The Chevy Traverse has been a hit for GM since it debuted in 2009. In 2011, the three-row midsize crossover has sold over 100,000 units. But this has not stopped Chevy from making some significant changes in the Traverse for 2013.
The 2013 Traverse debuted at the 2012 New York International Auto Show with a facelift compared to the 2012 Traverse. The 2013 Traverse sports a new front grille with three-row chrome-finish, which is expected to make its way into the rest of Chevy’s SUV lineup.
The 2013 model has redesigned sportier tail lamps and new headlamp arrays, and a new fog light design. Also new for the 2013 Traverse is an innovative center airbag, which is between the driver and front passenger seats. This feature will also be found in its more luxurious sibling the Buick Enclave.
Interior Features & Engine
The 2013 Traverse also offers a new 6.5-inch touch screen with Chevy’s new MyLink system, which allows access to Internet-based applications such as Pandora and Stitcher, as an optional feature. Chevy also boasts a “more refined” interior and improved car-like ride and handling for the model. New wood trim accents will be standard on the LT and LTZ trims.
The Traverse’s engine is unchanged and the sole drive train remains the 288 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine. It remains to be seen whether Chevy can eek out more fuel economy for the engine, which for 2012 is rated at 17-mpg city and 24-mpg with front-wheel drive.
The King of Midsize Crossovers
The new Traverse is a family vehicle without compromise. It is more capable than many sport-utility vehicles, with as much room as a minivan and better functionality than both.
– Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet Global Marketing and Strategy.
Chevy hopes that these updates will help keep the Traverses sales strong. For 2013, a new competitor looms – the totally reworked Nissan Pathfinder. The Traverse’s interior and cargo room is what sets it apart from many of its competitors such as the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander and the 2013 refresh does nothing to change this. With 116 cubic feet of cargo room, the Traverse has the most cargo room in in its class and 25-30% more cargo room and seats up to 8 instead of 7 unlike its aforementioned competitors.
For full details on the 2013 Chevy Traverse changes, go to Chevy’s website.