2012 Chevrolet Traverse Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$29,660-$41,035
$28,177-$38,983
16 /CITY / 23 /HWY
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What's New for 2012:

  • Auto-dimming glass on driver's exterior mirror

Exterior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is a large 4-door crossover, and is offered in four different trim levels. Seventeen-inch steel wheels are standard, with larger wheels available on higher grades.

Interior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse offers seating for up to 8 passengers. Base Traverse models are configured with cloth upholstery, full power accessories, split-folding second- and third-row bench seats, remote keyless entry, cruise control, automatic headlights, and dark tinted privacy glass. Higher trim levels are configured with triple-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated power front seats, up to 20-inch wheels, USB audio port, rear audio system, 7-passenger seating (with a second row of captain's chairs), power-operated tailgate, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth phone connectivity, leather upholstery, and other premium equipment.

Optional Features
Major options on the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse include a trailer-towing package (maximum trailer weight of 5200 pounds when properly equipped), navigation system with real-time traffic and a rearview camera, dual sunroofs, and a rear-seat DVD-based entertainment system.

Under the Hood
Chevrolet Traverse models are fitted with one engine. The standard powerplant is a 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 281 horsepower. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, sending power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive, designed to improve traction in inclement weather, is optional.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse are:
  • Chevrolet Traverse FWD with 3.6-liter V-6 engine: 17/24 mpg (city/highway)
  • Chevrolet Traverse AWD with 3.6-liter V-6 engine: 16/23 mpg (city/highway)

Safety
Standard safety features of note on the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse include side curtain air bags for all three rows and 1 year of General Motors' OnStar service. In government crash tests, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse received an overall rating of 5 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Traverse received a \"Good\" rating-the Institute's highest-for frontal-offset, side-impact, and rear crash protection. The Traverse also earned a \"Good\" rating in the Institute's roof strength tests.

What's New for 2012:

  • Auto-dimming glass on driver's exterior mirror

Exterior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is a large 4-door crossover, and is offered in four different trim levels. Seventeen-inch steel wheels are standard, with larger wheels available on higher grades.

Interior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse offers seating for up to 8 passengers. Base Traverse models are configured with cloth upholstery, full power accessories, split-folding second- and third-row bench seats, remote keyless entry, cruise control, automatic headlights, and dark tinted privacy glass. Higher trim levels are configured with triple-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated power front seats, up to 20-inch wheels, USB audio port, rear audio system, 7-passenger seating (with a second row of captain's chairs), power-operated tailgate, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth phone connectivity, leather upholstery, and other premium equipment.

Optional Features
Major options on the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse include a trailer-towing package (maximum trailer weight of 5200 pounds when properly equipped), navigation system with real-time traffic and a rearview camera, dual sunroofs, and a rear-seat DVD-based entertainment system.

Under the Hood
Chevrolet Traverse models are fitted with one engine. The standard powerplant is a 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 281 horsepower. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, sending power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive, designed to improve traction in inclement weather, is optional.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse are:
  • Chevrolet Traverse FWD with 3.6-liter V-6 engine: 17/24 mpg (city/highway)
  • Chevrolet Traverse AWD with 3.6-liter V-6 engine: 16/23 mpg (city/highway)

Safety
Standard safety features of note on the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse include side curtain air bags for all three rows and 1 year of General Motors' OnStar service. In government crash tests, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse received an overall rating of 5 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Traverse received a \"Good\" rating-the Institute's highest-for frontal-offset, side-impact, and rear crash protection. The Traverse also earned a \"Good\" rating in the Institute's roof strength tests.

