Chevrolet’s full-size crossover, the Traverse, gets a bit of a makeover, both inside and out, for the 2013 model year. The updates are evolutionary and tasteful, although shoppers expecting radical changes to styling are likely to be disappointed.
On the outside, the Traverse now wears a front end that will soon be common to all Chevrolet crossovers and sedans. Its most distinctive feature is its split grill design, with swept-back headlights that feature a dark-tinted border. Out back, a reshaped liftgate is made more distinctive by new taillights, which carry a bit of Camaro style with them.
The big news comes on the inside, as the 2013 Traverse addresses many of our previous complaints about interior quality on Chevy’s full-size crossover. Hard plastics are replaced by soft-touch materials throughout, and the higher trim models will come with Chevy’s smartphone-based MyLink infotainment system.
Safety is a focus of the Traverse as well, and the crossover will get the same front center airbag as the 2013 Buick Enclave. A class exclusive, the airbag deploys from the side of the driver’s seat and is meant to reduce driver and passenger injuries in side-impact crashes.
Features we’ve grown to appreciate, like the SmartSlide second row seats that allow easy access to the third row, are back for 2013. So is the 288-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine, mated to a six speed automatic transmission with improved shift logic. As before, buyers can choose from front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive layouts as their needs dictate.