2016 Chevrolet Traverse Review

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The 2016 Chevy Traverse is a smooth and comfortable alternative to the minivan or full-size SUV.

The Traverse remains one of the most spacious, passenger-friendly vehicles on the market, and it's a great choice for those who have disowned minivans. The Traverse's primary mission is people-moving, so GM has made the most of the seating space. Over three rows, there's space for up to eight occupants, with the seats divided into two front buckets and two 60/40-split benches. Bench or captain's chair arrangements are offered in the second row; we'd opt for the bench as the individual seats aren't much more comfortable.

The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse is a large crossover that’s nearly as roomy as the truck-based Chevy Tahoe and Suburban SUVs, but it offers friendlier driving traits thanks to its car-like platform.

There are a few weakness of the Traverse compared to minivans. First, the doors open wider than sliding side doors. Second, its cargo floor is a bit high and not as easy-loading. And third, even though it has 117.5 cubic feet of space with the second- and third-row seats folded down, that's about 30 cubic feet less than a minivan.

Three trim levels of the 2016 Traverse are offered: LS, LT, and LTZ. Top LTZ models are really luxury models if you go by features, while LS trims are no-fuss (albeit well-equipped) family vehicles. All Traverse models get the Chevrolet MyLink system, which includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen, enabling smartphone integration as well as streaming of Pandora and Stitcher internet-based radio. For 2016, the Traverse added 4G LTE connectivity that can provide a wi-fi hotspot.

Safety is an important consideration for families, and the Traverse has scored well on crash tests. Together with the closely related Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, it's one of the first vehicles on the market to offer a front center side airbag. Otherwise, standard safety features include parking sensors, a rearview camera system, hill start assist (to help you start safety on a steep incline), and head-curtain side bags with rollover mitigation technology. On LTZ models, the Traverse includes blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert—all features that may help you avoid an accident completely.

Although it might build on some of the styling cues of GM truck-type SUVs, the Traverse is essentially a tall station wagon. For today's biggest families, who are concerned about image and features, yet also space, comfort, and safety, the Traverse adds up to a very smart pick. The design has seen very little change since its original introduction in 2009. Although the face is attractive and familiar, we're more found of the Camaro-influenced taillights, which break through a factory-farm of same-as crossover designs. Inside, the Traverse is nothing exciting, but it's very functional, and it is highlighted by wood and silver accents, some contrast stitching, and ambient lighting, as well as a fair share of soft-touch materials.

Don't expect the 2016 Traverse to feel all that quick or agile, but it's quick enough for family use, the handling is controlled, and the ride is smooth. At about 5,000 pounds, the Traverse is a very heavy vehicle, and it does little from behind the wheel to mask that. The smooth 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 is rated at 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission; this duo needs to work hard up highway grades or from a standing start. That said, it can tow up to 5,200 pounds. You can get either front- or all-wheel-drive, but AWD versions are a little more sluggish.

The Traverse carries ratings by the EPA of 17 mpg city, 24 highway, 19 combined with front-wheel drive, or 16/23/19 mpg with all-wheel drive. Those ratings land it dead center among three-row vehicles.

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September 5, 2016
For 2016 Chevrolet Traverse

MPG - THE WORST

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I bought new 2016 Traverse a couple months ago. I like everything about the car, but one thing totally kills it for me..Biggest issue is 11-13 mpg city and 14 on freeway. I drive it like a 90yo. I am hoping... + More »
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May 22, 2016
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My 2nd Traverse - Great in Snow

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I bought a Traverse in 2009 and drove it for 5 years trading it in on a new one in 2014. We put 130,000 miles on the 2009. This vehicle has been a great, reliable and safe family hauler. It gets impressive gas... + More »
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March 6, 2016
2016 Chevrolet Traverse AWD 4-Door LTZ

Transmission Problem

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My 2016 Traverse LTZ AWD vehicle is less than 3 months old and has less than 3,500 miles. On March 2nd, it stopped working in drive. I had is towed to a Chevrolet dealership (not the one that I purchased it... + More »
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January 23, 2016
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Horrible in the snow !!!

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Very slippery Not recommended at all !!!! Getting stuck in the snow easily
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January 1, 2016
2016 Chevrolet Traverse AWD 4-Door LT w/2LT

Some highs, some lows, I hope I learn to love this car.

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I came from a 2013 ford Explorer XLT which in my mind is a better looking and a more rugged looking SUV. Reliability looks to be the same, both are average. I miss the convenience of coded key pad on the... + More »
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October 10, 2015
2016 Chevrolet Traverse FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT

Chevy Traverse Awesome

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Overall premium SUV. Little more ground clearance required with 2x4 and 4x4 drive option and screen minimum 7"
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October 9, 2015
2016 Chevrolet Traverse FWD 4-Door LS w/1LS

Great ride!!!

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Vehicle meets or exceeds desired performance in all categories!!!
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July 27, 2015
For 2015 Chevrolet Traverse

Good solid choice for 3 row SUV

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We just took our Traverse on a 2000 mile road trip with 4 kids and it was a great experience. Lots of room (we have 2nd row captain's chairs) and comfortable. We have the DVD player and that helped a lot... + More »
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May 4, 2015
2015 Chevrolet Traverse AWD 4-Door LT w/2LT

had a nissan rogue, wanted to step up I bought a traverse what a huge difference I will never buy another nissan

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fantastic SUV plenty of power and it gets pretty close to the mileage that the nissan rogue did, plus it can actually tow something. learned a very valuable lesson never buy a vehicle from Kline Nissan they do... + More »
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February 29, 2016
2011 Chevrolet Traverse FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT

My Engine is No longer Working

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Caused me to loose a job. Needed my transportation.. Terrible, Terrible.
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