Chevrolet Traverse test drive
The interior is also very nice. Most of the materials are of high quality. (While some of the hard plastic bits could still be better)
Again, I would actually prefer a lighter colored interior. And wouldn’t pick black with red stitching.
But that’s just a matter of taste.
The seats are really comfortable.
Apple Car play worked very well. The Bose system sounds great. And of course, there is tons of storage everywhere.
I drove it mostly with 2 people on board.
But took 6 people out one evening, and everyone had plenty of room. Even in the 3rd row seat.
The drive, of course, the Traverse is very similar to its Buick Enclave cousin I drove a while ago.
Everything is always smooth and quiet. The whole thing feels very solid.
The 9 speed Auto is one of the smoothest around. And also very eager to downshift.
Steering is nothing amazing, but above what you’d expect. (And miles ahead of the lumpy Nissan Pathfinder…)
The traverse 3.6 Liter is rated at 17/25MPG.
I did get around 16/17 around town. And 29/30 on the freeway.
Which is really good for this really big and roomy SUV.
I also noticed the Traverse gas mileage was only about a couple of MPGs worse than the VW Tiguan I was driving the week before.
The much smaller, rougher, noisier and slower 2.0 Liter Tiguan was almost as thirsty as the Travers’s 3.6 Liter V6 with 310HP…
The Buick Enclave is actually the Traverse’s most serious competition.
It has all the good stuff of the Chevrolet, but in my opinion, wrapped up in a much nicer design and interior. And even rides a bit smoother.
Although a similar Enclave would be at least $3000 more, the more upscale interior and general feel is, I think, well worth it.
On the other side of the spectrum, the base Traverse starts at $31 000. Only about $2000 more than the VW Tiguan I drove last week.
I am just saying…
That super powerful and smooth V6.
The great 9 speed auto.
The much nicer interior.
The actually usable 3rd row.
All this is really well worth the $2000 extra over the poor Tiguan if you are driving more that 5 people around…
Here are all the details of the Chevrolet Traverse I was driving (Just click on the picture)