2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Chevrolet Traverse
2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Chevrolet Traverse


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 24 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.6L Gas V6, 281 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 8
  • Doors: 4

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  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Chevrolet Traverse

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system
    • Traction control
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • Air bags, frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger and head curtain side-impact for all rows in outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Air bags, front passenger air bag suppression (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • OnStar Guidance plan for 6 months including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Advanced Diagnostics and more (trial excludes Hands-Free Calling) (Visit www.onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services may vary by model and conditions.)
    • OnStar Basic plan for 5 years including limited RemoteLink mobile app services, Advanced Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification (Basic Plan available for 5 years from the date of vehicle delivery, and is transferable. Does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services.)
    • OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds includes 3GB or 3 months OnStar Data Trial (whichever comes first) (Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar subscription and data plan after trial.)
    • Rear Vision Camera display integrated into Color Touch Radio
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (Does not monitor spare)
    • Horn, dual-note
  • Entertainment Features
    • Audio system, Color Touch AM/FM radio with CD player 6.5" diagonal touch-screen display
    • Audio system feature, standard speaker system
    • Audio system feature, auxiliary input jack
    • Audio system feature, USB port
    • Audio system feature, dual USB port, charge only, located rear of center console
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio, delete
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheel, 17" (43.2 cm) compact steel spare wheel and tire
    • Roof rail moldings
    • Spoiler, rear
    • Moldings, Argent, body-side
    • Headlamps, dual cavity, halogen
    • Headlamp control, automatic on and off
    • Glass, Solar-Ray deep-tinted (all windows except light-tinted glass on windshield and driver and front passenger side glass)
    • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, Black, manual-folding
    • Wipers, front intermittent with washers
    • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
    • Door handles, chrome
    • Liftgate, rear manual
    • Tires, P245/70R17 all-season, blackwall
    • Wheels, 4 - 17" x 7.5" (43.2 cm x 19.1 cm) steel
  • Interior Features
    • Reclining front buckets
    • Seating, 8-passenger (2-3-3 seating configuration) with 2nd and 3rd row 60/40 split flat-folding bench seat
    • Insulation, acoustical package
    • Bluetooth for phone, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system
    • Seat trim, Premium Cloth (Requires (83C) Dark Titanium/Light Titanium Cloth Trim.)
    • Seat, 4-way manual driver with manual lumbar control
    • Seat, 2-way manual front passenger, included with Premium Cloth
    • Seat, third row manual 60/40 split-folding bench
    • Console, front center with 2 cup holders, covered storage bin and sliding armrest with storage
    • Floormats, color-keyed carpeted front, second and third row, removable
    • Floor covering, color-keyed carpeting
    • Steering wheel, urethane comfort grip with mounted cruise and audio controls
    • Steering column, tilt and telescopic with brake/transmission shift interlock
    • Instrumentation, enhanced Driver Information Center with personalization features, speedometer, tachometer, outside temperature display, low oil, fuel and coolant indicators, odometer, trip odometer and trip computer with digital compass
    • Windows, power with driver Express-Down
    • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
    • Remote Keyless Entry, programmable with 2 transmitters, panic button and extended range
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
    • Air conditioning, single-zone manual front climate control
    • Air conditioning, rear manual
    • Defogger, rear-window electric
    • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
    • Cup holders 10 with (ABB) 7-passenger (2-2-3 seating configuration) and 12 with (ABC) 8-passenger (2-3-3 seating configuration)
    • Visors, driver and front passenger padded with cloth trim, color-keyed and illuminated vanity mirrors
    • Lighting, interior with theater dimming, cargo compartment, reading lights for front seats, second row reading lamps integrated into dome light, door-and tailgate-activated switches and illuminated entry and exit feature
    • Trim, interior, painted Silver trim center stack and interior trim
    • Cargo storage, tray under rear floor
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, 3.6L SIDI V6 (281 hp [210 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 266 lb-ft of torque @ 3400 rpm [359.1 N-m])
    • Transmission, 6-speed automatic (Included and only available with CR14526 FWD models.)
    • Axle, 3.16 ratio
    • Front wheel drive
    • Battery, high capacity 660 cold-cranking amps
    • GVWR, 6411 lbs. (2908 kg) (CR14526 FWD models only.)
    • Suspension, Ride and Handling
    • Steering, power, constant effort
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
    • Exhaust, single outlet

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.8 x 1.1
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.0 x 0.8
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 116.3
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 70.3
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 24.4
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 11.8
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 660
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 170
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LLT
    • Engine Type - Gas V6
    • Displacement - 3.6L/217
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 281 @ 6300
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 266 @ 3400
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 118.90
    • Length, Overall (in) - 203.70
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 78.50
    • Height, Overall (in) - 69.90
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 67.30
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 67.10
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 7.20
    • Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 22.0
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 8
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 150.8
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40.40
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.30
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 61.50
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 58.00
    • Second Head Room (in) - 39.40
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 36.80
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 61.00
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 57.80
    • Third Head Room (in) - 37.80
    • Third Leg Room (in) - 33.20
    • Third Shoulder Room (in) - 57.60
    • Third Hip Room (in) - 48.30
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 19
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 17
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 24
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Pwr Rack-&-Pinion
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 16.1
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 2.89
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 40.4
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - N/A
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Chevrolet Traverse
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Coil-Over Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Linked H-Arm
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - w/Coil Springs
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - w/Coil Springs
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - - TBD -
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - QPR
    • Rear Tire Order Code - QPR
    • Spare Tire Order Code - QD6
    • Front Tire Size - P245/70R17
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/70R17
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 5200
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 520
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 5200
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 780
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - M7V
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.48
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.87
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.80
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.41
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.74
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.88
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.16
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 9.3
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4713
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 x 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 x 7.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - 17 x - TBD -
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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The Chevrolet Traverse is a large crossover SUV with big interior space, quiet comfort, and an easygoing ride. Traverse can be loaded with safety and convenience features. Seating either seven or eight occupants, this crossover has changed little since its 2009 debut, apart from a mild facelift for 2013.

