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2013 Chevrolet Traverse Debut

Chevy promises much-needed updates to the Traverse family hauler.


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What's New

The current Chevrolet Traverse is a good selling and popular family hauler, but ever since its debut in 2008, it has been criticized for a cheap-feeling interior and bland styling. Well, as you can see from the provided shots, GM has taken such criticism to heart. The 2013 Chevy Traverse gets a thorough upgrade, with a new upper and lower grill inspired by the Chevrolet Cruze, as well as headlamps and taillights. Inside, there's a new dash design complete with a stitched leather or leatherette insert, wood paneling on the door handle, and new air conditioning vents. The center stack showcases a larger screen and new controls, while the front row seats feature more adjustable headrests. The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse also comes equipped with GM's all-new front center airbag. This new safety feature further protects either the driver or front passenger in side crashes accidents. Three new interior colors--Ebony, Ebony and Mojave, and Light/Dark Titanium--will be available on the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse.

Who It's For

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse continues to keep its eye on the ball, and that ball is being held by one of the 2.5 children of its target-demographic family. This seven- or eight-passenger family hauler not only supplanted the Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV, but also Chevy's unloved Venture minivan. Its flexibility, cargo space, and third-row seating is among the best in class. With the refreshed exterior and interior, Chevy undoubtedly hopes it can capture buyers who were turned off by the previous car's lowball feeling plastics. Competition, though, continues to be stiff in this particular market which is dominated by the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot. The recently redesigned Ford Explorer, and the upcoming all-new Nissan Pathfinder will also be challenges for the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse.

Key Features

General Motors preserves the Chevrolet Traverse's greatest strengths, namely, its interior spacious and seat/cargo flexibility, in the new model year. Other notable features in the 2013 Chevy Traverse include:
  • Updated six-speed automatic transmission
  • SmartSlide, which allows easy access to the third row.
  • Standard rearview camera
  • Standard tire pressure monitoring system

What We Think

We're liking what we're seeing with the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse. However, will consumers feel the same?

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