When General Motors went broke in 2008, one of the explanations accustomed to explain its skidding off the balustrade was the American giant’s antipathy to accumulate the cardinal of models it produced on a distinct platform. All too often, the aforementioned agent was actuality put on the bazaar cutting a altered set of clothes. The alternation of minivans produced by the automaker (the Chevrolet Uplander, Pontiac Montana SV6, Saturn Relay and Buick Terraza) is but one affecting archetype of this adverse habit.
Starting with the biconcave of Pontiac, Saturn and Hummer in 2008, this overuse of the aforementioned belvedere has gradually accustomed way as the aggregation restructured. But there are still enduring traces of this accomplished mentality in today’s calendar of models beneath the GM banner.
Take the company’s three-row crossovers. GM offers the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave, with the Cadillac XT6 abutting the affray in contempo months. They’re all ancestors account models, and while there are a few elements specific to anniversary model, in the end, we’re still uncomfortably abutting to the “old GM” formula. On the added hand, accustomed the arch alpha proffered on any archetypal dubbed an SUV these days, you can’t absolutely accountability the top assumption at General Motors for activity aback to the aforementioned able-bodied over and over.
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2020 Chevrolet Traverse RS, ancillary view
The best budget-friendly of GM’s quartet of crossovers, the Chevrolet Traverse is one of the best affable for occupants in its segment, and it’s additionally absolutely bigger congenital than its predecessor. I spent a anniversary with the spruced-up RS adaptation of it at the appendage end of winter.
A affable interiorFeaturing a “stretched” exoteric proportions, the Chevrolet Traverse provides an appropriately broadcast ambiance inside. There’s no curtailment of amplitude in this big SUV. Up front, occupants accept annihilation to accuse about, nor do cartage in the additional row of seats; the two buckets can be confused avant-garde or astern to advance legroom if needed. Third row access, however, is not the Chevrolet Traverse’s greatest strength.
The RS trim is a bit plusher than the LS and LT versions of the Traverse, and that’s bright as anon as you get inside, with the covering upholstery abacus an aspect of affluence you don’t consistently accessory with a Chevy.
2020 Chevrolet Traverse RS, interior
As for the dashboard, it does not yet accede elements from the new dashboard designs of the brand’s big pachyderms, the Tahoe and Yukon, which now accept a awning amid appropriate in the middle, as is more the case throughout the industry. The Traverse’s touchscreen can about be aerial by acute a button amid beneath it, which additionally reveals a hidden accumulator space.
Once again, I begin that GM’s infotainment arrangement is still one of the best in the industry, in acceptable allotment because of its angel affection and affluence of use. I should additionally acknowledgment that the admiration of the touchscreen is excellent. Hats off to the designers of the system.
In agreement of comfort, the seats in the aboriginal two rows are bendable abundant to ensure a bland ride. Cartage in the third row will accept to accomplish do with beneath beefy seats. In any case, that row is mostly aloof for children.
2020 Chevrolet Traverse RS, 2nd row
2020 Chevrolet Traverse RS, 3rd row
Familiar mechanicsUnder the hood, the anachronous 3.6L naturally-aspirated V6 is aback this year in the Traverse RS, and in my opinion, it’s the best automated advantage available. The 6-cylinder is no barbarian but it does a accomplished job of affective this big agent around. Bolted to that assemblage is a 9-speed automated manual tasked with sending ability to the wheels. Note that the Traverse gives drivers the advantage of a two-wheel-drive agreement to save on ammunition burning or absolute four-wheel drive, which of advance comes in accessible in Canadian winter conditions.
Fun to drive the Traverse?The acknowledgment to that catechism is simple: not really. The Chevrolet Traverse RS, admitting the allure of its red badge, isn’t a hot rod or a thoroughbred. The Traverse’s mission is absolutely family-oriented, and accomplishing that authorization is back the big SUV is at its best. Those moms and dads who appetite to accept a little fun abaft the caster of their ancestors agent should attending elsewhere. The abeyance was advised for a adequate ride, the council is annihilation like that of a Camaro, to say the least, and accelerations aren’t overwhelming.
Chevrolet Traverse RS 2020, three abode rewr view
Despite its chintziness on the driving-pleasure front, the Chevrolet Traverse RS is not abhorrent to use on a circadian basis… thankfully! The accustomed naturally-aspirated 3.6L V6 agent does its job actual well, the 9-speed automated manual charcoal seamless and you can alike accept the adapted drivetrain. I had a bendable atom for the 2WD mode, which is beneath wonky than the 4WD in my opinion. However, it’s still abating to be able to calculation on all-wheel drive; my week-long analysis drive in albino and icy altitude brought that home appealing clearly.
The aftermost wordI accept to abode the affair of price, artlessly because the RS adaptation of the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse RS retails for $49,098 – afore options, alertness fees and taxes, of course! And that’s not the best well-equipped trim in the lineup.
At this price, there’s no curtailment of choices in this segment. The action is all-encompassing and there are abounding models to consider, this on top of the actuality that the Traverse is already “old” in a consistently renewed category. Driving amusement isn’t its capital strength, admitting that ability not be a big affliction in this segment, and the powertrain is apparently not the best technically advanced.
On the added hand, Chevrolet’s second-largest SUV relies on a accurate powertrain that’s in advanced use in GM models, and the affection of architecture and finishing of this second-generation Traverse is absolutely above to the aboriginal model, awash until 2017.
Comfortable, ample and able of towing up to 5,000 lb, the Chevrolet Traverse is at atomic aces of application for those with continued families attractive for a ample three-row SUV. But, at the accident of repeating myself, there are affluence of choices in the segment.
Chevrolet Traverse RS 2020, ancillary view
The “attitude” of the RS badging and accentsSpace on boardOverall affection on the rise
We like less
The colourless achievement of the powertrainThe absence of able cruise ascendancy at this priceDifficult admission to the third row
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2020 Chevrolet Traverse RS, grille
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