2013 Chevrolet Traverse: First Impressions

If you are looking for a large spacious vehicle that fits your family comfortably and safely, then the  2013 Chevrolet Traverse  crossover-utility vehicle could be your car. The Traverse has upped the ante in 2013 and not only have they redesigned the exterior, but they have also made thoughtful upgrades to the interior. It couldn’t be more spacious this time around, and with the in-car MyLink Infotainment system- you will really have a hard time exiting the Traverse. Gone is the overall boxy design of yore, and now the Traverse sports a sleeker more shapely design that gives a smaller and less intimidating appearance.

However, looks are deceiving, since the interior of the Traverse is as spacious as ever.  With three rows of seating for 7 to 8 passengers, the 2013 Traverse offers comfort not only for the driver but for its passengers as well. With adjustable second row seating, now your passengers can kick back and relax while enjoying a DVD (if you get that upgrade package), they can also set their own temperature controls, or even take over the radio.

If you happen to NOT find yourself shuttling around a carload of kids, then by all means flip the second row seating down and park yourself in the third row, kick back and relax. The seating configurations are endless for shopping or simply for the comfort of your passengers. Instead of long trips being a drag, your family will probably beg to be in the car for hours on end.

The seats of the Traverse are super comfortable and the interiors are well appointed. Chevy (thankfully) has abandoned the plasticky dashboard and trims of the 2012 Traverse. The center stack highlights the MyLink Infotainment system, and couldn’t be easier to control. The system is more intuitive than ever and syncs similarly to our devices just like it does in the Chevorolet Spark. The one major difference between the two is that the Traverse still has push buttons versus everything being touch to operate the system. And as much as we love touchscreens – we also welcome control knobs and physical buttons for these type of systems.

While our time with the Traverse was brief, our quick first impressions of this CUV is that it hits the sweet spot for just about any family looking for solid car that shines on the road inside and out. It is far from a speed demon, but then again, we didn’t get to really push its limits. With a 288 horsepower (215 Nm) and 270 lb.-ft. of torque (366 Nm) with dual exhaust (281 hp/210 kW and 266 lb.-ft./361 Nm with single exhaust) these are certainly not engine qualities to scoff at, but until we get the Traverse on the highway, it will be hard to gauge how its acceleration handles on quick maneuvering. Is it a gas guzzler? Far from it, with a 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the front-wheel drive Traverse. It is certainly inline with many of the other newer CUV’s on the road and even bests them on these EPA fuel efficiencies.

So will large families or those that like to lug shopping for small armies want this car? You bet. The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse is a sleek yet dependable vehicle that women and men will love alike. Men for the sportier look of the Traverse – Women for the space, confort and security of airbags. In the end your kids might just say ” I hope we aren’t there yet!”  The 2013 Traverse is available in LS, LT and LTZ models in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations ranges in price with a MSRP of  $31,000 to $41,000+.