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Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Chevrolet Traverse has a score of 8.2 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 62 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.7
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2015 Chevrolet Traverse Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse ranks among the better midsize SUVs, offering a smooth ride and plenty of seating in an upscale cabin. It has an average predicted reliability score, but leading class competitors score better. 

Pros & Cons

  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Third-row space accommodates adults
  • Quiet, high-quality interior 
  • Can be slow to downshift

2015 Chevrolet Traverse Overview

Is the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse is a good 3-row midsize SUV for large families who want comfort and space in an attractive environment. It has an elegant, well-made cabin with adult-sized room in all three rows – which can't be said of many competing SUVs. The Traverse also has one of the largest cargo holds in the class. However, its transmission can be tricky and it earns poor fuel economy estimates.

Used 2015 Chevrolet Traverse Performance and Interior

The 2015 Traverse's 281-horsepower V6 engine makes decent power for most situations, but it can struggle when the SUV passes other vehicles. Additionally, the six-speed automatic transmission can delay downshifts. With an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg in the city, the Traverse's fuel estimates are a bit low for the segment, but this SUV offers a smooth, comfortable ride.

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The 3-row Chevrolet Traverse's cabin is made with high-end materials, and upper trims are particularly luxe. It seats seven or eight, depending on whether the middle row has a bench or captain's chairs. Both set-ups slide to increase legroom or ease entry into the third row. The front seats provide plenty of headroom and legroom, and the second and third rows have decent room for adults. There are LATCH connectors for child safety seats in the second row's outboard seats, as well as a tether anchor in the middle third-row seat. The Traverse offers more overall cargo space (116.3 cubic feet) than most of its 3-row rivals. When all seats are up, there’s still impressive storage space (24.4 cubic feet), which is rare for the class.

Standard features include Bluetooth phone connectivity, satellite radio, a USB port, and a 6.5-inch touch-screen audio system. Available features include navigation, Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system with Siri Eyes Free, and a rear-seat entertainment system. The MyLink infotainment system draws complaints for its low-positioned display screen and sluggish responsiveness.

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Used 2015 Chevrolet Traverse Prices

A used 2015 Chevy Traverse ranges from about $19,800 for the base Traverse LS to around $29,600 for the AWD Traverse LTZ. Exact pricing, however, will depend on the vehicle's location, mileage, condition, and equipment.

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We Did the Research for You: 58 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of other automotive journalists' reviews, in addition to data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched and analyzed 58 Chevrolet Traverse reviews to give you an overview of how it compares to other midsize SUVs.

Why You Can Trust Us

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we never take expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and the advertising on our site is handled by an outside company.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2015 Traverse a predicted reliability score of three out of five, which is about average for the industry.

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How Safe Is the Traverse?

The 2015 Chevy Traverse has one of the best safety scores in the midsize SUV class. It received top scores across the board in four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests. It also earned a perfect five stars for overall safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

The Traverse comes with a rearview camera and is available with forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring.

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Should I Consider Another Used Traverse?

The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse is a part of the SUV's first generation, which started with the 2009 model year and concluded with the 2017 model year. The Traverse has undergone significant changes through the years, so if you’re looking to save money by purchasing an older model, be aware of what you’re giving up. For example, the 2014 model was the first to make forward collision alert and lane departure warning available, and the 2013 model brought updated styling, a standard rearview camera, and an available MyLink infotainment system. 

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Which Used Chevrolet Traverse Is Right for Me?

There are three trim levels available: LS, LT, and LTZ. The base Traverse LS comes with remote keyless entry, power-folding side mirrors, satellite radio, a 6.5-inch touch-screen display, two USB ports, and Bluetooth phone compatibility.

The Traverse LT adds tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power rear liftgate, rear park assist, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar control. The top-of-the-line Traverse LTZ includes a touch-screen navigation system, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, second-row flat-folding captain’s chairs, heated and cooled front seats, and leather upholstery in the first two rows.

You should also 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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2015 Chevrolet Traverse and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Traverse or 2015 GMC Acadia?

The Acadia and Traverse are mechanically identical, with similar handling. Both SUVs have upscale interiors and matching safety scores, but the Acadia comes with a few more features, including rear parking sensors. The Acadia also has slightly more overall cargo space.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Traverse or 2015 Buick Enclave?

The Enclave and Traverse share several traits, including refined rides, impressive safety scores, upscale interiors, roomy seats in three rows, and an abundance of cargo space. However, the Enclave comes with more standard features, including rear parking sensors, the IntelliLink infotainment system, tri-zone climate control, and Bluetooth audio.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Traverse or 2015 Dodge Durango?

Although the Dodge Durango ranks lower than the Traverse, it's still worth your consideration. The Durango has some of the sharpest driving dynamics among midsize SUVs, and its well-made cabin comes equipped with many more features than the Traverse. Additionally, the Durango has a potent V8 engine available and a smooth, quick transmission.

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