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2015 Chevrolet Traverse Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse ranks near the top of the midsize SUV class. It offers a nice cabin with plenty of cargo space, and a soft, smooth ride. The Traverse also has a perfect reliability rating and solid safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Tremendous cargo space
  • Perfect reliability rating
  • Handsome cabin
  • Engine strains when pushed

Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2018 Best Used Cars for Teens award and the winner of our 2019 Best Used Cars for Teens award and a finalist for our 2015 Best Large SUV for the Money award. Currently the Chevrolet Traverse has a score of 8.9 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: 8.7
Safety: 9.8
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2015 Chevrolet Traverse Overview

Is the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse is a great midsize SUV. This crossover has a cozy, carlike ride. Inside, it has ample space for most adults in all three rows and a tremendous amount of cargo space. It’s full of first-rate interior materials, with some upper trims feeling more like luxury vehicles. The Traverse also has outstanding safety and reliability ratings. There are more athletic options, such as the Mazda CX-9. Nonetheless, the Traverse deserves serious consideration from any midsize SUV shopper.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Chevrolet Traverse review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 62 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse?

There are nearly 2,000 listings for the 2015 Traverse on our site, with an average list price of $22,700. Prices range from $17,200 to $29,000, and they vary depending on the vehicle’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse Cost to Own?

The 2015 Traverse’s expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are estimated to be around $26,840 over five years, or about $5,370 per year. That’s slightly above average for the midsize SUV class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Chevrolet Traverse?

Chevrolet redesigned the Traverse for the 2018 model year. Consequently, the new 2019 Chevy Traverse features significant upgrades compared the 2015 model. Some highlights include more space for passengers, a bump in both horsepower and fuel efficiency for the V6 engine, and an updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The 2019 model has an MSRP of $29,930, which is about $7,000 more than the average price of a 2015 model. For many shoppers, the benefits of the redesign may be worth the price hike. 

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There are a few new midsize SUVs that have base prices in the Traverse’s price range. Some of these, like the low-ranking 2019 Dodge Journey, are best avoided. However, the 3-row 2019 Kia Sorento ($25,990) is a suitable alternative. It can’t match the Chevy’s cargo space, but this Kia has an upscale cabin, a little more room for passengers, and a smooth ride. It also has some standard and available features that are not offered in the 2015 Traverse, such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, front parking sensors, and a driver drowsiness monitor.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Traverse Is Best?

The 2015 Traverse belongs to a generation that launched for the 2009 model year and ran through the 2017 model year. Chevrolet refreshed the Traverse for 2013, giving it fresher exterior and interior styling and more safety features. Forward collision warning became available in the 2014 Traverse. Aside from making Siri Eyes Free available, Chevrolet did not make any changes to the 2015 model. If you want OnStar 4GLTE with a Wi-Fi hot spot, you’ll have to stick with a 2016 model or newer.

We recommend buying a 2015 Traverse. Its features list and perfect reliability rating make it an attractive choice. If you can’t live without Wi-Fi, the 2016 model is the best choice. The 2017 model adds nothing and has a higher average price.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse?

The 2015 Traverse has a class-leading reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Chevrolet Traverse Recalls

As of this writing, one recall has been issued for the 2015 Traverse. The treads on the original factory-installed tires may crack, causing a loss of tire pressure.

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Which Used Chevrolet Traverse Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Traverse is available in four trim levels: LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ. Each of them has a 281-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine, though it squeezes out 288 horsepower in the LTZ trim. Standard features in the LS include the intuitive MyLink infotainment system with satellite radio, Bluetooth, three USB ports, and a 6.5-inch touch screen. The LS also has a rearview camera, cloth upholstery, and front and rear air conditioning.

The Chevrolet Traverse 1LT adds rear parking sensors, remote start, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights, and alloy wheels. The Traverse 2LT has a power liftgate, Bluetooth audio streaming, Siri Eyes Free, a 10-speaker Bose stereo, tri-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats.

It’s the Chevrolet Traverse LTZ that might be the best value in the lineup. It has the most comfort features, and it’s the only trim that comes with several advanced active safety features, such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. It also has standard leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system, and power-folding mirrors.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Traverse?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Traverse the highest rating of Good in the four crash tests conducted. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in every crash test except the rollover test, in which it earned four stars.

