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2013 Chevrolet Traverse Review

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Chevrolet has been out of the crossover market for quite a long time now, but they're attempting to reenter the market before losing their grip on the market entirely. To fill this missing gap, Chevrolet introduces the fifth-generation Chevrolet Traverse. While it doesn't provide any extra power in the engine, it is one of the roomiest and best ways to transport groups of people.

New For 2013

There have been a lot of changes in the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, now in its fifth generation. It has received innovative new safety technology and some new equipment.

  • Refreshed exterior
  • Redone interior design with similarities but improvements to old models
  • Refined transmission
  • Better suspension than before
  • New MyLink multimedia system
  • Better acceleration


When seen from the exterior view, the car appears to be quite big and muscular. The new exterior updates include a domed hood that matches with the personality of the car. Larger grilles are also standard, and the Chevy emblem appears in the upper grille rather than on a crossbar between two grille segments. Headlights are also reshaped and fitted with more chrome accents.

On the rear of the Traverse, taillights are greatly improved with bigger and bolder taillights, as compared to the earlier small and oddly-shaped lenses that made the traverse unattractive.

The Traverse is slightly longer than other cars in the same class, which helps aid more space to the interior. Despite style upgrades, the Traverse still looks a bit mild in terms of exterior design.

Interior & Cargo

Looking at the interior, the dashboard features soft-touch surfaces and teal stitching to richen things up. There are also some optional new chrome and silver accents with ambient blue lighting for the Traverse, which adds some additional contrast to the car.

The second row of seats comes as either a three-seat bench or as a pair of captain chairs that collapse and fold forward for third-row entry.

In the center stack, the climate control system has also been redesigned to be more organized and user-friendly. The temperature adjustment controls are now classy round dial controls instead of tacky sliders or buttons. The primary instrument cluster has slightly dated gauges and a leather-wrapped four-spoke steering wheel.

There is also a 6.5-inch touch screen included in the center stack, which provides Chevrolet MyLink technology that communicates with smart phones to stream internet radio stations like Pandora and Stitcher.


The Traverse is one of the safest crossovers on the road. Some of the standard safety features include side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for all three rows. This equals a total count of eleven airbags for optimum protection. The eleventh airbag is a center side airbag, which keeps the front passenger and the driver in their own personal space to reduce injuries caused by collisions.

Anti-lock brakes and electronic stability are also included in the Traverse as standard fare. There is a backup camera installed in the rear of the car that can be viewed from the driver's seat, which makes reversing significantly more safe.

There are two new safety features in the Chevrolet Traverse: a blind spot warning system and a cross traffic alert system. Hill start assist is also standard, and it helps to keep the Traverse from rolling backwards when forced to stop on a hill.

OnStar is standard with the Traverse, and it comes with six months service that provides directions, navigation, and stolen vehicle assistance. An OnStar application can be downloaded on a smart phone for the ability to lock the vehicle remotely, start the engine, and see information on the vehicle.

Driving Experience

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse drives like a typical large crossover. The ride can be quite a pleasure, as the seats are comfortable and interior is quite peaceful in itself. Unfortunately, when heading into higher speeds, the Traverse tends to sway because of its heavy upper-body weight. As mentioned, this is how a large crossover typically drives.

The rate of acceleration is quite good and smooth because of its powerful 281-hp, 3.6-liter, V-6 engine that produces a torque of 266 lb-ft of torque. The overall weight of the vehicle is nearly 5000 pounds, but the Traverse will still accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just eight seconds. While overall speed and acceleration aren't especially impressive in its class, the Traverse does offer plenty of power for practical usage.

Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds. The base model of the Traverse features a front-wheel-drive, six-speed automatic transmission, but an all-wheel-drive transmission can be added as an option. Obviously, the all-wheel-drive transmission has worse fuel economy than the standard fare. Fuel economy is only slightly above average at 17/24 mpg city/highway.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse

  • Dodge Durango
  • Ford Flex
  • Lincoln MKT
  • Ford Explorer
  • Chevrolet Tahoe

See the New 2015 Traverse.

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