INTRO: The term crossover best defines the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse. Able to satisfy families needing more room than a wagon and minivan owners seeking additional muscle, the Traverse is an SUV that not only meets those needs but saves at the pump as well.
FEATURES: Available packages for the sporty Traverse are base LS, 1LT, 2LT and the range topping LTZ. Seating is available for up to 8 passengers. Also available are a dual panel sunroof, rear seat climate and audio controls, a power lift gate and a rearview camera system.
PERFORMANCE: The Traverse is powered by a fuel efficient 3.6-liter direct injected V6 producing 281 horsepower on base models and 288 on models equipped with dual exhaust. Power is sent through a 6-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels or available all-wheel drive.
FUEL ECONOMY: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
PRICING/WARRANTY: Base MSRP for the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is $29,430. An LTZ model with all-wheel drive starts at $40,805. The Traverse is backed by a 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
CLOSING: Whether one needs the room of a wagon, the versatility of a minivan or the stamina of an SUV, the 2012 Traverse delivers with performance, style and efficiency.