2017 Chevrolet Traverse

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2017 MODEL
$28,700 - $44,045 See Inventory Prices

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The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse SUV boasts of a class leading cargo space, with a mamoth 8-seater and lots of in-cabin storage which makes it one of the best SUV in the market in terms of utility. While driving this large hauler this SUV maintains its composure even at rough terrains with easy braking and steering.


7.8/10
Features

 

7.3/10
Engine

 

6.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.3/10
Interior

 

6.6/10
Exterior

 

6.7/10
Safety

 
 
 

The ultra-masculine image of the all new 2017 Chevrolet Traverse SUV may be more appealing than a minivan, but the vehicle stands tall owing to its spacious interiors, enough to accommodate 8 tall passengers. You can utilize its cargo area to the fullest with the third and second row seat down. Apart from excelling in hauling both cargo and people, the 2017 Traverse gives a plethora of options to its buyers with its various trim categories. The powertrain includes a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that has been tuned to maximize its fuel efficiency and drivability. The new models come with a new and contemporary looking infotainment system along with a more refined cabin and high-end goodies that makes the big three-row crossover an attractive option in the segment.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse Features

7.8/10

For 2017, Chevrolet Traverse is essentially offered in three main trims: LS, LT and Premier. The LS is further divided into lower trims like Base (1SM) and LS, whereas the LT is further divided into 1LT and 2LT variants. The LT trim adds 18-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, roof rails, second-row captain's chairs, a power- adjustable driver's seat along with some of the standard features at a price tag of $35,495.

Buyers are also given the option to add optional packages like Convenience and Driver Confidence package which is priced around $1795 and adds features like an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a 4.2-inch gauge-cluster information display, Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors and power rear liftgate and heated front seats.

Trim LS Base LS LT w/1LT LTw/2LT Premier
MSRP

 

(FWD)

$28,700 $31,300 $34,100 $36,650 $42,045
MSRP

 

(AWD)

NA $33,300 $36,100 $38,650 $44045
Key

 

Features

17-inch steel wheels

 

18" Machined Aluminum Wheels

1LT trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels 2LT includes all of the above Premier includes all from the previous trims plus
automatic headlights Satellite Radio Satellite Radio foglights auto-dimming rearview mirror Bose Premium Brand Speakers
roof rails and a rear spoiler  Integrated Cargo Liner heated mirrors a power liftgate Separate Rear Audio
front and rear air-conditioning Universal Tablet Holders occupant-protection airbag mounted between the front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control Heated Steering Wheel
60/40-split folding second- and third-row seats Trailering Equipment eight-way power driver seat (with two-way power lumbar) heated front seats, second-row captain's chairs (the second-row bench seat is still available as an option) Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel   leather-wrapped steering wheel Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat Premium Leather
cruise control   remote start Separate Rear Audio     8 -Way Power Driver Seat
Bluetooth phone connectivity   Turn Signal In Mirrors rear-seat audio controls  
a rearview camera   rear parking sensors Folding Rear Seatback  
6.5-inch touchscreen display and a six-speaker sound system    Rear Seat DVD Entertainment System You also get the infotainment interface, which includes Bluetooth audio connectivity, voice controls, internet radio app integration and a 10-speaker Bose audio system.  
LS model is offere only with front-wheel drive.     Graphite Edition package equips the 2LT with 20-inch wheels, special exterior trim and a navigation system.  

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Buyers of Chevy Traverse have multiple options from which to choose. Amongst them, the 1LT trim is a remarkably good choice as it meets the demands of most buyers. It comes loaded with all the necessary features like an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat and heated front seats. If you crave for more features then the 2LT would be an option worth considering as it includes a power liftgate, a Bose 10-speaker audio system, tri-zone automatic climate control among other additional features.

 

2017 Chevrolet Traverse Engine

7.3/10
The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse is an outstanding midsize SUV. It has a spacious cargo area and  ample passenger room, yet it drives like a smaller vehicle. -cars.usnews

 

Engine and Transmission

The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse is equipped with a potent 3.6-liter V-6 engine that gives the car its legs, and a powerful nine-speed automatic transmission which changes gears unassumingly. The newly redesigned engine pulls the vehicle strongly and provides sufficient power to merge into traffic and smoothly pulls out while passing by slow-moving traffic. Only while driving aggressively you'll notice some glitches with the gearbox as it becomes abrupt during downshifts but other than that the shifts are almost undetectable.

