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2017 Chevrolet Traverse Review

The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse places in the middle of our midsize SUV rankings. It has high safety ratings and plenty of horsepower, but some won’t like its frustrating infotainment system.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride and carlike handling
  • Abundant cargo space
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Laggy infotainment system

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse's #11 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2017 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 64 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Chevrolet Traverse Overview

Is the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse is a very good midsize SUV. It has a spacious cargo area and  ample passenger room, yet it drives like a smaller vehicle. The Traverse also has below-average ownership costs. On the downside, it has poor fuel economy for a midsize SUV, and its infotainment system can be laggy.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 64 professional evaluations for this 2017 Chevrolet Traverse review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse?

Based on about 1,500 listings for this vehicle on our site, you can expect to pay between $21,500 and $33,800 for a used 2017 Chevy Traverse. The average list price is $26,000. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Cost to Own?

Predicted five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Traverse are estimated to be $27,652. That’s higher than estimates for most other midsize SUVs.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Traverse?

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse’s MSRP starts at $29,930, which is higher than the 2017 Traverse’s average price of $26,000. However, if it’s in your budget, the 2018 Traverse is the better choice. Chevy completely redesigned the Traverse for 2018, and the improvements are significant. It has a more powerful V6 that is substantially more fuel-efficient. The new Traverse also has the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with six USB ports, a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The 2018 Traverse is also the winner of our 2018 Best 3-Row SUV for Families award.

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While the 2017 Traverse is a good used option, you may want to consider a new midsize SUV for about the same price. The 2018 Kia Sorento (MSRP: $25,900) is one of our top-ranking SUVs. It has a weaker base engine, but the Sorento’s fuel economy is much better than the 2017 Traverse's. The Kia also has a quality interior and a user-friendly infotainment system. However, the base Sorento only seats five. You'll have to upgrade to a third-row model for more seating in the Sorento, while the Traverse has a standard third row. The Chevy also has almost 43 more cubic feet of cargo space than the Kia. If you don’t need the seats and cargo room, give the Sorento a shot.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Traverse Is Best?

There have only been a few changes in the model years leading up to the 2017 Traverse. The 2013 Traverse went through an interior and exterior styling refresh, and Chevy added some available active safety technology to the 2014 Traverse. There were no changes for 2015, but 2016 Traverse gained a standard Wi-Fi hot spot. For 2017, Chevy reshuffled the trims before a full redesign of the Traverse for 2018. To save money, consider buying the 2014 Traverse, which offers many of the same benefits as the 2017 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse?

The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Chevrolet Traverse Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse has no open recalls.

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Which Used Chevrolet Traverse Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Traverse is available in five trim levels: LS Base, LS, 1LT, 2LT, and Premier. The LS Base comes with cloth upholstery, a 6.5-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The LS adds only satellite radio.

The 1LT is the best choice, and it should meet the needs of most buyers. Building on the LS, the 1LT comes with remote start and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat. For more features, the 2LT has a power liftgate, a Bose 10-speaker audio system, tri-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats. The top-tier Premier trim offers navigation with points of interest and predictive weather and traffic, driver memory settings, and heated and cooled front seats.

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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, but Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Traverse?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Traverse five out of five stars in frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Traverse the top score of Good in all crash tests.

A rearview camera is standard, along with and a suite of OnStar services that includes automatic crash response. Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are available.

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2017 Chevrolet Traverse Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Traverse or 2017 Honda Pilot?

The 2017 Honda Pilot ranks a bit higher than the Chevy, and there are some significant differences between them. The Pilot has much better fuel economy despite having similar power, while the Traverse has substantially more cargo space and third-row legroom. Both are solid midsize SUVs, so pick the one that best matches your needs.

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Traverse or 2017 Ford Explorer?

The 2017 Ford Explorer has more first- and second-row legroom than the 2017 Traverse. Aside from that, there are few reasons to pick the Explorer over the Traverse. The Chevy has higher safety and predicted reliability ratings, better handling, and a richer interior with more third-row legroom. Go with the Traverse.

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2017 Traverse Performance

How Does the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Drive?

The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse has a 281-horsepower V6 engine that offers plenty of power for brisk acceleration, even when weighed down with passengers. The standard six-speed automatic transmission generally provides timely shifts, but it hesitates to downshift at times. The Traverse has a smooth ride and decent agility for its size. Front-wheel drive comes standard; all-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Get Good Gas Mileage?

Fuel economy is a big negative for the 2017 Traverse. It gets an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway in both the front- and all-wheel-drive models, which is worse than almost every competitor.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2017 Traverse can tow up to 5,200 pounds.

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2017 Traverse Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Traverse Seat?

The 2017 Traverse seats eight in three rows, but available second-row captain’s chairs drop that number to seven. Cloth upholstery and sliding second-row seats are standard. Available upgrades include leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and heated and cooled front seats. The first two rows are adult friendly, even on long drives. However, the third row is best left to children.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse?

The 2017 Traverse has a complete set of LATCH car-seat connectors on both of its outboard rear seats and a middle-seat tether anchor in its third row. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Traverse’s LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable, citing lower anchors that are too deep in the seat.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse Features

Standard features include a 6.5-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available upgrades include tri-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, a rear-seat entertainment system, and Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system.

The MyLink system has more smartphone connectivity abilities than the standard system. However, MyLink isn’t as responsive as infotainment systems found in other SUVs, including other GM vehicles.

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2017 Chevrolet Traverse Dimensions

Chevrolet Traverse Cargo Space

The 2017 Traverse offers some of the largest cargo capacities in the midsize SUV class: 24.4 cubic feet behind the third row, 70.3 behind the second row, and 116.3 cubic feet behind the first row.

2017 Traverse Length and Weight

The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse measures 17 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,713 pounds to 4,956 pounds, depending on drivetrain. The Traverse’s gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 6,411 to 6,459 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Built?

Chevrolet built the 2017 Traverse in Michigan.

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