The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse earns an above average Total Car Score for the Large SUVs & Crossovers segment.
Five years into its model run, the Traverse receives a freshening inside and out. Chevy’s stylists wanted to make the Traverse sportier, so there’s new sheetmetal in front that includes a redesigned grille and a “power dome” hood bulge. Out back, the taillights look a lot like those found on the latest Camaro.
Inside the cabin materials are upgraded, and the instrument panel’s center stack gets a redesign to accommodate the new standard 6.5-inch touch screen.
Traverse remains one of the roomiest crossover vehicles available, with seating for up to eight (with a center-row bench seat), a third seat row that will actually hold adults comfortably, and generous cargo space behind that third row.
Generous, too, is the Traverse’s towing capacity, at 5,200 pounds.
Under the skin the Traverse retains its 3.6-liter V6, six-speed transmission and choice of front- or all-wheel-drive powertrains, though a tune-up of the front and rear dampers was done to improve ride quality.
In all, the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse provides buyers with an interesting alternative to traditional minivans and sport/utility vehicles. It truly does blend the strong points of both vehicle types into one family-friendly hauler.
The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse is a fullsize crossover vehicle that can seat up to eight passengers in three rows of seats.
Its powertrain consists of a 3.6-liter V6 that sends as much as 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission when the dual-exhaust option is ordered. In single-exhaust trim, output drops to 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard; AWD is available as an option.
The Traverse is offered in LS, LT1, LT2 and LTZ trim levels. Standard features include a rearview camera and a 6.5-inch touch screen. Options include foglamps, interior wood trim, Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, leather-trimmed upholstery, a rear-seat entertainment system, and side blind zone alert and rear cross traffic alert systems.
The EPA hasn’t released fuel economy data for the 2013 Traverse, but Chevrolet expects FWD models to turn in 17 mpg city, 24 highway, with AWD versions seeing 16/23 mpg.
Properly equipped, the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse can tow up to 5,200 pounds.
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