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2013 Chevy Traverse LS Sport Utility

2013 Chevrolet Traverse Review

(0 Stars)  New sheetmetal, same utility.

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New For 2013
The Traverse gets an exterior refresh and debuts the new face of Chevy crossovers. It’s not groundbreaking, but the new look is handsome, if a bit bland. Inside, changes include a revised center stack, fully adjustable headrests, an eight-way passenger seat, upgraded materials, and chrome accents. The Traverse gets an industry-first front center air bag designed to protection front occupants during a side collision.
In size and capability, the Traverse bridges the gap between the Tahoe and the Equinox. It has a standard split-folding third row—only suitable for children or small adults—and, when fitted with the second-row bench, can seat up to eight people. In terms of capability, it can’t tow as much as larger body-on-frame SUVs like the Tahoe or the Suburban, but for most people, the more-fuel-efficient Traverse is the better bet. It is available with the same amenities as those big SUVs, such as a power liftgate, a rearview camera, a Bose stereo, and navigation, plus it can be similarly dressed up with optional eighteen- or twenty-inch wheels or chrome dual-exhaust pipes. The dual exhaust has the added benefit of increasing the output of the 3.6-liter V-6 to 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The Traverse’s cabin has the same dual-cockpit layout as in the smaller Equinox, with a sweeping dash, rich color choices, and cool blue accent lighting. Its siblings, the GMC Acadia and the Buick Enclave, are trimmed in nicer materials and have more stylized exteriors, but the Traverse undercuts the prices of those vehicles by thousands of dollars with comparable standard equipment. Even when compared with fresher competitors such as the Ford Explorer or the Honda Pilot, the Traverse holds up well in terms of style, quality, and value.

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2013 Traverse LS Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.6L V 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 16 MPG city, 23 MPG highway, 19 MPG combined and 418 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
22.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 281 hp @ 6,300 rpm; 266 ft lb of torque @ 3,400 rpm

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'13 Chevy LS Sport Utility Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
Front Air Conditioning
Rear Air Conditioning
Auto On Headlights
Cruise Control
Keyless Entry
Power Locks
Power Windows
Steering Wheel Scope
Trip Computer
Vehicle Information Center
Privacy Glass
Rear Spoiler
Daytime Running Lights
Driver Air Bag
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Passenger Air Bag
Rear View Camera
Side Air Bag(s)
Stability Control
Traction Control
Folding Rear Seat
Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
Satellite Radio
Blue Tooth Compatible
GPS/Satellite Communication
  Tires and Wheels  
Full Spare Tire
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