Models Chevrolet Traverse Toyota Highlander GMC Acadia Ford Exlporer
MSRP $28,700 $32,680 $41,450 $31,160
Engine 3.6L 6 cyl 3.5L 6cyl 3.6-liter V-6 engine 3.5 L 6cyl
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic 8-speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic
Horsepower 281 hp 295 hp 310 hp 290 hp
Torque 266 lb-ft 263 lb-ft 271 lb.-ft. 255 lb-ft

The competition here pulls ahead of the Traverse in terms of power output. GMC Acadia holds the crown for having the most powerful engine in its class, roaring to the top with 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque which dwarfs the number pulled by the others in the competition.

Acceleration

Even for such a big beast, the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse doesn't fail to impress us with its strong acceleration. Its 3.6-liter V6 engine is able to help the car sprint from 0-60 mph in a mere 6.7 seconds, mere milliseconds behind the performance of GMC Acadia. However, the Traverse's all-wheel-drive Premier is a little slower, at nearly 8 seconds to gofrom 0-60 mph, little slow for a crossover.

Models Chevrolet Traverse Toyota Highlander GMC Acadia Ford Exlporer
0-60 MPH 6.7 sec 7.0 Sec 6.3 sec 6.6 sec
Quarter mile 16.0 sec 15.5 sec 15.0 sec 15.0 sec
Engine 3.6L 3.5 L 3.6L 3.5L

Ride and Handling

The Chevrolet Traverse boasts of a well-coordinated handling with better suspension making the vehicle a solid all-rounder. Drivers would certainly enjoy its handling as it boosts confidence but lacks the sporty feel. Due to its large size, it may be difficult for the driver to maneuver the vehicle in tight quarters as it has a 40-foot turning circle which is a tad bit more than its smaller crossover rivals.

Braking

The brake pedals of the Traverse may not be the best in its class but it has the right amount of firmness which helps the driver be smooth in stop-and-go traffic. While the all-wheel-drive Premier takes nearly 119 feet to stop from 60-0 mph, the base trim LS takes just 135 ft for the same.

Model Chevrolet Traverse Toyota Highlander GMC Acadia Ford Explorer
Brake Front (in.) 12.8 12.9 17.0 12.8
Brake Rear (in.) 13.0 12.2 17.0 12.8
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4713 4370 3956 4443
60-0 MPH (ft.) 135 126 126 127

The competition pulls ahead in this category, with both Toyota Highlander and GMC Acadia taking 126 ft to stop from 60mph to 0, a full 10 ft lesser than the Traverse LS. The Ford is just a single step behind, or rather a single foot behind.

 

2017 Chevrolet Traverse Fuel Economy

6.1/10

Judging the Chevrolet Traverse with its rivals based on fuel efficiency makes it one of the most fuel sucking crossover SUVs out there. It is rated at 15 MPG city and 22 MPG highway for the front wheel drive version, totalling to 18MPG combined. All-wheel drive system consumes even more, and is rated at 17 mpg combined. This would bring the total driving range of the front-wheel drive to around 396 miles, whereas the all-wheel drive would run for an estimated 374 miles.

Model Chevrolet Traverse Toyota Highlander GMC Acadia Ford Exlporer
MPG (city) 15 20 18 17
MPG (highway) 22 27 25 24
MPG (combined) 18 23 21 20

The V6 powered Traverse becomes the least efficient vehicle in the segment and sits just below the Ford Explorer, which too has a poor mileage by itself. Yet again, Toyota Highlander steals the show with highest fuel economy estimates by the EPA which stands at 23 mpg combined and 27 mpg on the highway.

 

2017 Chevrolet Traverse Interior

9.3/10
If you're looking to transport a passel of passengers or a boatload of belongings, a crossover SUV such as the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse could work out well. Much of the Traverse's appeal comes from its spacious interior, with seating for up to eight passengers in three rows of seats. -Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The large size of Traverse obviously provides abundant head and legroom to its front size occupants and even the second-row occupants would also enjoy comfortable accommodations. However, since the bottom cushions are placed at a much lower height than usual, taller passengers would struggle to have more legroom. This could be addressed by sliding the seat rearward, but that would cost the legroom of those sitting on the third row.

