Your Guide to Purchasing a Used Chevy Traverse at McCluskey Auto

April 10th, 2020 by

A red 2012 Used Chevy Traverse is driving on a winding road.

Buying a car used can come with so many benefits, one of which is having the option to choose from a diverse selection of vehicles. While new cars come with the glitz and glamor of new features and new auto tech, when you purchase from a used collection, you’ll get the option to select from a diverse set of models that range from newer iterations to vintage ones that date all the way back to when the vehicle was first put into production. If you’re in the market for a used SUV, we would be remiss if we didn’t suggest a vehicle like the Chevy Traverse. When you shop for a Chevy Traverse at McCluskey Auto, you’ll get the opportunity to choose from models that could date all the way back to 2009, when the vehicle first entered production. Utility is the name of the game for this SUV, and if you’re unsure of which used Chevy Traverse you should buy, you’ve come to the right place, as we’ll give you a complete breakdown of what to look for.

The First Generation of Chevy Traverse

Before you start shopping for a used Chevy Traverse we believe it’s a good idea to get an understanding of all the generations of Chevy Traverse that were introduced into the lineup. The Chevy Traverse has always been a four-door, 7 to 8 seater SUV. This vehicle has been a major hit through the years, acting as one of the larger models in the Chevy lineup, outside of the Chevy Suburban, of course.

The first generation of the Chevy Traverse was introduced in 2009. Sourcing power from a 3.6-liter V6 engine, the first Chevy Traverse had some solid output getting a rating for 288 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. This engine could haul 5,200 pounds, which is pretty tremendous considering that the Chevy Traverse is primarily built for people transport. A six-speed automatic transmission supported this V6 engine, which resulted in some pretty snappy driving when put to the test. This early model of the Chevy Traverse looked very different from those of today and would undergo a facelift in 2013.

This facelift, which was introduced in the 2012 New York International Auto Show, showcased a revised grille and front fascia. The rear liftgate was also redesigned, as was the taillights which seemed to have been plucked straight from the Chevy Camaro. Other features were thrown into the 2013 model of the Chevy Traverse, including a vibrant color touch-activated infotainment screen, as well as a wood trimmed interior. If you want leather upholstery and a booming Bose audio system, you could find it too in the 2LT and LTZ trims. And as one could expect today out of the Chevy Traverse, models in 2013 offered the option between front-wheel and all-wheel drive.

From 2013 on into 2016, the Chevy Traverse saw a few changes here and there. For instance, in 2014, forward collision alerts and lane departure warnings could be added into the Chevy Traverse. 2015 introduced new exterior colors, as well as a new set of 18-inch wheels. The 2016 model saw the most dramatic change, as the trim spread was pulled back to only include the LS, LT1, LT2, and LTZ. A 4G LTE hot-spot was also included in 2016 models of the Chevy Traverse, dramatically increasing the amount of tech packed inside.

While the first generation of the Chevy Traverse came with plenty of positives, by 2017, Chevy decided to completely revamp one of their flagship SUVs.

A silver 2013 Used Chevy Traverse is parked in front of trees near Cincinnati.

Generation Two of The Chevy Traverse

At the 2017 North American International Auto Show, Chevy introduced the second generation of the Chevy Traverse as the 2018 model. This version of the Chevy Traverse was a big departure from previous iterations of the Chevy Traverse. One big shift was the adoption of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and a revised 9-speed automatic transmission. Both of these major changes would dramatically change the way the Chevy Traverse performed on the road. The standard V6 engine would also get a huge facelift. While still a 3.6-liter V6, this engine had an output of 310 horsepower, vastly outpacing the original V6 engine block.

The second generation of the Chevy Traverse also saw a change-up in trim options to include the L, LS, LT, Premier, and High Country. The second generation of the Chevy Traverse also introduced plenty of new technology that was also introduced across other sister models. Features such as a hands-free power tailgate, the latest iteration of Chevy’s infotainment system, keyless entry, a 60/40 split third-row rear bench seat, and of course, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

As the second generation continued, Chevy made some small changes, such as removing the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine after the 2019 model. While there is hope that they’ll offer more engine variants in the future, as it stands now, the newest models of the Chevy Traverse only sport the 3.6-liter V6. So, out of all the past versions of the Chevy Traverse, which model do we recommend the most? This is a question that many of our customers ask us, and we’re certainly obliged to help point you in the direction of the Chevy SUV of your dreams.

A purple 2018 Used Chevy Traverse is driving on a tree-lined road.

Buying a Used Chevy Traverse at McCluskey Auto

The Chevy Traverse has a pretty long history that runs for more than a decade. Since the Chevy Traverse first rolled into production, it has promised a pretty incredible driving experience at the assistance of a rather robust powertrain. There has also been the continued promise of significant interior spacing for both passengers and cargo. As models have advanced over the years, more and more tech has been loaded on board. Features like automatic emergency braking, lane departure warnings, and blind-spot monitors all play a huge role in keeping drivers more than aware when on the road. While the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine showed some promise when first introduced, it may not be a preferred choice for drivers who want some significant capability behind their large SUV. If we had to promote one version of the Chevy Traverse, we’d have to pick the 2017 model.

The 2017 Chevy Traverse was the last model of the first generation and benefited from classic hydraulic power steering and that beefy 3.6-liter V6 engine that pumped out 281 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. The 2017 Chevy Traverse was plenty modern, too, with features like blind-spot monitors, forward collision warnings, and lane departure warnings available in certain models. A 6.5-inch infotainment display with smartphone connectivity was also packed into the 2017 model, meaning you could access all of your favorite smartphone apps without ever having to take your eyes off of the road.

If you’re interested in purchasing an SUV like the 2017 Chevy Traverse and are looking for expert guidance, our team at McCluskey Auto is more than willing to help. We have a wealth of expertise in not just customer service, but the vehicles that we offer in our showroom. From big SUVs like the Chevy Traverse to more compact models like the Chevy Trax, our selection is diverse so that you can find the particular model that checks off each one of your automotive needs. And at McCluskey Auto in Cincinnati, OH, your needs always come first and foremost.

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