The Chevrolet Traverse was introduced to families and cargo-haulers in 2009 as a roomy crossover SUV. Offered in LS, LZ, and LZT trims with the option for either front or all-wheel drive, the Traverse has bold, expressive styling, and a strong front end. As the Chevrolet general manager said at the time of the vehicle's release, the Traverse “is the right car at the right time. It has great looks, utility and safety, with a driving experience typically found in smaller vehicles. But it delivers this with three rows of seating – including a third row that fits adults – and class-leading cargo space. The Traverse is following the formula that is bringing Chevy back to a new generation of consumers – great styling, loads of class-leading features and tremendous value.”
Standard in all Chevy Traverses is the 3.6-liter LLT V6 engine, which has stayed in place through two or three design refresh changes. In 2013 the front end was given a more “smiling” appearance. The 2014 models, which have an MSRP from $30,795, offer a choice of several different colors. Inside, these vehicles provide comfort and convenience through amenities such as a rear-seat DVD player, a flip-down screen with the capability for wireless headphones, a front seat USB port, Sirius XM radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and navigation via touchscreen or voice controls. Performance is backed up by fuel efficiency. The EPA estimates you will get 17 MPG in the city and 24 on the highway.
Overall, the Chevrolet Traverse should appeal to busy families who need to get where they are going, both in everyday travels and for trips and adventures.
2014 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE SAFETY RATINGS
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Chevrolet Traverse top marks in every available category, from moderate overlap front test to roof strength test results. Safety and protection systems include StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, rear vision camera, side blind zone alert, and six standard airbags.
NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THE 2014 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE
Car and Driver gives the Traverse a favorable review: “The Traverse is an honest and uncomplicated family hauler that remains basically unchanged for 2014. With seating for up to eight, loads of cargo space, an agreeable starting price, and a cossetting ride, it lives up to the promise that it makes to its target buyer.”