The Chevrolet Traverse for 2017 nearly checks all the right boxes when it comes to the market needs.
It is highly recommended for buyers looking for a three-row SUV that offers expansive cargo room. Its release date is set for next year.
Some of its highlights include top crash-test scores, improves rearview visibility, a compliant ride quality, a seating configuration for up to eight passengers, and a spacious cargo room. For 2017, the Traverse gains a faster 4G LTE connectivity, ad Wi-Fi capability.
Not long ago, anyone shopping for a vehicle with a generous cargo space and an eight-passenger seating capacity would only have a choice of either getting a big SUV or a minivan. Fortunately with the advent of so many brands offering large SUVs, shoppers now have a wider scope to choose from, and the new 2017 Chevrolet Traverse is definitely one of them.
The Traverse could be easily viewed as the brand’s leader in everything that defines a proper SUV. Despite GM offering a plethora of SUVs like GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave, among others, the Traverse remains the best choice for anyone looking for a serious SUV profile.
It rides impressively and boasts of top crash test-scores. There are, however, certain areas that need some relooking despite the efforts that have been employed by GM to make the Traverse the best SUV for the market. The downsides include a cumbersome riding quality, a finicky infotainment system, and small climate and antiquated climate and audio controls.
Available Trims – Chevrolet Traverse
Depending on the second-row seating configuration, the seating configuration choices are limited to either seven or eight. Basically, there are three trims: base LS, LT, and the top-of-the-range LTZ. Both the LS and LT are further subdivided into sub-trims (detailed below).
Exterior Changes & Interior Reviews- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse
The redesigned base LS comes standard with a 60/40-split folding second-and third row-seats, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, front and rear air conditioning, 17” steel wheels, OnStar telematics system, cruise control, a rear spoiler, automatic headlights, a rearview camera, a CD player, smartphone app integration, a 6.5” touchscreen display, a six-speaker premium sound system, and two additional USB ports.
The 1LS further adds a satellite and HD radio.
Opting for the 1LT trim gets you a leather wrapped steering wheel, rear parking sensors, an eight-way power driver seat, foglights, 18” alloy wheels, exterior heated mirrors, an airbag occupant protection, and tilt-only steering wheel.
The Traverse 2LT comes bundled with front heated seats, LED headlights, an auto-dimming aftview mirrors, rear-seat audio controls, headphone jacks, Bluetooth audio connectivity, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, and second-row captain’s chairs.
The top-of-the-line 2017 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ comes bundled with a rear cross traffic alert, 20” alloy wheels, leather upholstery, second-row captain’s chairs, a navigation system, a heated steering wheel, forward collision warning system, driver seat memory functions, a blind-spot warning system, power folding mirrors, lane departure alert, and ventilated front seats.
Some of the features and technologies available on the upper trims are also available for the lower trims as options. Some of the options include a rear seat entertainment system, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, a panoramic sunroof, unique exterior colors, a towing package, and a household-style power outlet.
Engine Specs – 2017 Chevrolet Traverse
Both the LS and LT trims come fitted with a 3.6L V6 engine under their hoods. The engine is rated at 266 pounds of torque and 281 horsepower. As for the top-of-the-line 2017 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ, buyers should expect 288 horsepower and 270 pounds of torque due to the dual exhaust outlets.
A choice of either the front wheel drive or the all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission system are available. However, the LS comes with the front wheel drive as the only drive mode.
During our own testing, the AWD 2017 Chevrolet Traverse was able to clinch 60 mph in just 8.1 seconds.
When properly equipped, expect a maximum towing capacity of up to 5,200 pounds. EPA ratings stand at 17/24/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the front-wheel-drive, and 16/23/19 mpg with the AWD system.
Price & 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Release Date
The redesigned 2017 Chevrolet Traverse goes for sale for an MSRP starting from $31,205. As for its release date, buyers should expect it in dealerships sometime early next year, according to very reliable sources.
News has it that GMC has been recalling its SUVs due to faulty mechanical issues, we are still gathering all the details and we’ll update soon on the same.