By EMMA JAYNE WILLIAMS
The second-generation Chevrolet Traverse was introduced in 2018, with lots of changes, and for 2020 has a few tweaks and upgrades, mostly technical.
This vast crossover is confidant and refined, with lots of room in all 3 rows for 7 or 8 passengers, depending on a trim chosen. Powerful contours and considerable chrome accents attract courtesy from any angle.
Seven trims are available: bottom L, $29,800; LS, $32,900; LT Cloth, $35,400; LT Leather, $39,100; RS, $43,600; Premier, $45,800; and High Country, a one we drove, $50,900.
For 2020, Traverse now has a customary 3.6-liter V-6 engine opposite a lineup, upgraded navigation and infotainment systems, and some-more facilities total to a choice packages. Options and accessories, as good as extraneous colors and interior tone combinations, are accessible on a trim-by-trim basis.
Front-wheel expostulate is standard, though all trims are offering with four-wheel drive, that adds $2,000 to $5,100, depending on trim level. Each trim builds on a previous, adding or substituting features.
My Traverse High Country with front-wheel expostulate was entirely installed and appealing in Black Cherry Metallic (very dark), roving on disdainful 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels with 5 split, sculpted spokes, interconnected with all-season blackwall tires.
Standard apparatus enclosed a power-folding third-row 60/40 split-bench seat, IntelliBeam involuntary high-beam assist, a SkyScape energy tilt-sliding sunroof with bound back skylight with sunshade, Adaptive Cruise Control and Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking.
Also enclosed is trailering apparatus with heavy-duty cooling system, trailer hitch, trailer support discipline and Hitch Guidance with Hitch View (overhead perspective and guideline to support with backing adult trailer to hitch).
The 3.6-liter V-6 produces 310 horsepower and 266 foot-pounds of torque and includes stop/start technology. Power is delivered by a nine-speed involuntary delivery with Driver Shift Control.
Traction Mode Select allows a motorist to select how a car responds and adapts, formed on changing conditions. The electronic parking brake, activated with a hold of a switch, will also automatically set if a car is parked on a high incline. A highway puncture apparatus pack includes a jack and projection bulb wrench, and an 18-inch gangling with steel circle is standard.
Chrome summarized a revoke partial of a two-part grille with 3 chrome-edged plane bars. The tip partial had one chrome-edged bar, underlined by a winding chrome strip. The tools were divided by a Chevy “Bow Tie” emblem. Chrome also embellished a middle and revoke edges of a recessed haze lights, a headlight bezels, a body-color side moldings, a side windows, roof rails, doorway handles, liftgate (between a taillights), midst back bumper, flattened twin empty tips, Traverse badging, and a High Country badge on a tailgate.
Automatic on/off LED headlights incited on along with LED taillights, permit image light, and other extraneous lights when light levels dropped. LED daytime regulating lights were on when headlights were off. Heated auto-dimming outward mirrors are activated when a back defogger is used (not during my exam week with 90-degree temperatures).
The energy hands-free liftgate with tallness memory could be non-stop 4 ways: a symbol on a pivotal fob, hold pad on a bottom lip, feet appropriate over an symbol projected underneath a left bumper, and an interior recover button.
Inside, a seats were Loft Brown seperated leather with reward tip stitching, and Jet-Black piping. Loft Brown was steady on a tip doorway panels, with a mistake suede shred above a armrests, and black wood-grain trim around a chrome doorway hoop and opposite a dash. Gloss black and chrome embellished a estimable core smoke-stack around a infotainment shade and control panels. The residue of a cabin was Jet Black, with a light gray headliner.
A low bin behind a core lurch hold shade was accessed by dire a symbol on a shade surround, causing a shade to slip up. The core console armrest bin was deep, with a removable tray. In a load area, a building carried and stayed adult to exhibit a vast storage area, good to disguise valuables from meddling eyes.
My Traverse had 10 cupholders in all, and accessible powerful holders in a front doorway pockets.
Seven passengers had plush energy bucket seats in a front, twin flat-folding captain’s chairs in a second row, and a 60/40 apart flat-folding three-passenger dais chair in a rear.