Available Trims for the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name LS (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29660.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name LT w/1LT (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 32760.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name LT w/2LT (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 35905.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name LTZ (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 39035.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name LS (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 31660.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 16/23
Name LT w/1LT (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 34760.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 16/23
Name LT w/2LT (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 37905.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 16/23
Name LTZ (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 41035.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 16/23
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INTERIOR
  • Reclining front buckets
  • Seating, 8-passenger (2-3-3 seating configuration) with 2nd and 3rd row 60/40 split flat-folding bench seat
  • Insulation, acoustical package
  • Premium Cloth Seat trim
  • Seat, 4-way manual driver with manual lumbar control
  • Seat, 2-way manual front passenger, included with Premium Cloth
  • Seat, third row manual 60/40 split-folding bench
  • Console, front center with 2 cup holders covered storage bin and sliding armrest with storage
  • Floormats, color-keyed carpeted front, second and third row, removable
  • Floor covering, color-keyed carpeting
  • Steering wheel, vinyl (Will be upgraded to (NP5) leather-wrapped steering wheel when (PDC) Bluetooth Connectivity for Phone is ordered.)
  • Steering column, tilt and telescopic with brake/transmission shift interlock
  • Instrumentation with Driver Information Center, speedometer, tachometer, outside temperature display, coolant temperature, odometer, low oil, fuel and coolant indicators, voltmeter, and trip odometer
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Down
  • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
  • Remote Keyless Entry, programmable with 2 transmitters, panic button and extended range, no remote start provisions
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Air conditioning, single-zone manual front climate control
  • Air conditioning, rear manual
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Cupholders, 12 total 1st row, 2 center console, 2 bottle holders in doors 2nd row, 2 on door armrest, 2 in center seat armrest or center console, 2 bottle holders in doors, 3rd row, 2 on armrests
  • Visors, driver and front passenger padded with cloth trim, color-keyed and illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Lighting, interior with theater dimming, cargo compartment, reading lights for front seats, second row reading lamps integrated into dome light, door-and tailgate-activated switches and illuminated entry and exit feature
  • Trim, interior painted center stack
  • Cargo storage, tray under rear floor
  • Bluetooth for phone, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system includes (NP5) leather-wrapped steering wheel with redundant audio controls (Not available with (UE0) OnStar delete.)
  • Seat, 8-way power driver with power lumbar
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped with (UK3) Redundant Audio controls
  • Instrumentation, enhanced Driver Information Center with personalization features, speedometer, tachometer, outside temperature display, low oil, fuel and coolant indicators, odometer, trip odometer and trip computer with digital compass
  • Air conditioning, single-zone manual front climate control (Replaced by (CJ2) tri-zone automatic climate control when (PCN) rear entertainment system with USB port is ordered.)
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Seating, 7-passenger (2-2-3 seating configuration) with 2nd row flat-folding Captains Chair and third row 60/40 split flat folding bench seat (May be substituted with (ABC) 8-passenger (2-3-3 seating configuration).)
  • Bluetooth for phone, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system includes (NP5) leather-wrapped steering wheel with redundant audio controls
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Instrumentation, enhanced Driver Information Center with personalization features, speedometer, tachometer, outside temperature display, low oil, fuel and coolant indicators, odometer, trip odometer and trip computer with digital compass (When (PCJ) Navigation System with USB Port or (PDB) Navigation and Rear Entertainment System with USB Port is ordered compass is integrated into the navigation screen.)
  • Remote vehicle start with extended range Remote Keyless Entry
  • Rear Vision Camera integrated into inside auto-dimming rearview mirror (Integrated into navigation screen when (PCJ) Navigation System with Rear Camera and USB Port or (PDB) Navigation and Rear Entertainment System with Rear Camera and USB Port is ordered.)
  • Universal Home Remote includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
  • Air conditioning, tri-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver and right-front passenger and second/third row controls for second and third row passengers
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
  • Seating, 7-passenger (2-2-3 seating configuration) with 2nd row flat-folding Captains Chair and third row 60/40 split flat folding bench seat
  • Perforated leather-appointed seat trim
