Earlier this month we teased you with some basic information on the 2013 Chevy Traverse and were awaiting its release at the New York Auto Show so we could provide more information. Fortunately, Chevy decided to not make us wait any longer and release a ton of information on the upcoming 2013 Chevrolet Traverse.
In the 2013 model year, the Traverse is entering its fifth model year, which is the typical timeframe for a refresh. Chevy is being careful not to shake up things too much by just adding slight touches to the exterior, keeping it from falling behind other models. The interior was another focal point of this redesign, as Chevy tries to make the Traverse a vehicle that the whole family can enjoy riding in.
With the Traverse coming into an extremely crowded SUV realm, which includes the newly redesigned 2013 Ford Explorer and the 2013 Honda Pilot , Chevy needs to come to the table with something that the others do not. To be perfectly honest, Chevy hasn’t done a great job at keeping its SUVs at the front of the class. Let’s see what kind of information GM is giving us before its New York Auto Show release.
Update 07/17/2013 GM has posted the press release for the 2014 Traverse. There are only three changes, one will make charging various devices easier and the others will make you feel a little safer when riding in the higher trim levels.
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We’ll start by saying that if you were expecting a full redesign of the Traverse for the 2013 model year, you are going to be sadly mistaken. The basic body style of the Traverse remains the same, but Chevy definitely made some needed changes. The most noticeable of changes it the grille. Gone is the honeycomb grille and enter in a three bar main grille and a two bar lower grille. In the center of the main grille is a relatively large Chevy Bowtie emblem. The upper grille still bears similar chrome trimming to the 2012 model, but now the front end is set off with the additional chrome around the new lower grille.
Chevy also slightly restyled the headlights, giving them an edgier look. Along with the headlights, Chevy scrapped the 2012’s fog lights in favor of thinner ones on the 2013 Traverse. Another noticeable difference is the more stylized hood, replacing the bland hood on the 2012 model year.
On the back end of the Traverse, Chevy replaced the odd looking taillights with a more stylish set of lenses that just fit better in the new SUV market. Chevy also added in a step-style bumper and a chrome trim piece to the rear of the newly restyled Traverse.
From the front and rear, the 2013 Traverse has noticeable differences from the 2012, but from a side profile, they are very similar. It looks like Chevy was trying to do just enough to help draw in more buyers without losing its existing market.
The interior was Chevy’s main focus, expanding overall spaciousness and seating capabilities. The 2013 Traverse boasts as much as 116.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the third row seats removed and the second row folded down. With just the third row seats removed you have 70.3 cubic-feet of space and up to 24.4 cubic feet of space with all of the seats upright and installed.
For 2014, the Traverse gains dual USB ports on the backside of the center console for device charging in the second row.
The 2013 Traverse’s interior feels far different from the 2012 model, as Chevy chose higher-end materials. It also features soft touch surfaces on the instrument panel and top side of the front door panels, so gone are the cheap looking hard plastic inserts. It also features contrasting stitching to add a more stylish look, silver accents throughout and blue ambient lighting.
Chevy even upgraded the front seats, giving them articulating headrests that slide up, down, forward, and backward to provide the ultimate comfort. Also new on the Traverse is an eight-way power passenger’s seat. When you upgrade to the LT and LTZ models, you will also get standard wood trim.
The 2013 Traverse’s center console features a stereo unit with a 6.5-inch LCD touch screen. Also available in the Traverse’s infotainment system is Chevrolet’s MyLink system, which allows you to connect a smartphone for hands-free calling, and streaming internet radio. The center console also features larger and more comfortable-feeling climate control knobs.
You can have the 2013 Traverse’s interior in three different colors, ebony, Mojave, light titanium, and dark titanium. You can also opt for either cloth interior or leather.
As for seating capabilities, the 2013 Traverse can haul up to eight adults and has the option of two captain’s chairs or a three-seat bench as its second row seating. The second row SmartSlide system allows anyone – yes, even kids – to access the rear seats with just the pull of a handle.
Engine and Drivetrain
The Traverse’s engine remained relatively undisturbed from the previous year, as it features a 3.6-liter V-6 direct-injected engine that pumps out 281 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 266 pound-feet of torque at 3,400 rpm when equipped with single exhaust. Dual exhaust bumps the output to 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque at the same rpm.
