2017 Chevrolet Traverse vs. Its Competition

2017 Chevrolet Traverse
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

For families that need a big crossover SUV for its space and safety, the Chevy Traverse merits a test drive.

There are some alternatives that fare even better in our ratings and rankings.

Toyota's Highlander offers seating for eight in a nice, well-built cabin.

It rides well, and comes in Hybrid trim.

The redesigned Honda Pilot drives well and has a very versatile seating arrangement.

The Ford Explorer and Ford Flex have plenty of space, and the Flex uses the Explorer's chassis to offer a lower, urban-focused twist on the family crossover.

The Dodge Durango drives and handles exceptionally well—with plenty of comfort—though it isn't quite as spacious as many of its competitors.

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Quick Specs
6.5
The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse has aged gracefully; it's still one of GM's best minivan replacements.
6.7
The 2017 Dodge Durango tows like an SUV, drives like a crossover—but crash test scores are a dull spot.
6.7
The 2017 Ford Explorer adds a sport appearance package and Sync 3, both of which are important to today's SUV buyers.
6.2
The 2017 Ford Flex is a spacious family hauler with a style all its own. It lacks the fuel economy of some of the competitors, but beauty doesn't come without effort.
7.5
The 2017 Honda Pilot is a capable, refined crossover SUV with all the goodness of a minivan, save for the sliding doors.
7.0
The Toyota Highlander gets a stronger, more responsive powertrain for 2017, but the main strengths are the ride quality, the cabin refinement, and the space for eight.
MSRP From     
$28,700$29,995$31,660$30,025$30,745$30,630
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/AStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door LS w/1SMSXT RWDBase FWDSE FWDLX 2WDLE I4 FWD (Natl)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
857788
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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