If you shy away from minivans, the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse remains one of the roomiest, most comfortable, and most passenger-friendly vehicles you can get.
GM has made the most of the seating space in the Traverse, and it's clear the primary purpose is people-moving. Over three rows, there's space for up to eight occupants, with the seats divided into two front buckets and two 60/40-split benches.
The Traverse's front seats are plush yet supportive—as good as those in any other large crossovers or SUVs (now with a power passenger seat and adjustable front headrests)—and the adult-sized second row slides forward to provide access to the surprisingly comfortable (for kids) third-row seats. However, it does take a high step up to enter that back row. Second-row captain's chairs are also available, but they're really not any more comfortable than the bench perches and carrying capacity is then reduced to seven. In all, you might end up wishing for sliding side doors; it's not easy to clamber in there even with the friendly seating arrangement.
With 24.4 cubic-feet of cargo space behind the third row, and 12 cup holders, the Traverse is without a doubt a true family hauler. But the Traverse's long rear doors do have some disadvantages next to sliding doors, as they tend to make entry and exit (or loading of children into booster seats) challenging if you're in a parking lot with tight spaces—or in your own garage.
Folding the second and third rows down yields 117.5 cubic feet. As one last jab from the minivan side, the cargo floor in the Traverse does seem a bit high and in turn you don't have quite as much cargo space for large items.Chevrolet has given the cabin some modest upgrades; three interior colors will be available including Ebony and Mojave, Light Titanium and Dark Titanium, and Ebony, and new wood trim is standard on LT and LTZ models.
The Traverse already had a tight, quiet cabin with excellent noise suppression and a remarkably smooth ride—plus solid, high-quality switchgear, an intuitive control layout, and clear displays. We expect all this to carry over to the 2013 model; but with suspension improvements the Traverse should keep road noise better at bay.From a functionality standpoint, GM has redesigned and reconfigured the Traverse's climate controls for 2013; they're more straightforward and easier to use; that, combined with more soft-touch materials for the instrument panel and door uppers, as well as new silver-accent details, altogether gives the Traverse a more upscale feel inside.