2012 Chevrolet Traverse: Video Road Test and Review

The Chevrolet Traverse is a four door seven passenger full size crossover that offers a range of over 500 miles and more than 115 cubic feet of cargo volume, and is available in front or all wheel drive as well as four trim levels including the base LS, 1LT, 2LT and the top of the line LTZ.  All Traverses are powered by a 3.6 Liter V6 that produces 281 HP and 266 lb-ft of torque being channeled through a seix speed automatic gearbox and is good for an estimated 17 MPG in the city and as much as 24 MPG on the highway.

The entry level Traverse LS starts out at $29,430 ($31,4430 for AWD) and offers eight passenger seating with a 60/40 split second row bench making it easier for the three third row passengers to get in and out.  The LS comes standard with premium cloth seats, a six speaker AM/FM/CD stereo, six air bags including side impact head curtains designed to protect all three rows and rides on a set of 17 inch steel wheels.

The next step up is the 1LT which gets upgraded with an eight way power adjustable driver seat, leather wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth hands free connectivity and Ultrasonic rear parking assist as well as the available second row captain’s chairs, which brings the passenger count down to seven, but in a much more sibling road trip friendly layout.  The $32,530 ($34,530 for AWD) 1LT is identifiable by color matched side mirrors and 18 inch machined aluminum wheels.  The Traverse 2LT comes standard with the seven passenger layout and adds a host of electronic goodies like remote start, a power remote rear lift gate, rearview camera and rear seat audio controls for the Bose 10 speaker stereo complete with USB ports for mobile media devices; starting at $35,675 ($37,675 for AWD).

Meanwhile the top of the line Traverse LTZ which starts at $38,805 ($40,805 for AWD) comes with first and second row leather wrapped seating, the fronts being heated and cooled, power folding side mirrors as well as a set of 20 inch aluminum rims to go along with the dual exhaust.

A list of cars similar to the Traverse includes the 2012 Ford Explorer, 2012 Dodge Durango and 2012 Toyota Highlander.

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