Traverse can easily take in 8 passengers and not so surprisingly the large rear doors make it easy for the denizens to get back to the third-row seat. Even though there is a third row of seats, it is only capable of handling large kids. Those intending to use it frequently might want to give it a second thought, as it is a bit difficult to access the release to slide the second-row seat forward.

Model Chevrolet Traverse Toyota Highlander GMC Acadia Ford Explorer
Passenger capacity 8 8 6 7
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 40.4/61.5/41.3 40.7/59.3/44.2 40.3/NA/41.0 41.4/61.5/42.9
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.4/61.0/36.8 39.9/59.6/38.4 NA/58.7/39.7 40.6/61.0/39.5
Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.8/57.6/33.20 35.9/55.0/27.7 NA 37.8/50.8/32.0

Infotainment System

Chevy's MyLink infotainment system is very user-friendly with colorful graphics and its USB ports are thoughtfully placed throughout the vehicle's cabin. Some of the standard features include:-

  • 6.5-inch touch screen
  • Two USB ports
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Navigation
  • MyLink infotainment system
  • 6.5-inch touch screen
  • Two USB ports
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Navigation
  • MyLink infotainment system

Cargo volume

Traverse can indeed be named as a cargo hauling champ with its massive trunk. After dropping all of the folding seats, the car offers a class-leading 116 cubic feet. The Traverse also has the most first-row cubby storage, thus edging out over all the other competitors in its class.

Model Chevrolet Traverse Toyota Highlander GMC Acadia Ford Explorer
Cargo Volume to seats 1 (ft.3) 116.3 83.7 79.0 80.7
Cargo Volume to seats 2 (ft.3) 70.3 42.3 41.7 43.8
Cargo Volume to seats 3 (ft.3) 24.4 13.8 12.8 21.0

 

2017 Chevrolet Traverse Exterior

6.6/10
Imitation is the trend in the three-row SUV class, with many shared styling cues homogenizing the segment. The Traverse is no exception. It wears a broad version of the brand's trademark grille and the sloping roofline and shapely silhouette popular with the rest of the class. The overall look is clean and polished, if unexciting.-cars.com

Dimension and Weight

Chevrolet Traverse is the bulkiest among all its rivals with 4712lbs of curb weight but it comes with an added advantage as its outsize dimension creates expansive space for both people and cargo. Parking this huge car is not going to be an easy job though and would require a mix of patience and practice.

When it comes to road manners, the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse tackles the open highway with ease. Adding to its ride quality is the suspension, delivering an exceptionally comfy ride and so does the sound-deadening materials and body structure of Traverse which keeps the external noise at bay.

Model Chevrolet Traverse Toyota Highlander GMC Acadia Ford Explorer
Curb weight (lbs.) 4715 4370 3956 4443
Length(in) 203.7 192.5 193.6 198.3
Width(in) 78.5 75.8 75.4 78.9
Height(in) 69.9 68.1 66.0 70.0
Ground clearance (in) 7.2 8.0 7.2 7.8
Wheelbase (in) 118.9 109.8 112.5 112.8
Track width (in) F/R 67.3/67.1 64.4/64.2 64.5/64.5 67.0/67.0

Exterior Features

There are a lot of design features present on the 2017 Chevy traverse. Some of the standard features are as follows:

  • 20 inch wheels
  • 17 inch spare wheel
  • Roof rail moldings
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Dual cavity automatic halogen headlamps
  • Front fog lamps
  • Body-colored outside mirrors (heated, power-adjustable, power-folding and driver-side auto-dimming, integrated turn signal indicators)

 

2017 Chevrolet Traverse Safety

6.7/10

The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse received the highest overall rating of five star from the NHSTA and was also awarded highest rating of Good for the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats crash tests from the IIHS. It only got lowest rating for front crash prevention due to the optional Forward Collision Alert that has the ability to warn the rider of a possible collision but would not be applying the brakes.

Some of the additional safety features that has been included the SUV are lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and a rearview camera.

