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2014 Chevrolet Traverse Overview
General Motors synced up its 3 full-size crossovers in a 2013 refresh across the board and continues in 2014 with a mild rolling update, adding a couple features to its 7- and 8-passenger triplets. For the entry-level Chevrolet Traverse, the new lane-departure warning and forward collision alert systems are largely optional, but every trim adds 2 USB ports in the rear of the center console for charging mobile devices. Basically missing out on only the luxury-centric Acadia's addition of the full IntelliLink system in 2013, the Traverse continues relatively unchanged in a more upscale form than its price would indicate since that refresh.
In a clear sign that GM's plan worked, the Traverse will continue to follow its Acadia and Buick Enclave brethren from here on out, including a shared overhaul no sooner than 2016. If the lack of plans for major change in the near future don't convince you of this lineup's present perfection, perhaps a short look at past reviews—even just the ones here at CarGurus—is all the more evidence you need. Touted as smooth, stylish, spacious, intuitive, tech-savvy and easy to drive by drivers without a complaint even before the refresh, the current Traverse is only more of the same.
Set in its ways, this Traverse is still offered in base LS, LT1, LT2 and top-shelf LTZ trims with the same 3.6-liter V6's power funneled through a 6-speed automatic in either front-wheel-drive (FWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD) forms, no matter the trim, since its 2009 debut. Opting for the LTZ nets twin tailpipes that increase the V6's output to 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, otherwise giving 7 hp and 4 lb-ft fewer to the wheels of any other trim. As can be expected, FWD fetches the best fuel economy at 17 mpg city/24 highway but AWD drops that by only 1 mpg.
That said, purchasing later than the refresh comes with the benefit of a renewed interior that does away with several hard plastics in favor of more padded surfaces and even some wood veneers. Also gaining in overall legroom in 2013, the second row is still a pair of captain's chairs by default in LT2 and LTZ trims, but the sliding bench standard in other trims is offered here, too. Cargo capacities remain an impressive 24 cubic feet with all seats up, 70 with the 60/40 third row fully stowed or 116 with every foldable chair down.
Only the LS misses out on options like the dual-pane sunroof, rear DVD entertainment system and 110-volt household outlet. The 2 top tiers can exclusively opt for a navigation system and 10-speaker Bose Surround Sound system. Otherwise standard equipment at the baseline includes such features as a rear-view camera, automatic headlights, roof rails, cruise control, front and rear air vents, keyless entry, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, OnStar and a 6.5-inch touchscreeen display, not to mention the 6-speaker stereo with CD player, USB and auxiliary inputs as well as satellite and HD radio connectivity.
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