Abundant passenger and cargo space; carlike handling; impressive fuel economy; pleasing ride; comfortable interior
Less capable than a big SUV; too large for parking-lot maneuvering; poor rear visibility
The Traverse only offers minor changes for 2015. Updates include a new Siri Eyes Free system for iPhone users, upgraded wheel designs, and some new interior and exterior colors.
The 2015 Traverse 2LT makes the most sense to us. It's well equipped without going overboard on amenities. Its 18-in wheels are the perfect match for its chassis, while the LTZ's 20-inchers create a bit of a bouncy ride, especially for rear-seat passengers. We strongly suggest going with all-wheel drive to remain fully capable through all kinds of road conditions. Options such as dual sunroofs, navigation and rear-seat DVD viewing are must-haves for families who take frequent road trips. See the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse models for sale near you
The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse is available with four trim levels: LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ.
Base-level LS models start at $31,800 with shipping. Standard features include automatic headlights, cruise control, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera that sends its display to a standard 6.5-inch center-mounted touchscreen. Also standard are split folding rear seats and side-curtain airbags.
The mid-level Traverse 1LT ($34,600) adds alloy wheels, fog lights, rear park assist, a power driver's seat, wood interior trim and a remote starter.
Drivers who step up to the Traverse 2LT ($37,100) get heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control and Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system, which boasts Bluetooth audio and smartphone app integration.
Topping the Traverse line is the luxury-oriented LTZ ($42,700), which includes a blind spot monitoring system, 20-in alloy wheels, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, leather seats and second-row captain's chairs. LTZ models also include newly standard forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems.
Major options include a navigation system, a dual-pane sunroof and a rear-seat DVD player.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles|
Ford Flex -- The Flex offers better visibility, more expansive rear seating and a greater list of creature comforts and user technology, but the Traverse tops the Flex in handling.
Toyota Highlander -- The newly redesigned Highlander is smaller than the Traverse, so it doesn't offer as much space for passengers and cargo, but it still comes standard with 3-row seating, and its smaller size makes it easier to manage in tight spaces.
GMC Acadia -- Since it's based on the same GM architecture as the Traverse, the Acadia is extremely similar on almost all fronts. The Acadia has a bit more truck flair, while the Traverse leans more in a family-centric direction, but these are primarily visual differences established by interior and exterior styling cues.