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Chevrolet Traverse Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse ranks 3 out of 13 Affordable Large SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Chevrolet Traverse, as well as reliability and safety data.

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The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse has an abundantly roomy cabin, with generous cargo space and a third row that easily handles adults, critics say. 

The V6 engine that powers the 2015 Chevy Traverse has sufficient power, automotive writers say, but some find it sluggish when passing slower traffic. Others find that the six-speed automatic transmission is slow to downshift when additional power is required. Compared with competitors, the Traverse's fuel economy is a little low at an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway. Test drivers mention that the Traverse has a comfortable, balanced ride, and most agree that it isn't especially sporty but nonetheless offers stable handling.

Critics comment favorably on the 2015 Traverse's interior, which they find exceptionally roomy and constructed with high-quality materials. In higher trims, they add, the materials are quite luxurious. Reviewers say the third row is built so adults can ride comfortably, and they note that for the class the Traverse's cargo space is good. Standard features on the Traverse include a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a touch-screen audio system with a 6.5-inch display. Navigation, the MyLink infotainment system (which includes Bluetooth audio streaming and Siri Eyes Free iPhone integration), a 10-speaker Bose stereo system, a rear-seat entertainment system, leather seats, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring are optional. Some critics complain that the display screen on the center stack is mounted a bit too low and others mention that the controls for the MyLink system are occasionally slow to respond.

  • "Whether it's shuttling half the soccer team to an away game, bringing home oversize flea market finds or doing a little of both, large crossover SUVs give you the flexibility that few other vehicles provide. And among these modern beasts of burden, the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse stands out as one of the best available, thanks to its expansive interior space, smooth ride and top crash test scores." -- Edmunds
  • "The Chevrolet Traverse is a full-size, eight-passenger crossover that lets buyers enjoy van-like interior space while avoiding the minivan stigma with SUV-themed styling." -- Left Lane News
  • "As what's dubbed a ‘crossover SUV,’ the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse blends the roominess and high-riding outward visibility of a traditional SUV with the compliant road manners of a large sedan. … Originally introduced in 2009, the Chevy Traverse still offers a lot of vehicle for the money, but is starting to show its age amid fresher 3-row competitors like the Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder and Kia Sorento." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "After the superb re-styling and other upgrades, we don't hesitate to call it a winner and won't be surprised if this excellent vehicle, eyes glinting afresh, helps itself to an even greater share of the large crossover segment." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

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Other SUVs to Consider

Reviewers write that the Dodge Durango's standard V6 engine delivers ample power, and many agree that models with the available V8 accelerate with vigor. The Durango also earns praise for its available Uconnect infotainment system, which critics say is very easy to use.

Test drivers agree that the Mazda CX-9 is one of the most fun-to-drive entries in the segment, with athletic handling, responsive steering and ample engine power. It also offers a lot of cargo space for the class.

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Details: 2015 Chevrolet Traverse

The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse seats up to eight and comes standard with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. A 3.6-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission are standard on all models. The Traverse comes in four trims: LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ. 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 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 4/15/15

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