The passenger-side captain’s chair featured SmartSlide for quick, easy entrance to a third quarrel with a lift of a lever. Third-row seatbacks folded regulating buttons in a load area.
The exhilarated steering circle incited on automatically when a front exhilarated chair was on, and could also be incited on or off manually. we like a exhilarated seatback for prolonged drives, though not a exhilarated steering circle in a summer.
Front seats were also ventilated – that we like for now. Rear outboard seats were heated, and back passengers had full apart meridian controls on a front console, along with twin USB ports and a 120-volt outlet, along with roof atmosphere vents.
Power windows had an anti-pinch underline with automobile reverse. Power doorway thatch featured lockout protection. Remote start thatch a doors and turns on parking lights and meridian control. Universal Home Remote can work garage doors, confidence systems, and home automation devices.
The 4.2-inch Driver Information Center in a instrument quarrel displayed speed, fuel range, normal fuel economy, tire pressure, oil life, outing odometer and several warnings.
Traverse High Country is EPA rated for 18 mpg city/27 highway/21 combined. Driving mostly on four-lane roads, we averaged 18.1 mpg.
My Traverse had a Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium System with Navigation and eight-inch HD hold screen. The complement had 2-D and 3-D map arrangement choices, Bluetooth audio streaming for twin devices, extended voice recognition, additional memory for in-vehicle apps, cloud-connected personalization for certain infotainment and car settings, voice authority for phone, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Voice approval navigation alerts a motorist to gas stations, places to eat, and other points of interest. With Chevrolet Apps, motorist and passengers can crop and implement apps, music, audiobooks and more.
Cloud-connected personalization allows particular channel presets, HVAC and preference memory for twin drivers. With OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation, an confidant will hunt a end and send directions to a car to be review aloud with on-screen prompts.
The Bose 10-speaker reward audio supposing clear, authentic acoustic facsimile of a favorite music, with speakers strategically placed by a cabin for concert-like sound.
SiriusXM Radio – a favorite source – came with a three-month trial, also accessible on a app and online, with over 150 channels of music, sports, talk, news, and entertainment.
Active Noise Cancellation blocked and engrossed sound and damped and separated vibrations for a still cabin in that to suffer review or entertainment.
A 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot authorised adult to 7 inclination to connect, and 6 customary USB ports (two in any row) keep inclination charged.
Traverse High Country has several innovative reserve facilities including Teen Driver, Rear Seat Reminder, and Rear Camera Mirror.
Teen Driver is a configurable underline compared with a pivotal fob, tying certain car facilities and branch on certain reserve features, if so equipped. Industry-first Buckle to Drive won’t concede a motorist to change out of park until a seatbelt is buckled, in further to arising manifest and heard alerts. Audio will be pale until front-seat passengers are buckled, and volume is singular thereafter. A speed limiter can be set to 85 mph, and an warning will sound if a pre-selected speed is exceeded. An in-vehicle news label allows parents/guardians to brand problem areas.
With a activated pivotal fob, Teen Driver enables High-Definition Surround Vision (bird’s eye perspective on a core stack, several additional views, during low-speed maneuvering), Rear Camera Mirror (wider, reduction blocked margin of perspective regulating a back mounted camera), Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, and Forward Collision Alert.
Rear Seat Reminder is activated when a back doorway is non-stop and sealed within 10 mins before a car is incited on. When a car is incited off, a complement sounds 5 heard chimes and displays a visible summary in a Driver Information Center.
Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning (gently earnings a car to a line if a line pen is unintentionally crossed), Following Distance Indicator (alerts a motorist if following too closely), Front Pedestrian Braking (hard puncture braking to equivocate or revoke collision severity, next 50 mph), and Adaptive Cruise Control (adapts car speed to say a comparison distance, braking and accelerating as needed) are customary on a Traverse High Country.
My appealing High Country was atmospheric and versatile for passengers or hauling DIY and pet supplies, or sports equipment. It was good equipped, with all a preferred reserve and infotainment features; easy and fun to expostulate with comfort and record to gangling for prolonged highway trips.
Destination charges of $1,195 total to a bottom cost of $50,900 brought a delivered cost to $52,095.
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