A rearview camera is the only standard safety feature in this vehicle. Other available tech includes rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.

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2015 Chevrolet Traverse Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 Buick Enclave is another great midsize SUV. Its seating dimensions and cargo space are similar to that of the Traverse. The Buick has a nicer interior and more standard features than the Chevy, including tri-zone automatic climate control and a power liftgate. On the other hand, the Traverse has a superior reliability rating and better handling in the city. It’s also more affordable than the Enclave, costing around $3,600 less on average. However, both are good SUVs, so choosing between them comes down to a matter of preference.

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

Built on the same platform as the Chevy Traverse, the 2015 GMC Acadia features the same base engine and similar cargo and seating dimensions. Both crossover SUVs have similar safety scores and good reliability ratings, though the Chevy has a class-leading reliability rating. The Traverse is also around $3,200 less expensive than the Acadia on average. Both are good crossover SUVs, but the Chevrolet is a little nicer and costs a little less.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Traverse or 2015 Mazda CX-9?

The 2015 Mazda CX-9 is a 3-row SUV with plenty of space in each row. It’s also fun to drive, delivering brisk acceleration and nimble handling. However, the Chevrolet is the better vehicle. In addition to having more cargo space, the Traverse has better reliability and safety ratings, both of which are subpar with the Mazda. The Traverse also has a nicer cabin than the CX-9.

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2015 Traverse Performance

How Does the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse Drive?

Every 2015 Traverse features a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 281 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. This engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. In the top-of-the-line LTZ trim, this powertrain gets a slight bump to 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

The V6 has enough power for most driving situations, but it feels strained when you need to produce quick bursts of speed for passing or merging on the highway. Its ride is comfortable and quiet, driving more like a car than a bulky SUV. It may not be the most agile vehicle in its class, but its nimble handling and smooth ride are well-suited for this three-row family crossover.

Does the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse Get Good Gas Mileage?

The front-wheel-drive Chevy Traverse gets 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Models with AWD lose 1 mpg from each estimate. Those figures are slightly below average among midsize SUVs.

2015 Chevrolet Traverse Towing Capacity

The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse can tow up to 5,200 pounds when properly equipped.

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2015 Traverse Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Traverse Seat?

The Traverse seats up to eight people in its standard configuration. Opting for second-row captain’s chairs reduces occupancy to seven. Premium cloth upholstery comes standard. Available features include leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, as well as a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel.

This SUV has plenty of space in all three rows. The interior is upscale, with soft-touch materials lining the cabin. Higher trim levels feel especially posh.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse?

This vehicle has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the second row and an additional upper tether connection for the third-row middle seat. The lower anchors are set too deep in the seats, but the tether connections are easy to find.

2015 Chevrolet Traverse Features

Standard features in the Traverse LS include remote keyless entry, a rearview camera, air conditioning, cruise control, a 6.5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port (and two additional charge-only USB ports), a CD player, satellite radio, and a six-speaker stereo.

Available features include tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rear-seat entertainment system, Bluetooth audio streaming, hands-free smartphone integration and voice controls, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, and navigation.

A handful of driver assistance features are also available, including Siri Eyes Free, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and rear parking sensors. However, to get most of them, you’ll have to step up to the Chevrolet Traverse LTZ.

The MyLink infotainment system can be slow to respond, and the touch screen is positioned awkwardly on the dash. However, the available rear-seat entertainment system and numerous cup holders help cement the Traverse as a family-friendly vehicle.

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2015 Chevrolet Traverse Dimensions

Chevrolet Traverse Cargo Space

This Chevy SUV has 24.4 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 70.3 cubic feet behind the second row, and a maximum of 116.3 cubic feet with both back rows folded down. That’s a tremendous amount of cargo space, exceeding the capacities of most three-row rivals. A power liftgate is available.

2015 Traverse Length and Weight

The Traverse is nearly 17 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,647 up to 4,956 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse Built?

Chevrolet manufactured the 2015 Traverse in Michigan.

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