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2016 Chevrolet Traverse Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse was new.


Interior: 8.0

Test drivers praise the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse for providing a spacious cabin. They add that high-quality materials, especially on higher trims, give the Traverse an unexpectedly luxurious look and feel. The Traverse also features outstanding cargo space.

  • "The cabin includes soft-touch materials on the dash and on the upper doors which create an upscale feel." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The Traverse could be viewed as the blue-collar member of GM's large crossover trio, which also includes the upscale Buick Enclave and the 'Professional Grade' GMC Acadia. But the Chevrolet is quite nice in its own right and can be equipped with nearly the same set of upscale luxury features as its siblings." -- Edmunds
  • "In the realm of people movers, the Chevrolet Traverse is one of those vehicles whose design makes sense the instant you enter the cabin." -- Road and Track (2013)
  • "The interior is commendably quiet, which means front-row occupants don't have to turn around and shout at the third-row; normal tones are possible, even if they get no results." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)


The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse seats seven or eight people, depending on whether you opt for the standard bench seat or available captain's chairs in the second row. In both configurations, the second-row seats slide forward and backward to create additional legroom as needed. Available features include leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Automotive writers say that the first two rows of seats provide plenty of head- and legroom and add that forward visibility is excellent. While some critics say third-row seats offer enough room for adults to sit comfortably, others remark that the back row is cramped and difficult for adults to access.

  • "Getting into a 3rd-row seat can be a hassle, especially for less-than-limber adults. But the 2016 Traverse's Smart Slide system feature makes accessing that last row easier with one-handed operation." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Front-row passengers will enjoy abundant head- and legroom, as will second-row occupants, but the middle-row seat cushions are a bit low. Sliding those seats all the way back alleviates this legroom issue, but effectively kills third-row legroom. Access to the back is a breeze thanks to big rear doors, though the second-row slide release is difficult to access. Once you're back there, the Traverse's third row isn't as comfortable as that of the 2016 Honda Pilot, for example. It's realistically best suited for small-stature adults or children, especially if you want to fit three across." -- Edmunds
  • "Among the largest midsize SUVs, Traverse's cabin feels especially roomy. Big, supportive seats make for good long-trip comfort." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Interior Features

The 2016 Chevy Traverse features a standard rearview camera, a USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a 6.5-inch touch-screen audio system. Optional features include a dual-panel sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, a rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors and blind spot monitoring. The MyLink infotainment system includes text message support and Siri Eyes Free, which allows iPhone users to connect to the infotainment system and use steering wheel controls to perform many of the phone's functions. One new feature for the 2016 Traverse is the ability for occupants to use 4G LTE connectivity through Chevrolet's OnStar system to set up a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Critics report that rearward visibility is limited in the Traverse, which makes the rearview camera particularly useful. Reviewers appreciate the long list of features in the Traverse, but they say that the infotainment system's buttons, which are touch-sensitive, are less responsive than conventional buttons. Test drivers note that some class rivals offer more advanced safety features.

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  • "As is invariably the case with three-row vehicles, rearward visibility is almost nonexistent when you have a full crew onboard, so the standard rearview camera is a huge help. The camera's image and infotainment system controls are displayed on a 6.5-inch touchscreen that's mounted a little too low on the dash to view with a quick glance and surrounded by touch-sensitive secondary buttons that may look vaguely interesting, but are less functional than normal buttons. The occasionally slow response of the MyLink system to your inputs is another drawback." -- Edmunds
  • "If you're looking for a 3-row mainstream SUV with the latest safety and driving aids like automatic braking and/or adaptive cruise control, you'll need a fresher competitor like the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander or Ford Explorer." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Although we weren't fans of the wood trim and awkward combination of blue contrast stitching in our particular test vehicle, this new interior did help set off the beautiful new 6.5-in. color touchscreen interface of the Chevy MyLink infotainment system." -- Road and Track (2013)


The Traverse features 24.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row of seats, 70.3 behind the second row and a maximum of 116.3 cubic feet behind the front seats. The abundant cargo space ranks among the best in the class and even surpasses some larger SUVs. The Traverse also has an available power liftgate to make accessing the cargo area even easier. Critics appreciate the generous amount of cargo space and note that the above numbers do not reflect the added space afforded by the Traverse's underfloor storage bin.

  • "When it comes to cargo space, the Traverse is definitely a leader in its class. Even with the third-row seats in place, it can carry more luggage than most rivals. Space remains abundant when lowering either the second or third rows, as the Traverse offers more cargo space than any crossover apart from its corporate siblings, the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia." -- Edmunds
  • "One of the best traits about the Traverse is that it's big enough for adults to sit in the third row and still boast enough room behind the seats for groceries." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

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