The New Traverse: A Stylish, Refined and Athletic Crossover
When seeking the ideal family vehicle capable of accommodating eight passengers, buyers have a practical, popular choice that takes all the best attributes of a minivan and blends them with the benefits of a sport utility. The Chevrolet Traverse crossover, redesigned for 2013, offers a more refined interior, class-leading space, new and industry-exclusive safety features, enhanced style and improved ride and handling. No wonder U.S. News ranked the Traverse number one out of 23 “Affordable Midsize SUVs” in 2012.
The athletic new look of the 2013 Chevy Traverse starts with a new three-bar upper and two-bar lower grille design, new headlamps, new chrome grille and foglamp trim, and sculpted front fender corners, similar to the stylish Malibu sedan, and sleek angular taillights. The changes give the Traverse a stronger, more dynamic presence.
With class leading spaciousness and cargo capacity, the redesigned Traverse interior has an open, ‘gathering space’ focus, with a flexible seating configuration system for up to eight adults. Three-row seating is standard, with a choice of either a pair of captain’s chairs or a three-passenger bench for the second row. Both options feature the kid-friendly SmartSlide™ system for one touch, easy-access to the third-row bench seat. Unlike some minivans and sport utilities, the Traverse has a third-row that easily accommodates three adult passengers, and with 24.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row, the Traverse can easily handle a large family and all their luggage. The Traverse has more cargo capacity––116.3 cubic feet with second- and third-row seats down––than any vehicle in the segment.
The entire cabin benefits from upgraded soft-touch materials, available leather-trimmed upholstery and wood trim accents, tasteful chrome accents and available blue ambient lighting that brings nighttime elegance to the Chevy Traverse interior. A redesigned center stack shows off a 6.5-inch color touch-screen radio featuring the available Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. Next-generation MyLink technology seamlessly connects a smartphone to the Traverse through Bluetooth or USB for hands-free calling and web-based entertainment applications like Pandora Internet Radio.
The 2013 Chevy Traverse offers strong power from a fuel-efficient V6 platform. The technically advanced 3.6-liter V6 features direct injection and variable valve timing to deliver a robust 288 hp and 270 lb/ft of torque. A revised six-speed automatic transmission with quicker, smoother shifting helps the Traverse achieve among the highest mpg ratings for any eight-passenger vehicle (24 mpg highway). This powertrain can also tow as much as 5,200 pounds. Available intelligent all-wheel-drive automatically helps maximize traction and driver control year-round.
Ride and handling is enhanced in the Traverse for 2013 by the use of rebound springs in the front struts, to increase roll control, and new shock-absorber valving that delivers a smoother ride at low speeds.
The Traverse already has a reputation for being among the safest vehicles available, garnering top honors in government crash testing and an IIHS 2012 “Top Safety Pick” thanks to its strong, rigid ‘safety cage’ body structure. The 2013 Traverse takes safety a new level by being the first in the industry to offer a front center air bag, designed to protect front-seat occupants in far-side impacts. Additional standard safety options include StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control with rollover mitigation, a rearview camera system, four-wheel-disc Anti-Lock Braking System and Hill-Start Assist, which reduces vehicle roll on steep grades. Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems are also standard or available, depending on trim.
Every Traverse comes standard with the popular OnStar safety, security and information system and six months of complimentary Directions and Connections service. An innovative new OnStar RemoteLink app connects smartphones to your Traverse, allowing you to get vehicle maintenance information, check diagnostics and contact roadside assistance.
The 2013 Chevy Traverse blends more agile, car-like handling characteristics and efficiency with the cargo capacity and style of a traditional SUV, a successful combination that has made it one of the best-selling three-row family vehicles in America.
With three well-equipped trims to choose from (LS, LT and LTZ), there is a 2013 Chevy Traverse to suit your needs and budget. Visit our showroom today and get more information on this class-leading family vehicle, so when the 2013 Traverse arrives this fall, you’ll be among the first to drive it.