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2013 Chevrolet Traverse

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2013 Chevrolet Traverse Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.1

As fuel prices rise and car buyers reconsider how much vehicle they really need, more people are finding themselves abandoning big, truck-based SUVs. But families continue to grow, commodities still need to be purchased, and both must be carried to and fro in some sort of personal vehicle. Enter the crossover sport-utility vehicle, a segment in which the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse is a rising star. Offering the roominess of a traditional SUV but car-like handling and better fuel economy, there's a lot to like about crossover SUVs in general and the Traverse in particular. While it can't tow the kind of payloads a Chevy Tahoe can or crawl over boulders like a Jeep, the Traverse can seat up to eight, drinks less gasoline than a traditional SUV, and starts at an appetizing price.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need a vehicle that can hold eight passengers, tow 5,200 pounds and offer better fuel economy and a more comfortable ride than a traditional SUV, the 2013 Traverse will be welcome in your world.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need to tow really heavy loads or seat more than eight people, you'll need a heavy-duty, body-on-frame SUV like the Chevrolet Tahoe or a people-ferrying van. If you still must have a V8 engine in your crossover SUV, a 2013 Dodge Durango might be a better fit.

What's New for 2013

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse has a design freshening that's most notable in the front fascia. The new Traverse also features the MyLink infotainment system and what Chevy says is the industry's first front-center airbag.

Driving the Traverse

Driving Impressions Even with the proliferation of big crossover SUVs that are coming to market, the Traverse is one of our favorites. Its sole engine choice is a smooth and strong V6...

that easily shuffles this vehicle up to speed, whether in front- or all-wheel-drive form. At 205 inches in length, the Traverse is larger than its direct competitors but doesn't feel bloated on the road. The 2013 Chevy Traverse offers a comfortable and commanding ride in which the suspension tames bumps and the tall ride height affords good frontal views out. Rear visibility is hindered to the left and right due to the Traverse's small windows near the third row and its upward-sloping exterior design. Though the Traverse is not a track vehicle by any means, we had the chance to take one on such a road course and found it well-planted during hard cornering and braking maneuvers, even on slick pavement.

SMART SLIDE SECOND-ROW SEAT
Getting into a third-row seat can be a hassle. This feature makes getting there much easier with its one-hand operation that creates easy access to the back.

HEATED AND COOLED FRONT SEATS
Standard on the top-line LTZ model, this creature comfort will keep your bottom happy in both the winter and summer.

2013 Chevrolet Traverse Details
2013 Chevrolet Traverse photo Interior

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse has three rows of seats that can be configured for seven or eight passengers. In lower trims, the second row is a 3-across bench. Optional on mid-tier models and standard on the LTZ are captain's chairs in the second row. Depending on trim, the 2013 Traverse's interior can feel basic with cloth upholstery and manually adjusted seats to premium with power-operated, heated/ventilated seats wrapped in leather and tri-zone climate control. No matter the trim, the 2013 Traverse is roomy. Adults can fit into the third row without thinking they're in purgatory, though three across is a squeeze. Copious cargo space swallows shopping bags, luggage and lumber.

Exterior
2013 Chevrolet Traverse photo

The 2013 Traverse's new styling up front aims to bring cohesiveness to Chevrolet's family of vehicles. The tweaks include a horizontal grille, new elongated headlights and a power-dome hood. At just four years old, the Traverse still looks modern, and this year's updates keep it contemporary. The Traverse favors a friendly, more rounded shape versus the muscular lines of the Dodge Durango or the squared-off looks of the Honda Pilot. Entry-level LS models ride on 17-inch steel wheels, LT models are emboldened with 18-inch aluminum-alloy versions, and the top-line LTZ trim receives big 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. LTZ models are further set apart with dual exhaust outlets, body-color moldings and chrome accents.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Every 2013 Chevy Traverse comes with cruise control, AM/FM/CD/satellite audio system with auxiliary input and 6.5-inch touch-screen display, rearview camera, remote keyless entry, cruise control, and a steering wheel with built-in controls for audio and cruise control. You'll never thirst for cup holders in a Chevy Traverse: You get 10 for 7-passenger configurations and a dozen for models with 8-passenger seating. On the safety front, 2013 Traverse models have six or seven airbags depending on trim, systems to aid with traction and mitigate a rollover, and a 6-month trial of GM's OnStar communications service.

Optional Equipment

Many options on the 2013 Traverse vary by trim, but all models can be had with all-wheel drive (AWD) for better traction instead of the standard front-wheel drive (FWD). Other features include navigation system, blind-spot monitoring system with a rear cross-traffic alert system, 2-panel sunroof, power-operated liftgate, premium 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, and rear-seat DVD entertainment system. Chevrolet's MyLink Touch telematics system combines Bluetooth audio streaming, hands-free phone communication, voice recognition, and compatibility with apps such as Pandora.

Under the Hood

Just one engine is offered in the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse models, but it's a good one: a sophisticated 3.6-liter V6 with direct-injection and variable-valve-timing technology that helps it achieve a nice balance of power and fuel economy. In LS and LT trims, the engine makes 281 horsepower. LTZ models have a dual-exhaust system that bumps that figure to 288 horsepower. All models use a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift mode. All 2013 Traverse models are rated to tow a commendable 5,200 pounds, and all can run on regular unleaded fuel.

