2013 Chevrolet Traverse

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Pros:  Handsome design; generous cargo space; room for eight; new safety features.

Cons: It’s big and heavy; poor rearward visibility; touchscreen is occasionally slow to respond; rev-happy under acceleration.

Overview
The Traverse is a large crossover with room for eight. For 2013 it receives new technology and safety features, a smoother ride, a freshened exterior and improved interior materials. If you are in need of a larger vehicle to haul the brood to and from soccer practice but can’t stand the thought of a minivan, the Traverse is worth a look.

Body Styles, Trims & Options
The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse is available in three trim levels- LS, LT and LTZ. Each trim is available in your choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive and features a 281 hp 3.6-liter V6 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features found on the entry LS includes 17-inch steel wheels, a rear spoiler, full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, a third row split-folding  seat, Bluetooth®  and a 6.5-inch color touch radio with satellite radio, HD radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio input jack.

The 1LT adds 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, faux wood-grain trim and remote start. The 2LT drops seating to 7 due to its second row captain’s chairs and adds heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview and driver’s side mirror, universal home remote, automatic tri-zone climate control, a power liftgate and a premium 10-speaker Bose® sound system with Chevrolet MyLink®.

The top-of-the-line LTZ includes features from the 2LT plus 20-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior accents, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats and driver’s seat and mirror memory settings.

Options on the 2LT and LTZ include a navigation system and a Bose® surround sound system. Other stand-alone options include a dual panel SkyScape® sunroof and a rear seat entertainment system which can be had on all trims except the base LS trim level.

To learn more about the Chevrolet Traverse and everything that it has to offer, visit your Chevy dealer today to speak with an experienced professional and schedule a test drive.

Safety
Standard safety equipment includes 6 airbags, daytime running lamps, traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, a tire pressure monitoring system, a rearview camera and OnStar® emergency services.

An industry first front center airbag, designed to keep the front occupants from colliding into one another in the event of a side-impact collision, is available on the base LS and standard on all other trim levels. Side blind zone alert and a rear cross traffic alert system are standard on the top-of-the-line LTZ however they are not available on lower trim levels.

Warranty Information
Every new Chevrolet Equinox comes with an impressive 100,000 mile/5-year Transferable Powertrain Warranty with no deductible; a 3-year/36,000 mile Bumper-To-Bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty; a 100,000 mile/5-year 24/7 Roadside Assistance program; a 100,000/5-year 24/7 Courtesy Transportation program; and a 6-year/100,000 mile Corrosion Protection.

MSRP:

Available Trims MSRP
2013 Traverse LS FWD $30,510
2013 Traverse LS AWD $32,510
2013 Traverse 1LT FWD $33,725
2013 Traverse 1LT AWD $35,725
2013 Traverse 2LT FWD $36,580
2013 Traverse 2LT AWD $38,580
2013 Traverse LTZ FWD $40,425
2013 Traverse LTZ AWD $42,425
Similar Vehicles  MSRP
2013 Ford Explorer $29,100
2013 Honda Pilot $29,520
2013 Toyota Highlander $28,870

Engines, Transmissions, & EPA Ratings:

Trim

Engine

Drivetrain

Transmission

Fuel Economy (city/highway)

LS, 1LT, 2LT & LTZ

3.6-liter V6

FWD

6-speed automatic

17/24

LS, 1LT, 2LT & LTZ

3.6-liter V6

AWD

6-speed automatic

16/23

 

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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