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2016 chevrolet traverse
EPA est City/Hwy
15/22
Starting at
$33,205
Engine
3.6L V6
Power
281 hp
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Starting at
$33,205
Engine
3.6L V6

Power
281 hp
EPA - est City/Hwy
15/22
Seats
8


2016 Chevrolet Traverse The Car Connection


MSRP Starting From

$33,205


The Car Connection Expert Review
Kirk Bell

Kirk Bell

Editor

MSRP Starting From

$33,205


DISLIKES
  • Unimpressive gas mileage
  • Drives heavy
  • High load floor

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Rounder shapes with flared wheel arches distinguish this large crossover SUV from the square-jawed look of Chevy's full-size truck-based SUVs..

The Traverse is essentially a tall, family-friendly station wagon. The design has changed very little since its original introduction in 2009, despite a minor facelift for the 2013 model year. Compared to its cousins, the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave, the Traverse has neither the edgier design flair of the GMC nor the retro-curvy hints of the Buick Enclave.

The Traverse features the three-bar upper grille and two-bar lower design that is common to Chevrolet crossovers. Darkened headlights and a sculpted hood round out the front end. In back, it has taillights that look a bit like those on the Camaro muscle car. Some bits chrome and brightwork give it some punch from certain angles.

Inside, the Traverse is nothing too exciting—maybe even a bit drab—but it's very functional. The cockpit design is very simple, with a layout that's pretty much a halfway point between what Chevy uses in its full-size SUVs like the Tahoe and what's in its mainstream sedans like the Malibu.

Rounder shapes with flared wheel arches distinguish this large crossover SUV from the square-jawed look of Chevy's full-size truck-based SUVs..

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The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse handles about as well as a large family vehicle can, and its ride is quiet and settled.

The Traverse is a family vehicle at its core, and it performs well enough for that use. However, with a 5,000-pound curb weight, we wouldn't call it agile or quick, though it does have a more car-like ride than GM's full-size truck-type SUVs.

Both front- and all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations are available. The Traverse feels quick enough for its intended family-hauling purpose, but we've noticed that AWD versions sap a little more power from the experience. The engine is a smooth, direct-injected 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 281 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque (dual exhaust models bump up both figures, just barely). It needs to work hard up highway grades or from a standing start. Towing capacity tops out at 5,200 pounds with front-drive.

The Traverse has pretty well-tuned, old-style hydraulic power steering, and despite its size, it responds fairly well to quick handling maneuvers. Ride quality is pleasingly compliant, and the cabin is mostly devoid of road, wind, or engine noise.

The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse handles about as well as a large family vehicle can, and its ride is quiet and settled.

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The 2016 Traverse has one of the more usable third rows on the market, and its mix of soft-touch surfaces and modern connectivity make its interior a fine place for the family.

As far as minivan replacements go, the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse is one of the best choices. It's a people-mover with seating for as many as eight passengers.

The front seats are plush yet supportive—as good as those in any other large crossover or SUV—and the adult-sized second row slides forward to provide access to the surprisingly comfortable (for children) third-row seats. A bench seat or captain's chairs are offered in the second row, and we'd opt for the bench as the individual seats aren't much more comfortable. You might find access to the back seat slightly easier with the captain's chairs, but you lose a position.

Folding the second and third rows down yields 117.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is lots of space—but not as much room as a minivan. Its cargo floor is also a bit high, which makes it harder to load than a minivan. It requires a high step up to enter the third row, too. And one other caution: The Traverse's long rear doors have some disadvantages next to sliding doors, as they tend to make entry and exit (or loading of children into booster seats) challenging in a parking lot with tight spaces—or in a garage.

Factor in the solid, high-quality buttons and switches, an intuitive control layout, and clear displays and you have a vehicle that excels from a functionality standpoint. The controls are also straightforward, and the cabin is outfitted with a pleasing amount of soft-touch materials, as well as attractive silver-accent details.

The 2016 Traverse has one of the more usable third rows on the market, and its mix of soft-touch surfaces and modern connectivity make its interior a fine place for the family.

