When it comes to moving people, there are all sorts of options in the large SUV market. From economy class to the premium luxury SUV category, the options are endless.
In Grasso’s garage this week, Chevrolet wants a slice of the overhaul pie, with its mid-priced mover, the Chevrolet Traverse. Starting with six different model options starting at just under $35,000, the Traverse ends with our High Country tester which came in at just under $55,000. For basic people moving and with realistic prices, the Traverse might just be the way to travel.
A much-needed 3.6-liter V6 engine producing 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft. of torque is the only engine option for the Traverse. Including stop/start technology, the Traverse also includes a nine-speed automatic transmission. There are six exterior colors, two of which are premium and come at an additional cost. Our Black Cherry Metallic exterior was exceptionally nice while the standard interior was Jet Black on our High Country model.
Inside, it’s the iconic Chevrolet. Standard second-row captain’s chairs and normal Chevrolet-like features. A Chevrolet 3 Plus infotainment system with navigation and an 8-inch touchscreen was present and, in typical Chevrolet fashion, very easy to use. The infotainment screen also has a slide-out feature that provides access to a hidden storage compartment, similar to my 2017 Corvette ZO6.
The seats in the Traverse were very comfortable and very basic. Seating for all seven passengers was comfortable and spacious while the “no frills, no thrills” interior did its job. Heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats were also standard on the High Country. With Chevrolet Assist standard on all trims, safety is just another reason the Traverse is serious in this market. A panoramic roof was also standard and a well-appointed feature.
We missed the head-up display on the Traverse and it would be a nice addition for the driver.
Mounted on 20-inch wheels, the Traverse serves its purpose and does it well. It meets the needs of families to move members and do so in a comfortable way. LED lights abound and did we mention color; yes i know i did, but it was very appealing to the eyes.
The Traverse is a basic person who goes to a T. Although the market for this vehicle is wrapped around families looking for economical trips around town, it also brings a lot to the table in the storage conversation. Moving a kid through college, apartment to apartment, or even an off-the-grid cabin trip, the Traverse really is a great option for the price.
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As tested: $54,595
MPG: 17 city, 25 highway, 20.7 as tested