2012 Chevrolet Traverse

MSRP $29,660

Ranked #6 in Suv

8.0

Overall Rating

2012 Chevrolet Traverse Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 9, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Launched in 2009, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse uses the same underpinnings as the launch year but adds a few other additions, which give this 7 seater plenty of comfort and much unexpected car-like handling. The Traverse offers more room than the average minivan. The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is becoming an ever-popular SUV these days, and here we explain why.

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Pros

Clean and classy styling

Robust build quality

Durable interiors all-around

Comfortable third row

Cons

Cargo floor loading height can be an issue

Lazy transmission

Driver visibility can be an issue

Not a very efficient engine and transmission combination

What's New?

Carries over unchanged


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29660

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

132 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

217 cu.in.

horsepower

281 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

266 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

118.9 in.

length

205 in.

width

78.4 in.

height

70.4 in.

curb weight

4658 lbs.

ground clearance

7.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

154 cu ft.

cargo volume

116.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1753 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/24 mpg

highway range

528 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LS$29,660 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Chevrolet Traverse in Black Granite Metallic color
Black Granite Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


While the space offered is ample for cargo and the third row is comfortable for adults, the thing that the owners can complain about is the use of hard plastics all over the interior. The frugal V6 paired with the auto transmission doesn’t offer mouth-watering efficiency figures either. The 2012 model starts at MSRP $29,660 and competes against the Hyundai Veracruz, Toyota Highlander, and Ford Explorer.


9.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2012 Chevrolet Traverse Features

9.0/10

On offer are four trims on the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse, they start from the base LS and go all up to the range-topping LTZ trim. The base trim is the FWD 4-door LS trim which starts at $29,660 MSRP without any options, while the range-topping AWD 4-door LTZ trim costs $41,035 without any additional fittings. The complete distribution of features across the four trims is given in the table below.

Trim

LS

1LT

2LT

LTZ

MSRP (FWD)

$29,660

$32,760

$35,905

$39,035

MSRP (AWD)

$31,660

$34,760

$37,905

$41,035

Key Features

281 hp, 266 lb-ft 3.6L, V6 engine

In addition to LS features

In addition to 1LT features

In addition to 2LT features

 

Front air conditioning, manual

Rear air conditioning, with separate controls

Front air conditioning, manual

Rear air conditioning, with separate controls

Front air conditioning, dual-zone automatic

288.0-hp, 270 lb-ft 3.6L, V6 engine

 

Driver Lumbar support

Heated mirrors

Driver and front passenger heated-cushion

Driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback

 

Cloth Seat trim

Cloth Seat trim

Cloth Seat trim

Leather Seat trim

Driver and passenger Lumbar support

 

17” x 7.5” steel wheels

18" x 7.5" Aluminum wheels

18" x 7.5" Aluminum wheels

20" x 7.5" Aluminum wheels

 

Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry

Optional navigation system with BOSE Speakers

ABS and driveline Traction control

Ultrasonic parking sensors

We Recommend

The LT with 1LT/2LT offers ample equipment with enough available options to make up for it. Out of these, the 1LT is the better pick due to the price it is offered at. All the trims on offer share an equal level of class-leading GM safety options on offer. Also standard is the StabiliTrak electronically controlled traction control with additional rollover mitigation technology on all trims. Additional equipment on offer for the Traverse LT w/1LT model are the electronically adjustable, heated, body-color, manual-folding outside mirrors with auto-dimming driver-side mirrors. 

2012 Chevrolet Traverse Engine and Performance

7.0/10

For the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse, only one engine and transmission combination is available - a 3.6 L V6 engine combined with a six-speed automatic transmission. The FWD and AWD systems are available on all trims. The LS and LT trims are available with decent power with a gasoline fuelled V6 engine that produces 281 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. In the more exclusive LTZ, the output jumps to 288 hp and 266 lb-ft, thanks to a dual exhaust system. 

In our performance tests, the 2LT leads the acceleration with a fairly fast 0-60 MPH time of 8.6 seconds, while the LTZ did it in 8.2 seconds. Also, the Traverse has a fairly decent payload capacity. When loaded properly, the V6 will pull around a decent 5,200 pounds. One can say that the car is definitely good in terms of performance and should serve users well.

Models

2012 Chevrolet Traverse

2012 Hyundai Veracruz

2012 Ford Explorer

2012 Toyota Highlander

MSRP

$29,660

$28,345

$28,280

$28,240

Engine

3.6L V6

3.8L V6

3.5L V6

2.7L Inline Four-Cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT

5-speed automatic

Power

281 @ 6,300 RPM

260 hp @ 6,000 RPM

290 hp @ 6,500 RPM

187 hp @ 5,800 RPM

Torque

266 lb-ft @ 3,400 RPM

257 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

255 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

186 lb-ft @ 4,100 RPM

Payload Capacity (lbs)

5,200

N/A

N/A

1,554

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.6

7.8

9.2

8.8

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.0

15.3

16.9

13.9

Top-Speed (MPH)

148

143

137

137

Although the Ford Explorer is the most powerful car in its class on paper, the Traverse has plenty of power for most needs. The 6-speed automatic transmission runs smoothly and efficiently, which puts it in second place after the Hyundai Veracruz and then followed by the Toyota Highlander. To compare the top speed of the cars, the Hyundai Veracruz is the second fastest, while the Chevrolet Traverse has a higher top speed of 148 MPH.

2012 Chevrolet Traverse Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse comes powered by a 3.6L V6 engine, and hence not much can be expected in terms of fuel efficiency. It delivers a decent fuel economy of 17 MPG in the city, 24 MPG on the highway, and 19 MPG combined. It is, in one way or another, right in the average figure zone and cannot be marked the best of the lot. The SUV has a fuel tank capacity of 22 gallons, resulting in a combined range of 418 miles.

