2017 Chevrolet Traverse Release Date, Review – For a large crossover, the redesigned 2017 Chevrolet Traverse nearly checks all the right boxes for consumers who are looking for expansive cargo room and three-rows of seating. With complaint ride quality, a seating capacity for up to eight-passengers, generous cargo volume, and top crash test scores, the Traverse has proven once again it can be useful. Credible reports allege the vehicle will be released come August 2017.
Not a long time ago, if you wanted a vehicle that offered a giant cargo bay and eight-passenger seating capacity, you had two choices: either a minivan or a very large SUV that has its own zip code. Well, times have passed, and there are plenty of sports utility vehicles that offer significant amounts of interior space and cargo volume. The Chevrolet Traverse for 2017 is certainly one such vehicle.
In comparison to GM’s large crossover duo – GMC Acadia and the Buick Enclave, the Traverse could be viewed as a blue-collar member. However, the Traverse still comes equipped with upscale luxury features and technologies as its siblings. Also, its top crash-tests, and cavernous interior make it a formidable competitor ton some of the best SUV’s in the market including the roomier and fancier 2017 Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer.
Owning the Traverse comes with its own unique challenges such as a cumbersome drive, a finicky infotainment system, small, and antiquated climate and audio controls. If you can’t live with that, other alternatives to consider include the 2017 Toyota Highlander, and 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe.
Available Trims – Chevrolet Traverse
Depending on the second-row configuration, the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse comes with either seven or eight seating capacities. Three main trims are available: LS, LT, and the LTZ.
Interior Reviews & 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Exterior Colors
The base LS comes standard with a 60/40-split folding second-row seats, front and rear air conditioning, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, 17-inch steel wheels, an auxiliary audio jack, cruise control, roof rails, automatic headlights, a CD player, OnStar telematics system, a rearview camera, two USB ports, six-speaker premium sound system, a 6.5” touchscreen display, and 4G LTE connectivity.
Upgrading to the 1LT sub-trim gets you rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, 18-inch alloy wheels, remote start, an occupant-protection airbag, heated exterior mirrors, rear parking sensors, and foglights.
The 2LT sub-trim comes with Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, heated front seats, automatic climate control (tri-zone), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Internet radio app, rear seat audio controls and headphones, second-row bench seat, heated front seats, a power liftgate, 10-speaker Bose audio system, and voice controls.
Opting for the top-of-the-range 2017 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ model assures you of side mirror memory settings, a navigation system, a heated steering wheel, forward collision warning system, 20-inch alloy wheels, a blind-spot monitoring system, eight-way power front passenger seat, lane-departure alert, rear-cross traffic alert, a heated steering wheel, second-row captain’s chairs, driver seat and side mirror memory settings, and power folding mirrors.
Some of the options available for the lower trims includes a towing package, rear seat entertainment system, a panoramic sunroof, a household style 110-V outlet, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, and exterior heated mirrors.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 10.9 in. (118.9 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 11.7 in. (203.7 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 6.5 in. (78.5 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 24.4 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 4,713 lbs
Top Speed: 112 mph
0-60: 7,3 sec
MPG: 17/24 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Blue Velvet Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Tungsten Metallic…
Towing Capacity: 5200 lbs
2017 Chevrolet Traverse Engine Specs
A 3.6L V6 engine rated at 281 horsepower and 266 lbs. ft. of torque is available for the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse LT and LS models. The LTZ gets an improved version of the same powerplant which improves the output to 288 horsepower and 270 lbs. ft. of torque.
The power gets transmitted to either the standard front wheel drive or the optional four wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system. However, the LS, just like in the outgoing model, gets the front wheel drive only.
Test drives conducted on the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse reveal the LTZ can sprint from 0-60 mph in a dreary 8.1 seconds. Preliminary reports put its EPA fuel economy ratings at 24/17/19 mpg on the highway/city/combined with the front wheel drive, and 23/16/19 mpg with the AWD.
As for its maximum towing capacity, credible reports allege the vehicle can tow up to 5,200 lbs. when properly equipped.
Release Date & 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Price
We should expect its release date come August next year. Its price, on the other hand, remains unchanged at $31,205.