After sliding behind the wheel of the completely redesigned 2024 Chevy Traverse, one difference is immediately apparent – this family-oriented SUV is all about convenience. Second only to safety, convenience features are high up on the must-have list for most families. From smartphone connectivity to easy cargo area access, busy parents want a helping hand for repetitive tasks that take the fun out of car rides. With a baby in tow or a troupe of busy tweens who need taxi service all week, it helps when your SUV is a haven.
Redesigned for 2024, the Traverse leans heavily on driver-assist technology to deliver a smart SUV tailored to the needs of busy families on the go. Not only does the Traverse offer a three-row SUV with midsize ute proportions, but Chevy designed it to assimilate with today’s connected lifestyles. Among the many tech-forward convenience features available are wireless smartphone connectivity and acres of digital displays designed for easy interactivity. Small touches, like a programmable rear liftgate and cabin comforts that include an available panoramic sunroof, add to the Traverse’s appeal.
All of this in-vehicle tech culminates in the Traverse’s standard 17.7-inch infotainment touchscreen, the largest in the category, which sits just to the right of the steering wheel within easy reach of the driver. From there, drivers can access apps for streaming podcasts and playlists, display maps and navigation, and access key vehicle features, like the included Wi-Fi Hotspot. The legendary OnStar service is also available, unlocking access to 24/7 concierge service, emergency support, and more. Here’s an overview of the all-new Traverse’s most exciting comfort and convenience features.
Super Cruise and Other Helpful Driver-Assist Tech
Picture this: it’s a Friday afternoon, and you’ve just merged onto the highway. The car is packed with kids and gear, and since you volunteered to drive them to the big soccer tournament in the next state over, you’re looking at another three hours of gripping the wheel in stop-and-go traffic while the gang belts out the latest Taylor Swift ballad…over and over again. Most parents can relate since kids are busier than ever with school and extracurriculars, but what if your vehicle had the capability to help you stave off that next wave of fatigue?
The 2024 Chevy Traverse offers available Super Cruise hands-free cruise control technology on the LT, Z71, and RS trims (it’s not available on the base LS). With Super Cruise, if you’re traveling on one of hundreds of thousands of connected roads or highways, you can set your cruise control to a target speed and let the system take over. Super Cruise automatically centers your Traverse in its intended lane of travel, applies the brake, and hits the gas in response to current traffic conditions. It can even change lanes for you. So, what’s the catch?
Super Cruise is not a substitute for safe driving habits or driver attentiveness; instead, it offers drivers an opportunity to cruise hands-free without worrying about manually adjusting speed to meet ever-changing traffic flows. According to Jeff Miller, a GM chief engineer, drivers will arrive less fatigued when the journey takes place with Super Cruise. Eliminating the need for constant stopping and starting, along with maintaining the vigilance required to keep the vehicle squarely in the center of the lane, significantly reduces the stress associated with long drives.
Chevy also offers advanced Driver-Assist systems that can read speed limit signs and help you expertly navigate your vehicle through busy intersections and congested parking lots. Traffic Sign Recognition allows the system to automatically change speeds when the speed limit changes. With Rear Pedestrian Alert, Reverse Automatic Braking, and Rear Cross Traffic Braking, as well as Rear Park Assist, the tricky process of backing out of your driveway or a parking spot in a dimly lit garage gets a whole lot easier.
Chevy vehicles have always offered one significant advantage over the competition: the opportunity to subscribe to OnStar. OnStar, the legendary in-vehicle safety and convenience service that paved the way for today’s app-based connected services programs, offers 24/7 access to specially trained operators who can help with everything from making dinner reservations to locating your Traverse if it’s stolen. OnStar offers real-time maps and navigation to help you avoid traffic on your trip, as well as HD streaming to keep the kids entertained on road trips.
OnStar’s interactive services support Google Assistant and Alexa, which allows drivers to issue audible prompts for a slew of tasks, including automatically adjusting the cabin temperature and queuing your new favorite song on Spotify. Opting for OnStar’s Premium Plan bundles all services in one affordable subscription. The benefits of an OnStar subscription are many, but perhaps most beneficial are the Roadside Assistance and Emergency Services features. If you run out of gas or get sidelined by a flat tire, OnStar will send help to where you are with just a quick request.
In the event of a crash, OnStar offers Automatic Crash Response. The system detects when you’ve had an accident using feedback from onboard sensors. An OnStar Advisor will attempt to reach you, and if you don’t answer, the Advisor will contact emergency services and vector them to your location. Automatic Crash Response can even determine the severity of the accident with its Injury Severity Prediction algorithm. All OnStar Advisors receive training and certification to provide medical assistance while first responders are en route.
Cabin Amenities Parents Will Love
What if your SUV sensed you approaching with armloads of groceries, then automatically opened the liftgate just as you approached it? It’s not science fiction anymore, thanks to the 2024 Traverse’s Smart Sense Liftgate. Keep your keys in your pocket and let the system work for you when you need it the most. Best of all, you don’t have to buy the most expensive Traverse trim to enjoy the benefits of Smart Sense Liftgate – it’s standard on the mid-range LT. The LT also lets buyers choose between a 7- or 8-passenger layout.
Upgrading to the top-of-the-line Traverse RS outfits the cabin in premium finishes, like Jet Black leather seating with a pop of red accenting, an upgraded Bose audio system, and a standard sunroof. All Traverse trims include the massive 17.7-inch infotainment touchscreen and an 11-inch customizable driver display center behind the wheel. Chevy does away with sibling bickering over the charging cord with six standard charging ports scattered efficiently throughout the cabin. 2024 Traverse buyers can also add heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel to take the sting out of chilly mornings.
The cabin’s ergonomic layout puts critical controls within easy reach of the driver. A padded center console, anchored on both ends by a pair of cupholders, provides storage for loose items. Chevy adds manual dials for the audio system and several dash-mounted vents for adjusting the automatic climate control system. As for cargo capacity, the Traverse offers more than any of its competitors – a whopping 98 cu. ft. with both sets of rear seats folded down.
The Family-Friendly 2024 Traverse
Most families are concerned with what’s inside their SUV’s cabin – three rows of seats, a few bells and whistles to keep everyone happy and entertained – but the Traverse’s many performance and capability features are the cherry on top. All Traverse trims come with a 328-horsepower turbocharged V6 that makes 326 lb-ft of torque, enough to accommodate up to 5,000 lbs of trailering capability, so you can easily haul your boat or RV on family road trips.
Beyond that, a suite of the most advanced safety technologies comes standard on all 2024 Traverse trims. Called Chevy Safety Assist, the systems use onboard cameras, sensors, and radar to continuously monitor the area surrounding your Traverse, alerting the driver to potential hazards and intervening with emergency maneuvers when necessary. Safety, convenience, and comfort – a triumvirate of family-focused benefits found on the all-new 2024 Chevy Traverse.