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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Cavernous interior of the Chevy Traverse meets modern expectations for convenience and comfort
The Traverse is remarkably quiet and smooth
“one of the most accommodating interiors in the class”
Kelley Blue Book
GM may not have a reputation for high build quality, especially when compared to its foreign rivals, but vehicles like the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse prove otherwise.
The Traverse has plenty of interior space for all, even in the third row. Cars.com says that the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse "can seat seven or eight, depending on whether you get separate captain's chairs or a three-seat bench in the second row." Edmunds asserts that "the cavernous interior of the Chevy Traverse meets modern expectations for convenience and comfort." ConsumerGuide reviewers also feel compelled to point out the Chevrolet Traverse's size, noting that it is "among the largest midsize SUVs" and "feels especially roomy." ConsumerGuide adds that the "big, supportive seats" up front on the 2010 Traverse Chevrolet "make for good long-trip comfort."
In that back row, Cars.com says that Chevrolet has come up with "a novel approach" for accessing the backseats that involves "pulling a lever for the second-row seat to slide forward into its collapsible bottom cushion," an interesting idea, "provided it can weather hundreds of uses." Cars.com also offers high praise for the rear seat space, claiming it is "comfortable for adults, where most vehicles with a third row make it barely adequate for children," and in an effort to improve legroom, "the middle seat has GM's 'Smart Slide' feature, which lets it move forward or backward up to four inches." ConsumerGuide does note that "foot space can be tight" in either of the back rows.
From the onset, the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse is designed to be a practical family vehicle. This is most clearly evidenced by the copious amount of available cargo space. ConsumerGuide praises the cargo room as "a strong point" on the Traverse, particularly in the interior where "several bins and cubbies provide ample interior storage." In the more traditional rear cargo area, Cars.com says that "the space behind the Traverse's third seat has 24.4 cubic feet, about 10 feet more than the space in the trunk for the average midsize sedan." Cars.com adds that the Chevrolet Traverse "has the best cargo capacity in the mid-size crossover segment, with 117.5 cubic feet of space in total." Nifty little features like second- and third-row seats that "fold forward easily to create a flat, nearly-level load floor" also draw praise from ConsumerGuide.
As mentioned earlier, GM has made great strides recently when it comes to interior quality, and that trend continues with the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. Cars.com notes that "body fit and finish, including gaps between body panels, was designed to be comparable with that of premium sedans from Lexus and BMW." Autoblog also finds that GM has "put a lot of effort into the details, like 3.5 mm door gaps that contribute to the CUVs quality appearance." The materials win praise from Motor Trend as well, as they remark that the Traverse has "the latest version of GM's rediscovery of interior quality," which they say is "good, but doesn't appear rich beyond Chevy's place in the GM lineup."
GM’s focus on improving build quality does wonders for the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse, helping improve its overall appearance and sound suppression. Motor Trend calls the ride quality "remarkably smooth and quiet" and "among the top of the class." ConsumerGuide reviewers find that "wind and road noise are well squelched" on the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse, and while the "engine becomes vocal during acceleration," they say that it still "sounds refined and is otherwise subdued."
With ample space for up to eight people and most of their gear, comfortable seats, and compliant ride quality, it’s hard to complain about the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse.