Value and three-row passenger capacity are part of the package with the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse. The Traverse also impresses with its pleasant road manners, and it surpasses most of its rivals when it comes to cargo space.
The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse is a midsize crossover SUV that may be configured to seat seven or eight passengers. Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are offered.
For 2017, the Traverse changes the name of its range-topping trim from LTZ to Premier. The Traverse’s complete trim range includes LS Base, LS, 1LT, 2LT and Premier models.
The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse features sheet metal with fluid lines and a sculpted appearance. Character lines adorn the hood, and the front fascia is home to a broad grille and slanting halogen headlights. All models come with roof-rail moldings, and 17-inch wheels keep the Traverse grounded to the pavement.
Base models come with bodyside moldings, a rear spoiler and power-adjustable side mirrors. Upgrades include 18- or 20-inch wheels, chrome-accented bodyside moldings, fog lamps, a power rear liftgate, a roof rack and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals.
Spaciousness is the name of the game within the Traverse’s cabin. Both rows provide impressive amounts of headroom and legroom. Cargo capacity is this SUV’s strong point. The Traverse offers 24.4 cubic feet of storage space behind the third row and a whopping 70.3 cubic feet with the third row folded. Fold the second row, and cargo capacity swells to 116.3 cubic feet.
Standard interior features include cloth upholstery, air conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a third-row split-folding bench seat. Upgrades include leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, automatic tri-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and second-row captain’s chairs.
The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse provides a quiet and smooth ride. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available.
All models are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that generates 281 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The dual exhaust on Premier models boosts this engine’s output to 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The Traverse has an EPA rating of 15/22 mpg city/highway, and it can tow up to 5,200 pounds.
The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse comes equipped with standard technology features such as OnStar telematics, USB connectivity, an auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system, a CD player, a 6.5-inch touch screen, a rearview camera and a Wi-Fi hot spot with 4G LTE connectivity. The list of upgrades includes satellite radio, rear-seat audio controls with headphone jacks, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot warning, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, navigation and a premium Bose sound system.