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How Reliable Is the Chevrolet Traverse?

The Chevrolet Traverse is a mid-size SUV that has always worked well for big families, and the 2020 model is no exception. It offers plenty of style and technology, and no compromises on style. Traverse has all the latest safety features that give drivers confidence on the road. The 2020 Chevy Traverse has a powerful engine for plenty of power, a 9-speed transmission, and impressive safety features, but is it a reliable vehicle?

The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse

Performance features abound in the 2020 Chevy Traverse. The SUV is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission delivering a smooth, comfortable ride. Traverse has a towing capability of up to 5 thousand pounds, so families can easily take all their toys along for the ride.

It features a Ride and Handling suspension and a StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control. Drivers stay in full control with Traction Mode Select. This feature lets drivers select their traction based on driving conditions, choosing from Front-Wheel Drive, All-Wheel Drive, Off-Road, and Tow/Haul Modes. 

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Chevy Traverse has an eye-catching design that begins with its dramatic front grille and swept-back LED headlamps. RS models have signature black accents and 20 inch Dark Android-painted aluminum wheels. The Redline Edition is a special edition Traverse that impresses with black-out exterior trim and wheels. 

Traverse also has a full range of active and passive safety features including sensors, radars, and cameras that are extra pairs of eyes on the road. It received a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Institute. The standard rear-vision camera lets you see what is directly behind you when traveling at low speeds. Forward Collision Alert is another available feature that detects when a front-end collision is imminent and gives you an alert. 

The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse boasts impressive technology features including Teen Driver Technology that helps keep new drivers safe. The Traverse keeps a big family connected wherever they go for everything from hands-free calling to downloading movies. Additional technology inside Traverse is:

  • Available 4G hotspot
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • myChevrolet Mobile App
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System
  • 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen
  • USB ports in every row

Inside, it’s all about the room. The Traverse got a redesign in 2018 and now rides on a longer wheelbase for more rear passenger space. Although the Traverse offers more interior cargo room than any of its rivals with 98.2 cubic feet, reviewers point out Traverse has a lower quality interior than other SUVs in its class. The Chevy Traverse is flexible enough to fit any family’s needs. With three rows of seating the fold flat and feature Smart Slide Seating, which lets passengers get easily in and out of the Traverse. Hidden storage and a hands-free liftgate add to the convenience. 

2019 Chevrolet Traverse High Country
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Traverse reliability

Although Consumer Reports had good things to say about Traverse’s ride and interior, an owner’s survey from 2018 had some negative things to say. That year’s Annual Auto Survey reported issues with the Traverse’s in-car electronics and transmission. Traverse vehicles with the 3.6 liter V6 and 6-speed automatic, drivers reported slipping, no reverse, and harsh shifting. The problem was usually caused by a broken clutch wave plate. 

It’s important to keep in mind that the Traverse got a full redesign in 2018, which eliminated some problems. There has been 1 recall on the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse for a crack in the right-hand frame rail that could cause injury. 

Overall, the Traverse continues the Chevrolet tradition of engine reliability, but it does have past reported transmission and electronic issues.