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Chevy Traverse gets a makeover; still a great choice for a big family

G. Chambers Williams III, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Automotive News

With the captain's chairs in the middle row, included on our test vehicle, the Traverse seats seven, but access to the third row is easier because of the gap between the two middle-row seats.

A new Traction Mode Select system is standard across the line. It lets the driver choose driving modes to match road conditions

The standard engine is the 3.6-liter V-6, cranking out 310 horsepower and 266 foot-pounds of torque. It's connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission. This was the engine on our tester, and we had plenty of power for both routine interstate highway driving and some mountain roads we encountered during our weeklong test.

The new RS model comes with a 257-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, also paired with a nine-speed automatic.

Special RS features include 20-inch wheels and blacked-out exterior cues, including a black chrome grille and black bowtie emblem.

EPA ratings for the V-6 are 18 mpg city/27 highway with front drive, and 17 city/25 highway with all-wheel drive. The 2.0-liter engine is rated at 20 city/26 highway.

 

The fanciest model – the High Country – has a long list of premium features, including unique interior trim with Loft Brown leather and suede microfiber accents, 20-inch polished wheels, High Country badges, D-Optic headlights, standard twin-clutch all-wheel drive, and power/fold third row seat.

A Redline Edition ($2,495) is offered on the Premier model. It brings black wheels with red accents, black exterior trim and bowtie emblems, a dual-panel power sunroof, a trailering package and more.

All trim levels come with active aero shutters, LED daytime running lights, keyless entry and pushbutton start, and three-zone automatic climate control.

A power liftgate is standard on LT Leather, RS, Premier and High Country models, and optional on the LT Cloth (which has cloth upholstery). Additionally, there is a power liftgate with hands-free operation and bowtie emblem projection standard on Premier and High Country models.

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