Sending the power to the wheels is a six-speed automatic transmission. Chevy modified the transmission so it shifts more quickly and consistently, adding to driver comfort. There are additional modifications to the transmission, but Chevy is mum on those details.
The 2013 Traverse will also feature an intelligent all-wheel-drive system. How this system works is to adjust the torque between the front and rear wheels in a variable fashion, depending on wheel speed, surface conditions, and throttle amount.
All of these components combined help the 2013 Traverse get decent fuel mileage. When fitted with front-wheel drive, the Traverse is rated at 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. With all-wheel-drive, this SUV gets 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The 2013 Traverse has a utility side too, as it can also tow up to 5,200 pounds.
Chevrolet boasts the 2012 Traverse as “among the safest vehicles on the road,” yet it still felt that more safety features were needed. The 2013 Traverse will feature something that no other vehicle ever has, a center-mounted air bag. This helps protect the passengers on the opposite side of a crash, by keeping him from sailing across the vehicle’s cabin.
The 2014 model year added in Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning as standard features on 1LZ and 2LT trims.
Other standard safety features on the 2013 Traverse are as follows:
- Curtain Airbags with Rollover Protection: On medium to severe impacts these air bags pop down and protect the passengers in the outermost seats. These also help keep the passengers in place during a rollover.
- StabiliTrack Stability Control with Rollover Mitigation Technology: Keeps the wheels from spinning and also prevents rollover.
- Rearview Camera: This is just what it says, a camera that transmits a video to the 6.5-inch screen inside the Traverse, giving the driver a clear look at what’s behind the vehicle.
- Four-Wheel Disc Brakes with ABS: Disk brakes on all four wheels, allowing for decreased stopping distances and ABS to keep the wheels from locking up on heavy braking.
- Front Seatbelt Pretensioners: In the event of a collision, these pretensioners hold firm to keep the person planted in the seat.
- LATCH: A child seat attachment system on the outermost seating positions on the second row seats.
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System: In accordance to federal law, the 2013 Traverse comes standard with a direct TPMS system.
- Hill Start Assist Brakes: This system briefly maintains pressure on the brake system once you release the brakes, preventing the vehicle from rolling up or down a hill while transferring your foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator.
As stated earlier, the 2013 Traverse is a part of a crowded SUV and crossover SUV market. Despite the growing number of SUVs, Chevy specifies just two primary competitors for the Traverse: 2013 Honda Pilot and 2013 Ford Explorer.
Let’s start with the Pilot. The 2013 Pilot seems like it will be a carryover from 2012, as it just received a restyling. In all honestly, from a pure looks perspective, the Traverse wins hands down. The 2012 Pilot is downright ugly and the 2013 is sure to be no better. The Pilot’s 3.5-liter engine produces just 250 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque, both are significantly lower than the Traverse’s ratings. Gas mileage is nearly dead even between the Pilot and Traverse.
On the inside, the Pilot is more of the same. Honda went way overboard with the bells and whistles on this model, making its dashboard a real distraction for any driver. The name “Pilot” is surely fitting, as the last time we saw a panel that cluttered, we were leaving a Boeing 777 and sneaked a peak at the cockpit.
In capacities, the Pilot really falls behind. It can only tow a measly 4,500 pounds with four-wheel drive and a car-like 2,000 pounds with a two-wheel-drive model. Lastly, the Pilot maxes out at only 87 cubic-feet of cargo room, which is nearly 20 cubic-feet less that the 2013 Traverse.
Okay now onto the 2013 Explorer. We’ll just start by saying the 2013 Explorer is one of the nicest SUVs ever built and nothing really completes with it. The new Traverse isn’t even close to looking as impressive as the Explorer. The Explorer also beats the Traverse in interior appearance, as it is a clean and refreshing look, yet remains modern looking. The two are very close, so the Traverse is at least in the same ZIP code as the Explorer in the interior department.
Under the hood, the Traverse stays close to the 2013 Explorer in the terms of standard engine, as the 2013 Explorer’s standard 3.6-liter V-6 produces 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque and gets nearly the same gas mileage as the Traverse. Where the Explorer separates itself in drivetrain is the 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that gets 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Where the 2013 Explorer annihilates the Traverse is with the newly announced Explorer Sport and its 350-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 engine.
