Chevrolet’s Traverse has one of the biggest cargo areas in the three-row SUV class. That coupled with a roomy second row and newly standard OnStar 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hot spot functionality (data subscription required) should really make it appeal to families. The Traverse seats seven or eight passengers on three rows of seats, and we tested a top-line LTZ model with second-row bucket seats.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
How many car seats fit in the third row? Two
What We Like
- The second row’s two sets of lower Latch anchors are visible and easy to use. The tether anchors are midway down the seatbacks; they’re clearly marked and also easy to use. In the third row, there are no Latch anchors and one easy-to-access top tether anchor. We had no trouble installing our forward-facing convertible in the third row using the seat belt.
- In both rows, the booster fit well despite the fixed head restraints, and the seat belt buckles are on stable bases, which are easier for kids to grasp and use.
- Third-row access is great. The second-row seats collapse and slide far forward for a large opening. The step-in is tall but our model was equipped with optional running boards.
- In both rear- and forward-facing modes, the convertible went in easily and had plenty of room. In forward mode, the fixed head restraint pushed the convertible’s back forward, but not enough to negatively impact installation and fit.
What We Don’t
- We had to move the front passenger seat forward a bit to accommodate the infant safety seat.
- When installing our forward-facing convertible in the third row, we had to pull the shoulder belt portion of the seat belt down from the ceiling, blocking the driver’s rear visibility.