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MPG 17 City / 24 Highway
  • Comfortable ride
  • Lots of cargo room
  • Good fuel economy for larger crossover
  • Wind noise at highway speed
  • Wide turning circle
  • Substandard interior quality
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For the 2013 model year, the Chevrolet Traverse receives a relatively extensive refresh, which includes the addition of a bolder front fascia that features revised headlights and grille, making it look more SUV-like than the previous model year. The interior is also bolstered with new soft-touch surfaces gracing the dashboard and the top of the door panels. It also includes accent stitching in a contrasting stitching along with trimming the interior in chrome and silver accents.


The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse comes in three main trim levels LS, LT and LTZ. The LS trim level offers up a relatively low base MSRP with an array of premium standard features not found on many base crossover vehicles. The LT trim level adds in basic creature comforts that help make any journey a little more comfortable, including things like a power seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and others. The LTZ trim level adds in all of the basic features that any owner would expect from a premium crossover SUV, like a premium audio system, leather interior, automatic climate control and much more. Being a crossover SUV means that the Traverse needs to carefully combine car-like handling with SUV-like utility and the latter is proven a success with its 5,200-pound maximum towing capacity and available all-wheel drive.

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The crossover SUV market is chock-full of competition, giving the Traverse some rather stout competitors. First up is the 2013 Ford Explorer, which features a $29,135 base MSRP, great looks and a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds. The next competitor is the 2013 Honda Pilot, which comes in with a $29,420 base MSRP, a 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a 4,500-pound maximum towing capacity. Finally, you have the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which comes in with a base MSRP of $27,495, a 290-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine and a stellar 7,200-pound maximum towing capacity.

The Traverse’s competition is rather stiff and plentiful, so if Chevy expects to stay in the crossover race, it needs to bring something special to the table.

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2013 Chevrolet Traverse 1LT

Recommended for: Buyers that need some extra creature comforts

The LT trim level is the mid-range trim for the 2013 Traverse and it comes with the same driveline as the LS model. On the outside, it includes all of the LS features, but it adds in a variety of high-end features, like: chrome beltline moldings, body-colored body molding, chrome coating to the top grille bars, heated side-view mirrors, rear parking assist, 18-inch aluminum wheels with all-season rubber, variable-effort power steering, and fog lights. On the inside, the LT adds an array of features to the LS trim level’s standard features, including: eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar adjustment, leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote vehicle start, and ambient interior lights.

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2013 Chevrolet Traverse LS

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a crossover with plenty of features at a relatively low MSRP

The LS trim level in the 2013 Traverse is the base trim level and it comes standard with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 281 horsepower and 266 foot-pounds of torque, and connects to a six-speed automatic transmission. On the outside, the LS trim level comes standard with: daytime running lights, chrome door handles, automatic dual-captivity halogen headlights, power mirrors with black plastic caps, roof-rail moldings, rear spoiler, 17-inch steel wheels with all-season tires, and intermittent wipers. Inside the LS trim level, it comes with: front and rear manual air conditioning, AM/FM/CD audio system with 6.5-inch color touchscreen and USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, rear-view camera system, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise control, cabin sound insulation, OnStar, keyless entry, premium cloth seats, silver-painted interior trim, and power windows with driver side one-touch down.

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2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ

Recommended for: Buyers wanting a premium SUV with luxury-car-like features and ride

The LTZ trim level is the top of the trim-level ladder for the 2013 Traverse. It comes with the same driveline as the LT model, but the addition of dual exhaust jumps the engine’s output to 288 horsepower and 270 foot-pounds. On the outside, the LTZ model adds in: chrome treatment to the lower grille bars and window moldings, 20-inch aluminum wheels with H-rated tires, power rear hatch, and auto-dimming side-view mirrors with driver side memory. On the inside, the LTZ adds in: triple-zone automatic climate control, Bose premium stereo system with Chevy MyLink, Universal Home Remote, seven-person perforated leather seating, blind-zone and rear-traffic alert systems, heated and cooled seats, and a heated steering wheel.

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