The Chevrolet Traverse is the iconic 7-passenger propulsion engine – Boston Herald

When it comes to moving people, there is a wide range of options in the large SUV market. From economy class to premium luxury SUV category, the choices are endless.

At this week’s Grasso’s Garage, Chevrolet wanted a piece of the review pie, with its mid-priced people mover, the Chevrolet Traverse. Starting with six different model options starting at just under $35,000, the Traverse excels with our High Country testers which cost just under $55,000. For basic people on the move and at a realistic price, Traverse might be the way to go.

The much-needed 3.6-liter V-6 engine makes 310 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. torque is the only motor option for the Traverse. Including stop/start technology, the Traverse also includes a nine-speed automatic transmission. There are six exterior colors, two of which are premium and have a surcharge. Our Black Cherry Metallic exterior is excellent while the standard interior is Jet Black on our High Country model.

In terms of interior, this is a Chevrolet icon. The second row captain’s seat is standard and features like a normal Chevrolet. The Chevrolet 3 Plus Infotainment System with Navigation and 8” touchscreen is here and in typical Chevrolet style, very easy to use. The infotainment screen also has a sliding feature that slides up to give access to a hidden storage compartment, similar to my 2017 Corvette ZO6.

Seating at the Traverse is very comfortable and very basic. Seating for all seven passengers is comfortable and spacious while the “no frills, no thrill” interior does its job. A heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats are also standard in the High Country. With Chevrolet Assist standard in all trims now, safety is just another reason why the Traverse is serious about this market. The panoramic roof is also a standard feature and is well laid out. We did miss the heads up display in the Traverse and would have been a great addition for the driver.

Riding on 20” wheels, the Traverse has a purpose and does it well. It satisfies the family’s need to move members and do it in a convenient way. LED lights abound and did we mention the colors; yes i know i did it but it is very eye catching.

The Traverse is the basis for people moving to the T. While the market for this vehicle is wrapped around families looking for economical trips around town, it really brings a lot to the table in storage conversations, too. Transferring kids to college, apartment to apartment, or even trips to an off-grid cabin, the Traverse really is a great option for the price.

Grasso’s Garage is here for you! Are you in the market for a new car? I will be happy to give my honest input. All you have to do is email me: marc.grasso@bostonherald.com.

Chevrolet Traverse

MSRP: $53,400

As tested: $ 54.595

MPG: 17 cities, 25 highways, 20.7 when tested

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