2013 Chevrolet Traverse Review, Photos & Price

  • MSRP: $30,510
  • MPG City: 17
  • MPG Hwy: 24
  • Seating Capacity: 8
  • Rating: 8.1

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse has a number of impressive features that make it stand out in its class. This full size crossover SUV is spacious and offers plenty of cargo space while handling like a much smaller vehicle. Moderately priced at $30,510, the Traverse seats eight passengers comfortably, making it the perfect vehicle for a family road trip. Its towing capacity, power and off-road capabilities are less than impressive, but given its price, comfortable ride and solid fuel efficiency, this is a tradeoff many consumers are happy to make.

The design of the front end and taillights have been refreshed for the 2013 model and the MyLink infotainment system and front-center airbag are the new interior features.

Pros and Cons

  • Car-like handling and performance
  • Tons of cargo space
  • 3rd row comfortable for adults
  • Below average power
  • Not as many customization options

Base Specifications

  • Trim: FWD LS
  • Passenger Capacity: 8
  • Passenger Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
  • MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
  • Engine: Gas V6 3.6L/217
  • Horsepower: 281 @ 6300
  • Torque: 266 @ 3400

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2013 Traverse features impressive front-end tweaks that keep the vehicle looking fresh and modern, including a power-dome hood, elongated headlights and a horizontal grille. In its fourth incarnation, the Traverse is sleek, modern and eye-catching, as Chevrolet has made a notable effort to keep the vehicle contemporary. Its rounded shape creates a softer, more aerodynamic look than some of the squared-off models in its class and its frame is tough and built to last.

The Traverse is available in 4 trims: LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ, all of which offer both all or front wheel drive. The LS trim comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels, cruise control, air conditioning, keyless entry, power accessories, 60/40 split-folding third-row seats, trip computer, 6.5 inch touchscreen display, rearview camera, USB/auxiliary inputs and CD player.

The 1LT trim adds or upgrades to 18 inch aluminum alloy wheels, heated mirrors, wood grain interior trim, remote ignition, rear parking sensors, foglights and 8 way power adjustable driver seat.

The 2LT adds power rear liftgate, heated front seats, power-folding mirrors, three zone automatic climate control and MyLink system.

The LTZ trim tacks on impressive 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels, cross-traffic alert system, leather upholstery, second row captain’s chairs (reducing seating to 7), heated steering wheel and blind spot monitoring system. The LTZ model also boasts chrome accents, body-color moldings and dual exhaust.

The Chevy MyLink infotainment system is the most talked about addition to the 2013 model. It integrates with your smartphone to stream Pandora internet radio, allow hands-free phone calls, play videos and view images through voice commands and the 6.5 inch touchscreen interface.

Reviewer Comments

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

“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

“Traverse combines space, power, and decent road manners into a fine package that looks and feels more expensive than it is. If you are shopping midsize SUVs, Traverse should be on your list.” – Consumer Guide

Performance and Powertrain

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse is equipped with a 281 horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 that boasts 266 pound-feet of torque. The twin exhaust on the LTZ bumps output up to 288 horsepower at 270 pound-feet of torque.
The fuel economy is above average, as it gets 24 mpg on the highway and 17 in the city. The all-wheel drive models get a hair less at 23 mpg on the highway and 16 in the city.

Safety Features

The Traverse has been given exceptionally high safety ratings, and comes standard with a number of impressive safety features including:

  • 4-wheel antilock disc brakes
  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Rearview camera
  • Side curtain airbags in all rows
  • Traction and stability control

OnStar also comes standard and features turn-by-turn navigation, stolen vehicle assistance, remote door unlocking, roadside assistance and automatic crash notification.

Options include an inboard airbag that prevents passengers from colliding in a side impact, which is standard on the LT and LTZ, and a blind-spot traffic monitoring system that is limited to the LTZ only.

Interior Design and Features

The Traverse’s three rows of seats can comfortably accommodate eight passengers. The LS and LT have a 3-wide bench for the second row, while the LTZ provides 2 comfortable captain’s chairs.

The dash features a touchscreen display that controls the infotainment system and the rearview monitor. The screen is mounted a bit low and requires a quick glance that takes your eyes away from the road, but it is a great feature that comes standard on all models. The touchscreen boasts an intuitive menu with a clean layout. It does miss inputs now and then, which is the case for touchscreens in most vehicles.

The interior for the lower trims is fairly basic with manually adjusting seats and plain cloth upholstery. However, the classy LTZ is decked out with power leather seats with tri-zone climate control. It is roomy no matter which trim you get, and has ample cargo space for luggage, shopping bags and larger purchases.

An optional feature worth considering is the smart-slide seat for the second row. It is designed to make third row access much less of a hassle, as the entire second row can be slid out of the way with an easy one-hand operation.

Driving Impressions

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse rides smoothly on the open road, and takes corners quite well for a large SUV. Body roll is minimal, and the vehicle hugs the road better than one would expect given its height, weight and size. It is powered by a V6 engine with ample horsepower to get it up to speed, though it lacks some of the punch of competitors in its class that boast more horsepower and sporty acceleration. The transmission changes gears smoothly, though it can be a bit slow to react at times.

At 205 inches, the length of the Traverse is an initial cause for concern, but it handles remarkably well in small parking lots, and has a good turn radius to footprint ratio. The vehicle is great on the highway, and quietly hums along on long road trips. The suspension does a good job of smoothing out the bumps on rough terrain.

The height of the Traverse provides good forward vision, but rear visibility is lacking somewhat due to the small size of the back windows. Overall the Traverse is a comfortable, well-equipped crossover that is functional, comfortable and affordable.

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Chevy Traverse Front

2013 Chevrolet Traverse Side View

2013 Traverse External Rear View

Traverse Interior Dashboard

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