The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse satisfies so many needs. It offers seating for up to seven or eight people and provides them with plenty of comfort and conveniences. Fully trimmed with options and accessories, it's similar to the Buick Enclave, to which it is closely related. With all rear seats folded down it has a vast cargo area. Yet the Traverse is more than a great big appliance. As a crossover SUV with a carlike chassis and athletic stance, it's actually a pleasure to drive. Ride and handling are exceptional. The steering is precise, and there are none of the mushy responses or floaty feelings you might expect from a vehicle this large. Outward visibility is excellent. Overall, the Traverse presents an involving experience and tends to make you forget its generous size until you're squeezing into the garage or trying to parallel park.
Just be prepared to keep the Traverse supplied with fuel. This large crossover SUV returns an EPA rating of 18 mpg combined (15 city/22 highway) in front-wheel-drive configuration and 17 mpg combined (15 city/22 highway) with all-wheel drive.
Although its Buick relative is a bit more upscale, the Traverse is far from being a poor second cousin. In fact, in upper trim levels, the Traverse can hold its own in terms of both aesthetics and content, with attractive finishes and many of the same high-end features. Other advantages to buying a Traverse include a comfortable ride and top scores in government and insurance industry crash tests. And though this big crossover's size and wide turning circle can make it a handful in situations like parking garages where space is at a premium, it's still much less cumbersome to drive than a full-size SUV such as Chevrolet's own Suburban.
As for 2017 model-year alternatives, the Honda Pilot is coming off an extensive redesign last year that included fresh new styling and a slightly larger third-row seat. The Ford Explorer isn't as roomy as the Traverse, but it does offer engine options that are more powerful or more fuel-efficient. Other recommended models include the redesigned GMC Acadia (it's smaller this year), the well-equipped Hyundai Santa Fe and the perennially popular Toyota Highlander. All are great choices, but the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse holds its own, particularly if abundant space is a priority for you.
The 2017 Traverse is offered in three trim levels: LS, LT and Premier. The Traverse LS is equipped with a more-than-reasonable amount of features and amenities. The LT, which has two subdivisions, adds even more equipment and some power-assisted conveniences. The Premier i s a nice way of indulging yourself without drawing unwanted attention.
Let Edmunds help you find the perfect 2017 Chevrolet Traverse.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.