Powering most 2014 Chevrolet Traverse models is a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 281 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The LTZ trim features twin exhaust outlets that increase output to 288 hp and 270 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic is the only available transmission, but buyers can choose front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
The 2014 Chevrolet Traverse is a spacious, well-performing family vehicle that’s not a minivan.
Although it might build on some of the styling cues of GM SUVs, the Traverse is essentially a tall station wagon. For today’s biggest families, who are concerned about image and features, yet also space, comfort, and safety, the Traverse adds up to a very smart pick.
The design of the Traverse has seen very little change since its original introduction in 2009; last year it was given a minor touch-up in the front and rear.
Although the face is a bit fresher, we’re more attracted to the Camaro-influenced taillamps, which break through a factory-farm of same-as crossover designs.
Inside, the Traverse is functional, and last year’s refresh brought new wood and silver accents, contrast stitching and ambient lighting. Last year, Chevy also reconfigured the climate controls for 2013 and brought in more soft-touch materials.
At about 5,000 pounds, the Traverse is a heavy vehicle. The smooth 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 rated at 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet, and has been programmed for more confident passing power and quicker shifts; yet this is still a combination that needs to work from a standing start. That said, it can tow up to 5,200 pounds. You can get either front- or all-wheel-drive configurations of the Traverse.
If you’re one who’s disowned minivans in the past and wouldn’t bow to that image again, the Chevrolet Traverse remains one of the most spacious, passenger-friendly vehicles on the market. The Traverse’s primary mission is people-moving, so GM has made the most of the seating space here. Over three rows, there’s space for up to eight occupants, with the seats divided into two front buckets and two 60/40-split benches. Bench or front buckets and two 60/40-split benches.
The Traverse has earned some of the best crash-test scores of any vehicle sold in the United States, and together with the closely related Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, it’s one of the first vehicles on the market to offer a front center side airbag. Otherwise, standard safety features include parking sensors, a rearview camera system, hill start assist (to help you start safety on a steep incline), and head-curtain side bags with rollover mitigation technology. On LTZ models, the Traverse includes Side Blind Zone Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert—all features that may help you avoid an accident completely.
There are three trim levels of the 2014 Chevy Traverse—LS, LT, and LTZ—with top LTZ models the way to go if you want a vehicle that’s equipped like a luxury vehicle, albeit without the luxury badge.
All Traverse models get the Chevrolet MyLink system, which includes a 6.5-inch color touch screen, enabling smartphone integration as well as easy streaming of Pandora and Stitcher internet-based entertainment. New for 2014 are two charge-only USB ports, located at the rear of the center console—for powering the kids devices.
LS trims are no-fuss (albeit well-equipped) family vehicles. They include keyless entry; a tilt/telescopic wheel; power windows, locks and mirrors; cruise control; Bluetooth; and an AM/FM/XM/CD sound system. The standard OnStar system includes Turn-by-Turn navigation and points-of-interest information.
LT models add a few extras (and the LT2 package adds even more), while the top-of-the-line LTZ gets leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate controls, and a voice-command, screen-based navigation system.
Other major options include the rearview camera; a power liftgate; heated and cooled front seats; and a DVD entertainment system. The top-spec LTZ can be equipped with a rear spoiler; dual exhausts; and a panoramic sunroof.