The six levels of the 2023 Traverse are the LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country. A 3.6-liter V6 engine making 310 hp and 266 lb.-ft. of torque forms the powertrain with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is the default, but the available all-wheel drive will be the choice for most Northeastern drivers. The Traverse’s 5,000-pound towing maximum will allow it to pull a smaller camper, or a trailer with a boat, snowmobiles, motorcycles, or other recreational equipment.
The highlight reel of the eight-passenger LS contains some nice features that you don’t always see on a base trim, with the likes of heated exterior mirrors, proximity keyless entry, six USB ports (two in each row), and tri-zone automatic climate control. It also has auto-on/off LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights, deep-tinted rear glass, push-button start, a 3.5-inch driver information display, cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, and a hidden storage compartment in the cargo area. For infotainment, this trim gets a 7-inch touchscreen system with voice recognition, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, SiriusXM satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker audio unit.
The Chevy Safety Assist Package comes standard as well, delivering an array of advanced driving aids like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a following distance indicator, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams (IntelliBeam). The GM Teen Driver system is installed to encourage better driving habits for young drivers, while the Buckle to Drive system keeps the car in park until the driver’s seatbelt is fastened.
The seven-passenger LT Cloth is enhanced with roof rails, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a wireless phone charger, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. It also gets a few improved driving aids in the form of lane change alert with side blind-zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.
The seats’ upholstery isn’t the only thing that’s upgraded in the LT Leather, as this trim also gets a power liftgate, remote start, a 4.2-inch driver information display, heated front seats with passenger power adjustments, a heated steering wheel, a universal home remote, and a larger (8 inches) infotainment touchscreen.
The RS is worth a double take for its sportier styling. Its equipment roster is most like the LT Cloth’s, but it also gets some of the same upgrades as the LT Leather: the 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, heated front seats, universal home remote, remote start, and power liftgate). Chevrolet also puts larger wheels on the RS, along with unique exterior bodywork, power-folding side mirrors, integrated navigation, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, a 120V power outlet, and a rear camera mirror with a built-in washer. To top it off, it adds to the safety technology suite with adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, enhanced automatic emergency braking, and rear pedestrian detection.
The Premier goes back to the more conservative styling while ramping up the luxury factor with a hands-free liftgate, an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, an 8-inch driver information display, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, position memory (for the driver’s seat, side mirrors, and steering wheel), perforated leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and heated rear outboard seats. The Premier also has the Safety Alert Seat, which uses left, right, or two-side vibrations to help the driver identify the location of a potential obstacle.
The High Country is the most elegant option, topping the range with a two-panel sunroof and a power-folding third-row seat. Take note that many of the elite features that come standard on this trim can be added to the lower-priced versions via optional packages.