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Pre-2018 Chevy Traverse Overview And How To Buy At The Best Price
The first generation Chevy Traverse made its debut in 2009 and was produced through the 2017 model year. It fills an important niche for those seeking the passenger and cargo capacity of a minivan with the sportier look of an SUV. The result is a stylish crossover with a carlike ride with plenty of room.
The Chevrolet Traverse is actually longer than a Honda Odyssey and accommodates up to eight passengers with a third row that even fits adults. With a cavernous 118 cubic feet of storage space, there's ample room for families and/or all sorts of gear.
And all this space doesn't require the sacrifice of a pleasant and competent ride. On the contrary, the Traverse offers a comfortable and compliant drive and is impressively nimble compared to other similarly sized vehicles.
Used versions of this full-size crossover SUV can be found in three primary trims: LS, LT and LTZ.
Even used Traverse base LS models have been fairly well equipped with standard features which include full power accessories, air conditioning, split-folding second and third-row bench seats, 17 inch wheels, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, OnStar, and a 6-speaker CD/MP3 stereo system with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack.
The midlevel LT actually consists of two sub-models (LT1 and LT2) that add progressively more features such as remote start, 18 inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, an 8-way power driver seat, Bluetooth connectivity, a premium sound system and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Buyers interested in the top-of-the-line LTZ can come away with a navigation system with real-time traffic, leather upholstery, 20 inch wheels, heated and cooled power front seats and a rearview camera.
These used Chevy Traverse models can also be found with optional features such as dual sunroofs and a rear entertainment system. There's also some Traverses equipped with the optional trailering package that provides a 5,200 pound towing capacity.
Powering the Traverse is a 3.6 liter V6 engine mated with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. This V6 engine produces a robust 281 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque in the single-exhaust-outlet LS and LT models. Output is even greater in the dual-exhaust-outlet LTZ, boosted to 288 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. And all models are available in either front-wheel or all-wheel-drive. A properly equipped Traverse has a tow capacity of 5,200 pounds.
The EPA estimated gas mileage for the front-wheel-drive Traverse comes in at 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. The gas mileage for all-wheel-drive Traverse models dips only slightly to 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.
The cabin is modern and attractive with a two-tone color scheme with chrome and aluminum accents. The seating is comfortable and supportive in the first two rows and, a rarity in typically tight crossovers, the split-folding third row is easy to get to and roomy enough for adults. Dual gauge instrumentation with bright white numbers on a black background make everything simple and easy to read.
Roominess is a premium feature of the Traverse. Depending on the configuration, this crossover SUV with three rows accommodates either seven passengers with second-row captain's chairs or eight passengers with a split-folding second-row bench seat. Both first and second rows are supportive and comfortable. And its maximum storage space is a very large 117 cubic feet with the second and third-row seats folded down. But even when using all three rows, there's still a respectable 24 cubic feet of luggage room.
And in terms of safety, in government crash testing the Traverse earned the best possible five-out-of-five star ratings for both frontal and side-impact collisions for all occupants. Standard safety features on all Traverse models include antilock disc brakes (ABS), stability control, traction control, front seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags for all three rows and one free year of OnStar (which includes turn-by-turn navigation and hands-free phone connectivity).
The drive of the Traverse offers a nice combination of surprising nimbleness with riding comfort, while there's plenty of acceleration and handling is secure. That said, this is one of the largest and heaviest crossover SUVs (4,925 pounds with all-wheel drive) on the market, so prospective buyers should be realistic with their expectations as there is some performance tradeoff necessary when the engineering emphasis is on roominess and comfort. Even so, it is likely that most drivers will be more than satisfied with its performance.
All in all, the Chevy Traverse isn't trying to be the fastest or most luxurious large crossover SUV, but when it comes to versatility, roominess and ride quality, this vehicle is worthy of very serious consideration.
Buy at wholesale?
So lastly, there are actually several different ways to buy a used Traverse at the lowest price, and even at wholesale.
In addition, you can also try the public car auctions in your own geographic area. While there can be a lot of junk vehicles at these auctions, there are often absolute gems sprinkled in as well. This article reviews what to expect at open-to-the-public car auctions and how to locate them in your own area.