In terms of cargo space, the Explorer is the worst of them all, maxing out at 80.7 cubic-feet behind the front row of seats. The Explorer also falls short in towing, as it can haul up to 5,000 pounds – 200 pounds less than the Traverse.
The Pilot is easy to eliminate, as Honda really missed the mark with it. Between the Traverse and Explorer it gets a little tougher. In terms of a luxurious look and feel, the Traverse wins, but in the true SUV look, the Explorer looks more the part. But the looks are deceiving, as the Traverse is also the more capable of the two at handling hauling and cargo.
Ultimately the true meaning of an SUV is to combine both style and utility and the Traverse meets both qualities. Based on the true meaning, the Traverse beats both competitors, as it is still a good looking SUV and beats both competitors in utility.
- Great towing and storage capacity
- Subtle changes add stylish improvements
- Higher quality interior
- Some of the competition has a better exterior look
- Some of the competition is more powerful
Gallery Chevrolet Traverse
2014 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE OFFERS A SPACIOUS RIDE WITH UPDATED SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE FEATURES
The 2014 Chevrolet Traverse is the ideal vehicle for those seeking passenger and cargo room, advanced safety features, responsive performance and a refined overall design. The Traverse crossover-utility vehicle offers all this and more in the new model year.
For 2014, the Traverse is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models (with two LT packages: 1LT and 2LT). It comes in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations with seven- and eight-passenger seating capabilities. All models are powered by a 3.6L V-6 engine that uses gasoline direct injection technology, which optimizes vehicle performance and fuel economy.
New this year, Traverse offers Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning features, crash-avoidance technologies that use a camera and sensors to help determine when the driver is getting too close to a vehicle up ahead, or when the vehicle enters another lane without the use of a turn signal. This system alerts the driver with visual cues on the dashboard, as well as audible signals. They are standard on LTZ models and available on LT models.
Also new, the Traverse offers standard dual charge-only USB ports on the rear of the center console to power up electronics from the second row.
Traverse’s exterior design is centered around its Chevrolet heritage, with the classic gold bowtie positioned on a three-bar grille. The athletic exterior of Traverse incorporates distinctive front and rear fascias and includes a power dome hood, streamlined headlamps and fog lamps, chrome accents and sculpted front corners.
Offered with 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheels designs to complement the sleek lines and stance of the exterior, Traverse is stylish and functional. Built on a body-frame integral structure that allows for easy entry and exit, it was also engineered to allow a smooth entrance to the second- and third-row seats with wide rear doors and GM’s exclusive Smart Slide second-row seat feature.
Other exterior features include:
- Power liftgate is standard on 2LT and LTZ models
- Chrome door handles are standard on all models; full chrome side window molding is standard on the LTZ
- Outside heated power-adjustable, power-folding mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming, body-color with integrated turn signal indicators are standard on the LTZ
- Exterior colors include Tungsten Metallic, Atlantic Blue Metallic, Silver Ice, White, Cyber Gray, Crystal Red Tint Coat, White Diamond, Champagne Silver Metallic and Black Granite Metallic.
With class-leading interior space, Traverse provides a comfortable ride with flexible seating for up to eight adults, and more cargo-carrying capacity than any other vehicle in its segment.
Premium materials include soft-touch surfaces on the instrument panel and front door uppers, contrasting stitching, chrome and silver accents, and available blue ambient lighting that glows throughout the cabin. A center stack houses illuminated climate controls and showcases a 6.5-inch color touch radio with the available Chevrolet MyLink or MyLink with Navigation infotainment systems.
MyLink includes large, easy-to-use controls and intuitive menus that help customers quickly and easily chose the level of connectivity that works for them. MyLink enables customers to seamlessly integrate their smartphones for hands-free calling through the audio system and Bluetooth streaming of popular internet radio favorites Pandora and Stitcher.
Additional interior features include:
- Eight-way power passenger seat option
- Articulating head restraints in front seats that can be adjusted for comfort
- Two new charging-only USB ports on the back of the center console for second-row use
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on all models, with a three-month trial
- Heated steering wheel is standard on LTZ; a leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard on LT and LTZ
- Remote keyless entry is standard on all models
- Interior colors include Ebony and Mojave, Light Titanium and Dark Titanium, and Ebony.
