Summary, Prices, Specs

By April 2, 2013

Summary

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
Model lineup:Chevrolet Traverse LS ($30,340), AWD ($32,340); LT ($32,225), AWD ($34,225); LTZ FWD ($39,075), AWD ($41,075)
Engines:3.6-liter V6
Transmissions:6-speed automatic
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
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Lansing Delta Township, Michigan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Chevrolet Traverse LT AWD ($34,225)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):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).
Destination charge:$860
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$41310
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:3.6-liter dohc 24v V6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):281 @ 6300
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):266 @ 3400
Transmission:6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:16/23 mpg
Wheelbase:118.9 in.
Length/width/height:203.7/78.5/70.6 in.
Track, f/r:67.3/67.1 in.
Turning circle:40.4 ft.
Seating Capacity:7
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.5/58.0/41.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:38.7/57.8/36.8 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.8/48.3/33.2 in.
Cargo volume:116.3 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:5200 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent strut, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, r:independent, coil springs
Ground clearance:7.2 in.
Curb weigth:4956 lbs.
Tires:P255/65R18
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/vented disc with ABS
Fuel capacity:22.0 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of April 2, 2013.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-950-CHEV - www.chevrolet.com