Chevrolet’s Traverse has just entered its 9th generation as 2017 Chevy Traverse and continues to be one of the most spacious and passenger friendly crossover SUV. The new generation Traverse has come with some Chevy styling cues that are common to most crossovers and SUVs.
Although the primary design language hasn’t changed much since its inception in 2009, cosmetic refinements bring a pronounced look. As this model is built off of a car-like platform, it drives way better than conventional bulky SUVs.
There’s a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 281 HP at 6,300 RPM and 266 lb-ft of torque between 2,500 and 6,000 RPM. The 6-speed automatic transmission can be mated with both AWD and FWD.
The increased figures of fuel economy go as 15 mpg city, 22 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined with FWD. Combined mileage drop down to 17 mpg for AWD. This engine is also rated to tow up to 5,200 lbs.
Trims and Accessories
In total, 2017 Chevy Traverse offers 5 different trim levels viz. LS Base, LS, 1LT, 2LT and Premier. The options for accessories go as:
- Roof Rack Cross Rails
- Cargo Organizer
- Assist Steps
- Side Window Weather Deflector
- Molded Hood Protector
The built and design of 2017 Chevy Traverse hint a tall, family-friendly station wagon. Going specific with the exterior changes, the overall presentation is fresh and upscale. The front fascia is tweaked as the headlight section if thoroughly blackened.
Likewise, premium chrome accents highlight the grille which projects a striking look. Down below, the front bumper integrates larger air intakes and reworked fog lamps. New aluminum alloy wheels are a major part of this generational change and size options include 17, 18 and 20 inches.
Chrome embellishments are present in door handles as well as window panes and side body molds. Moving to the rear portion, tailgate divides the taillights into two clusters. Exhaust has been divided into two and feature chrome tips.
The interior cabin of 2017 Chevy Traverse boasts an increased space including 41.30 inches of front leg room and 61.50 inches of front shoulder room. With an overall passenger volume of 150.8 cubic feet, accommodation of 8 people is not an issue.
As part of the revamp, the center console and door panels are dressed with genuine wood trims. Chrome accents in the gear shift knob, infotainment controls, gauge cluster and cup holders further join upscale styling.
The optional Chevrolet MyLink supports smartphone integration and even offers full GPS navigation (including 2D/3D maps). The MyLink infotainment display is upgraded with Siri Eyes Free.
2017 Chevy Traverse Safety Features
Chevrolet hasn’t missed out on reassuring safety on this new generation Traverse. These standard safety technologies include:
- OnStar Protection Plan
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Lane Departure Warning
- Forward Collision Warning
- Automatic Crash Response
- Rear Vision Camera
Competitors and Price
The main competitors of Chevy Traverse include Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander and Ford Endeavor. The pricing of 2017 Chevy Traverse goes as:
- LS Base – $29,595
- LS – $32,195
- The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse 1LT – $34,995
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse 2LT – $37,545
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Premier – $42,940
Pricing also varies with additional accessories.