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7.0
/ 10
On Performance
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$29,563
BASE MSRP
$30,795
On Performance
Don't expect anything all that nimble, but the 2014 Traverse is about as responsive as you could expect a very large family vehicle to be.
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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

tuned like a car and could be called a tall station wagon, if that wasn't as big a stigma as calling it a minivan or SUV
Motor Trend

this front-drive version exhibited some notable torque steer, even at speed when the throttle is punched
AutoWeek

What’s most unexpected about the overall size of the Traverse has nothing to do with the interior, but rather how it performs on the road.
MSN Autos

surprisingly peppy for a 5000-pound vehicle
Automobile Magazine

it handled like a much smaller car
Cars.com

The 2014 Chevrolet Travserse performs well enough for family use, but you shouldn't expect much quickness or agility. And while you might think its 288 horsepower to be plenty, it's the Traverse's roughly 5,000-pound curb weight that's the issue.

It's a very heavy vehicle, and it does little from behind the wheel to mask that from the steering wheel. The smooth 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 has been programmed for more confident passing power and quicker shifts; yet this is still a combination that needs to work hard up highway grades or from a standing start.

Both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations are available, but we've noticed that AWD versions do sap a little more power from the experience; as such, the Traverse feels quick enough for its intended family-hauling purpose. The Traverse will be able to tow up to 5,200 pounds.

Ride and handling have been improved with new rebound springs in the front, which helps with roll control. The Traverse has pretty well-tuned, old-style hydraulic power steering, and the changes made for last year help firm up the Traverse's response to quick handling manuevers, yet keep its ride smooth.

 

Conclusion

Don't expect anything all that nimble, but the 2014 Traverse is about as responsive as you could expect a very large family vehicle to be.

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