Standard Safety Features

  • Forward collision alertside blind zone alert.
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning.
  • Rear vision camera.
  • Industry-first front center side-impact air bag
  • Forward collision alertside blind zone alert.
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning.
  • Rear vision camera.
  • Industry-first front center side-impact air bag

NHTSA ratings

Overall Rating 5 Star
Overall Frontal Crash Rating 5 Star
Frontal Crash Rating Driver Side 5 Star
Frontal Crash Rating Passenger Side 5 Star
Overall Side Crash Rating 5 Star
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Front Seat 5 Star
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Front Seat Rear Seat 5 Star
Side Barrier 5 Star
Side barrier Driver 5 Star
Side barrier Rear Passenger 5 Star
Overall Side Pole Star Rating 5 Star
Rollover Rating 4 Star

IIHS ratings

Crashworthiness
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

 

Crash Avoidance & Mitigation
Front Crash Prevention Superior
LATCH Average

 

2017 Chevrolet Traverse Competition

Toyota Highlander vs Chevrolet Traverse

The Toyota Highlander has just the right exterior and interior size to be the ideal size for families. The crossover SUV comes with high tech safety features along with a powerful V6 engine with improved fuel economy. It offers a quiet and compliant ride to its passengers. However, the base four-cylinder engine isn't up to the mark. The touchscreen and other control knobs are placed at a far reach for its passengers. Its rivals offer far better roomier third-row seats too.

GMC Acadia vs Chevrolet Traverse

The 2017 Acadia's refined ride quality makes it one of the best cars to ride it comfortably in any kind of driving situation. The optional V6 engine provides excellent performance and has a simple cabin layout which means the vehicle looks usable at a glance. Acadia's onboard modern technology keeps you connected and also impresses you with its user-friendly tools. When compared to the previous model, the newer Acadia's third-row seats are far less accommodating. Even the priciest trim level you'll still not get the luxurious feel expected from a car in this segment.

Ford Explorer vs Chevrolet Traverse

The Ford Explorer flaunts plenty of high-tech features which are quite easy to use. It offers an optional turbocharged V6 engine to its buyers which delivers plentiful power. Explorer's cabin is quite comfortable on the highway and it maintains a steady flow in its driving ability. The storage capacity of the SUV is generous behind the third row. The legroom and headroom in the second and third row are subpar though. This SUV could also feel big and ponderous behind the wheel, which may be annoying for the driver.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse Final Verdict

The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse SUV boasts of a class leading cargo space, with a mamoth 8-seater and lots of in-cabin storage which makes it one of the best SUV in the market in terms of utility. While driving this large hauler this SUV maintains its composure even at rough terrains with easy braking and steering. It ensures a comfortable ride and handles curves with enthusiasm. The technology features offered by the Traverse are quite intuitive and one of the best in class. It can prove to be a good option for those who seek to have an SUV with utmost utility.

Pros

Smooth transmission

Efficient Engine

Suave looks

Cons

Not so good handling

Larger carbon footprint

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$28700

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

217 cu. in.

horsepower

281 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

266 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.8 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

118.9 in.

length

203.7 in.

width

78.5 in.

height

69.9 in.

curb weight

4713 lbs.

ground clearance

7.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

150.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

24.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

1698 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/18/22 mpg

highway range

352 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Chevrolet Traverse in Tungsten Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Traverse in Summit White color  2017 Chevrolet Traverse in Siren Red Tintcoat color  2017 Chevrolet Traverse in Silver Ice Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Traverse in Mosaic Black Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Traverse in Iridescent Pearl Tricoat color  2017 Chevrolet Traverse in Champagne Silver Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Traverse in Blue Velvet Metallic color
Tungsten Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.8

Engine

7.3

Fuel Economy

6.1

Interior

9.3

Exterior

6.6

Safety

6.7

Driving

7.4

Comfort

7.6

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Chevrolet Traverse LS

LS

power
281 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$28,700 - $33,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $28,700 MSRP (16/18/22) 281 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 8 NA
LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $31,300 MSRP (15/18/22) 281 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 8 NA
LS 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $33,300 MSRP (15/17/22) 281 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 8 NA

 2017 Chevrolet Traverse LT

LT

power
281 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$34,100 - $38,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT w/1LT 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $34,100 MSRP (15/18/22) 281 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 8 NA
LT w/1LT 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $36,100 MSRP (15/17/22) 281 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 8 NA
LT w/2LT 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $36,650 MSRP (15/18/22) 281 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 7 NA
LT w/2LT 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $38,650 MSRP (15/17/22) 281 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 7 NA

 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Premier

Premier

power
288 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$42,045 - $44,045


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $42,045 MSRP (15/18/22) 288 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 7 NA
Premier 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $44,045 MSRP (15/17/22) 288 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic all wheel drive 7 NA

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