Models

2012 Chevrolet Traverse

2012 Hyundai Veracruz

2012 Ford Explorer

2012 Toyota Highlander

MPG (City)

17

17

17

17

MPG (Highway)

24

22

23

22

MPG (Combined)

19

19

19

19

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

22

20.6

18.6

20.6

Range (City/Highway/Combined; miles)

374/528/418

350/453/391

316/428/363

350/453/391

The Traverse has the biggest fuel tank in the competition. However, the real-world efficiency figures show that the combined fuel economy is the same as the rivals in the competition. Surprisingly, the Toyota Highlander is not any more efficient, even though it is equipped with a more frugal four-cylinder engine. The larger fuel tank and class-leading efficiency numbers give the Traverse unequaled range.

2012 Chevrolet Traverse Interior

9.0/10

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is a three-row SUV that can comfortably accommodate up to 8 passengers in total inside the cabin with all rows up. The interior design of the Traverse is built on a concept of being simple yet offering years of durability in the class. Be it cloth or leather, the seats are comfortable and supportive. The room in the second row is abundant and airy, and the third row is larger than most of the rivals and even useful for medium-sized adults.

The competition is only welcoming to children or youngsters in the third row. The SUV has a cargo capacity of 24.4 cubic feet behind the third row of seats, which can be further increased by folding the second and third rows of seats when needed. The second and third-row seats are fully collapsible, opening up a spacious cargo area. There’s a powered tailgate on offer which eases up the practicality of the vehicle.

Models

2012 Chevrolet Traverse

2012 Hyundai Veracruz

2012 Ford Explorer

2012 Toyota Highlander

Seating Capacity

8

7

7

7

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.4/62.0/41.3

40.3/60.6/42.6

39.1/61.3/40.6

40.6/59.7/43.2

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.4/61.3/36.8

39.9/60.2/38.4

38.3/61.0/39.8

40.1/59.5/38.3

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

24.4 

13.4

21

10.3 

The dashboard is nice, but there's more than acceptable use of hard plastics inside. Although it proves to be robust and more durable, it doesn’t offer the luxury or premium factor over others. In terms of cargo space, the Traverse seems to be leading the segment. The interior is also adequately spacious even though the measurements of the third row are unknown. Some of the standout interior features are as follows:

  • Driver and front passenger heated-cushion with heated-seatback
  • Driver and passenger lumbar support
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear air conditioning with separate control

How intuitive is the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse’s infotainment unit?

All trims of the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse get the standard six-speaker CD stereo with an auxiliary input that handles the music needs with ease. Additional options include a rear-seat entertainment system and a 10-speaker Bose stereo system that enhances the audio quality furthermore while giving handy features such as Bluetooth, navigation, and a rearview camera to help navigate the vehicle in and out of tight parking spaces. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • CD Player
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • 10-speaker Bose Stereo system (optional)
  • Auxiliary Audio input
  • Navigation System(optional)
  • Bluetooth connectivity(optional)
  • Sirius XM and AM/FM Stereo

2012 Chevrolet Traverse Exterior

6.0/10

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse on the base LS trim runs on 17-inch steel wheels wrapped with all-season tires. On the LT w/1LT and w/2LT trim, there are 18-inch aluminum wheels. The range-topping LTZ comes standard with 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and can be equipped with the optional 20-inch alloy wheels and includes features like a powered tailgate, a dual exhaust system (LTZ only), and a panoramic sunroof. The SUV tips over just shy of the 5-tonne mark at 4,658 lbs and has a healthy ground clearance of 7.2 inches that won’t stop for any obstacle on or off the road.

Models

2012 Chevrolet Traverse

2012 Hyundai Veracruz

2012 Ford Explorer

2012 Toyota Highlander

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,658

4,266

4,731

4,045

Length (inches)

205.0

190.6

197.1

188.4

Width (inches)

78.4

76.6

78.9

75.2

Height (inches)

72.8

71.1

71.0

68.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.2

8.1

7.6

8.0

Wheelbase (inches)

118.9

110.4

112.6

109.8

We can observe that to facilitate the car-like handling on an SUV, the Traverse has had to give up a bit of its ground clearance. However, it still has an adequate amount of it. It is also one of the heaviest cars in its class. It is much longer than its competitors, which is definitely a plus point in terms of cargo space and rear legroom. Some standout features include:

  • Black exterior trim
  • Twin opening grille
  • Dual exhaust pipes
  • Chrome exterior garnish
  • 18” alloy wheels

2012 Chevrolet Traverse Safety

7.0/10

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is one of the safest SUVs of all the SUVs in its class. The Traverse gets a class-leading overall safety rating of five out of a total of five stars in a crash test conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), with four stars for frontal impact and five stars for side-impact. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) gave it the highest rating of 'Good' in the frontal offset, side impact, and roof-strength tests. Some of the standard safety features, across all the trims, are as follows:

  • All-round disc brakes
  • StabiliTrak electronically controlled traction control
  • Rollover mitigation technology
  • Anti-lock braking system with stability control
  • Front seat airbags
  • Side curtain airbags for all rows

2012 Chevrolet Traverse Final Verdict

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is the most expensive of the lot when it comes to pricing. While it offers maximum safety, it misses out on the interior quality levels offered by the competitors such as the Toyota Highlander. The SUV is very clean to look at and offers decent power when coupled with the FWD or the more potent AWD system, but the transmission feels like a let-down as it is hesitant to aggressive downshifts. While the interior might miss out on the bells and whistle, it’s properly utilitarian and built to last. Overall, it makes for one of the best buys in the segment.

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