The Chevy Traverse has seen plenty of changes in its relatively short time on the market compared to some other Chevy staples. However, with nearly a decade separating the first generation of the Traverse from the second generation, it didn’t take long before it became apparent that a new generation of Traverse models was imminent far before the nine-year gap that separated its two preceding generations.
With the advent of custom in-house safety suites and infotainment tech—among other advancements having rolled out to all of Chevy’s vehicles—there have been some notable innovations in the years following the release of the first model from the second generation, the 2018 Traverse. There's been a far shorter gap between the second and third generations of this critically acclaimed full-size SUV, which the 2024 Chevy Traverse ushers the way for.
The first major departure the 2024 Chevy Traverse takes from its predecessors is a rearrangement in its trims. The LS, LT, and RS return from the 2023 model, with the LS acting as the base while the RS takes on its new position as the top-tier trim, replacing the High Country of the year prior. The Premier trim has also been placed on the chopping block, but a new addition—Chevy’s esteemed Z71 trim—serves as the fourth variant for this full-size SUV. Many will recall the Z71 trim from the Silverado 1500, where it’s the chief off-roading outfit, and now full-size SUV owners and their families can take part in the fun.
As the 2024 Chevy Traverse is the launching point of the third generation, one of the first things to change was its engine. The 2024 Traverse doesn’t only have a new engine but an overhaul to its powertrain in full. Whereas the 2023 Traverse used the pre-established 3.6L V6 engine paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, the 2024 model employs a more fuel-efficient and robust turbocharged 2.5L I-4 engine.
Don’t mistake the eight-speed automatic transmission on the 2024 Traverse as a downgrade because it greatly makes up for its one missing gear with more horsepower and greatly enhanced torque output. For example, the 2023 Traverse’s V6 engine has 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, and the 2024 Traverse’s turbocharged engine outputs 328 hp and 326 lb-ft of torque—the latter being a 26% increase over the engine powering the previous generation.
Something that has remained constant between the shift of the second to third generation is the maximum towing capacity of 5,000 lbs, which is more than enough for the average family. The Ford Maverick—a pickup people purchase with the intent of towing—caps out at a maximum towing capacity of 4,000 lbs for the 2024 model year, so with the 2024 Traverse, you’re not only bringing up to seven other people with you, but you’re also towing an ample amount of cargo, which makes the Traverse a great choice for out-of-town vacations or—in cases like moving houses—you can rent a small trailer to supplement your SUV rather than rent a box truck.
The 2024 Traverse is the first of its ilk to offer the Z71 trim, which greatly increases its versatility and off-roading capabilities. Some of the features that help turn the Traverse into an off-road machine include a specially-tuned suspension, skid plates, tow hooks, Hill Descent Control, all-terrain tires, and AWD with a twin-clutch transmission, among other amenities. Considering the Z71 doesn’t deviate from the maximum towing capacity of 5,000 lbs, the Z71 has everything you need for your next adventure.
The 2024 Traverse's interior has been revamped in many ways against its predecessor. Some things have remained, like cargo space, which the 2023 model sported a maximum of 98.2 cu.ft., while the 2024 Traverse harnesses a nearly identical 98.0 cu.ft. Cargo space has always been a massive selling point for Chevy’s full-size SUV, and the 2024 model is no different; it’s with this 98 cu.ft. that the Traverse completes its trifecta of versatility—towing, space, and tech. The 2024 Traverse is more technologically advanced than any of its predecessors, which is largely thanks in part to an overhauled infotainment center.
Drivers have become accustomed to large screens, and this desire has leaked into automobile design philosophies. The 2024 Traverse is a byproduct of that mentality. The 2023 model equipped drivers with a decent—albeit aging and somewhat underwhelming—7.0-inch infotainment center, complete with the amenities a modern-day SUV should have, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto serving as the channel that merges the most important elements of your cell phone directly into your car's infotainment center.
This interface gives you command of music, navigation, communication, and everything else a modern-day automotive experience should be. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have made all of these features easily accessible, but it’s becoming increasingly common for drivers of new releases to have some experience with features like these.
Drivers of the 2023 model could pay extra and snag an 8.0-inch infotainment center, but even that is nowhere near the ballpark of the 2024 Traverse. The newer model's infotainment center is more than twice the size of its predecessor, with a 17.7-inch screen not only 121% larger than the biggest infotainment center of 2023 but nearly 153% larger than the base system from the year before.
This infotainment center isn’t alone, however, because an 11.0-inch Driver Information Center is nestled to the left of the infotainment interface, acting as a digital canvas for your gauges and other data you wish to have immediate access to, like weather, navigation, and media playback. It’s also worth mentioning the physical volume knob and various tangible controls, as many drivers have begun seeking these features again for a reprieve from strictly-touchscreen systems.
Chevy has made no stops in building the 2024 Traverse to be the safest version of their full-size SUV. This model is what you should expect from Chevy regarding reliability and safety, complete with a tenaciously strong frame that’ll protect the whole family when they need it most.
Chevy’s implementation of its best in-house safety features for 2024 further suggests that Chevy takes the reliability of one of its most popular vehicles seriously—as it should. An example of this is Chevy Safety Assist, a driver assistance suite designed with one thing in mind: protecting you and your loved ones at all costs.
The Traverse’s Chevy Safety Assist is an advanced take on this. An example is Bicycle Mitigation, which now serves as the third pillar of the Forward Collision Alert, a tool that will preemptively warn you about a collision. Like years past, the Forward Collision Alert is accompanied by Automatic Emergency Braking to inhibit collisions with vehicles in front of you. Front Pedestrian Braking is another selling point of Chevy Safety Assist, as it’ll stop your vehicle before colliding with a pedestrian crossing the street. Bicycle Mitigation improves the detection of slimmer, fast-moving objects encroaching from the side, like bicyclists.
Some of the other safety features you can expect with the 2024 Traverse include Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Side Blind Zone Alert. However, there’s something unique about how each of these is implemented. The Side Blind Zone Alert comes with Lateral Impact Avoidance, which provides a steering assist if you’re attempting to change a lane and you haven’t seen the vehicle clogging your blind spot as it’ll slowly drift you back to the original lane until it’s clear to pass.
Meanwhile, the Rear Cross Traffic Alert scans the surroundings behind your vehicle when reversing from a parking space—and the 2024 Traverse has automatic braking, which adds at least one more layer of safety between yourself and a potential accident. This model also has Chevy Super Cruise, granting you semi-autonomous, hands-free, feet-free driving on hundreds of thousands of pre-programmed roads across North America.