The Chevrolet Traverse is aimed to effectively replace the minivan-it's a full-size crossover with seating for up to eight. It went on sale for the 2009 model year and replaced two vehicles in the Chevy lineup, the Uplander minivan and the TrailBlazer SUV. It's now one of the mainstays of the lineup, along with the five-passenger Chevy Equinox.
The Traverse is powered by direct-injected 3.6-liter V-6 engine. Peak output is rated at 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque for models equipped with a dual exhaust, or 281 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque for models with a single exhaust. With 90 percent of peak torque available from approximately 2,500 rpm to more than 6,000 rpm, the engine has flexible power and good acceleration.
It also affords it good fuel economy and performance, achieving 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The impressive figures (for such a big vehicle) are helped by the vehicle's six-speed automatic transmission, which shifts gears very smoothly but can hesitate when downshifts are called for.
There's seating for up to eight in the three-row Traverse; second-row captain's chairs are also available but carrying capacity is then reduced to just seven. The Chevrolet Traverse is also one of the safest vehicles in its class, scoring well in independent crash testing and in NHTSA crash tests as well.
The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse has a refreshed appearance and brand new safety features like the Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The latest Chevrolet Traverse is available in three levels of trim, LS, LT, and LTZ, as well as either front- or all-wheel-drive configurations.
Also new to the Chevrolet Traverse lineup is the Chevrolet MyLink system, which includes a 6.5-inch color touch screen, enabling smartphone integration as well as easy streaming-with a smartphone and data plan-of Pandora and Stitcher internet-based entertainment.