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2013 Chevrolet Traverse

Wednesday, February 27th 2013. | Chevrolet

With its spacious interior and improved fuel economy, the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse couldn’t have come at a better time, when what most people want is neither a full-sized SUV nor a minivan. The Chevrolet Traverse is the perfect middle ground, carving a niche territory that is uniquely its own. Now in its fifth upgrade, the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse has done its predecessor proud, with improvements in all the right places.

General Motors knows better than to disturb the already excellent powertrain of its predecessor. The new Traverse has a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 281 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 266 lb-feet of torque, in a six-speed automatic transmission.

2013 Chevrolet Traverse side

New to the 2013 Traverse is the intelligent all-wheel drive system, which adjusts the torque between the front and rear wheels depending on the surface conditions, wheel speed, and throttle amount.

There is no need to worry about the fuel economy, as the Traverse offers a pretty decent mileage of 17 mpg in the city, and 24 mpg on the highway.

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse takes pride in its interior, and it should rightfully so. Its main highlight is its three full rows of seating with plenty of legroom for all three. The front seats slide in all places—forward, backward, up and down. This comes at no sacrifice for its equally generous cabin space; with the second and third row seats folded down, as much as 116.3 cubic feet can be utilized for large and long cargo. You can even add up to two chairs in the second and third row. And with the second row SmartSlide system, the rear seats become fully accessible.

2013 Chevrolet Traverse front

Compared to the 2012 model, the 2013 Traverse feels far more sophisticated and solid, as it made use of noticeably high-end materials and soft touch surfaces. Gone are the cheap plastic inserts, replacing it with materials that have silver accents emphasized by blue lighting.

In terms of exterior design, the 2013 Traverse did not undergo a full redesign, with the most noticeable changes being its three bar main grille replacing the honeycomb grille and restyled headlights for an edgier look.

For its standard technology features, the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse has a lot to offer. Standard features include a 6.5 touch screen display, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a backup camera. It can also be equipped with the MyLink infotainment system, which can integrated Bluetooth audio connectivity.

2013 Chevrolet Traverse back

Chevrolet confidently hailed the 2012 Traverse as the safest vehicle on the road, only to be bested by its successor. Everything that’s needed is already in the 2013 Chevy Traverse: curtain airbags with rollover protection, stability control with rollover mitigation technology, a rearview camera to see what’s going behind the vehicle, front seatbelt pretensioners, a child attachment system, tire pressure monitoring system, hill start assis brakes, and four-wheel disk brakes with ABS.

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse prices start at $34,550 for the 1LT trim level. The LS is available at around $31,335. The top-of-the-line model, the LTZ, is at $41,250.

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