Introduced for 2009, the Chevrolet Traverse is related to the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook. It's longer than those three, however, boasting passenger and cargo space that rivals some minivans and pretty much surpasses every other three-row crossover on the market. The only engine is a 3.6-liter V6 with 281 horsepower (288 with the dual-exhaust package). A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, while all-wheel drive is a popular option.
Base LS models come with power amenities, 17-inch wheels, GM's OnStar telematics system and seating for eight. The Traverse LT adds 18-inch aluminum wheels, a power driver's seat and trip computer, while the LTZ benefits from tri-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, heated and cooled front seats, leather upholstery and 20-inch wheels. Common options are second-row captain's chairs, a power moonroof and a Bose audio system.
The Traverse saw few changes between 2010 and 2012, though heated seats became available on LT models with cloth upholstery for the 2011 model year. For 2013, the Chevrolet Traverse received a moderate facelift that addressed a few weak areas. A new grille and lights were the main exterior changes, while a new dashboard that incorporates a standard backup camera and Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system was the big news inside. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic detection became standard on the Traverse LTZ and available lower trims.
More USB ports were added to the Traverse in 2014, along with forward collision alert and lane departure warning to the LTZ's standard equipment list. Siri Eyes Free was incorporated into MyLink for 2015.
For 2016, the Traverse gets new 20-inch wheel designs, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity and wider availability of driver assistance technologies.
The Chevrolet Traverse can be cross-shopped with three-row SUVs like the Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Highlander.