2016 Chevrolet Traverse Overview
Pros & Cons
- Smooth, stable handling
- Hushed, attractive interior
- Outstanding cargo capacity
- Above-average predicted reliability
- Transmission reluctant to downshift
- Can feel sluggish under hard acceleration
Notable for 2016
- OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hot spot
Chevrolet Traverse Rankings and Research
The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse ranking is based on its score within the Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Chevrolet Traverse has a score of 8.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 61 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
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2016 Chevrolet Traverse Review
According to our analysis of professional reviews and data, critics think the Traverse has one of the best interiors in the class. It's quiet and spacious, with comfortable seats. The Traverse has outstanding cargo capacity as well. While its engine power is just adequate, the Traverse rides smoothly and is pretty maneuverable considering its size.
When it comes to price, the Traverse is on par with its closest rivals, but more expensive than many smaller midsize SUVs. The base Traverse starts around $31,200, and the highest trim starts at about $42,000. The highest trim comes standard with most of the features that the Traverse offers, and a fully loaded Traverse will likely top out under $50,000.
The Traverse has above-average predicted reliability for the class, and Chevrolet covers the Traverse with a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty.
The Traverse comes standard with a V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It has enough power for most driving situations, but not so much that you'll be able to blow by other cars on the highway. The transmission shifts smoothly, but it occasionally hesitates to downshift when more power is required.
Midsize SUVs aren't known for their great gas mileage, and the Traverse is no different. It gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway, which lags behind most V6-powered competitors.
Agile For a Midsize SUV
Front-wheel drive is standard on the Traverse and all-wheel drive is available. The Traverse is fairly maneuverable considering its size, and it feels smooth and stable when cornering.
Still, the Traverse cannot match the agility of rivals like the Mazda CX-9, and it can be cumbersome in crowded parking lots or other tight spaces.
While the Traverse isn't as ideal a towing rig as the Dodge Durango, it does have a 5,200-pound tow rating when properly equipped, so you can hook a small trailer up if you need to.
Upscale Cabin Feel
High-end materials are used throughout the Traverse's cabin, especially on the higher trims, making the interior look and feel fairly luxurious. The cabin is also well-insulated from outside noise.
The Traverse seats eight people, but second-row captain's chairs are available that drop capacity to seven. With captain's chairs or a bench seat, the second row slides forward and backward to provide additional legroom where it's needed.
The first two rows of seats have ample head- and legroom. Some reviewers think the third row also has enough space for adults to sit comfortably, but others say that it's cramped for anyone but children. Forward visibility for the driver is excellent, but rearward visibility is limited.
Outstanding Cargo Space
The Traverse dwarfs the cargo space of other 3-row crossovers like the Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, and Honda Pilot. Only larger, full-size SUVs like the Chevrolet Suburban and Toyota Sequoia have more total capacity than the Traverse, and even those behemoths only offer a few more cubic feet of room.
The Traverse features 24.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row of seats, 70.3 behind the second row, and a maximum of 116.3 cubic feet behind the front seats. A power liftgate is available, and it allows you to open the hatch with the touch of a button, making it easier to load items into the cargo hold. There's also an underfloor storage bin, which adds even more space.
Unwieldy Infotainment System
A touch-screen audio system is standard in the Traverse, but you'll have to step up to a higher trim in order to get the MyLink infotainment system. It controls many of the car's functions, though the touch-sensitive buttons are more difficult to use than conventional buttons.
The MyLink infotainment system includes text message support and Siri Eyes Free, which allows iPhone users to connect to the infotainment system and use steering wheel controls to perform many of the phone's functions.
Other optional features include high-end entertainment options like a 10-speaker Bose audio system and a rear-seat DVD system.
One new feature for the 2016 Traverse is the ability for occupants to use 4G LTE connectivity through Chevrolet's OnStar system to set up a Wi-Fi hot spot.
