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Editors' Page: 2015 Chevrolet Traverse

By KBB.com Editors on January 28, 2014 8:23 PM
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Big and Cozy for the Whole Family

The Chevy Traverse crossover is what you'd get if a full-size SUV settled down and had a family. Its edges have been rounded and its manners domesticated. Instead of ground clearance, off-roading and brute force, its emphasis is on usability, safety and comfort for the entire family -- all eight members, in fact. Roomier than segment sales leaders like the Ford Explorer, the Traverse is also the oldest crossover in the class, with roots dating back to 2007. Lagging resale values and a weak features set hurt the Traverse when compared to newer, tech-savvier entries like the Toyota Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder, but Chevrolet's big crossover is a family-hauling workhorse that remains surprisingly easy and pleasant to drive.

Driving It

"Its 280-plus horsepower V6 is smooth and strong, and easily gets Chevy's big crossover SUV up to speed in both front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) form. The Traverse is larger than its competitors, and while it's not agile like a Mazda CX-9, it doesn't feel overwhelming on the highway." Find out more in our 2015 Chevrolet Traverse full review.

One Engine to Rule them All

The Traverse lineup makes do with just one engine -- a 3.6-liter, direct injection V6 producing 281 horsepower. If it's any consolation to those looking for engine options, the dual exhaust found on the LTZ trim is good for freeing up an extra seven horsepower.

Build and Price

The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse starts under $32,000 with destination charges, and tops out beyond the $45,000 mark. Those are sticker prices and you should expect to pay less, but keep in mind its below average resale values can be costly in the long run. Build and price your own 2015 Chevy Traverse to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Owners' Words

As Sandra from Oklahoma put it: "It's big and roomy inside but isn't too big to park and drive. I can see this vehicle meeting and exceeding all our family needs as we grow. The 3rd row seats are comfortable and allow plenty of room for an adult or children." Read more Chevrolet Traverse consumer reviews.

More Midsize Crossovers

As one of the larger crossovers out there, the Traverse manages to cover the needs and abilities of several different segments at once. It's big and safe like a full-size SUV, it's smooth and easy to drive like a car and it offers just enough gadgetry and bling to give an air of luxury. That said, there are alternatives aplenty. From the nearly identical, brother-from-another-mother GMC Acadia to the V8-available Dodge Durango, buyers can find alternatives for just about any want or need. Need better fuel economy? Try the Nissan Pathfinder. Want a more engaging drive? Check out the Mazda CX-9. Check out our Midsize SUV Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on the category.

 

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