2013 Chevrolet Traverse Review
The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse is a versatile midsize SUV with the ability to seat eight, a comfortable ride, massive cargo room and solid fuel economy.
While test drivers wish the Traverse had a bit more power, they say its V6 engine is adequate for most shoppers. Reviewers applaud the hefty crossover’s car-like handling and comfortable ride as well. According to critics, the Traverse’s six-speed automatic transmission shifts fairly smoothly, though one test driver noticed a delay in downshifts, which could be a bit rough. The Traverse is rated at an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway in front-wheel drive models, which is solid for the class. All-wheel drive is optional on all trims and only slightly lowers the Traverse’s fuel economy. The Traverse also stands out with above-average safety scores for the class.
The Chevrolet Traverse is the 2013 Best 3-Row Midsize SUV for Families because it has the best combination of quality, size and family-friendly features in its class.
Inside, the Traverse has been revised for 2013, and reviewers appreciate the improved materials. Critics think the first and second rows are comfortable and supportive, even on long trips. They also say that the third-row seats are spacious enough to accommodate adults. Standard interior features are typical for the class and include a backup camera, a 6.5-inch touch-screen display and Bluetooth phone connectivity. The Traverse can be equipped with Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system that allows Bluetooth audio streaming from Pandora. The Traverse has more overall cargo space than some large SUVs.
- "After the superb re-styling and other upgrades, we don't hesitate to call it a winner and won't be surprised if this excellent vehicle, eyes glinting afresh, helps itself to an even greater share of the large crossover segment." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Stylish good looks, spacious cabin, a sedan-like ride and decent fuel economy make the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse a solid crossover value. It's a must-see for buyers seeking maximum passenger capacity and generous cargo room." -- Edmunds
- "If you're in the market for a largish people-hauler and can't stomach a minivan, the Traverse is worth a look." -- AutoWeek
- "With one of the largest cargo bays behind its third-row seat plus a host of electronic safety and security features provided by GM's OnStar division, the … Traverse sets the standard other CUVs have yet to meet." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)
Other SUVs to Consider
If you’re seeking a midsize SUV that can handle rugged terrain, consider the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee combines a comfortable interior with good off-road performance, according to reviewers. While the Grand Cherokee can’t quite match the Traverse’s safety or reliability ratings, it has comparable fuel economy. Keep in mind that the Grand Cherokee only seats five.
The Buick Enclave is a solid alternative to the Traverse, with a more upscale interior and plenty of standard features like tri-zone climate control and rear parking sensors. Reviewers say the Enclave has a comfortable ride and adequate power. Since the Enclave shares a platform with the Traverse, their reliability, safety and fuel economy ratings are similar, but the Traverse has slightly more cargo room.
Details: 2013 Chevrolet Traverse
The eight-seat 2013 Chevrolet Traverse comes in three trims: LS, LT and LTZ. For 2013, the Traverse receives a revised exterior and interior and Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system. Base models include satellite radio, a backup camera and Bluetooth phone connectivity, while the top-of-the-line LTZ trim has a MyLink infotainment system, perforated leather seating surfaces and heated and cooled front seats. Besides the refreshed exterior and interior, little has changed for 2013, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.