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The Chevrolet Traverse accommodates seven or eight people in three rows of seats. Like its siblings, the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, the Traverse was mildly updated inside and out for the 2013 model year. The Chevy competes with the Honda Pilot, Hyundai Veracruz, Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Highlander, among others.
The exterior updates include a new domed hood and a new approach to Chevrolet front ends: larger grilles with the Chevy emblem in the upper grille rather than on a cross-bar between two grille segments. The headlights are also reshaped, and there are more chrome accents.
Around back, redesigned taillights improve greatly on the first generation's small, oddly shaped lenses. Between that and the license plate's relocation from the bumper to the liftgate, the rear end no longer looks like the side of a barn.
Among vehicles in its class, the Traverse is long, but it pays off in interior volume.
The Traverse's second row comes as a three-seat bench or a pair of captain's chairs, both of which collapse vertically and slide forward to facilitate third-row entry.
Upgrades for 2013 include improved materials, softer surfaces, contrast stitching, new chrome and wood appliques and optional ambient lighting.
A new center control panel on the dashboard improves on the previous generation's look and feel. A 6.5-inch touch-screen optionally includes Chevrolet's MyLink, which communicates with smartphones to stream internet radio stations like Pandora and Stitcher.
Under the Hood
The Traverse is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 281 horsepower. An optional dual exhaust system boosts power to 288 hp. Chevrolet says the standard six-speed automatic transmission has been revised to shift more quickly and consistently. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is an option.
The suspension has also been refined for the 2013 model year.
Standard safety features include side-impact airbags for the front seats, plus side curtain airbags for all three rows. Antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are also standard, as is a backup camera and OnStar (with an introductory subscription).
New safety options include a blind spot warning system and cross-traffic alert.
2012 Chevrolet Traverse
Once in a while, a crossover comes along that has it all — a beautifully designed exterior, generously appointed interior and a highway fuel economy that offers 24 MPG (FWD). And let's not forget roominess — Traverse offers a true third row that seats grown-ups comfortably. Add to all this 2012 Traverse's 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, and you've got a crossover vehicle that accommodates your needs beautifully.
You would be right to consider the Chevrolet Traverse a masterpiece. Its sleek exterior serves as a testament to the engineers who crafted our crossover into sheer beauty. Details like angular tail lamps and the dual-port grille give Traverse a distinctive look, while a number of features help you out on the road. Speaking of the road, Traverse rolls along in style with standard 17" wheels on LS, 18" aluminum wheels on LT and 20" aluminum wheels on LTZ.
Tasteful design and high-quality materials give Traverse a very comfortable interior. Depending on which model you choose, you can outfit your Traverse with optional eight-way power driver seats, leather-appointed first- and second-row seats, heated and cooled front seats, outside driver's and inside rearview auto-dimming mirrors and a power liftgate. There's even an available SkyScape power front sunroof and fixed rear skylight.
Traverse is remarkably spacious, with seating for up to eight passengers and a standard third row that's comfortable for grown-ups. It's also easy to get to, thanks to the Smart Slide® second-row seat. A one-hand movement sends it into motion, quickly sliding it out of the way, helping passengers to easily exit or enter the third row.
Traverse has more space than you'll find in many full-size SUVs. In fact, Traverse has the most cargo space in its class. The available split-folding seats in the second and third rows give you the flexibility to adapt the vehicle on the fly. You'll even find more space behind the third row — more than any competitor, including the 2012 Ford Explorer.
We thought of small details — 10 or 12 cup holders throughout the cabin depending on seat configuration — and big details — like large door handles that are easy to reach. And every Traverse comes with rear air vents so everyone can stay more comfortable, no matter where they're sitting.
Traverse lets you go farther between fill-ups, thanks to an estimated 17 MPG city/24 highway, giving you a range of up to 520 highway miles. What's more, the standard Direct Injection 3.6L V6 engine in LS and LT delivers 281 horsepower, while it delivers 288 horsepower in LTZ. That's ample power to merge with confidence in highway traffic.
Traverse gives you the power to carry up to 8 people or haul the maximum amount of cargo in its class on a regular basis, and do it efficiently. The Direct Injection 3.6L V6 engine with standard six-speed automatic transmission provides quiet shifting and smooth acceleration while contributing to impressive highway fuel economy — an estimated 24 MPG (FWD).
Available for three trial months (on select models), it works with the available navigation system8 to show live traffic updates.
Enjoy commercial–free music channels along with compelling talk, news, comedy, family programming and much more from coast to coast with a standard three month trial. In addition, you can now enjoy the GM exclusive upgrade to the XM Premier package throughout your trial with your new Traverse.
Take calls and connect your music with the touch of a button with available Bluetooth wireless technology for select phones.
Connect your MP3 player or music-loaded flash drive to the audio system using the available USB port conveniently located in the console.
Stay connected to your Traverse with the myChevrolet11 app with the connectivity of OnStar RemoteLink™12. Check diagnostics, contact roadside assistance, routine maintenance and more.
Put wrong turns behind you with OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation14, standard for the first six months. Get upcoming turns and street names displayed on the Driver Information Center or hear directions from the automated voice. Take a complete tour of OnStar capabilities.
Earning a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is clearly designed with you and your loved ones in mind. And when it comes to protecting your precious cargo year after year, Traverse puts your mind at ease.
Whether you're on the highway or simply backing up, Traverse has technology like StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System with traction control, designed to improve vehicle stability on most road surfaces, especially during emergency maneuvers. The available rearview camera system and Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist help you see - and alert you to - stationary objects behind your Traverse, while the available integrated blind spot mirrors enhance visibility along the sides.
Every Traverse comes standard with six air bags, including dual-stage frontal air bags, driver and front-seat passenger seat-mounted side-impact air bags and head-curtain side-impact air bags for all three rows. In other words, you and your passengers are surrounded in safety.
The unsurpassed security of the OnStar® Directions & Connections® plan (standard for the first six months) includes Automatic Crash Response. In a collision, an Advisor is immediately connected into your vehicle and can request that emergency help be sent to your exact GPS location, even if you can't respond.