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2014 Chevrolet Traverse

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2014 Chevrolet Traverse Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.0

As fuel prices fluctuate and more people downsize, a stream of buyers are shying away from thirsty, truck-based SUVs as the family hauler of choice. This has spawned a hot market for crossover sport-utility vehicles, which have room for growing families like a traditional SUV, but offer a sedan-like ride and better fuel-efficiency. The poster child for this segment could easily be the Chevrolet Traverse. Since debuting in 2009, the Traverse has shined as an alternative to both traditional SUVs and the oft-stigmatized minivan. Since then, vehicles such as the Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder have softened from their rugged ways to join the crossover-SUV party that also includes the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Mazda CX-9. Though the cast grows, the Traverse more than holds its own.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you desire a vehicle that holds up to eight passengers and offers better fuel economy and a more comfortable ride than a traditional SUV, all with a starting price under $32,000, the 2014 Traverse is a tempting choice.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need to haul heavy toys like boats and RVs, look to a traditional body-on-frame SUV like the Chevrolet Tahoe. The Dodge Durango, meanwhile, offers a V8 in a segment that otherwise relies on V6 engines. If the high mileage is tantamount, the Nissan Pathfinder achieves up to 26 mpg.

What's New for 2014

For 2014 the Traverse adds twin USB ports for 2nd-row passengers to keep electronic devices powered up. Forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning are added to the Traverse's roster of safety features.

Driving the Traverse
Driving Impressions

Even with its formidable and growing competition, the Chevy Traverse is one of our favorite crossover SUVs to drive. Its V6 engine is smooth and strong, and easily...

... gets the vehicle up to speed in both front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) form. The Traverse is larger than its competitors but doesn't feel bloated or overwhelming on the road. The view to the front and sides is commanding and the ride is comfortable. As is the case with other 3-row SUVs, rear visibility is hindered to the left and right due to the Traverse's last row of seats and small windows. When tested in a setting far from the Traverse's comfort zone – a track – this big crossover-ute felt planted during hard cornering and braking, even on slick pavement. It's not as dynamic as the sporty Mazda CX-9, however, with comfort justifiably the priority over corner-carving.

SMART SLIDE 2ND-ROW SEAT
Getting into a 3rd-row seat can be a hassle, especially for less-than-limber adults. This feature makes reaching that last row easier with a one-hand operation that creates easy access.

ADDITIONAL USB INPUTS
Here's a feature that's largely forgotten about – right until you need it. When your kid's tablet or MP3 player runs out of juice, the dual USB power inputs in back can make the difference between tears and cheers.

2014 Chevrolet Traverse Details
2014 Chevrolet Traverse photo Interior

The 2014 Chevy Traverse has three rows of seats and can be had in 7- or 8-passenger configuration. Lower trims are built for eight with a bench in the second row, while upper trims can seat seven with a pair of roomy captain's chairs in the second row. Interior comfort varies with trim level. Base LS models make do with cloth seating and manual-adjust front seats, while top-line LTZ models are luxury-like with perforated leather seats that are heated and cooled up front. No matter what trim you choose, the Traverse is big enough for adults to sit in the third row and still have room for groceries.

Exterior
2014 Chevrolet Traverse photo

The Traverse is going on five years in its current design, but its styling is holding up well thanks to tweaks to the front and rear that came last year. Where others are blocky (Honda Pilot) and brawny (Ford Explorer), the 2014 Traverse retains its pleasing, rounded (maybe too rounded at the rear) shape. Entry-level LS models ride on 17-inch steel wheels, LT models are emboldened with 18-inch aluminum-alloy versions, and the top LTZ trim receives big 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. LTZ models are further set apart with dual exhaust outlets, body-color moldings and chrome accents. Lower trims have a manual liftgate, while more expensive trims feature a power-operated one.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

No matter which trim you choose, the 2014 Traverse offers quite a bit for the money beyond sheer space. Spend the least on an LS version and you'll still drive away with keyless entry, a rear-vision backup camera, AM/FM/CD/satellite audio with a 6.5-inch touch-screen display. LT trims add interior wood treatments, 18-inch wheels, a power driver's seat and leather-wrapped steering wheel, while LTZ versions bring heated/cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, leather, and Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. For the all-important cup holders, you get 10 for 7-passenger configurations and a dozen for 8-passenger models.

Optional Equipment

Options vary across trim levels for the 2014 Traverse, but all models can be had with all-wheel drive for better traction instead of the standard front-wheel drive. Other available features are navigation with traffic data, blind-spot monitoring with a rear cross-traffic alert system (standard on LTZ trim), a power liftgate, 10-speaker Bose audio, a rear-seat DVD system, and a dual-panel sunroof. Chevrolet’s MyLink Touch telematics system combines Bluetooth audio streaming, hands-free phone communication, voice recognition, and compatibility with apps such as Pandora. GM's OnStar Directions and Connections service can be extended by subscription after six months of free coverage.

