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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