2016 Chevrolet TraverseLS Front-wheel Drive

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Overall, the Traverse is quiet and comfortable under most conditions. On the highway, engine and wind noise are low, and the ride is excellent.
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The Chevrolet Traverse crossover utility vehicle combines the smooth ride and responsive handling of a car with the cargo capability and high seating position of a traditional truck-based sport utility vehicle.

The Traverse comes in three trim levels: LS, LT and LTZ. Each trim is available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. A direct injection 3.6-liter V6 engine sends power to the wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. The well-equipped interior features two front bucket seats and two different seating configurations for the second and third row seats, accommodating a maximum of eight passengers. An extensive list of safety features come standard; these include: side curtain overhead airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for driver and front-seat passenger, an available front center airbag, anti-lock brakes, and electronic traction and stability control.

The Traverse continues with minimal packaging changes for 2016.


The Chevrolet Traverse is a large crossover SUV with big interior space, quiet comfort, and an easygoing ride.Traverse can be loaded with safety and convenience features.Seating either seven or eight occupants, this crossover has changed little since its 2009 debut, apart from a mild facelift for 2013.

Little is new for 2016, except for the addition of OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, which can provide a mobile wi-fi hotspot.A Leather and Driver Confidence package now is available for the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse LT.

For many owners, the Traverse serves as a practical alternative to a minivan.Built on a car-type unitbody platform, it delivers a more friendly driving character than does a full-size SUV built on a truck-type chassis.A Tahoe, for example.

Structurally related to the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, the Traverse is among the roomiest vehicles in its class.Passengers enjoy plenty of space, actually approaching that of a big, truck-based Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban.

In the rear are two 60/40-split benches for eight-passenger capacity, or captain's chairs may be installed in the second row.In that case, capacity drops to seven.

One dilemma, though, involves the Traverse's long rear doors.In contrast to a minivan's sliding side doors, theses biggies open wide, which may prove challenging when facing a tight parking-lot space, or trying to slip into a modest-sized garage.

Under the hood, a smooth-running 3.6-liter V6 with direct injection delivers 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, driving a 6-speed automatic transmission.Properly equipped, a Traverse can tow up to 5,200 pounds, though frequent towing calls for a Tahoe or Suburban.

Partly because the Traverse is a heavyweight, throttle response sets no records; and acceleration gets even lazier if all-wheel drive is installed.Fuel economy isn't a strong point, either.

On the safety front, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2015 Traverse a five-star rating overall.That included five-stars on all tests except for rollover, which earned four stars.Three trim levels are offered, and the top one (LTZ) includes Blind Zone and Forward Collision alerts, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Front center side airbags are available, built right into the driver's seat.Siri Eyes Free also is available, letting the driver keep eyes on the road, not the iPhone.


The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse comes in three trim levels: LS, LT, and LTZ.Each uses the same powertrain: a 3.6-liter V6 mating with a six-speed automatic transmission.Front-drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available.Pricing for 2016 has not yet been established.

Well-equipped for families, with eight-passenger seating, the LS has cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, hill start assist, keyless entry, front/rear air conditioning, a tilt/telescopic steering column, power locks/windows/mirrors, cruise control, Bluetooth, and 17-inch steel wheels.Two USB charging ports are in the rear of the console.OnStar 4G LTE connectivity is standard.

Traverse LT adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and woodgrain interior trim.Standard equipment includes rear parking sensors, heated mirrors, foglamps, remote start, eight-way power driver's seat, and 18-inch alloy wheels.A 2LT version adds a power liftgate, heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, and auto-dimming inside mirror.

Traverse LTZ features leather upholstery, second-row captain's chairs, tri-zone automatic climate control, voice-command navigation, heated/cooled front seats, and a group of driver-assist safety features.A panoramic sunroof is optional.


In profile and in function, the Chevrolet Traverse resembles a tall station wagon rather than an SUV.Body shapes are more rounded, compared to the angular, squared-off look that's typical of full-size SUVs.Taillights appear to have been influenced by the current Camaro coupe.Wheel arches are flared.Up front is a three-bar upper grille, complementing the two-bar design below.

Chevrolet's version of the basic design lacks the modestly edgy appearance of the related GMC Acadia.Nor does it flaunt any retro details, like the Buick Enclave.Instead, such touches as a sculpted hood and darkened headlights help to provide a bit of character.


Even though functionality is the byword inside as well as out, woodgrain or silver accents highlight Traverse interiors.Soft-touch materials may be found, complemented by some contrast stitching in the upholstery.Ambient lighting is standard, in the relatively simple cockpit design.The Traverse driver benefits from clear instrument displays and logical, well-done switchgear in a layout that qualifies as intuitive.

Available MyLink infotainment includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen and helpful smartphone integration, plus streaming of such apps as Pandora and Stitcher.