Under the Hood

The 2014 Chevy Traverse uses a sophisticated 3.6-liter V6 with direct-injection and variable-valve-timing technology that helps it achieve a good balance of power and fuel economy. In LS and LT trims, the engine makes 281 horsepower. LTZ models have a dual-exhaust system that bumps that figure to 288 horsepower. All models use a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift mode. The Traverse is rated to tow a commendable 5,200 pounds, and all can run on regular unleaded fuel.

3.6-liter V6
281 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
288 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm (dual exhaust)
266 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpm (dual exhaust)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (FWD), 16/23 mpg (AWD)

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2014 Chevrolet Traverse Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 312 Ratings for the 2009 - 2017 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

horrible gas mileage

By on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Cons: "no power under the hood and horrible gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"leased this turned in our 09 suburban which got 22 mpg this thing gets 18 mpg and you can watch the gas gauge move not enough power to get out of it's own way can't wait for the 3 years to be up so we can get rid of this thing"

LOVE MY TRAVERSE

By on Monday, July 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great features, comfort and style."

Cons: "less than 20 mpg"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love everything about this 2014 Chevy Traverse. I have the front bucket seats, middle bucket seats and the 3rd row seats with running boards, luggage rack, DVD player, etc. I love the weight of the car, makes me feel secure, the handling is exceptional and everything works great. I take care of my SUV, $20,000 miles and going strong. Although someone decided to hit my drivers side front fender, I felt safe that my Traverse handled it well. It's back now and just as good as ever. I can't tell you how scared I was when the stupid lady hit me (her fault) but my SUV took it and protected me. I really enjoy the size on the inside as it is quite roomy, the outside is deceiving, it's larger on the inside than the outside. It's not a tank, it's perfect. I traded my Trailblazer for this and not disappointed. I enjoy all the "toys" that it offers and it is easy to maintain, I haven't had but one recall so I haven't had any issues. It rides smooth, others comment how smooth and much they like it also. Well worth a look into."

Buyer Beware

By on Sunday, June 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I like this car from a standpoint that it has a lot of inside room and drives nicely. But at 70,000 car started to have major problems. I had to replace the brakes and the engine. Seems these cars have lots of issues."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Not suitable for short drivers/bad back

By on Monday, May 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "loads of cargo space, huge back seat"

Cons: "seats offer little support, no short drivers"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"We purchased this vehicle in a hurry and honestly did not do our research before purchasing. I really do like this vehicle overall but there are just a few things wrong that are deal breakers for me. 1. Seats- not meant for a short driver. I am 5'1, the way the lumbar support and the head support hit I feel hunched over. . .The lumbar is too high and the headrest pushes my head and shoulders forward. Essentially I am hunched over. Also, I have degenerative disk disease so posture & support are #1 for me. 2. There is no torque at all! I come from a family that likes "to go", I am often referred to as the lead foot at work. So this was a huge disappointment for me. I do LOVE the amount of space this vehicle has. I am able to actually stand up (bent over) in the back seat and help my toddler get in their car seat. With the 3nd row seats folded down I can load up 3 dogs & a stroller to go to the park."

11 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Love this vehicle

By on Thursday, April 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Priced well, comfortable ride, good gas mileage"

Cons: "Have not found any"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Owned a Suburban before the Traverse LT, wanted something not so large but needed something with good room. The Traverse hit all of my needs, along with one of the quietest rides of any SUV in the market for the price. I test drove just about everything and chose the Traverse for it's exceptional comfort. Took a long road trip from Missouri to Spearfish Canyon South Dakota and hauled the trail bikes, fishing gear, hiking gear, case of wine and just about everything else for our creature comforts and could not have been happier with how this vehicle performed."

15 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Beautiful and comfortable - still like brand new!

By on Sunday, April 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks/paint, effeciency, functionality, & quality"

Cons: "soft-feel accelerator pedal, V-6 noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"After 33K miles, still feels/drives/handles like a brand new vehicle. LTZ model has everything and we enjoy it immensely. Great Chevrolet quality to date. Other than recalls, only had to have the original battery replaced (by Dealer at no cost - bought 2012 model in 2013 off dealer lot). Only one real problem - one of the key fobs doesn't seem to be able to kick in the automatic air conditioning/fan when remote-started, yet the other key fob seems to work just fine. Will replace the key fob battery and if that doesn't work will pursue 3 year/36K mile bumper-to-bumper warranty route. Pretty minor, though. Had to replace all 4 tires when I recently had an unrepairable flat on one of the original tires because it is an AWD model vehicle. Tire Dealer said tires looked like new - no wheel alignment needed! Traverse runs smoother and quieter now! Best car I have ever owned."

12 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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