honda Pilot

Seating Capacity

8

7

8

8

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.4 / 61.5 / 41.3

41.4 / 61.3 / 40.6

40.3 / 61.6 / 41.3

40.0 / 61.5 / 41.4

2nd row Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4 / 61.0 / 36.8

40.5 / 61.0 / 39.8

39.6 / 61.0 / 36.8

39.8 / 62.2 / 38.5

3rd row Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.8 / 57.6 / 33.2

37.8 / 50.8 / 33.2

38.4 / 57.8 / 33.2

38.2 / 58.9 / 32.1

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

24.4 – 116.3

21.0 – 80.7

24.1 – 116.1

18.0 – 87.0

Although might not be the best, the Chevrolet Traverse still provides a pretty spacious and accommodating cabin for its segment. The Ford Explorer is a bit of a miss in this regard due to the cramped 3rd-row seat, mainly because of its inadequate shoulder room. Standout interior features include:

  • Power adjustable front seats with power-adjustable lumbar support
  • Driver side memory functions
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery

How intuitive is the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse’s infotainment unit?

The center stack houses the 6.5” touchscreen display for the infotainment system. The base trim comes equipped with a CD player, satellite radio, and a 6-speaker sound system to listen to music, with connectivity features like Bluetooth, and USB and AUX ports. A premium 10-speaker surround-sound system from Bose is available as an option on all the trim levels. The 2LT trim gets the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment interface, which includes Bluetooth audio connectivity, Internet radio app integration, and new Siri Eyes Free technology. The LTZ trim gets the MyLink with navigation which equips the infotainment system with an inbuilt navigation system.

The MyLink infotainment system’s UI is straightforward to learn and pretty intuitive to use as well. It has large and easy-to-use controls so that the customers can seamlessly integrate their smartphones with the infotainment system for hands-free calling, music streaming, and much more. There is also an optional rear-seat entertainment system available on all the trim levels so that the rear seat passengers don’t get bored during long journeys. Some other salient infotainment features include:

  • 6.5” infotainment display
  • 6/10-speaker sound system
  • CD player
  • Satellite radio
  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
  • USB ports
  • Aux port
  • Inbuilt navigation system
  • Rear seat entertainment system (optional)

2015 Chevrolet Traverse Exterior

9.0/10

Not a very striking design, but the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse is one of the sportier-looking SUVs in its segment. The smooth body lines are accentuated by a power dome hood, streamlined headlamps and fog lamps, chrome accents, and sculpted front corners. Wheel sizes vary from 17-, 18- and 20 inches depending on the trim level.

At 203.7 inches, it is one of the longer SUVs in the segment, and it also has a class-leading wheelbase of 118.9 inches. Starting off at 4647 lbs, it is also among the heavier ones in the competition. At 7.2”, its ground clearance is a bit low compared to the rest of the SUVs in its segment.

Model

2015 Chevrolet Traverse

2015 Ford Explorer

2015 GMC Acadia

2015 Honda Pilot

Curb Weight (lbs)

4647

4557

4656

4299

Length (in.)

203.7

197.1

200.8

191.4

Width (in.)

78.5

78.9

78.9

78.5

Height (in.)

69.9

70.4

72.6

70.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.2

7.6

7.6

8.0

Wheelbase (in.)

118.9

112.6

118.9

109.2

The Chevrolet Traverse is the longest in its competition, which explains its class-leading cargo capacity. The wheelbase remains the same for the Chevy Traverse and the GMC Acadia. The Honda Pilot has the shortest wheelbase and it is also the lightest SUV in the competition. Few major exterior features include:

  • 17”/18”/20” wheels
  • Chrome door handles standard on all models
  • Outside heated power-adjustable
  • Power-folding mirrors 
  • Power liftgate standard on 2LT and LTZ models
  • Panoramic sunroof (optional)

2015 Chevrolet Traverse Safety

6.0/10

Developed on the GM Lambda platform, the Chevrolet Traverse has a strong body structure that absorbs crash energy and provides a protective “safety cage” around occupants. Standard safety tech in the Traverse includes front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, four-wheel antilock disc brakes (ABS), traction, and stability control. 

Another major safety component is the segment’s first Front Center AirBag which deploys from the inboard side of the driver’s seat and inflates between the driver and front passenger, providing added protection for both front occupants in side-impact crashes. Then there are the crash avoidance systems, standard on LTZ, which equips the SUV with a high-resolution camera mounted on the windshield, along with a few sensors as well.

Chevy’s commitment to safety is shown in the cash test reports. The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse scored an overall NHTSA rating of 5 stars, with 5 stars in almost all the individual tests, except the rollover test, where it got 4 stars with a rollover risk of 16.9%. To prevent crashes from happening in the first place, the Chevrolet Traverse has a few available driver-assistive technologies like:

  • Forward collision alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Side blind zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert systems
  • Electronic stability control with rollover mitigation
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

2015 Chevrolet Traverse Final Verdict

The 2015 Chevy Traverse is a decent choice in its segment. Where it lacks in the performance department, it kind of makes up for it with its upscale interior, comfortable ride quality, and best-in-class practicality with its massive cargo space. The lower trim level does lack in terms of advanced driving aids, but the fact that the SUV is pretty strong with regards to its construction and body structure makes it one of the safest vehicles in the market. With all these in mind, the Chevrolet Traverse should definitely be on your test-drive list when looking for a vehicle of its class.

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