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2017 Chevrolet Traverse Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.1

Climb inside the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse, and you'll immediately notice how spacious the cabin feels. It also has an eye-catching design and features plenty of soft-touch materials. Whether you go with the second-row bench or the available bucket seats, the sliding second row adds flexibility to the interior. It allows second-row passengers to enjoy the same roomy accommodations found in the front seats, and it makes reaching the third row easier (though not much more spacious).

There are plenty of available features in the Traverse, but the MyLink infotainment system is something of a letdown. It’s not particularly responsive, and some drivers will think that it's hard to reach. Cargo space, however, is anything but a disappointment. The Traverse has far more room for stowing luggage and other items than almost every class rival, and it's even more spacious than some large SUVs.

  • Not as fresh or fuel-efficient as some newer competitors, the Traverse still offers such desirable features as 7- or 8-passenger seating, a big cargo hold behind the 3rd-row seat and an exceptionally quiet cabin." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2016)
  • "The cabin includes soft-touch materials on the dash and on the upper doors which create an upscale feel." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Seating

The base Traverse seats eight and comes with cloth upholstery and sliding second-row seats. As an optional feature, you can replace the second-row bench seat with captain's chairs, although that drops the seating capacity to seven. Other available features include leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The driver and front passenger will have plenty of space. The seats remain supportive on long drives, and you won't feel pinched by a lack of head- or legroom. The second row tells a similar story, and the ability to slide the second-row seats gives you the leeway to provide extra room for a tall passenger or if you want to install car seats for your little ones.

Speaking of installing car seats, the second row features two full sets of LATCH connectors. The connection points are easy to identify, but they're a little hard to access because they're deep in the seat. The third row has a tether anchor for the middle seat, but no lower anchors.

As with many 3-row SUVs, the third row is best left for children or adults with circus-caliber flexibility. There isn't much legroom, and most passengers will be uncomfortable. On the bright side, the large rear doors and sliding second-row seats make it easy to access the third row.

  • "What good is a spacious 3rd-row seat if you can't easily access it? In the 2017 Traverse, Chevrolet offers the Smart Slide 2nd-row seat that can be operated with just one hand, making it a breeze to get in and out of the rearmost seat." -- 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 (2016)
  • "Among the largest midsize SUVs, Traverse's cabin feels especially roomy. Big, supportive seats make for good long-trip comfort." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

Interior Features

The Traverse's list of standard features is fairly typical for the class. It includes a standard rearview camera, which is a big help because rearward visibility in the Traverse is poor (this isn't uncommon for a 3-row SUV). Other standard features include a USB port, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a 6.5-inch touch-screen audio system.

Available features include a dual-panel sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, a rear-seat entertainment system, 4G LTE connectivity with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, and Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system with 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. However, the screen's position makes it difficult to see, and some drivers will find it difficult to reach. MyLink is also less responsive than some rival systems.

Available active safety features include lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and forward collision alert. These are nice features that can help you stay safe on the road, but class rivals like the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander offer these plus more-advanced features like automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.

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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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)
  • 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)

Cargo

Cargo space is unquestionably one of the Traverse's strengths. It offers 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. Those estimates dwarf the class averages, and they're even bigger than what you'd get from much larger SUVs like the Chevy Tahoe and Nissan Armada.

With so much space behind the third row, you'll be able to fit at least some luggage even with a full carload of people. And the max cargo space is enough to transport nearly anything you want. Accessing the cargo hold is made even easier with the available power liftgate.

  • "Remarkably, the Traverse is big enough for adults to sit in the third row and still boast enough room behind the seats for groceries." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2016)

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