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2014 Chevrolet Traverse Review

The 2014 Chevrolet Traverse has plenty of cargo space, seating for up to eight, and good maneuverability for its size. However, its engine lacks the power that rivals provide, and it doesn't have a good track record for reliability.

Pros & Cons

  • Carlike handling
  • Commodious cargo space
  • Underpowered engine
  • Subpar reliability score

Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Chevrolet Traverse's #9 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2014 Best 3-Row SUV for Families award. Currently the Chevrolet Traverse has a score of 8.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 58 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.8
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2014 Chevrolet Traverse Overview

Is the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse a Good Used SUV?

If you judge an SUV by the amount of people and cargo it can hold, the Chevrolet Traverse should get a shining star. However, its poor reliability rating is hard to ignore.

A 281-horsepower V6 engine comes standard with the Traverse, and the LTZ trim gets a bump to 288 horsepower. While that seems like plenty of power, the V6 struggles to carry the SUV’s weight, which is in excess of 4,600 pounds. Also, the transmission can be slow to downshift when more power is needed. In terms of fuel economy, you can expect 16-17 mpg in the city and 23-24 mpg on the highway, depending on the drivetrain. Front-wheel drive comes standard and all-wheel drive is available. The Traverse has a compliant ride and composed handling. Considering its size, it is pretty easy to maneuver.

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The Traverse has higher-quality interior materials than some others in the class. There's standard seating for eight, but models with second-row captain's chairs drop seating capacity to seven. The first row is comfortable and the second-row seats, while roomy, are mounted too low for optimal comfort. The third row feels roomier than most in the class, but it’s not ideal for long trips. Rear visibility is poor, but the standard rearview camera makes it easier to back up.

In addition to the rearview camera, standard features include Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, and HD Radio. Upper trims come with tech upgrades like navigation, a 10-speaker Bose stereo system, a rear-seat entertainment system, and Chevy's MyLink infotainment system, which showcases sharp graphics and a clean menu structure. However, MyLink can sometime be slow to respond, and the screen is mounted too low on the dash. The Chevrolet Traverse has one of the roomiest cargo holds in its class. It measures between 24.4 cubic feet and 116.3 cubic feet, depending on which rows of seats are folded down.

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Used 2014 Chevrolet Traverse Prices

The price of a used 2014 Chevy Traverse ranges from about $18,600 for the base front-wheel-drive LS trim to about $28,400 for the fully loaded LTZ trim with a V6 engine and all-wheel drive. The price varies depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse?

The 2014 Chevy Traverse scores a 2.5 out of five for reliability from J.D. Power and Associates, which is substandard overall. A score of three is considered average.

How Safe Is the Traverse?

In crash testing, the 2014 Traverse performed better than most of its rivals. It earned five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a score of Good in all Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests. LTZ models come with safety features like forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used Traverse?

The first generation of the Chevrolet Traverse runs from the 2009 through 2017 model years. For 2013, the Traverse got a facelift. The 2013 Traverse is a better value than newer models, though forward collision warning and lane departure warning joined the list of optional features for 2014. Two USB ports for rear-seat passengers were added to the center console for 2014 as well. Some 2015 Traverses come with Siri Eyes Free iPhone integration, but a model from this year will likely cost you a few thousand dollars more.

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Which Used Chevrolet Traverse Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Traverse is offered in four trim levels: LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ. The 2LT represents the best dollar-to-features ratio. It comes with a power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with a Bose 10-speaker sound system. If that’s not enough, the LTZ adds leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring.

You might consider a certified pre-owned Traverse. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully. 

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We Did the Research for You: 58 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We do not base our vehicle rankings and reviews on our own opinions. Instead, we use data like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, reliability ratings, and credible reviews across the automotive industry. We then compare each vehicle to its most popular rivals to help you decide which one is right for you.

Why You Can Trust Us

At U.S. News & World Report, we bring 75 years of automotive industry experience to the table. Our Best Cars team has been ranking vehicles for a decade. To remain impartial, we do not take pricey gifts or trips from automakers, and our advertising is handled by an outside team.

2014 Chevrolet Traverse and Other SUVS to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Chevrolet Traverse or 2014 Ford Explorer?

Both the Traverse and the Ford Explorer ride comfortably and offer plenty of room for passengers in the first two rows. However, each has a problematic infotainment system and poor rear visibility. All Traverses come with a rearview camera, while only some Explorer models do. Also, the Traverse has better maneuverability and more cargo space. The V6 engines in each SUV have similar fuel economy, but the Explorer offers a turbo-four engine that could save you about $350 per year in fuel costs compared to the Traverse. Unless these fuel savings are drawing you to the Explorer, you're better off with the Traverse.

Which Is Better: 2014 Chevrolet Traverse or 2014 Honda Pilot?

The Honda Pilot provides spacious seating in all three rows and great fuel economy for the class. However, like the Traverse, its engine is somewhat underpowered and paired with a slow-to-shift automatic transmission. Some Traverse models provide safety features that you can’t find in any 2014 Pilot, like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. The ace up the Pilot's sleeve is its stellar reliability rating, which is among the best in the class. Meanwhile, the Traverse earns a below-average reliability score.

Which Is Better: 2014 Chevrolet Traverse or 2014 Chevrolet Equinox?

The Chevrolet Equinox is a cost-effective alternative, but you won't get a third row of seats. Though its base four-cylinder engine is weak, the Equinox returns excellent fuel economy numbers compared to the Traverse. Upgraded Equinox models come with the same V6 engine that is in the Traverse, which gives both models the same fuel economy. The Traverse comes with more features, including HD Radio and a rearview camera, as well as more available safety technologies, like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. You're better off going with the Traverse if your budget allows for it.

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