Changes for the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse:
Following a significant freshening for the 2013 model year, the 2014 Chevy Traverse adds new dual USB ports for the second-row seating area and is offered with new Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert technologies.
Chevrolet sells the 2014 Traverse in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels equipped with front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
Equipped with 8-passenger seating, the Traverse LS is equipped with everything a family might need in a crossover SUV.
Upgrading to the LT trim level adds aluminum wheels, fog lights, rear parking sensors, remote engine starting, a power driver’s seat, and a front center airbag that deploys from between the front seats to protect the driver and front passenger from opposite-side impact injury. A 2LT sub-trim level adds second-row captain’s chairs, triple-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power rear liftgate, and a premium audio system connected to Chevrolet MyLink technology.
The Traverse LTZ adds leather, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and several safety technologies. A set of 20-inch aluminum wheels is standard for this model.
Options, depending on trim level, include a navigation system, a surround sound audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, a Dual SkyScape sunroof, and upgraded safety features.
Engines and Transmissions:
A 3.6-liter V-6 engine is standard, and is the only engine offered for this full-size, 3-row crossover SUV. With LS and LT trim, the engine is rated to make 281 horsepower. Choose the LTZ model, which has a freer-breathing exhaust system, and the engine is rated to generate 288 horsepower and a little bit of extra torque.
A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard, powering the front wheels. All-wheel drive is optional.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
Regardless of trim level or drivetrain choice, the EPA rates the 2014 Traverse to return 19 mpg in combined driving.
In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Traverse receives a 5-star overall crash-test rating, the highest score possible.
As this summary is written, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated the 2014 Traverse. Last year, this model received the highest rating of “Good” in the moderate overlap frontal-impact, side-impact, rear-impact, and roof crush strength tests.
The Chevy Traverse is equipped with a standard OnStar telematics system that includes six free months of Automatic Crash Response service. Automatic Crash Response activates when the SUV’s airbags deploy, helping to speed rescue personnel to the scene of the accident.
Bluetooth connectivity, a color touchscreen radio with a USB port and an auxiliary audio input jack, and a reversing camera are standard. The Traverse LT adds a front center airbag, and is available with Chevrolet MyLink technology.
The Traverse LTZ gets safety upgrades in the form of Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. These systems are optional for the Traverse 2LT model.
Navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system are also offered on the 2014 Traverse.