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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
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 291 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Good value

By on Thursday, July 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Room. Power. Ride. Value."

Cons: "Tires. Fabric interior material soils easily."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Original equipment tires are poor. Good power. Gas mileage not quite up to EPA Rating. Excellent room. Good ride and handling."

Have owned my 2011 Traverse LTZ since March 2011

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Rides well"

Cons: "don't like how the AC buttons fade with time."

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

"I traded in a 2007 Suburban for the Traverse. I picked it because it's the same seating arrangement as the suburban and I still needed the space but with better fuel economy. Overall, I really like the vehicle. The widebody and height give it stability. I have taken several long trips with it, and I am always impressed with the level of comfort and how safe it feels. I have no issues passing other cars even fully loaded. I have had no issues with it, other than the regular maintenance of it. My kids love the entertainment package and I love the sound quality. I miss my suburban, but the Traverse has been a very good replacement."

Chevy Traverse LTZ

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,300

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

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

"I love this vehicle. Only problem is that my husband died on July 3 and this vehicle is just too big for me."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Traverse is the Way to Go!

By on Monday, July 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,500

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Space for kids and your stuff, comfortable ride"

Cons: "Front seat could be roomier"

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

"The 2012 Traverse provides the room that our family needs. With two teenage boys and grandparents often in tow, we are able to go places together in comfort. The captains chairs in the second row help make the third row more accessible when it is needed. My elderly grandmother is quite tall, and is able to easily get in the front passenger seat. I think it is easier for her than any car she rides in. There is plenty of storage room for groceries or luggage when traveling. We have had the vehicle for about a year and a half going from 18k to 32k with no issues other than the recalls. The seatbelt anchor was a very minor fix. My wife and I highly recommend this crossover for families."

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Poor quality, many recalls

By on Sunday, July 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Large cargo space"

Cons: "Numerous mechanical and electrical issues"

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

"Go halfway between an Equinox and a Tahoe, and you get the Traverse. Unfortunately, the Traverse is neither an Equinox nor a Tahoe, and apparently the engineering and manufacturing processes are unique such that GM can't seem to "get it right." We have had recalls for seatbelts, faulty fuel gauge, and the car started blowing white smoke at about 20K miles - a problem that the dealer discredits. Additionally, there is a known problem with the StabiliTrak system causing stalls and bucking at speed (google for it) and just this week there's some persistent electrical problem that nobody can diagnose. We have spent about $2000 on rental cars to take long road trips because our Traverse was acting quirky, which is the purpose for us owning the Traverse in the first place. That said, if you get a good one, the features are really nice, and the cargo room is the best in class - larger than Highlander, Kia, Hyundai, etc."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Love this vehicle

By on Saturday, July 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "What's not to love in this comfortable car."

Cons: "Seat cushions a bit stiff"

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

"My model has the four captain seats. I can load up all the kids in carseats and teenagers and just go. I also have more room to carry cargo than most trucks (without kids that is). The seats are a bit stiff and could use a bit more padding. It is a pure joy on our many road trips and just across town. I highly recommend this suv over the bigger versions. They're just wasted of space in my opinion."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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