We Drive: 2013 Chevrolet Traverse First Drive

By Trevor Dorchies | October 24, 2012
The Chevrolet Traverse has been around since the 2008 model year and has quickly caught on with the masses in the United States.  For the first four years of its existence, the Traverse bumped along with minor additions, but still broke 100,000 units sold in 2010 and 2011. For the 2013 model year, the Traverse gets a facelift that includes a redesigned front fascia and grille. A redesigned rear liftgate and taillights last seen on the 2010 Chevy Camaro also make its debut on the latest Traverse. Chevy engineers also went back in and recalibrated the transmission to improve when to shift. The full-size crossover segment is a weird bird, to say the least, because it's not populated with trendy nameplates currently. That's not the weirdest part though; what's more bizarre is that at one time models like the Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango almost touched a half million in yearly sales during their prime. That's not the case anymore, and Chrysler has put the Durango in limbo, while the Explorer has almost outgrown the segment in price. This would appear to open an even bigger void in the full-size crossover segment. One that the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse is looking to fill. We recently had a chance to take the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse out for a spin and came away impressed. "Our Chevrolet Traverse LTZ came out of our run with flying colors. It's designed to be an affordable and comfortable family hauler, with cargo space galore," said associate editor Joel Arellano. " The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse fits everything a family would want in a full-size crossover, from interior space, engine power, and easy handling. Stick with the base model, and the Chevy Traverse is an inexpensive vehicle as well."
Check out Arellano's full shake-down of the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse and be sure to check back for more first drives and road tests. Have a vehicle you want to see reviewed? Tell us about it in the comment section below.