The Chevrolet Traverse is a full-size crossover SUV that can seat up to eight people in three rows. It has a standard 310-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine that pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission. A 257-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder goes in the front-wheel-drive RS trim level. All-wheel drive is also offered. Competitors include the Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander.
Premier and High Country trim levels add an automatic heated steering wheel. An LT Premium Package includes a 360-degree camera system, 20-inch aluminum wheels, a rear camera mirror, navigation, a Bose stereo and a household power outlet.
Chevrolet’s Traction Mode Select is standard and lets you tune the SUV to current driving conditions. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity are standard, as is 4G LTE connectivity and a Wi-Fi hot spot (data subscription required after initial trial period). Upscale available features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, wireless charging and a power-folding third row.
Traverse highlights include a roomy cabin well-suited to family-hauling and a comfortable ride. However, there are quality shortcomings in the second row, and valuable active safety features are reserved for high-end trim levels.