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in 2012 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $20,333 - $27,173
Original MSRP: $29,660 - $41,035
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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2012 Chevrolet Traverse Interior

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The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse has a large cabin that earns praise for its functionality and utility, and especially for its cavernous cargo area. However, some reviewers say some of the materials and assembly aren’t quite as nice as some of its competitors', and its base trim doesn’t come particularly well-equipped.

  • "Tasteful design, high-quality materials and one of the most accommodating interiors in the class are the hallmarks of GM's newest crossover SUV." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Families will appreciate the roomy interior that offers comfortable seating for up to eight passengers; they'll also likely warm to the surprising number of upscale features found on the upper trim levels.” -- Edmunds
  • "Stylish interior design presents well at a distance. Hard plastic is prevalent, but its texture lends substance.” -- Consumer Guide

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Seating

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse has standard seating for eight, though buyers of 2LT and LTZ trims can opt for second-row captain’s chairs that decrease the number of seats to seven. Surprisingly enough -- and rare for this class -- reviewers find the third row especially comfortable, and even large enough for adults. The base Traverse is very low on frills when it comes to seating, since it comes standard with manually-adjustable front bucket seats. You’ll have to upgrade to the 1LT for a standard power driver’s seat, the 2LT for standard heated seats and the top-of-the-line LTZ for standard leather.

  • “The third row is much more adult-friendly than the ones you'll find in most traditional SUVs, though the Ford Flex still bests the Chevy in this regard.” -- Edmunds
  • "Among the largest midsize SUVs, Traverse's cabin feels especially roomy. Big, supportive (front) seats make for good long-trip comfort.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Second-row seats that slide fore and aft improve leg room while permitting easy entry in to the third-row seat. And unlike many third-row seats, the Traverse's can actually accommodate two adults in comfort while affording them full side-curtain airbag protection." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Aside from some complaints about low-quality interior materials, the interior features on the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse are well-liked. The base model is sparse on standard features but comes with front and rear climate control, cruise control and satellite radio with a free three-month subscription. Optional high-tech gadgets are available mostly only on the 2LT and LTZ models. These include navigation, a rearview camera, a rear entertainment system and a power liftgate.

  • "Big, bright, clear gauges are easy to read. Major controls are where you would expect them to be.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Unfortunately, the fit and finish of this particular Traverse is not as good as on the other Lambda crossovers we've examined. Just sitting in the driver seat, you notice all sorts of misaligned pieces (many with flashing on their edges), and the situation isn't much better for the exterior." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The 2012 Traverse boasts cargo capacity at the top of its class and provides ample room, even with all three rows of seats in use. If you’re looking for a roomy, functional, family SUV, the Traverse is the best game in town. The Traverse provides a maximum of 116.4 cubic feet of space with the second- and third-row seats folded down. That’s way more than the less-expensive three-row Ford Flex (83.2 cubic feet) and three-row Honda Pilot (87 cubic feet). Behind the Traverse’s second row of seats, there are 68.8 cubic feet of cargo space, and with all three rows of seats in use, you’ll still find 24.4 cubic feet of cargo space. A power liftgate is standard on 2LT and LTZ models only.

  • “There's more usable space behind the raised 3rd-row seat than in most midsize SUVs, plus a handy under-floor compartment. Both the 2nd- and 3rd-row seats fold forward easily, though not completely flat. Several bins and cubbies provide ample interior storage.” -- Consumer Guide

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