2016 Chevrolet Traverse Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on July 18, 2016 4:55 AM

Big and Cozy for the Whole Family

The Chevrolet Traverse crossover is what you'd get if a full-size SUV sold the boat, 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 one of the oldest crossovers in the class, with roots dating back to 2007. Lagging resale values and a weak feature set hurt the Traverse when compared to newer, tech-savvier entries like the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, but Chevrolet's big crossover is a family-hauling workhorse that remains surprisingly easy and pleasant to drive.

Driving It

"Despite newer, nimbler and more fuel-efficient competitors, the Chevy Traverse remains a solid crossover SUV to drive and live with. 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." Find out more in our 2016 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.

2018 Chevy Traverse

Seen here testing in full camouflage, the Traverse is being completely redesigned for the 2018 model year.
 

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Build and Price

The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse starts a touch over $32,000 with destination charges, and tops out just below the $50,000 mark. Those are sticker prices and you should expect to pay less, but keep in mind the Traverse's below average resale values can be costly in the long run. Build and price your own 2016 Chevy Traverse to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Owners' Words

As Traverse owner and KBB visitor PJasmin explains, "I can load up all the kids in carseats and teenagers and just go. I also have more room to carry cargo than most trucks (without kids that is). The seats are a bit stiff and could use a bit more padding. It is a pure joy on our many road trips and just across town." 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 Traverse's cousin, the 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. Take a look at our Midsize SUV Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on the category.
 


 

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