2016 Chevrolet Traverse

MSRP $28,700

Ranked #15 in Suv

7.5

Overall Rating

2016 Chevrolet Traverse Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 23, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Chevrolet Traverse comes with no cosmetic or mechanical changes for 2016 except for the addition of OnStar service. The Traverse as usual provides a massive three-row cabin along with one of the best cargo capacities in its class. Apart from that it also provides great comfort and the 3.6L V6 engine provides a smooth ride. But the pros end there as the aging V6 suffers from slow acceleration and poor fuel economy figures. 

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Pros

Comfortable ride

Spacious cabin

Top-rated reliability

Segment-best cargo space

Cons

Lackluster performance

Low fuel economy

What's New?

The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse adds OnStar 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hotspot.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$28700

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

166 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

162 lb.-ft. @ 4200 rpm

transmission

Continuously variable speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

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

dimensions

wheelbase

105 in.

length

185 in.

width

71 in.

height

66 in.

curb weight

3494 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

128.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

63.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1301 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/26/29 mpg

highway range

458.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ 100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LS$28,700 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 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

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

7.8

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

6.5

Safety

8.2

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


Other than the highly practical cabin and competitive pricing that starts at as low as $28,700 for the base trim there is hardly anything that the Traverse promises to offer that its rivals can’t. Speaking of rivals the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse locks its horns with the likes of Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, and Buick Enclave. Let’s see in this review how this budget crossover SUV fairs against them.


8.5/10
Features

7.8/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

6.5/10
Exterior

8.2/10
Safety


2016 Chevrolet Traverse Features

8.5/10

The Chevrolet Traverse is offered in five trims, the Base trim that costs $28,700 is offered only with front-wheel-drive, the Base trim features a 6.5-inch touch infotainment system along with ample standard features. Above that is the LS trim that includes all the base features along with some upgrades, the LS starts at $31,205 and can be added with an all-wheel-drive for a $2,000 premium. The LT w/1LT starts at $34,005 and the LT w/2LT at $36,505. The top of the line trim LTZ starts at $42,145 and includes 20-inch wheels, variable effort power steering, and upscale interior features.

Trims

Base LS

LS

LT w/1LT

LT w/2LT

LTZ

MSRP (FWD)

$28,700

$31,205

$34,005

$36,505

$42,145

MSRP (AWD)

-

$33,205

$36,005

$38,505

$44,145 

Key Features

Outside power-adjustable manual-folding black mirrors

Adds or upgrades to ‘Base’

Adds or upgrades to ‘LS’

Adds or upgrades to ‘LTw/1LT’

Adds or upgrades to ‘LTw/2LT’

 

Chrome door handles

Sirius-XM Satellite Radio

Heated outside mirror

Second-row captain’s chair

20-inch alloy wheels

 

Black roof rail moldings

Enhanced Driver Information Center

Rear Park Assist

Power-remote lift-gate

Dual-outlet exhaust with bright tips

 

Rear spoiler

 

18" machined-aluminum wheels

10-speaker Bose premium sound system

Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning

 

Automatic headlights

 

8-way power-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar control

Heated front seats

Power-folding outside mirrors

 

17-inch steel wheels

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Tri-zone automatic climate controls

Driver’s seat and side mirror memory function

 

Rear vision camera system with display integrated into 6.5-inch touch-screen

 

Remote vehicle start

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Radio w/ Navigation

 

Remote Keyless Entry

 

 

 

Leather upholstery

 

Premium Cloth seating

 

 

 

Cooled front seats

 

OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot

 

 

 

Heated steering wheel

 

Acoustic Insulation Package

 

 

 

 

We Recommend

We suggest picking the LT w/2LT trim that starts at $38,505 with all-wheel drive and includes features like eight-way power-adjustable seats, heated front seats, a power lift-gate, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a ten-speaker Bose audio system along with much more.

2016 Chevrolet Traverse Engine and Performance

7.8/10

The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse is powered by a 3.6L naturally aspirated V6 gasoline engine as standard on all of its trims. The V6 engine puts out 281 horsepower along with 266 lb-ft of torque. The V6 comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and powers the front wheels as standard. 

All but base trim can also opt for the available all-wheel-drive Overall the engine feels smooth at all RPMs along with linear torque delivery which makes the Traverse a good highway cruiser. Although the aging V6 shows its weakness as the Traverse clocks 8.1 seconds to go from 0-60 mph and took around 16.3 seconds to cover a quarter-mile both the numbers are the slowest in the segment. The braking performance is also average as it takes a distance of 126 feet to stop from 60 miles per hour.

Models

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Buick Enclave

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Ford Explorer

MSRP

$28,700

$39,065

$30,345

$31,050

Engine

3.6L V6

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

281 hp @ 6300 rpm

288 hp @ 6300 rpm

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

290 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

266 ft-lbs @ 3400 rpm

270 ft-lbs @ 3400 rpm

262 ft-lbs @ 4700 rpm

255 ft-lbs @ 4000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.1 sec

7.9 sec

6.2 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter mile (sec)

16.3 sec

16.3 sec

14.8 sec

14.6 sec

Top Speed (MPH)

126 MPH

118 MPH

128 MPH

127 MPH

Coming to rivals, all of them are powered by a V6 but the Buick Enclave charges the highest for the V6 plus six-speed automatic gearbox combo. The Chevrolet Traverse has the lowest asking price among all. Although the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer easily manage to beat the Traverse by a big margin in both the 0-60 mph and quarter-mile runs.

