The Ultimate Guide to Used Chevy Traverse Models

October 9th, 2020 by

A red 2010 used Chevy Traverse is parked in front of a carnival at dusk.

As a relatively new full-size SUV, the Chevrolet Traverse has only been around since 2010. With available seating for seven or eight people, a used Chevy Traverse is ideal for large families. Affordable, practical, and well-equipped, you can drop the kids off at school, run errands, head to work, and enjoy weekend road trips. Here at McCluskey Chevy in Cincinnati, Ohio, we usually have a few used Chevy Traverse models in stock. Spanning from 2010 until 2020, you can find pre-owned versions of this vehicle in a variety of price ranges.

First Generation

Although the first Chevy Traverse made its debut in 2008 at the Chicago Auto Show, the models didn’t roll onto dealership lots until 2010. The first generation of Traverse SUVs carried on until 2017, with several overhauls happening throughout this time frame. If you are thinking about purchasing a first-generation Used Chevy Traverse, then there are a few things that you should know about.

Every model from the production line during this time is fitted with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. However, the engine’s performance output varies due to the different exhaust styles. Single exhaust models generate 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, and dual exhaust models produce 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The fuel economy is set at approximately 19 MPG combined (17 city/24 highway), and these models can pull up to 2,000 pounds.

The first few years of production runs include three trim levels. These are the LS, LT, and LTZ. There are also two sub-trims known as the 1LT and 2LT. The base LS models roll on 17-inch wheels and feature air conditioning, full power accessories, OnStar telematics, and a 6-speaker sound system. It also includes a CD player, auxiliary jack, and satellite radio.

The mid-level LT trim is split into two sub-trims. The 1LT includes larger 18-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, rear parking sensors, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Stepping up to the 2LT will get you trim-zone climate control, a power liftgate, a rearview camera, and a 10-speaker Bose stereo.

Finally, the top-tier LTZ model gets several other luxury upgrades, including 20-inch wheels, leather upholstery, heated/cooled front seats, driver memory settings, remote engine start technology, and Bluetooth connectivity. These are incredible features that are hard to find on vehicles that are older than five years.

If you are considering a 2013 used Chevy Traverse, things will be a bit different. Even though these models are included in the first generation, several changes have been made, including a restyled grille, front fascia, liftgate, and taillights. The infotainment interface is displayed on a touchscreen monitor, and a wood trim has been added to the cabin. All of the other features mentioned above for the three trims and two sub-trims remain the same. The 2014 used Chevy Traverse models get a few new safety systems added into the mix. Lane-departure warning and forward collision alert are included to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the roads. Also, you will find an extra USB port in the back of the vehicle.

If you prefer to purchase a used Chevy Traverse that has better connectivity options, then a 2016 model might be your best bet. A 4G LTE Wifi hotspot has been added to the LT trims and higher. Also, 20-inch aluminum wheels give the exterior a sleeker look. The final production year for the first generation of Chevy Traverse SUVs does not get any significant changes. However, if you are looking for one of these vehicles, you may notice that the LTZ trim has been renamed. It is now known as the Premier.

A white 2010 Chevy Traverse is shown from the side towing a boat.

Second Generation

Currently still in its second generation, the 2018 Chevy Traverse has been completely redesigned. Shaving off a total of 400 pounds and 3-inches of legroom in the second row, this newer style offers 98.5 cubic feet of space. The same 3.6-liter V6 engine with dual exhaust carries over into this generation. However, it is now equipped with a 9-speed automatic transmission. This pushes the performance up to 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. There is also another powertrain that has been added to the lineup. It’s a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder motor that generates 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The gas mileage has also improved when using either engine option.

As for the trim levels, there are now seven to choose from. These are known as the L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country. The base L includes 18-inch wheels, LED running lights, xenon headlights, and heated side mirrors. It also comes with cloth upholstery, a 4G LTE Wifi hotspot, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Next, the second-generation LS comes with USB charging ports, second-row table mounts, and a cargo management system for better organization.

Moving on to the mid-level trims, the LT Cloth version adds roof rails, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and integrated turn signal indicators on the side mirrors. Then, the LT Leather adds luxury upgrades such as leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 120-volt power outlet, a 10-speaker Bose stereo, and navigation. Also added to this trim are heated seats, a larger 8-inch touchscreen, remote engine start technology, a power liftgate, and a slew of safety systems. If you are looking for a used Chevy Traverse that comes with blindspot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors, this is the model for you.

Next, the sporty RS comes with the aforementioned 4-cylinder engine. It also includes most of the same features from the LT Leather trim with a few more bells and whistles such as 20-inch wheels and a blackened grille. The even more luxurious Premier trim adds a hands-free liftgate, LED headlights, and auto-dimming side mirrors. It even comes with ventilated front seats, driver memory settings, and heated rear seats. Lastly, the top-tier High Country trim adds features like automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and a power-folding third row. Available with AWD only, it features a panoramic sunroof as well.

If you are considering a 2019 used Chevy Traverse, there are not many changes to look at. Aside from the new blacked-out edition, everything from the 2018 production run carries over into the 2019 models. Although it’s rare, you could also find a used 2020 Traverse if you visit the dealership at the right time. It will include the Infotainment 3 System instead of MyLink, and it will also come with Teen Driver technology.

A burgundy 2018 Chevy Traverse is driving past a pond near Cincinnati, OH.

Find a Used Chevy Traverse Near You

Are you planning on purchasing a used Chevy Traverse? Although we can’t speak to in-stock specifics because those details change daily, we recommend that you give us a call if you are searching for a particular model year or trim. Our experts are happy to help you find the right match! We will set you up with a test drive so that you can experience the vehicle in all of its glory. Visit us at 9763 Kings Auto Mall Rd in Cincinnati, Ohio today!

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