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Editor's Overview

With its 3-row seating, spacious cargo bay and handsome styling, Chevrolet’s 2017 Traverse crossover SUV makes an ideal family vehicle. Although it lacks some of the driver-assist systems found on the Honda Pilot or Ford Explorer, the Traverse is still safe, competent and desirable.

You'll Like The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse If...

If you need room for up to eight passengers, as well as ample cargo room, the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse crossover SUV still offers one of the roomiest cabins in this field. Its $30,000 entry price is also quite appealing, as is the option of all-wheel drive.

You May Not Like The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse If...

If you’re seeking the latest in styling and advanced driver-assist features (think adaptive cruise control and collision prevention), a Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer or Toyota Highlander is a better choice. The new 2017 GMC Acadia is also a viable choice for those wishing to remain in the GM family.

What's New

Chevrolet’s 2017 Traverse SUV is relatively unchanged from last year, with an all-new 2018 model set to debut next year. Last year’s LTZ is replaced by the Premier trim while a new, lower-priced base LS 1SM is introduced.

Interior Features

Chevrolet’s Traverse crossover SUV for 2017 has three rows of seats and can be configured for seven or eight passengers. Lower trims are built for eight with a bench seat in the second row, while upper trims can seat seven with a pair of roomy captain’s chairs in the second row. Base LS models make do with cloth seating and manual-adjust front seats, while top-line Premier models have leather seats that are heated and cooled up front. Remarkably, the Traverse is big enough for adults to sit in the third row and still boast enough room behind the seats for groceries.

Exterior Features

The Traverse is now eight years into its current design, but its style is holding up, thanks to front and rear tweaks made a few years ago. The 2017 Chevy Traverse crossover SUV bucks the blocky shape of a traditional SUV with its handsome, rounded (maybe too rounded at the rear) shape. Top-line Premier versions feature exterior mirrors with electronic blind-spot monitoring — helpful due to the Traverse’s size and compromised rear sightlines. Premier models also stand out with dual-exhaust outlets, body-color moldings and chrome accents. Lower trims have a manual liftgate, while higher ones feature a power-operated one.

Driving Impressions

Despite the plethora of newer, nimbler and more fuel-efficient competitors, the 2017 Chevy Traverse remains a remarkably capable crossover SUV. Its strong 281-horsepower V6 places the Traverse well within range of all but the Ford Explorer, although fuel economy lags far behind. Getting up to speed is no problem, even with a full complement onboard. The Traverse’s ride is smooth, its handling predictable and its braking strong. The optional all-wheel drive not only improves traction in snow and rain, but also helps with dry-road cornering, which is important because the Traverse is larger and less agile than competitors such as the Nissan Pathfinder. The Traverse offers long side glass for better visibility, although with the third row in place, rearward visibility is somewhat limited. Blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera and lane-departure warning all help the driver, but more advanced driver aids such the Honda Pilot’s lane-keeping feature are not available.

Pricing Notes

The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $29,595 for the retail-order-only 1SM and $32,195 for an LS model with no options. 1LT and 2LT models run $34,995 and $37,545, respectively, while the range-topping Traverse Premier begins at $42,940. Adding AWD is an additional $2,000. Fully loaded, a 2017 Traverse can reach over $50,000. The 2017 Traverse’s starting price is slightly higher than competitors such as the Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Pathfinder, all of which are also smaller. Buyers merely seeking a bargain 3-row crossover SUV may find it in the Dodge Journey with 7-passenger seating. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. As for its resale value, we expect the Traverse to be average.

Notable Equipment

Beyond its sheer amount of vehicle for the money, the Chevy Traverse offers a good roster of standard features. The LS model gives you keyless entry, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone connectivity, AM/FM/CD/satellite audio with a 6.5-inch touch-screen display and front and rear USB ports, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity. LT trims add a power-driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear park assist, and power liftgate (2LT trim). Top-line Premier models bring leather, dual exhausts and a small bump in power, Bose premium audio, a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, and blind-spot monitoring with forward collision monitoring.

Notable Options

Options vary across trims for the 2017 Chevy Traverse, but all models can be had with all-wheel drive (AWD) for better traction instead of the standard front-wheel drive (FWD). Other extras include navigation with traffic data, blind-spot monitoring with a rear cross-traffic alert system (standard on Premier), a power liftgate, 10-speaker Bose audio, rear-seat DVD system, and a dual-panel sunroof. Chevrolet’s MyLink Touch telematics system combines Bluetooth audio streaming, hands-free phone communication, voice recognition, and compatibility with apps such as Pandora. A subscription to the new OnStar 4G LTE system with Wi-Fi is available after the initial 3-month/3-gigabyte trial.

Favorite Features

BUILT-IN WI-FIWith the ever-increasing need to be connected to our mobile devices 24/7, the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse SUV’s built-in Wi-Fi hotspot helps keep everyone happy and connected. This subscription-based service permits up to seven devices to share the vehicle’s 4G LTE system. SMART SLIDE 2ND-ROW SEATWhat good is a spacious 3rd-row seat if you can’t easily access it? In the 2017 Traverse, Chevrolet offers the Smart Slide 2nd-row seat that can be operated with just one hand, making it a breeze to get in and out of the rearmost seat.

