2017 Chevrolet Traverse Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on January 17, 2017 1:55 PM

Big and Cozy for the Whole Family -- and Soon to be All-New

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 2008. While Chevrolet's family-hauling workhorse remains relatively unchanged for 2017, an all-new Traverse is coming for 2018.

Driving It

"Its strong 281-horsepower V6 places the Traverse well within range of all but the Ford Explorer, although fuel economy lags far behind. Getting up to speed is no problem, even with a full complement onboard. The Traverse’s ride is smooth, its handling predictable and its braking strong." Find out more in our 2017 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.

First Look: 2018 Chevy Traverse

The completely redesigned 2018 Traverse (below) is both roomier and lighter, with more infotainment and connectivity options. Its sportier RS trim level will come with a new engine option for the Traverse: a torquey turbocharged 4-cylinder. The new Traverse will hit dealer showrooms in summer 2017.
 

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Build and Price

The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse starts at a touch under $30,000 with destination charges, and tops out just below the $50,000 mark. Those are sticker prices and you should expect to pay less, but be aware the Traverse has below average resale values that can be costly in the long run. Build and price your own 2017 Chevy Traverse to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Owners' Words

Al owns a current-generation Traverse, and has this to say about the Chevy: "It has plenty enough room for 3 kids in car seats plus all the luggage that comes with them, comfortable enough for 12-hour drives, can handle a lot of snow, does well on steep dirt roads and handles pretty good in regular traffic. AC & heating are powerful so it is just as comfortable in 100F Georgia heat as in -20F Quebec winter. The fuel economy is not that great, but not that bad for a large AWD SUV, about 20 mpg on long trips, 15 mpg in-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 big sedan and it offers just enough gadgetry and bling to give an air of luxury. That said, there are alternatives aplenty. Take a look at our Midsize SUV Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on the category.
 


 

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