2020 Chevrolet Traverse

Interior


#6 out of 23 in Midsize SUVs

MSRP
$29,800
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2020 Chevrolet Traverse Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.9

The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse has a less upscale interior than some of its rivals. There aren't a lot of premium materials, and it isn't the most stylish cabin. Beyond that, however, there aren't many interior flaws with this Chevy. It has more cargo and passenger space than almost every class rival, and its lengthy features list is headlined by a user-friendly infotainment system.

  • "Build quality is acceptable, but it feels a bit low-rent for this price point. Many of the buttons look as if they could come from a Chevy Sonic that's half the price. It's even worse when you put the Traverse up against a comparably priced Honda, Mazda or Volkswagen rival." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "The interior is also not hideous. It's actually pretty darn nice, with a fresh design that reminds me of other new Chevrolet models (mostly the Cruze) thanks to ample use of layering across the dash and door panels. It's nice in its $31,000 base trim, but things get properly fancy in the $53,000 Traverse High Country -- as things should, considering that price tag is bordering on ludicrous." -- CNET (2018)
  • "The interior is typical GM, and I don't mean that in a good way. The styling uses soft, organic shapes that looks awkward and bulky. Materials range from piano black to textured plastic to soft leather, leading to little cohesion. The standard leather in my test car was fine, but the brown stitching on the otherwise black and gray interior felt completely out of place. It was as if, at the last minute, they decided a sea of darkness needed some sort of contrast. The top-tier High Country trim uses better leather and suede inserts, but the general shape remains. The gauges look cheap, and most surfaces you touch are either hard plastic or low-grade rubber." -- Autoblog (2018)

Seating

The Traverse seats eight people in its lower trims, which have a second-row bench seat. Higher trims have second-row captain's chairs and seat seven. Cloth upholstery and a rear-seat reminder come standard. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

An extremely roomy interior makes the Traverse a great people mover. All three rows of seats can accommodate adults, though for longer trips, the last row is best left for children. The seats are comfortable, and it's easy to get in and out of any row.

For securing child safety seats, the Traverse has two full sets of LATCH connectors for the second-row outboard seats. The third row has three tether anchors but no lower anchors. Models with a second-row bench seat include a tether anchor for the middle seat.

  • "Ample interior space is one of the Traverse's best traits, and a primary reason for its popularity among families and the active-lifestyle crowd. All Traverse models have three rows of seats. If you go with the standard 2nd-row bench, there is total seating for eight passengers. Opt for the more comfortable twin captain's seats in the middle row, and there's room for seven. The last row is best suited for kids. Up front, the seats fit a variety of body shapes." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "If you're looking for comfortable and quiet family transport above all else, the Traverse should be on your short list. The seats are supportive enough for long rides, and there's enough legroom in all three rows for adults of average size." -- Edmunds
  • "With both [seating] setups, you get Chevy's trick SmartSlide curbside second-row seat. A simple lever moves it up and forward out of the way, allowing easy access to the rear seat. You can even move it with a child seat still in place. Competitors offer similar solutions, but Chevy's is one of the easiest to use." -- Autoblog (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Traverse include tri-zone automatic climate control, a rear-seat reminder, a rearview camera, and Chevrolet's Infotainment 3 system with a 7-inch touch screen, six USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Also standard is Chevrolet's Teen Driver system, which lets you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers, as well as monitor their driving performance. New for 2020 is a reminder to buckle up before driving.

Available features include a sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system (with or without a DVD player), wireless device charging, and an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, and satellite radio.

Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera system, a rear camera mirror, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic alert.

The Infotainment 3 system replaces the MyLink infotainment system for 2020. The new setup is easy to use, whether you stick with the touch screen or utilize the physical controls for some audio and climate functions.

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  • "The central infotainment touch screen comes in a standard 7-inch size or an optional 8-inch version. Both are easy to use, similar to a large mobile phone. In addition to touch operation, there are physical controls for common functions like volume and track adjustment. Smaller buttons adjust climate settings like fan speed." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A rare standard Wi-Fi connection, a high-quality upgraded sound system and easy-to-use voice controls give the Traverse an edge among other three-row SUVs. The navigation display is clear and detailed, if somewhat small compared to the size of the screen." -- Edmunds
  • "Our High County model had a 4G hotspot that consistently delivered quick internet access to entertain my teens, and the new 'audiobooks.com' app synched my iPhone to the Traverse sound system for on-demand narration of some classic Stephen King novels. Apple CarPlay continues to impress with its seamless integration of text, navigation and music functionality, making all three simple to use without distraction." -- Forbes (2018)

Cargo

The Traverse provides 23 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rearmost row, 57.8 cubic feet with the third-row seats folded, and 98.2 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. Those are outstanding totals for the midsize SUV class, and even some large SUVs have less overall cargo capacity than this Chevy.

There's also plenty of small-item storage throughout the cabin, including a hidden bin beneath the cargo floor. A power-folding third-row bench seat, a power liftgate, and a hands-free power liftgate are available.

  • "There's 23 cubic feet of luggage space behind the upright third row. That's class-leading. Fold both the second- and third-row seats and you have a massive 98.2 cubes, more than the Honda Pilot or Ford Explorer." -- Edmunds
  • "Even with the third row up, there's a decent sized cargo area. The load floor has a small bin underneath, increasing the usable space. It's wide and deep enough for carry-on luggage and a purse or backpack. Just under that bin is the spare tire, now mounted inside the vehicle. Yes, you'll have to pull all your luggage out when you get a flat, but that beats having to crawl around on the ground trying to remove the spare. The second and third rows fold flat, creating an absolutely cave-like cargo area. … Flat sides mean there's nothing for cargo to catch on when sliding in or out." -- Autoblog (2018)
  • "How roomy is the 2018 Traverse? There's more than 157 cubic feet of passenger volume plus 23 cu.-ft. of cargo space behind the third-row seat. That's more luggage space than in the trunk of any full-size sedan. … Looking at it another way, the new midsize Traverse has more back seat and cargo space than the full-size Chevy Tahoe." -- New York Daily News (2018)
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