July 15, 2024
2024 Chevrolet Traverse Review

The 2024 Chevrolet Traverse has undergone a redesign, making it a three-row crossover SUV, comparable in size to the Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, and new Toyota Grand Highlander.

While we await the opportunity to drive it later this year, the revamped family hauler boasts a more striking appearance, enhanced standard safety and convenience features, and a more potent turbo-4 powertrain than the outgoing V-6. These updates hint at an improvement over the 2023 Traverse, which earned a TCC Rating of 6.2 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

A host of new changes has been introduced in the redesigned Traverse, encompassing eye-catching styling to a new turbo-4 powertrain.

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One of the most significant changes comes in the form of the off-road Z71 trim, which is a newcomer to the Traverse lineup, taking inspiration from Chevy’s pickup trucks and full-size SUVs. This trim accentuates the truck-like stance of the Traverse, featuring a vertical, broad grille with the Chevy bowtie cinched by a belt and crowned by slim LED running lights beneath a pronounced hood. The Z71 model differentiates itself with unique lower grille elements, including red recovery hooks, an aluminum skid plate, and improved approach angles.

The Traverse’s visual appeal is further heightened by bulging fenders and sculpted rocker panels on the sides, offering more visual interest than its predecessor. The most striking difference is noticed in the rear quarter windows, which now flare out behind the rear doors, giving the Traverse a distinct and bold appearance. RS trims sport blacked-out 22-inch wheels and other trim elements, while Z71 trims equip all-terrain tires mounted on 18-inch wheels. The Z71 also enjoys an advantage with one inch more ground clearance and a wider track, although Chevy has yet to reveal the specifications of the base model.

Step inside the Traverse, and you’ll find a lower dash that enhances the spaciousness of the cabin. A striking curved wall of screens cocoons the driver, while a larger 17.7-inch touchscreen hovers above thin horizontal vents and climate buttons and dials. The console design has been revamped to create more room for side-by-side cupholders and an available wireless smartphone charger, achieved by relocating the electronic gear shifter from the console to a stalk on the steering column.

The gear shifter controls the new 8-speed automatic transmission, which transfers power to the front wheels from a new 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine. Although specifics about this engine are scarce, it is believed to be derived from the 2.7-liter turbo-4 used in the Chevy Colorado mid-size pickup. In the 2024 Traverse, this new engine generates 315 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque, surpassing the outgoing V-6’s 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. The tow rating remains unchanged at 5,000 pounds. The Z71 trim includes a trailering package, a distinct twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system, and suspension dampers with enhanced rebound control.

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While specific details about the new engine’s fuel efficiency are still under wraps, it is expected to improve upon the outgoing Traverse’s EPA rating of 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined, or 20 mpg combined with AWD.

The Traverse has traditionally stood out in the market with its interior space and seating flexibility, and the redesigned model is likely to continue this trend. Although Chevy has yet to release specifications or make the redesigned 2024 Traverse available to the motoring press, the brand boasts a maximum cargo capacity of 97.6 cubic feet with both the second and third rows folded flat. The Traverse LS trim comes with two rear bench seats, allowing seating for up to eight passengers. In contrast, other trims swap in second-row captain’s chairs for a seven-passenger configuration. The tilt-and-slide design of the second-row seats allows easy access to the third row without having to remove a child safety seat latched into the second row. The LT trim offers a choice between seven or eight-seat configurations.

Safety features abound in the 2024 Traverse, with every model equipped with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, active lane control, and automatic high-beam headlights. The Buckle to Drive feature, which requires the driver and front passenger to be buckled before engaging gears, is now accompanied by a rear seat belt reminder for both the second and third rows. Optional features include blind-spot monitors, a surround-view camera system, and GM’s Super Cruise hands-free highway driving system.

As for pricing, details on LS, LT, Z71, and top RS trims have not been announced yet, but prices are expected to range from just below $40,000 to $55,000. The Premier and High Country trims, available for the 2023 model, have not been confirmed for 2024.

The 2024 Chevrolet Traverse offers not only standard driver-assist features but also a plethora of modern tech and convenience features, including a standard 17.7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, six USB ports, and an 11.0-inch digital instrument cluster. Optional features include heated leather seats, a heated steering wheel, a power-folding third row, a hands-free power tailgate, a panoramic sunroof, and more.

Further details regarding features and pricing will be announced closer to the early 2024 release date.

The 2024 Chevrolet Traverse is proudly made in Lansing, Michigan, contributing to the nation’s auto manufacturing industry and supporting local communities.

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