- The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse features revised front styling.
- New safety gear has been installed in the full-size crossover.
- The Traverse also benefits from a heavily updated interior.
Why It Matters
- The Chevrolet Traverse is the domestic brand’s primary people mover.
- The Traverse had a clear need for a snazzier passenger compartment.
- Chevrolet MyLink connectivity and entertainment.
- Sliding second row of seating.
- Front center airbag that deploys between first two seating positions.
- Available all-wheel drive.
2013 Chevrolet Traverse Debut: Styling
The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse showed its fresh visage for the first time at the New York Auto Show, offering a look at the new corporate face of the brand that was also displayed on the Chevrolet Impala sedan that sat beside it on the stage. The Traverse is now sleeker from the windshield-forward, but much of the rest of the vehicle’s appearance will be familiar to fans of the full-size crossover. Inside a more dramatic makeover has taken place, with much of the harder plastic trim found in older versions of the crossover removed in order to make room for softer-touch materials. The vehicle’s center stack is also now graced with the available Chevrolet MyLink LCD screen that can connect to a smart phone or mobile device.
2013 Chevrolet Traverse Debut: Under The Hood
The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse features the same power plant as last year, a 3.6-liter V-6 that can generate up to 288 horses and 270 lb-ft of torque with an optional dual exhaust system installed. Fuel economy for the crossover is rated at 17-mpg city and 24-mpg highway and its six-speed automatic transmission has been recalibrated to offer more smoothness.
2013 Chevrolet Traverse Debut: Competition
The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse was surrounded by tough competitors at the New York Auto Show as vehicles like the Honda Pilot, the Toyota Highlander and the Ford Flex. The Traverse is quite honestly a standout in terms of handling and interior room, and with a nicer interior it now has a more to offer families not interested in either a traditional SUV or a minivan.
Why We Like It
With a more modern interior and front end styling that is more in touch with Chevrolet’s plan for the future, the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse is different enough to warrant attention without messing around with what has made the crossover such a strong choice in its segment.
Original photos by Jeffrey N. Ross