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.
Look for the new Chevy Traverse to hit dealers this fall. For complete details, you’ll find our extensive write-up on the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse here.