2013 Chevrolet Traverse Review

April 18, 2012

The Chevy Traverse is a sport utility vehicle a lot of people are interested in. Chevy recently introduced the new 2013 Traverse at the New York Auto Show, so it is getting more attention now. Many people are wondering if it is worth the money, and here is a review of it to help you determine if it is right for you:


The base price is around $29,000, although you can pay up to $41,000 for a fully equipped Traverse.


The front of the sport utility vehicle comes with a new grille style that was altered in 2013. The new design comes with a 3 bar top and 2 bar bottom style. The front is actually a bit more subdued than the 2012 model year. The darker headlights and more sculpted head help contribute to that.

The back has a slightly more sporty style than the 2012 version. This is because the taillights look a little like the Camaro. Also, the license plate is a bit higher and is now incorporated into the tailgate. There is now a more sculpting in the rear, just like the front-end. This gives the backend more character than previous model versions.


In the past, the Traverse’s biggest negative was the interior. However, the 2013 model comes with updated materials, including soft touch surfaces for the instrument panel and the upper door trims. The chrome and silver accents, along with the contrast stitching, gives it a more modern design as well. In the evening, the blue ambient lighting really gives the interior a modern feel.

The new 6.5 inch touch screen is standard on the Traverse. It comes with Chevy’s MyLink system, and the system comes with an interface which you are able to use with Bluetooth streaming along with smartphones, and also internet radio applications like Pandora and Stitcher. The climate controls are also simple to use, because they are bigger and show up better in the evening.

There are now 3 new interior colors. They are Ebony and Mojave, Light Titanium and Dark Titanium and Ebony. The 2013 style keeps the innovative 2nd row smart slide feature that made it simple for kids and adults to get back to the 3rd row.


The engine is the same as in 2012-a 3.6 liter injection V-6 with 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.


The Traverse comes with a 6 speed transmission. It has new programming that the company claims gives it better passing ability on the expressway. It is also able to shift faster.


The Traverse achieves a respectable 16 miles to a gallon in the city, and 22 on the highway.


The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse is a quality vehicle that generally gets positive reviews by SUV lovers. If you want a functional and affordable vehicle with a decent amount of power and reasonable fuel efficiency, it would be a good purchase. It is unspectacular, but overall is solid in every area and there really are no glaring weaknesses.

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