The Chevrolet Traverse is a good family vehicle and reasonably priced. If you're buying a family mover, these vehicles are more stylish than a minivan and more practical and efficient than a truck-based SUV. They make truck-based SUVs practically unnecessary for anyone who doesn't need the towing capacity or off-highway ability.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Kirk Bell reported from Chicago; with G.R. Whale reporting from Los Angeles.
Model Line Overview
Chevrolet Traverse LS ($30,340), AWD ($32,340); LT ($32,225), AWD ($34,225); LTZ FWD ($39,075), AWD ($41,075)
Safety equipment (standard):
dual front airbags, front side airbags, side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, tire-pressure monitor, traction control, electronic stability control with rollover mitigation
Safety equipment (optional):
rear park assist, front-center airbag, all-wheel drive
3 years/36,000 miles
Lansing Delta Township, Michigan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Chevrolet Traverse LT AWD ($34,225)
AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, eight-way power adjustable driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, heated power mirrors with turn signals, trip computer, three-passenger split-folding third-row seat, power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, outside-temperature indicator, automatic headlights, six months of OnStar Directions & Connections, rear park assist, P255/65R18 tires on alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
2LT Package ($2,855) includes tri-zone climate control w rear controls, Bose 10-speaker audio with USB port, power liftgate, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rearview camera, second-row captain's chairs for 7-passenger seating; rear-seat DVD entertainment system ($1,445) includes XM NavTraffic and 115-volt outlet, trailering package ($525); dual SkyScape sunroof ($1,400).
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
3.6-liter dohc 24v V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
281 @ 6300
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
266 @ 3400
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
116.3 cu. ft.
independent strut, coil springs, stabilizer bar
independent, coil springs
vented disc/vented disc with ABS
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of March 01, 2013.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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