Under the Hood

Chevy’s 2017 Traverse SUV uses a 3.6-liter V6 with direct-injection and variable-valve-timing technology that helps it achieve a decent balance of power and fuel economy. This engine produces 281 horsepower, but with the optional dual exhaust the figure rises to 288 horsepower. All models use a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift mode. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel-drive optional for drivers who need enhanced traction. While its fuel economy trails that of new rivals like the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, it can tow a couple hundred more pounds than those competitors with its 5,200-pound rating, all while running on regular unleaded fuel. 3.6-liter V6281 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm288 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm (dual exhaust)266 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpm270 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpm (dual exhaust)EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 mpg (FWD), 15/22 mpg (AWD)

Editors' Notes

With its 3-row seating, spacious cargo bay and handsome styling, Chevrolet’s 2017 Traverse crossover SUV makes an ideal family vehicle. Although it lacks more advanced driver-assist systems found on the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer, the Traverse is still safe, competent and desirable. Mimicking the ride height and family-hauling abilities of the larger Tahoe SUV, the Traverse outmaneuvers its sibling with a more sedan-like ride and better handling. Although the V6-powered Traverse crossover SUV can’t haul or pull like a Tahoe can, it can tow up to 5,200 pounds. Not as fresh or fuel-efficient as some newer competitors, the Traverse still offers such desirable features as 7- or 8-passenger seating, a big cargo hold behind the 3rd-row seat and an exceptionally quiet cabin.

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The Chevy Traverse is the most comfortable vehicle for families.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse LS

I absolutely love my Chevy Traverse! It is very roomy and comfortable. The Traverse fits 6 -8 people which is great for carpooling. It is great on gas on the highway. The third-row seating can be folded down for more room. The middle row seating can either be folded down or pulled forward for easy access to the third row. The backup camera is another great feature with the Traverse. It makes backing into parking spots and backing out of parking spots so easy. When backing up you can see everything behind you so clear on the screen and when you are getting close to something it beeps to tell you. It also shows lines in the screen also making it easy to back out or back in. This vehicle has its own Wifi which is a great feature when traveling. The On-star feature is also very nice. The on-Star feature includes roadside assistance and much more. They are very helpful. The traverse has two separate A/C units, one for the driver and passenger and another for the back. The driver and passengers can control both A/C units if necessary. The traverse offers plenty of storage space in the dash, center console and doors. The only negative thing I have to say about this vehicle is that I do not like the headrests in the driver and passenger seats. They are awkward and very uncomfortable. Other than that, my family and I enjoy this vehicle. We have two boys that are very active in sports and this vehicle has plenty of room for them and all their sporting equipment. We recently took a road trip from SW Florida to Gatlinburg, TN (about a 12 hr drive) All four of us were comfortable.

- Heather B

2017 Chevy Traverse Review

2017 Chevrolet Traverse LS

The Chevy Traverse is a roomy vehicle, with 7 passenger seating and plenty of space in the rear with the back seats down for carrying cargo and gardening items. I've been able to load large bags of mulch and topsoil along with other items in the back of my vehicle. The items that are disappointing about the vehicle include the archaic information screen in this particular model. For some reason, some of the features previously on the touch screen were eliminated, including Bluetooth options for passengers, etc., and some of the synchronization options. OnStar is available to provide driving directions in the vehicle and you can pair phones with the use of buttons located on the steering column. The location of the vents for heating and cooling are a challenge for someone that is my height, 5ft 3in. Since I tend to be a bit closer to the foot pedal, it is difficult to get the vents to blow cool or warm air relatively close to me when I would like. The cooling and heating system does keep the vehicle cool/warm in the respective climates. In the winter time, if I haven't started the vehicle with my remote start to defrost the windows, it seems to take some time defrosting the windows. I'm hoping that these few items are remedied in the newer version of this vehicle. If so, I would recommend this vehicle to persons that prefer a mid size vehicle for tasks similar to the above, as well as traveling families needing extra space.

- Jackie M

Comfortable, yet rugged design.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse LT

On occasion there seems to be lagging or racing of the engine causing the vehicle to either jolt forward abruptly upon acceleration, or lagging sensation when pushing the accelerator whereas the vehicle does not move forward upon pushing on the gas pedal. The remote has wonderful features, I am able to open the trunk by pushing a button, the same process is used for closing the tailgate. A wonderful asset to the vehicle for those who are physically challenged or even for someone who is of shorter stature and cannot reach the button on the tailgate. Vehicle seats 8 persons. It is not designed well to accommodate 3 car seats in the same row, nor to place 2 car seats and an adult in the same row of seating. Air conditioning and heating system flows well throughout the whole vehicle. Driver seat and passenger have separate heating and cooling temperature settings. Hidden area which allows you to plug your USB/MICRO cell phone in for playing music, this is enclosed area so as the phone will not fall onto floor. It is also a great option as when Bluetooth connectivity is activated or it is in car mode, you can receive or decline calls through the radio. Text messages can also be heard through radio or dismissed. For size if vehicle, gas mileage is pretty good. Comfortable ride for long or short trips.

- Kimberly N

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