- Family-minded features
The Traverse passes the “parent test” with its family-friendly features. A roomy vehicle that maintains a car-like ride, Traverse offers families a standard three rows of seating on all models, flexible seating configurations, class-leading people and cargo-carrying capacity, plus entertainment features geared toward families.
Traverse’s second-row seat comes with a pair of captain’s chairs or a three-passenger bench. Each configuration implements Traverse’s child-friendly, second-row SmartSlide feature that allows unobstructed access to the third-row bench seat with one hand, which makes it easy for children to operate.
The third-row seat can comfortably accommodate three adult passengers. Traverse’s 24.4 cu. ft. (691 liters) of cargo room behind its third row is larger than that of many sport utility vehicles.
Other features for the family include:
- The most storage in the segment
- Safety belts that are simple to operate
- Up to 12 cup holders
- An available rear-seat entertainment system
- Easy-to-clean leather seats.
- Power and efficiency
Traverse has a long 118.9-inch wheelbase (3,021 mm), with a wide 67.3-inch (1,709 mm) front track and 67.1-inch (1,704 mm) rear track – a combination that enables smooth, stable ride and handling characteristics.
Efficiency in the Traverse comes from a technically advanced 3.6L V-6 with fuel-saving direct injection technology and continuously variable valve timing. It is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission with improved shift feel for more confident acceleration when the driver needs additional power when passing or entering the highway.
The engine is SAE-certified at 288 horsepower (215 Nm) and 270 lb.-ft. of torque (366 Nm) with dual exhaust on LTZ models and 281 hp/210 kW and 266 lb.-ft. /361 Nm with single exhaust on LS and LT. Its direct injection fuel delivery helps produce power similar to many V-8 engines, using regular unleaded gasoline. EPA fuel economy estimates of 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the front-wheel drive Traverse are highly competitive with other three-row crossovers, utilities and minivans.
The available intelligent all-wheel-drive system provides increased traction on slippery roads by actively managing the torque distribution between the front and rear axles, based on factors such as wheel speed, throttle and surface conditions. There is no driver intervention, as the system automatically decides how much torque to apply and delivers it to the wheels that have the best traction.
Traverse also offers utility-like towing capacity of up to 5,200 pounds (2,358 kg).
Safety and crash-avoidance features
The Traverse is recognized for its safety features by leading third-party organizations and in government crash testing.
In 2014, it continues the tradition of offering the latest in safety developments with the addition of the Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning systems, standard on LTZ and available on 2LT models. The crash avoidance systems employ a high-resolution camera mounted on the windshield to determine if the driver is too close to vehicles ahead. There are visual signals, as well as audible alarms, to warn the driver of a possible collision. Sensors also can detect if the vehicle is changing lanes without a turn signal to give the driver time to correct.
Another Traverse safety component is the industry’s first front center side air bag. It is engineered to provide additional restraint to drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes, where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle. If a severe impact occurs, the air bag deploys in milliseconds from the inboard side of the driver’s seat and inflates between the driver and front passenger, providing added protection for both front occupants.
Additional safety and security features include:
- Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems are standard on LTZ and available on other models. These systems use radar to watch spots the driver may not see and provide visible and audible warnings to help prevent collisions
- Head curtain side air bags with rollover protection for outboard occupants in all seating rows are standard. StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology and full-function traction control is standard on all models.
- A rearview camera system designed to provide the driver with a view of the rearward path of the vehicle is standard
- A four-wheel-disc brake system with ABSfeaturing smooth, quiet operation, longer pad life and more resistance to brake pulsation is standard
- Safety belt pretensioners reduce forward movement during a collision, and are standard on front safety belts, along with load-limiting retractors that help limit the belts’ impact on the occupants’ chest. The LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat attachment system is included in outboard second-row seating positions
- A tire pressure monitoring system is standard on all models
- A strong body structure absorbs crash energy and provides a protective “safety cage” around occupants
- Hill start assist brakes, which are standard,help reduce the tendency of a vehicle to roll forward or backward on a hill after the brake pedal is released by momentarily retaining pressure on the brake discs.