2023 Chevrolet Traverse

absolutely AUTO REVIEW  |  By Steve Kursar –

The 2023 Chevrolet Traverse a three-row large crossover for those new car buyers who want a big family mover but don’t want a minivan or the extra-large SUV.  The new Traverse looks large, can easily carry seven passengers but drives a lot smaller than it looks. We were amazed at the feel of this crossover. If you don’t need to venture off-road, but still have a crowd that needs to get to school and team activities, this may be the big crossover you’re looking for.

The really big, built-on-truck-frame SUVs are always going to be popular in Texas. But they’re big, and like their pickup truck cousins, they can ride a little rough.  But, they’re tough as nails and have gobs of space. Of course, they still make me cringe when at the pumps filling them up. In lieu of the dreaded minivan, the big/full-size crossover segment might be the best fit out there for family moving.  Almost every automaker seems to agree with this notion, because they all have one in their line-up. The question is which big crossover to pick? My instinct is to always go with a model that’s been around a few years and has worked out its kinks, like the venerable Chevrolet Traverse.

A base 2023 Chevrolet Traverse comes with an MSRP price tag of $34,520, which is about $20,000 less than a base full-size SUV Chevy Tahoe.  The Traverse is powered by a 310hp, 3.6 liter V6 engine mated to a nine-speed transmission.  EPA estimated fuel economy numbers are 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, pretty decent considering the size and weight of the Traverse.

It’s the surprisingly roomy interior that is really impressive.  The High Country trim comes with second row bucket seats with an optional bench seat back there in case you need it.  Cargo space behind the third row is more spacious than you might expect.

The kind of safety tech features that so many new car buyers demand in their next vehicle is provided through Chevy Safety Assist, which comes standard with the High Country trim.  There’s also an awfully convenient 120 volt power outlet behind the front center console to power up a laptop.

Chevy Tahoe shoppers would do themselves a favor by checking out the Traverse before pulling the trigger on a new sale. The Traverse drives more smoothly, is more fuel efficient, and it’s considerably more affordable.