  • Seat, 8-way power driver with power recline and lumbar control and memory
  • Seat, 4-way power passenger with power recline and lumbar control
  • Seats, front, heated and cooled driver and passenger
  • Memory Package includes 2-position memory for driver's seat and outside rearview mirrors
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Up and -Down and passenger Express- Down
  • Trim, interior patterned center stack
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels, 4 - 17" x 7.5" (43.2 cm x 19.1 cm) steel
  • Tires, P245/70R17 all-season, blackwall
  • Roof rail moldings
  • Spoiler, rear
  • Moldings, Argent, body-side
  • Headlamps, dual cavity, halogen
  • Headlamp control, automatic on and off
  • Glass, Solar-Ray deep-tinted (all windows except light-tinted glass on windshield and driver and front passenger side glass)
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, Black, manual-folding
  • Wipers, front intermittent with washers
  • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
  • Door handles, chrome
  • Liftgate, rear manual
  • Wheels, 4 - 18" x 7.5" (45.7 cm x 19.1 cm) aluminum
  • Tires, P255/65R18 all-season, blackwall
  • Wheel, 17" (43.2 cm) compact steel spare wheel and tire
  • Moldings, body-color bodyside
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding with integrated turn signal indicators and (DTM) integral spotter mirror
  • Mirrors, integral spotter
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, manual-folding and driver-side auto-dimming, body-color with integrated turn signal indicators
  • Liftgate, rear power
  • Wheels, 4-20" x 7.5" (50.8 cm x 19.1 cm) aluminum
  • Tires, P255/55R20 H-rated, blackwall
  • Moldings, body-color with chrome accent bodyside
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, power-folding and driver-side auto-dimming, body-color with integrated turn signal indicators and driver-side memory
MECHANICAL
  • Engine, 3.6L SIDI V6 (281 hp [210 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 266 lb-ft of torque @ 3400 rpm [359.1 N-m])
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive includes auto-grade braking, hill start assist and tap-shift manual shift control (Included and only available with CR14526 FWD models)
  • Axle, 3.16 ratio
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery, high capacity 660 cold-cranking amps
  • GVWR, 6411 lbs. (2908 kg) (CR14526 FWD models only.)
  • Suspension, Ride and Handling
  • Steering, power, constant effort
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Exhaust, single outlet
  • Steering, power, variable effort
  • Engine, 3.6L SIDI V6 (281 hp [210 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 266 lb-ft of torque @ 3400 rpm [359.1 N-m]) ((288 hp [214.7 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 270 lb-ft of torque @ 3400 rpm [364.5 N-m] with dual exhaust).)
  • Exhaust, dual with bright tips
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive includes auto-grade braking, hill start assist and tap-shift manual shift control (Included and only available with CV14526 AWD models.)
  • All wheel drive
  • GVWR, 6459 lbs. (2930 kg) (CV14526 AWD models only.)
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system
    • Traction control
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • Air bags, frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger and head curtain side-impact for all rows in outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Air bags, front passenger air bag suppression (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance including Remote Ignition Block, Remote Door Unlock, Turn-by-Turn Navigation with Destination Download (requires navigation radio) and OnStar eNav (where available), OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, and Hands Free Calling. (Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
    • Automatic Crash Response (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
    • Stolen Vehicle Assistance (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
    • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (Does not monitor spare)
    • Horn, dual-note
    • Automatic Crash Response
    • Stolen Vehicle Assistance
    • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with MP3 compatible CD player seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-compensated volume, TheftLock, auxiliary input jack and 6-speaker system
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2012 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month trial to the 'XM Select' package, with over 170 channels including commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment. And now add premium channels to your trial at no-cost. Welcome to the world of satellite radio. (Requires a subscription sold separately by SiriusXM after the trial period. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your subscription, service will automatically renew and bill, at the rates in effect at the time of renewal, until you call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. Available only to those at least 18 and older in the 48 contiguous USA and D.C.)
    • Audio system with USB Port, AM/FM stereo with MP3 compatible CD player seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-compensated volume, TheftLock, auxiliary input jack and (UQA) Bose 10-speaker premium sound system (May be upgraded to (PCJ) Navigation System with USB Port, (PCN) Rear Entertainment System with USB Port or (PDB) Navigation and Rear Entertainment System with Rear Camera and USB Port. USB port located in upper I/P storage bin.)

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