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2016 Chevy Traverse Comparison in Virginia | VA

And the Winner is... the 2016 Traverse!

There are a wide variety of midsize SUVs on the market today, and it can be tough trying to narrow down which one is right for you. The 2016 Chevy Traverse in Virginia is sure to be a front runner, as it boasts a powerful engine with maximum towing, tons of storage for your gear, all the features you want most, and safety for a confident drive. To prove the all-new Traverse is the right midsize SUV for you, we at Pohanka Chevrolet have compared it to two others on the market: the 2016 Ford Explorer and the 2015 Toyota Highlander in Virginia.

The 2016 Chevy Traverse has a robust engine with tons of power. The 3.6L engine produces an impressive 288 horsepower and 270 lbs.-ft. of torque. The Toyota Highlander maxes out at 270 horsepower and 248 lbs.-ft. of torque, and the Ford Explorer only gets 255 lbs.-ft. of torque. The Traverse is also the best when it comes to towing capacity, as it’s rated at 5,200-lbs. of towing capability1. While both its competitors also have trailer capability, the Explorer only has 5,000-lbs. and the Highlander only has 1,500-lbs. of maximum towing capacity.

One of the reasons you’re looking for a new crossover is for the storage space, and the 2016 Traverse doesn’t cut any corners. With all the seats in place, the Traverse has 24.4 cubic-ft. of storage space2, while the Explorer only has 21 cubic-ft. and the Highlander only 13.8 cubic-ft. When you fold the second- and third-row seats flat, the storage space in the Chevy Traverse grows to an impressive 116.3 cubic-ft2. Its opponents just can’t compete, as the Highlander only has 83.7 cubic-ft. and the Explorer only has 81.7 cubic-ft.

The 2016 Traverse has features that inspire a comfortable driving experience. For starters, coming standard is rear climate control for front and rear passengers can't agree on the temperature of the cabin. This feature is only available in higher trims of both the Explorer and the Highlander. Also only available in higher trims of both its competitors is heated and cooled front seats, which come standard in the Traverse. You can also navigate through any city like a local in your Traverse with the OnStar®3 Turn-by-Turn Navigation with destination download, which comes standard for the first six months. While navigation is available in higher trims of both the Explorer and the Highlander, it can’t hold a candle to OnStar® quality. Also standard in the Traverse is SiriusXM Satellite Radio2, with over 160 channels of your favorite radio – a feature you’ll pay extra for in the Explorer, and one that’s only available in top trims of the Highlander.

Chevy has always taken safety seriously, which is why the Traverse has an industry-first Front Center Airbag5, a feature both its competitors don’t offer. This airbag deploys from the right side of the driver seat, and is positioned between the front seats for added cushioning and restraint as it protects you and your passenger from colliding with one another in a side-impact collision. The Traverse also has the peace of mind that comes with having OnStar®, which provides roadside assistance as well as emergency service in the event of a collision. The Ford Explorer offers neither of these conveniences, and they’re only available in higher trims of the Highlander.

When making a new midsize SUV purchase, it’s best to be aware of all your options. When it comes to power, space, and the best technology and safety features, it’s clear which vehicle is the better option. Visit Pohanka Chevrolet today to take the 2016 Chevy Traverse in Virginia for a test drive. 


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1 Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weights of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

2 Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

3 OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Not all vehicles may transmit all crash data. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.

4 For more information about NavTraffic, visit siriusxm.com/navtraffic. XM satellite service is available only in the 48 contiguous United States and D.C.

5 Air bag inflation can cause severe injury or death to anyone too close to the air bag when it deploys. Be sure every occupant is properly restrained. Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner’s Manual for more information.

2016 Chevy Traverse in Virginia

2016 Traverse Interior

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