The 2014 Chevy Traverse mid-size crossover is among the vehicles that are most likely to have air conditioning problems at some point in their lifetime, according to a new study published by Consumer Reports.
For its study, CR listed ten newer model year vehicles that it has received the most owner complaints on regarding the air conditioning system. The 2014 and 2015 model year Chevy Traverse had the third most reported air conditioning system problems, although CR did not say how many complaints it has received with regard to this vehicle’s climate control system. The publication says A/C problems in the 2014 and 2015 model year Chevy Traverse typically occur when the vehicle has between 57,000 and 87,000 miles on the odometer, so it seems as though these issues typically crop up early in the vehicle’s life.
CR says the majority of the vehicles included in this ranking experienced a “significant failure,” of the A/C system. Additionally, the likelihood of problems occurring ranged from 1 in 10 to 1 in 5 cars, so every vehicle included in this study seems to have a very weak A/C system. The 2016 Mazda CX-3 had the most reported problems with its A/C system of the vehicles studied, followed by the 2016 Honda Civic. The Traverse was third overall, while the 2016 Kia Sportage and 2013 Buick Enclave rounded out the top five.
“Air conditioning problems range from easy to repair to requiring significant trouble-shooting and skill to fix,” explains John Ibbotson, CR’s chief mechanic. “Drivers naturally dread AC problems because they invariably happen when you most want the cool air, and the costs to repair can easily top $1,000. But some problems, if caught early enough, don’t cost nearly that much.”
CR recently put together a list explaining how motorists can maximize their climate control system to help stay cool on even the hottest and most humid summer days. To get the most out of an A/C system, the publication advises owners turn off cabin air recirculation, inspect their cabin air filter and to leave their vehicle’s automatic start-stop system off.