3.6-liter V6
281 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
288 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm (dual exhaust)
266 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpm (dual exhaust)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (FWD), 16/23 mpg (AWD)

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2013 Chevrolet Traverse Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 303 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Very reliable vehicle, best I have ever owned

By on Saturday, January 09, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliability, flexibility"

Cons: "Bumpy ride (minor), road noise (minor)."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am reviewing a 2011 Traverse LTZ. I bought it new in September, 2010. It has been a great vehicle overall. No major mechanical problems. I had to replace one of the wheel tire pressure sensors, that's all. It is off warranty which is no big deal to me .... it is that good of a vehicle. I like the flexibility of the seating and cargo arrangements. The mileage has been as advertised, 24 on the highway and 19.5 combined. The ride is a little rough over bumps (not like my previous 4 Suburbans) and a little loud. I am really digging to find faults here. Overall, the best vehicle I have ever owned. I would recommend one to a friend without reservation."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Very poor gas on gas.

By on Thursday, January 07, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "nice looking"

Cons: "horrible on gas, slow and sluggish"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I was very disappointed with the 2016 Traverse. I traded in an older 2004 GMC Yukon XL with many years of both livery service and personal use that got much better MPG and overall durability. My second row seat stopped functioning one week after I brought it home. Then I noticedI was always at half a tank with barely 150 miles. When fuel light goes on its at around 250 miles. I asked dealer about and service tech said there are many factors blah, blah, blah. My problem is I know my driving habits very well having been a livery driver for years. I never leave car idling, I do most my driving on highway coasting around 60mph. I am don't use the traverse around town much so their is no reason I shouldn't easily get 300 miles a tank. I wish I had bought a Honda."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

2016 has TERRIBLE 2nd row seats

By on Sunday, December 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "the leather seats are nice"

Cons: "the 2nd row seat belts are terrible"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"If I had only sat in the back seat of this car or tried to install my child's car seat before purchasing it I would NOT have bought it. The placement of the seat belts on the 2nd row captains seats is TERRIBLE. It is nearly impossible to get a car seat in and buckled. Also, the placement of the seat belt make a ride in the 2nd row captains seats uncomfortable for an adult as they are too far inside the seat and they aren't flexible. Some engineer must have designed this without thinking about the usability. I have complained to GM and they don't seem to care. I have complained to my local service department and the manager is "trying." The service manager told me I am not the only 1 with issues about the 2nd row seats. Seriously, don't buy this car unless and until they fix the issue."

11 people out of 12 found this review helpful

This has proven to be a great buy.

By on Tuesday, December 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great features and comfort"

Cons: "wife has a hard time getting seat belt buckleed"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My wife a I just love this car. Had 6000 miles when purchased and performs wonderfully. Great design and quality. May be the nicest auto I have ever owned."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Nice SUV but,,,,,,,

By on Tuesday, December 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,100

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "looks good, drives nice"

Cons: "noisy / cheap interior, , loud road noises"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Always wanted one so I got the loaded up LTZ AWD with Nav, DVD and dual roofs. Gets pretty good mileage, drives nice, have not had to deal with the AWD yet so the jury is out on that part. Used to a truck with selectable drive. My biggest complaint is the interior. Three months in I noticed a banging noise in the left rear. Opened the compartment for the jack (that cracked on first try) and observed a electronic module loose near the rear hatch motor and tightened it down. A few months later a noise in the left A pillar that led to a service call. Dealer had a "bulletin" on it to remove windshield tabs. 2 weeks later, noise in left front of dash and drivers door panel. Dealer put tape on 2 pieces rubbing together and rerouted lock knob. One month later, drivers armrest squeaks and queaks along with lock button "buzzing" Dealer says all are like that, nothing to be done except turning up radio to drown out all the interior noises. Very disappointed. Last but not least, both shades for sunroofs are the fabric kind that still let in sun rather than the solid kind. Put some "cling on" window tint on both roofs to keep inside from turning into an oven."

15 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Owned for 2-1/2 years. Love it. Comfortable.

By on Saturday, November 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Color & looks, comfort, utilitarianess & versatile"

Cons: "Battery and arrangement for charging."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought 2012 Traverse LTZ new in May, 2013. Impressed by looks - Red outside and Tan Leather and black inside. Nice appearing Instrument Cluster and center stack/console. Very comfortable and roomy throughout with 4 Captain's Chairs. Good value for purchase price. Enough power w/4.3L V6 & dual exhaust and All-Wheel Drive with 20" custom wheels. Good overall fuel economy for its size. Love the heated and cooled front Leather seats year round. Also appreciate the automatic re-positioning for Driver's Seat and outside mirrors - mitigates some husband/wife snarks. Rearview camera is definitely a revelation. Plan to keep this vehicle for a long time. Has been very useful and reliable after overcoming an original defective battery. Use Remote Start all the time. In summary car has been a joy to own w/purchased lifetime maintenance (Oil and filter changes). We extremely enjoy driving it looking forward to longer trips."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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