Options, Trims, and Pricing
The Traverse's base LS trim starts at about $31,200, which is comparable to the starting prices of several class rivals like the Ford Explorer. If you want more features, you'll have to move up to higher trims (1LT, 2LT, and LTZ), which offer packages that include the Traverse's more advanced offerings.
The 1LT trim, which starts around $34,000, offers the Style and Technology package for $1,000. It includes the MyLink infotainment system, Bluetooth audio streaming, and heated front seats. Or you can opt for the Traveler's package for about $2,500, which has MyLink, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, and tri-zone automatic climate control.
The 2LT trim starts at about $36,500. For an extra $2,400 or so, you can get the Leather and Driver Confidence Package, which includes leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
The highest trim, the LTZ, starts around $42,100 and comes standard with most of the features listed above. However, you can add a sunroof for an extra $1,400.
For an extra $2,000, any trim can be equipped with all-wheel drive.
Safety and Reliability Summary
The Traverse has one of the highest safety ratings in the class. It was given a five-star overall rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it earned a rating of Good – the highest possible – in every crash test performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
A rearview camera is standard in the Traverse, and several active safety features are available. Forward collision alert and a rear traffic alert can help you avoid hitting something around your neighborhood, and features like lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring are nice safety nets when you're driving on the highway.
The Traverse has above-average predicted reliability for the class. Chevrolet covers the Traverse with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Other SUVs to Consider
Like the Traverse, the Dodge Durango features a standard V6 engine. However, the Durango is available with a V8 that provides significantly more power and makes the Durango a strong towing vehicle. The Durango also delivers a smooth ride and has nimble handling. The Durango has a quality interior, and the first two rows of seats are comfortable. There are plenty of tech features, and Dodge's Uconnect infotainment system is one of the easiest to use on the market.
The Honda Pilot is slightly smaller than the Traverse, but it has many of the same strengths and a starting price nearly $1,100 less than the Traverse's. The Pilot's cabin uses upscale materials throughout, giving it an elegant feel. The interior remains quiet, even at highway speeds, and the front seats are more comfortable than most competitors'. The Pilot offers driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist, which are not available on the Traverse. The Pilot also gets better gas mileage than the Traverse.
Details: 2016 Chevrolet Traverse
The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse has seating for up to eight people and comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ trims are available. The Traverse was refreshed for the 2013 model year, but is otherwise largely unchanged since it debuted for the 2009 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 to 2016 model years.
The 2016 Chevy Traverse features a standard rearview camera, a USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a 6.5-inch touch-screen audio system.
Optional features include a dual-panel sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, a rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and blind spot monitoring.
The MyLink infotainment system includes text message support and Siri Eyes Free, which allows iPhone users to connect to the infotainment system and use steering wheel controls to perform many of the phone's functions. One new feature for the 2016 Traverse is the ability for occupants to use 4G LTE connectivity through Chevrolet's OnStar system to set up a Wi-Fi hot spot.
- "Crossovers continue to gain popularity thanks to impressive interior room, strong fuel economy and a more carlike ride than their truck-based SUV counterparts. All those traits are certainly true of the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, which is a large and capable 3-row crossover with a lot of functionality and a more modern approach to family motoring." -- AutoTrader
- "A decade ago, if you wanted a vehicle with eight seats and a giant cargo bay, your choices were either a minivan or an SUV big enough to require its own ZIP code. Today, though, there are several large crossover SUVs that give you generous interior space in a reasonably sized package, and the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse remains one of our favorites." -- Edmunds
- "The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse 3-row crossover SUV blends the size, higher ride height and family-hauling abilities of a traditional SUV like the Chevy Tahoe with the ride quality and better fuel economy of a full-size sedan. The Traverse and rivals like the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer have struck a chord with buyers seeking a big vehicle but who don't need the towing capacity or off-road capability of a truck-based SUV. Just as appealing for some, it's not a minivan. The Traverse crossover SUV remains a good value and stands out with its larger size and ability to seat up to eight passengers, but trails fresher competitors that boast more advanced safety features and better fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book
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