With both rear seats folded down, 117.5 cubic feet of passenger space is available: not quite minivan-level, but not so far removed, either.Front seats are supportive, as well as more plush than might be expected.Adult-size second-row seats slide forward, to alter the mix of available legroom.Third-row seats are comfortable, at least for youngsters.In fact, Traverse has one of the most practical rear rows of any three-row vehicle.Unfortunately, a high step up is needed to get into that third row.The cargo floor is high as well, thus not so easy to load.

Driving Impression

A quiet, smooth, well-controlled ride heads the list of performance attributes.Handling capability is about as good as can be expected, if less than agile and marred by a rather heavy feel overall.Even so, despite its abundant dimensions, the Traverse manages to react well enough when quick maneuvers are needed.Little road, wind, or engine noise can be heard.Unlike many current vehicles, which have switched to electric power steering, the Traverse retains a hydraulic setup.

Acceleration is swift enough for a family vehicle, but a Traverse struggles on upgrades, or even when starting off from a stop.Gas mileage is not great, due in part to this crossover's weight: in the 5,000-pound neighborhood.With front-drive, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates fuel economy at 17/24 mpg City/Highway.All-wheel drive drops those figures to 16/23 mpg City/Highway.That's roughly in the middle of the three-row-vehicle category.


The Chevrolet Traverse has plenty of virtues, led by a nicely controlled ride and satisfying handling.Interior space scores high, and larger families welcome the three-row seating.Gas mileage is nothing to shout about but it's not far removed from other vehicles in this class.

Driving impressions by Kirk Bell, The Car Connection.James M.Flammang contributed to this report.

ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Rear air conditioningWith separate controls
Driver AirbagYes
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row
Head airbagsCurtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Audio security systemYes
Audio security systemYes
Audio/Video Remote ControlYes
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Plastic
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area floor matVinyl/rubber
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Reading lightsFront and rear
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet4
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo netCargo net
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Power steeringPower steering
Rear area cargo coverFolding
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Storage OrganizerYes
3rd Row Head Room960 mm
3rd Row Hip Room1,227 mm
3rd Row Leg Room843 mm
3rd Row Shoulder Room1,463 mm
Front Head Room1,026 mm
Front Hip Room1,473 mm
Front Leg Room1,049 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,562 mm
Front track1,709 mm
Overall height1,775 mm
Overall Length5,174 mm
Overall Width1,994 mm
Rear Head Room1,000 mm
Rear Hip Room1,468 mm
Rear Leg Room935 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,549 mm
Rear track1,704 mm
Wheelbase3,020 mm
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 2-way
Adjustable lumbar supportManual
Height AdjustablePower
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments8
Manual Adjustments6
Power Adjustments8
Axle ratio3.16
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio11.30 : 1
Displacement217 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationV
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power281 hp
Max RPM6,300 RPM
Max Torque RPM3,400 RPM
Size3.6 L
Torque361 Nm
Total Valves24
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
Rear spoilerLip
Rear spoilerLip
Fuel Consumption
City15.8 L/100 km
Combined13.4L/100 km
Highway10.6 L/100 km
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size3.6 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersV-6
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual w/tilt
Adjustable rear headrestsFixed
Number of rear headrests2
Third row headrests2
ClockIn-radio display
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
Transmission Temperature GuageTransmission temperature
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
Rear heatWith separate controls
Roof rackYes
Roof rackRails only
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity8
Total Seating Capacity8
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationUnderbody w/crankdown
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control with anti-roll
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
internet accessMobile hotspot
Satellite communicationsOnStar Guidance
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Third Row Seat
Speed RatingS
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
Width245 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Trailer hitchTrailer hitch
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Auxiliary transmission coolerRegular duty
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size6.5"
Primary Video Monitor Size6.5"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Video Monitor LocationFront and rear
Video playerWith DVD
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance160,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distance160,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distance160,000 km
rust months72 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place691 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,991 L
Curb weight2,138 kg
EPA interior volume4,269 L
Fuel Capacity83 L
Gross vehicle weight2,908 kg
Ground clearance183 mm
Max cargo capacity3,293 L
Towing Capacity907 kg
Towing Capacity2,359 kg
Turning radius6 m
Rim TypeNone steel
Wheel CoversFull wheel
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear quarter windowsWiper park
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Bodyside mouldings
Power door mirrors
Roof rack
Trailer hitch receiver
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
Air conditioning
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Emergency communication system
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear air conditioning
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
A/V remote
AM/FM radio
CD player
Entertainment system
MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear reading lights
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Block heater
Manual-shift auto
Mode select transmission
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Manual driver lumbar support
Power 2-way driver lumbar support
Power driver seat
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar

2016 Chevrolet Traverse LS Front-wheel Drive, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Edwards Garage, 4403 42ND AVENUE - Box 880, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta T4T-1A6

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