2013 Chevrolet Traverse Preview

Jeff Youngs | Apr 11, 2012
  • New front styling
  • Revised interior materials and design
  • Optional Chevrolet MyLink technology
  • Front-center air bag is standard


The Chevrolet Traverse, an 8-passenger, midsize crossover SUV, features new front styling, upgraded interior materials, and a new front center air bag for 2013.

Exterior Features

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse features a new look that Chevy says will extend to all crossover SUVs wearing a bowtie badge. Highlights of the design include what Chevrolet calls a "powerdome" hood, a 3-bar upper grille with a 2-bar lower grille, and chrome accents. Around back, the new 2013 Traverse receives restyled taillights and a new tailgate to freshen the midsize crossover SUV's appearance.

Interior Features

In an effort to upgrade and refine the Traverse's cabin, Chevrolet installs new soft-touch materials to the dashboard and upper door panels for 2013. All models receive redesigned climate controls that Chevy says are easier to operate, and the LT and LTZ models also have simulated wood trim. The 8-passenger 2013 Traverse offers 24.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third-row seat, 70.3 cubic feet behind the second-row seat, and 116.3 cubic feet with all the seats folded down.

Optional Features

For 2013, the restyled Traverse is available with Chevy MyLink information and entertainment technology. Accessed using a color 6.5-inch touch screen embedded into the Traverse's dashboard, MyLink features full smartphone integration and includes Bluetooth music streaming capability and access to Internet radio.

Under the Hood

A direct-injected, 3.6-liter V-6 engine is standard, connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Horsepower ranges between 281 and 288 depending on whether the Traverse is equipped with a dual exhaust system or not, and this midsize crossover SUV puts the power to the front wheels. An all-wheel-drive system is optional, and the Traverse can tow 5,200 pounds when properly equipped.

Fuel Economy

Because the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse's engine is the same as the 2012 model, Chevy does not expect fuel-economy ratings to change:
  • Traverse FWD: 17/24/19 mpg (city/hwy/combined)
  • Traverse AWD: 16/23/19 mpg


With its family of midsize crossover SUVs--the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia--General Motors introduces a new safety feature for 2013. All three of these SUVs will have a standard front center air bag designed to protect occupants against injury from far-side impacts. That means that if the 2013 Traverse is struck from the right side, the driver will be protected from injury by the front center air bag.

Additionally, the 2013 Traverse is equipped with 6 free months of OnStar service including Automatic Crash Response, which automatically puts a live operator in touch with the SUV's occupants after an air bag deployment. The operator can send rescue personnel to the Traverse's exact location even if nobody inside the SUV can respond.

Chevrolet will also provide a standard rearview camera and available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems on the new 2013 Traverse.

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