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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 312 Ratings for the 2009 - 2017 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

horrible gas mileage

By on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Cons: "no power under the hood and horrible gas mileage"

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

"leased this turned in our 09 suburban which got 22 mpg this thing gets 18 mpg and you can watch the gas gauge move not enough power to get out of it's own way can't wait for the 3 years to be up so we can get rid of this thing"

LOVE MY TRAVERSE

By on Monday, July 11, 2016

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

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great features, comfort and style."

Cons: "less than 20 mpg"

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

"I love everything about this 2014 Chevy Traverse. I have the front bucket seats, middle bucket seats and the 3rd row seats with running boards, luggage rack, DVD player, etc. I love the weight of the car, makes me feel secure, the handling is exceptional and everything works great. I take care of my SUV, $20,000 miles and going strong. Although someone decided to hit my drivers side front fender, I felt safe that my Traverse handled it well. It's back now and just as good as ever. I can't tell you how scared I was when the stupid lady hit me (her fault) but my SUV took it and protected me. I really enjoy the size on the inside as it is quite roomy, the outside is deceiving, it's larger on the inside than the outside. It's not a tank, it's perfect. I traded my Trailblazer for this and not disappointed. I enjoy all the "toys" that it offers and it is easy to maintain, I haven't had but one recall so I haven't had any issues. It rides smooth, others comment how smooth and much they like it also. Well worth a look into."

Buyer Beware

By on Sunday, June 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I like this car from a standpoint that it has a lot of inside room and drives nicely. But at 70,000 car started to have major problems. I had to replace the brakes and the engine. Seems these cars have lots of issues."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Not suitable for short drivers/bad back

By on Monday, May 9, 2016

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

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "loads of cargo space, huge back seat"

Cons: "seats offer little support, no short drivers"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"We purchased this vehicle in a hurry and honestly did not do our research before purchasing. I really do like this vehicle overall but there are just a few things wrong that are deal breakers for me. 1. Seats- not meant for a short driver. I am 5'1, the way the lumbar support and the head support hit I feel hunched over. . .The lumbar is too high and the headrest pushes my head and shoulders forward. Essentially I am hunched over. Also, I have degenerative disk disease so posture & support are #1 for me. 2. There is no torque at all! I come from a family that likes "to go", I am often referred to as the lead foot at work. So this was a huge disappointment for me. I do LOVE the amount of space this vehicle has. I am able to actually stand up (bent over) in the back seat and help my toddler get in their car seat. With the 3nd row seats folded down I can load up 3 dogs & a stroller to go to the park."

11 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Love this vehicle

By on Thursday, April 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Priced well, comfortable ride, good gas mileage"

Cons: "Have not found any"

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

"Owned a Suburban before the Traverse LT, wanted something not so large but needed something with good room. The Traverse hit all of my needs, along with one of the quietest rides of any SUV in the market for the price. I test drove just about everything and chose the Traverse for it's exceptional comfort. Took a long road trip from Missouri to Spearfish Canyon South Dakota and hauled the trail bikes, fishing gear, hiking gear, case of wine and just about everything else for our creature comforts and could not have been happier with how this vehicle performed."

15 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Beautiful and comfortable - still like brand new!

By on Sunday, April 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

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: "Looks/paint, effeciency, functionality, & quality"

Cons: "soft-feel accelerator pedal, V-6 noise"

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

"After 33K miles, still feels/drives/handles like a brand new vehicle. LTZ model has everything and we enjoy it immensely. Great Chevrolet quality to date. Other than recalls, only had to have the original battery replaced (by Dealer at no cost - bought 2012 model in 2013 off dealer lot). Only one real problem - one of the key fobs doesn't seem to be able to kick in the automatic air conditioning/fan when remote-started, yet the other key fob seems to work just fine. Will replace the key fob battery and if that doesn't work will pursue 3 year/36K mile bumper-to-bumper warranty route. Pretty minor, though. Had to replace all 4 tires when I recently had an unrepairable flat on one of the original tires because it is an AWD model vehicle. Tire Dealer said tires looked like new - no wheel alignment needed! Traverse runs smoother and quieter now! Best car I have ever owned."

12 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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