Little is new for 2016, except for the addition of OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, which can provide a mobile wi-fi hotspot. A Leather and Driver Confidence package now is available for the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse LT.

For many owners, the Traverse serves as a practical alternative to a minivan. Built on a car-type unitbody platform, it delivers a more friendly driving character than does a full-size SUV built on a truck-type chassis. A Tahoe, for example.

Structurally related to the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, the Traverse is among the roomiest vehicles in its class. Passengers enjoy plenty of space, actually approaching that of a big, truck-based Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban.

In the rear are two 60/40-split benches for eight-passenger capacity, or captain’s chairs may be installed in the second row. In that case, capacity drops to seven.

One dilemma, though, involves the Traverse’s long rear doors. In contrast to a minivan’s sliding side doors, theses biggies open wide, which may prove challenging when facing a tight parking-lot space, or trying to slip into a modest-sized garage.

Under the hood, a smooth-running 3.6-liter V6 with direct injection delivers 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, driving a 6-speed automatic transmission. Properly equipped, a Traverse can tow up to 5,200 pounds, though frequent towing calls for a Tahoe or Suburban.

Partly because the Traverse is a heavyweight, throttle response sets no records; and acceleration gets even lazier if all-wheel drive is installed. Fuel economy isn’t a strong point, either.

On the safety front, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2015 Traverse a five-star rating overall. That included five-stars on all tests except for rollover, which earned four stars. Three trim levels are offered, and the top one (LTZ) includes Blind Zone and Forward Collision alerts, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Front center side airbags are available, built right into the driver’s seat. Siri Eyes Free also is available, letting the driver keep eyes on the road, not the iPhone.


The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse comes in three trim levels: LS, LT, and LTZ. Each uses the same powertrain: a 3.6-liter V6 mating with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available. Pricing for 2016 has not yet been established.

Well-equipped for families, with eight-passenger seating, the LS has cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, hill start assist, keyless entry, front/rear air conditioning, a tilt/telescopic steering column, power locks/windows/mirrors, cruise control, Bluetooth, and 17-inch steel wheels. Two USB charging ports are in the rear of the console. OnStar 4G LTE connectivity is standard.

Traverse LT adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and woodgrain interior trim. Standard equipment includes rear parking sensors, heated mirrors, foglamps, remote start, eight-way power driver’s seat, and 18-inch alloy wheels. A 2LT version adds a power liftgate, heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, and auto-dimming inside mirror.

Traverse LTZ features leather upholstery, second-row captain’s chairs, tri-zone automatic climate control, voice-command navigation, heated/cooled front seats, and a group of driver-assist safety features. A panoramic sunroof is optional.


In profile and in function, the Chevrolet Traverse resembles a tall station wagon rather than an SUV. Body shapes are more rounded, compared to the angular, squared-off look that’s typical of full-size SUVs. Taillights appear to have been influenced by the current Camaro coupe. Wheel arches are flared. Up front is a three-bar upper grille, complementing the two-bar design below.

Chevrolet’s version of the basic design lacks the modestly edgy appearance of the related GMC Acadia. Nor does it flaunt any retro details, like the Buick Enclave. Instead, such touches as a sculpted hood and darkened headlights help to provide a bit of character.


Even though functionality is the byword inside as well as out, woodgrain or silver accents highlight Traverse interiors. Soft-touch materials may be found, complemented by some contrast stitching in the upholstery. Ambient lighting is standard, in the relatively simple cockpit design. The Traverse driver benefits from clear instrument displays and logical, well-done switchgear in a layout that qualifies as intuitive.

Available MyLink infotainment includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen and helpful smartphone integration, plus streaming of such apps as Pandora and Stitcher.

With both rear seats folded down, 117.5 cubic feet of passenger space is available: not quite minivan-level, but not so far removed, either. Front seats are supportive, as well as more plush than might be expected. Adult-size second-row seats slide forward, to alter the mix of available legroom. Third-row seats are comfortable, at least for youngsters. In fact, Traverse has one of the most practical rear rows of any three-row vehicle. Unfortunately, a high step up is needed to get into that third row. The cargo floor is high as well, thus not so easy to load.

Driving Impressions

A quiet, smooth, well-controlled ride heads the list of performance attributes. Handling capability is about as good as can be expected, if less than agile and marred by a rather heavy feel overall. Even so, despite its abundant dimensions, the Traverse manages to react well enough when quick maneuvers are needed. Little road, wind, or engine noise can be heard. Unlike many current vehicles, which have switched to electric power steering, the Traverse retains a hydraulic setup.

Acceleration is swift enough for a family vehicle, but a Traverse struggles on upgrades, or even when starting off from a stop. Gas mileage is not great, due in part to this crossover’s weight: in the 5,000-pound neighborhood. With front-drive, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates fuel economy at 17/24 mpg City/Highway. All-wheel drive drops those figures to 16/23 mpg City/Highway. That’s roughly in the middle of the three-row-vehicle category.


The Chevrolet Traverse has plenty of virtues, led by a nicely controlled ride and satisfying handling. Interior space scores high, and larger families welcome the three-row seating. Gas mileage is nothing to shout about but it’s not far removed from other vehicles in this class.

Driving impressions by Kirk Bell, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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