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2012 Chevrolet Traverse Review

Review Last Updated: 10/9/13

These scores and this review are from when the car was new.

Automotive reviewers say the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse will get you around comfortably and in style. Just don’t expect rip-roaring performance or sporty handling from this family-focused SUV.

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse has the most interior space of any midsize crossover, making it a top choice if you have a lot of people or cargo to carry. Test drivers find that the Traverse’s third row is adult-sized, which is rare in a class where most third rows only fit children comfortably. However, two bones of contention are the Chevy Traverse’s powertrain and interior quality. While its V6 engine is adequate, it leaves some test drivers wishing for more power.

Still, if you don’t mind an interior with a few hard plastics, and you don’t expect canyon-carving driving dynamics out of your eight-seat, family-hauling crossover, test drivers say the roomy and capable 2012 Chevrolet Traverse should be at the top of your shopping list.

Other SUVs to Consider

For comparable interior space, but better interior quality, look no further than the Ford Flex. It has a more spacious third row, and test drivers say it has an especially classy interior for an affordable midsize SUV. However, the Flex can only seat a maximum of seven, while the Traverse seats up to eight.

Since the Chevrolet Traverse shares a platform with the Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia, shoppers should consider these alternatives. The Buick Enclave is more expensive than the Traverse, but comes with a significantly nicer interior and many more standard features. The GMC Acadia is a good compromise between the Enclave and Traverse, because it splits the difference in price and standard features.

Details: Chevrolet Traverse

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse comes in LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ trims.  Updates for the 2012 model include new exterior colors and upgraded outside rearview mirrors on all but the base LS trim.

See the full list of 2012 Chevrolet Traverse specs.

  • “Traverse offers space, power, and decent handling in an exceptional package that looks and feels more expensive than it is. Put the Traverse on your shopping list.” -- Consumer Guide
  • “If you're looking for a big family vehicle with excellent safety ratings, the ability to tow 5,400 pounds and reasonably good fuel economy for its size, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse may be the best game in town." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "With its stylish good looks, spacious cabin, carlike ride and handling, plus decent fuel economy, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse has much to offer SUV owners looking to downsize." -- Edmunds

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