The Traverse is a crossover wagon that combines car-like handling with the utility of a 4WD wagon, offering three rows of seating for up to eight passengers. The design consists of polished aluminium roof rails, projector beam headlights, LED taillights and a rear spoiler. It has a 3.6-litre V6 with variable valve timing, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and an optional all-wheel-drive system with no low range. The interior features a "low and away" instrument panel and a Smart Slide second-row feature allows easier access to the third row. Features include power windows, CD/MP3 stereo with six speakers, electric mirrors, keyless entry and more. Optional features include rear-seat DVD entertainment, HID headlights, sunroof, parking sensors, leather seats, tri-zone climate control and more. Standard safety features includes StabiliTrak stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, six airbags and a tyre-pressure-monitoring system. Also standard is power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, 18-inch wheels with optional 19-inchers, and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS.
Common problems include clunking steering rack, leaky water pump and various loose plastic trimmings, all requiring full replacement. Check for broken seat-adjustment controls, stereo issues, DVD player problems, rear-camera problems, odd gearbox behaviour, tailgate-closing operation issues, a/c problems, minor oil leaks underneath, and poor fuel-economy after a "check engine" light. Few complain of requiring regular engine-oil top-ups and having to replace timing-chains, neither of which are supposed to be maintenance requirements.