2013 Chevrolet Traverse

LS FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

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2013 Chevrolet Traverse
2013 Chevrolet Traverse

New For 2013

The Traverse gets an exterior refresh and debuts the new face of Chevy crossovers. It’s not groundbreaking, but the new look is handsome, if a bit bland. Inside, changes include a revised center stack, fully adjustable headrests, an eight-way passenger seat, upgraded materials, and chrome accents. The Traverse gets an industry-first front center air bag designed to protection front occupants during a side collision.


In size and capability, the Traverse bridges the gap between the Tahoe and the Equinox. It has a standard split-folding third row—only suitable for children or small adults—and, when fitted with the second-row bench, can seat up to eight people. In terms of capability, it can’t tow as much as larger body-on-frame SUVs like the Tahoe or the Suburban, but for most people, the more-fuel-efficient Traverse is the better bet. It is available with the same amenities as those big SUVs, such as a power liftgate, a rearview camera, a Bose stereo, and navigation, plus it can be similarly dressed up with optional eighteen- or twenty-inch wheels or chrome dual-exhaust pipes. The dual exhaust has the added benefit of increasing the output of the 3.6-liter V-6 to 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The Traverse’s cabin has the same dual-cockpit layout as in the smaller Equinox, with a sweeping dash, rich color choices, and cool blue accent lighting. Its siblings, the GMC Acadia and the Buick Enclave, are trimmed in nicer materials and have more stylized exteriors, but the Traverse undercuts the prices of those vehicles by thousands of dollars with comparable standard equipment. Even when compared with fresher competitors such as the Ford Explorer or the Honda Pilot, the Traverse holds up well in terms of style, quality, and value.


Front, front center, side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are ABS, traction and stability control, and a tire-pressure monitoring system. OnStar is standard and alerts first responders when a crash occurs. A backup camera and front and rear parking sensors are optional.

You'll like:

  • Exterior has been refreshed
  • Third-row seat
  • Excellent alternative to big, truck-based SUVs

You won't like:

  • Anonymous styling, despite face-lift

Key Competitors For The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse

  • Ford Explorer
  • GMC Acadia
  • Honda Pilot
  • Mazda CX-9
2013 Chevrolet Traverse AWD 2LT Vs 2013 Mazda CX 9 Front View
This is Automobile Magazine's Family Crossover Comparo, our comparison test of the kind of vehicle that you see during America's summer vacation, the three-row family crossover.
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When summer arrives, America hits the road. There's something about this country that calls out to all of us, so we yearn to go and see for ourselves. Sometimes it's Yellowstone National Park in the Rocky Mountains and sometimes it's the World's Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City, Kansas, and as Americans we embrace both with cheerful enthusiasm. When the weather turns warm, we're all about the road map, the road trip, and road food.
2013 Chevrolet Traverse Front View In Motion
The Chevrolet Traverse emerged from the darkness of General Motors's bankruptcy in 2009, shining forth the bright beams of a fresh, innovative product with seating for eight. Unlike its competitors, this crossover had never posed as a truck, although it boasted some impressive and very trucklike capabilities. Its sleek shape made the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer look like barns on wheels. (The redesigned 2012 Explorer looks like a barn designed by Antoni Gaudi on wheels.) A hit for Chevy, the Traverse has sold briskly, and no one has seemed to miss the old TrailBlazer.

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2013 Chevrolet Traverse Specifications

Quick Glance:
3.6L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
17 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
24 MPG
281 hp @ 6300rpm
266 ft lb of torque @ 3400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front (optional)
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation

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