2016 Chevrolet Traverse Fuel Economy

5.0/10

According to the EPA, the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse does 15 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg combined when equipped with front-wheel drive, with four-wheel drive the combined mileage number drops by one mpg across all three parameters. The Chevrolet Traverse comes with a 22-gallon fuel tank and offers a respectable 330 miles and 480 plus miles range in the city and on the highway respectively.

Models

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Buick Enclave

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Ford Explorer

MPG (city)

15

15

18

17

MPG (highway)

22

22

26

24

MPG (combined)

18

18

21

20

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

22.0

22.0

19.5

18.6

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

330/ 484/ 396

330/ 484/ 396

351/ 507/ 409

316/ 446/ 372

As for the rivals the Honda Pilot even though has the best performance manages to outshine the competition in terms of fuel economy too. The Honda Pilot returns 3 mpg more in the city, 4 mpg more on the highway, and 3 mpg more combined compared to the Chevrolet Traverse. The Buick Enclave shares the mechanicals with the Traverse so it returns identical fuel economy figures.

2016 Chevrolet Traverse Interior

7.0/10

The Traverse's cabin is quite a nice place to be in, it's spacious, quiet, and comfortable, especially the third-row seats which are more usable than most of its competitors. The third row on the Traverse can actually fit adults although average-sized adults. It is still impressive as it does not compromise the cargo capacity behind the third row. 

As standard, there are not many creature comfort features on offer but as you climb the trim ladder you will unlock nifty features like automatic climate control, power-adjustable seats, power-adjustable and folding outside mirror, auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, and a few more. Not giving these features as standard is the secret behind the competitive pricing of the base trim.

Models

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Buick Enclave

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Ford Explorer

Passenger capacity

8

7

8

7

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

40.4/ 61.5/ 41.3

40.4/ 61.6/ 41.3

40.1/ 62.0/ 40.9

41.4/ 61.5/ 42.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.4/ 61.0/ 36.8

39.4/ 61.3/ 36.8

40.2/ 62.0/ 38.4

40.6/ 61.0/ 39.5

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/ 57.6/ 33.2

37.8/ 57.4/ 33.2

38.9/ 57.6/ 31.9

37.8/ 50.8/ 32.0

Cargo Capacity with rear seats up (cu-ft.)

24.4

23.3

18.5

21.0

Talking about the cargo capacity, Traverse has the best in class cargo capacity, behind the third row there are 24.4 cubic feet of cargo space, if you fold the third row the space increases to 70.3 cubic feet, and folding the second row the cargo capacity jumps to 117.5 cubic feet which means the Traverse can haul a large family or 117.5 cubic feet worth of stuff. In terms of cabin space, the Traverse is only second to the more than generous cabin of the Ford Explorer. Although the Traverse has a more usable third-row space while the Explorer has a more spacious second row. Key interior features include:

  • Front and rear air conditioning
  • 60/40-split folding second and third-row seats
  • Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel
  • Available power-adjustable driver’s seats
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Available heated steering wheel

How intuitive is the Chevrolet Traverse’s infotainment system?

The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse offers a 6.5-inch touchscreen display with AM/FM/CD player as standard for the infotainment system. As you go for the higher trims you will add Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system. For this year Chevrolet has also introduced the OnStar connectivity suite that adds 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot. Key infotainment features include:

  • 6.5-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker stereo w/ CD player
  • Bluetooth audio connectivity
  • Satellite radio
  • Available 10-speaker Bose sound system

2016 Chevrolet Traverse Exterior

6.5/10

Since the Traverse was first introduced back in 2009 the design hasn't changed much other than a minor facelift in 2013 which only added some modern bits to make it look relevant. The Traverse is curvy with smooth flowing lines but does not lose the taller stance of a traditional SUV. The looks and design of the Traverse are simple, tasteful, and elegant. Overall, the exterior design of the Traverse is quite subtle which is perfect for buyers who don't like to draw too much attention. On the flip-side, this kind of design language ages well with time. 

Models

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Buick Enclave

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Ford Explorer

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,713

4,724

4,220

4,443

Length (in.)

203.7

201.9

194.5

198.3

Width (in.)

78.5

79.0

78.6

78.9

Height (in.)

69.9

71.7

69.8

70.0

Ground clearance (in.)

7.2

7.6

7.3

7.8

Wheelbase (in)

118.9

118.9

111.0

112.8

Dimensionally the Chevrolet Traverse is second to none and is the longest vehicle and comes with the longest wheelbase in the competition. While the Buick Enclave remains 0.5-inches wider and 1.8-inches taller than the Traverse. The Ford Explorer has the highest ground clearance of 7.8-inches which is 0.6-inches more than the Traverse’s ground clearance. Key exterior features include:

  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Automatic headlights
  • Available power-folding outside mirror
  • Rear spoiler
  • Available 18- and 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Available panoramic sunroof

2016 Chevrolet Traverse Safety

8.2/10

The Chevrolet Traverse has put up a stellar show in the crash-test ratings of both the NHTSA and IIHS. The NHTSA rated the 2016 Traverse with a perfect score of five stars for the overall, front, and side crash test while the rollover test was rated as four out of five-star ratings. The IIHS gave the 2016 Traverse a rating of ‘Good’ in all its four parameters while the ease of use of LATCH was given the second-best rating of ‘Acceptable’. Key safety features include:

  • Forward collision alert w/ side blind zone alert
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Rear vision camera
  • Front center side-impact airbag

2016 Chevrolet Traverse Final Verdict

The Chevrolet Traverse is strictly a budget family-hauler. It has loads of space and practicality with high-reliability ratings. But then you will have to compromise with the performance and the gas mileage. The cabin quality is also average for the segment and honestly, you get what you pay for. Thus if you are on a shoestring budget then only we would recommend going for the Traverse otherwise the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot would be a far better choice.

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