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2016 Chevrolet Traverse Walk Around

In profile and in function, the Chevrolet Traverse resembles a tall station wagon rather than an SUV. Body shapes are more rounded, compared to the angular, squared-off look that’s typical of full-size SUVs. Taillights appear to have been influenced by the current Camaro coupe. Wheel arches are flared. Up front is a three-bar upper grille, complementing the two-bar design below.

Chevrolet’s version of the basic design lacks the modestly edgy appearance of the related GMC Acadia. Nor does it flaunt any retro details, like the Buick Enclave. Instead, such touches as a sculpted hood and darkened headlights help to provide a bit of character.

Interior

Even though functionality is the byword inside as well as out, woodgrain or silver accents highlight Traverse interiors. Soft-touch materials may be found, complemented by some contrast stitching in the upholstery. Ambient lighting is standard, in the relatively simple cockpit design. The Traverse driver benefits from clear instrument displays and logical, well-done switchgear in a layout that qualifies as intuitive.

Available MyLink infotainment includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen and helpful smartphone integration, plus streaming of such apps as Pandora and Stitcher.

With both rear seats folded down, 117.5 cubic feet of passenger space is available: not quite minivan-level, but not so far removed, either. Front seats are supportive, as well as more plush than might be expected. Adult-size second-row seats slide forward, to alter the mix of available legroom. Third-row seats are comfortable, at least for youngsters. In fact, Traverse has one of the most practical rear rows of any three-row vehicle. Unfortunately, a high step up is needed to get into that third row. The cargo floor is high as well, thus not so easy to load.

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