The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse earn top-notch safety scores and offers more of the latest safety features than most rivals.

The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse is a safe pick for families looking for a crossover. It received a five-star overall rating from federal safety officials and earned top scores in all tests but the rollover test, in which it gets four stars. Although it hasn't been subjected to the IIHS's small-overlap frontal test, it earns top "Good" results in all of the insurance agency's other tests.

Together with the closely related Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, the Traverse is one of the first vehicles on the market to offer a front-center side airbag. Built into the driver's seat, this airbag helps protect the driver (or the driver and front passenger) from certain types of side impacts.

OnStar is included in all Traverse models; it includes six months of Directions and Connections service, with turn-by-turn navigation sent to the car by an operator, with no need to stop and input addresses. OnStar still includes Stolen Vehicle Assistance and an OnStar Mobile App for remote control of locking, engine starting, and remote viewing of vehicle information. Available Siri Eyes Free also helps drivers keep their eyes on the road rather than their iPhones.

Otherwise, standard safety features include parking sensors, a rearview camera system, hill-start assist (to help you start safely on a steep incline), and head-curtain side bags with rollover mitigation technology. On LTZ models, the Traverse includes blind-spot monitoring with rear traffic alert, forward collision alert, lane-departure warning—all features that may help you completely avoid a crash.

The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse earn top-notch safety scores and offers more of the latest safety features than most rivals.


NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating

2016 Chevrolet Traverse Models

Overall Rating

5/5

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating: (5/5)
Overall Side Crash Rating: (5/5)
Overall Side Barrier Rating: Not Rated
NHTSA Roll-over Resistance Rating: (4/5)



Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Ratings

2016 Chevrolet Traverse Models

Side Impact Test Good
Roof Strength Test Good
Rear Crash Protection/Head Restraint Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front Test Results Not Tested
IIHS Moderate Overlap Front Test Results Good


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The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse has a typical feature set for the class; equipment and prices build steadily as you move up the line.

The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse is offered in base LS, LT and LTZ models, each with front- or all-wheel drive. The LS model comes standard with keyless entry; a tilt/telescopic wheel; power windows, locks and mirrors; cruise control; Bluetooth; an AM/FM/XM/CD sound system; and a rearview camera. The standard OnStar system includes turn-by-turn navigation, points-of-interest information, and now 4G LTE connectivity, which can provide a wi-fi hotspot. The Chevy MyLink infotainment system is also standard. It connects with a smartphone, streams internet radio, and displays everything through a 6.5-inch touchscreen. The system even has two standard USB ports in the rear of the center console, in case kids need to charge their mobile devices.

LT models add a few extras (and the LT2 package adds even more), while the top-of-the-line LTZ gets leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate controls, and a voice-command, screen-based navigation system.

Other major options include heated and cooled front seats, a DVD entertainment system, and a power liftgate. The top-line LTZ can be equipped with a panoramic sunroof, a rear spoiler, and dual exhaust outlets.

The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse has a typical feature set for the class; equipment and prices build steadily as you move up the line.


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Given its eight-passenger seating capacity, the Chevy Traverse offers decent fuel economy.

The Traverse is a large vehicle, but it's not as heavy as GM's full-size truck-based SUVs and it has a smaller engine. That gives it slightly better fuel economy, but it's not all that impressive.

The Traverse carries ratings by the EPA of 17 mpg city, 24 highway, 19 combined with front-wheel drive, or 16/23/19 mpg with all-wheel drive. Those ratings land it dead center among three-row vehicles. Only rivals such as the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Ford Explorer 2.0T (front-wheel-drive only), and Honda Pilot are better.

Unfortunately, in real-world drives, we've seen numbers that are typically a bit lower than those estimates.

Given its eight-passenger seating capacity, the Chevy Traverse offers decent fuel economy.


Fuel Economy Information

Ratings Based on 6 cyl, 3.6 L, 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

17

Combined

5.9 gals/100 miles

15

City


22

Highway


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