2013 Chevrolet Traverse

MSRP $32,510 - $42,575

Ranked #2 in Suv

8.4

Overall Rating

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2013 Chevrolet Traverse Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 6, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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SUVs are the choice of the hour today and the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse still remains a great choice for a practical SUV that can house up to eight occupants and tow a reasonable load. The Chevrolet Traverse also opens ample space on the inside and its subtle creases and chrome linings add a touch of elegance on its sleeves. A V6 engine seamlessly powers the Traverse through everyday challenges and its comfortable ride is always an added advantage. 

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Pros

Good on ride and handling

Generous cargo space

Excellent crash-test scores

Roomy cabin

Cons

Rear visibility is not the best

Interior materials lack the premium touch of its rivals

What's New?

Design refresh at the front & rear

Updated suspension tuning

Rearview camera standard 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36580

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

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

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

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

dimensions

wheelbase

118.9 in.

length

203.7 in.

width

78.5 in.

height

69.9 in.

curb weight

4647 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

150.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

116.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1764 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.3 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./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LS$32,510 onwards

LT$33,725 onwards

LTZ$40,575 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 Chevrolet Traverse in Atlantic Metallic color
Atlantic 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

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

8.0

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.4

Overall Rating


Along with an updated suite of tech and creature comforts, the Chevrolet Traverse also enjoys top safety ratings. Well, that's something which the family-friendly Traverse has been offering since a while now. Talk about family and the Traverse also opens up a large boot to further your expeditions. At a starting MSRP of $30,510, the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse provides a well-rounded package for all your driving needs. However, the similarly skilled Dodge Durango, Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer pose a good threat to the humble Chevrolet here. 


8.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2013 Chevrolet Traverse Features

8.0/10

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse can be had in 8-seater or 7-seater configurations and is available in 4 trim levels. The range starts from LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ. The base trim LS comes with basic yet important features like air-conditioning on both rows, folding seats, etc. even the infotainment setup is pretty good on the base trim. While the features do improve as one moves up the ladder, there are no optional packages available on the two introductory trims. The 2LT and LTZ trims get a 10 speaker Bose sound system, dual-pane sunroof, and a rear DVD entertainment package. 

Trim

LS

1LT

2LT

 LTZ

MSRP (FWD)

$30,510

$33,800

$36,600

 $40,600

MSRP (AWD)

$32,550

$35,800

$38,600

$42,600

Key Features

17-inch wheels

In addition to LS trim features with:

In addition to 1LT trim features with:

 In addition to 2LT Touring trim features with:

 

OnStar telematics. Satellite radio 

18-inch alloy wheels

Power folding mirrors 

 20-inch wheels

 

Automatic headlights, cruise control

Heated mirrors, fog lights

Power liftgate, auto-dimming driver-side mirror, and rearview mirror 

 Blindspot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts 

 

Keyless entry, tilt & telescopic steering

Rear parking sensors

3-zone automatic climate control

 Leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel 

 

Cloth upholstery, 60/40 folding seats 

Leather-wrapped steering, woodgrain interior

Heated front seats

 Second-row captain’s chairs

 

6.5-inch touchscreen with 6 speaker sound system

8-way power driver seats with power lumbar support 

MyLink infotainment interface 

 10-way power driver seats with memory function & 8-way power passenger seats.

We Recommend

The 2013 Traverse is pretty capable with respect to mechanical power and even though you are an enthusiast who wants a V-8 option, there isn’t any. The 1LT trim could have been our choice of recommendation here but Chevrolet conveniently dropped features like heated seats and climate control from the trim. Thus, the 2LT trim Traverse would be our pick. The trim comes very well equipped with comfort features and has a power liftgate. The power liftgate is one of the most important features of any utility vehicle and no one should compromise on that one. 

2013 Chevrolet Traverse Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2013 Traverse is available with a single engine option only. We’re talking about a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine which may seem underwhelming on a hefty SUV. However, the engine’s 281 hp & 266 lb-ft of torque just makes it in time for most scenarios. The transmission choice is restricted as well to a 6-speed automatic, though you can opt for FWD or AWD as per your needs. 

The top-trim LTZ with twin exhaust ports will see a slight bump in power figures at 288 hp & 270 lb-ft torque. The driving experience of this SUV is good as it delivers smooth overall performance and the cabin is quiet. The engine as we talked about earlier feels like it wasn’t the best choice for this SUV and its harsh and uninspired noises do make you feel this every time you try pushing it harder. The gearbox thankfully is very well calibrated and the shifts are buttery smooth. 

Models

2013 Chevrolet Traverse 

2013 Dodge Durango

2013 Ford Explorer

2013 Honda Pilot 

MSRP

$30,500

$29,800

$29,100

$29,550

Engine

3.6-liter Naturally Aspirated V-6

3.6-liter Naturally Aspirated V-6

3.5-liter Naturally Aspirated V-6

3.5-liter Naturally Aspirated V-6

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

5-speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

5-speed Automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

281 @ 6,300

290 @6,400

290 @ 6,500

250 @ 5,700

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

266 @ 3,400

260 @ 4,800

255 @ 4,100

253 @ 4,800

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.9

7.9

7.9

8.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.3

16.0

15.6

16.5

Top-Speed (MPH)

N/A

150

150

125

All the SUVs in today’s comparisons are very well matched to each other in all performance-related aspects. Except for the Honda Pilot that is almost a second slower, all are on the same page in both the drag runs. Honda must have a better fuel economy if they are compromising a little on the performance front. 

2013 Chevrolet Traverse Fuel Economy

8.0/10

While the V6 in the Traverse may be questionable to some buyers, it serves a good purpose. Not only is the engine punchy enough for everyday duties, it also deliver̥s a respectable fuel economy. The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse offer̥s a respectable 19 MPG combined fuel economy. Couple that figure with a large 22.0-gallon fuel tank and you get a pretty decent 418 miles of combined driving range as well. 

Models

2013 Chevrolet Traverse 

2013 Dodge Durango

2013 Ford Explorer

2013 Honda Pilot 

MPG (City)

17

16

17

18

MPG (Highway)

24

23

24

25

MPG (Combined)

19

19

20

21

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

22.0

24.6

18.6

21.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

374/528/418

393.6/565.8/467.4

316.2/446.4/372

378/525/441

While the Chevrolet Tr̥averse may not be the most impressive among the pack here but it’s not disappointing either. WIth a midsize SUV which can seat eight with good comfort and space and in good discipline, you can’t really seek anything further. Among the competition though, the Honda Pilot stands out with its 21 mpg combined economy while the Dodge Durango offers the best driving range of 467 miles, thanks to Dodge's largest 24.6-gallons of fuel tank. 

2013 Chevrolet Traverse Interior

8.0/10

The 2013 Traverse has a practical and basic interior overall. The interior can be had in a Grey-white color combination and it looks stunning. The interior panels in this cabin are padded with soft-touch material in most places keeping the hard plastic use to the minimum. The only odd man inside the Traverse is that big yet thin steering wheel like we used to have on much older SUVs. The front seats on this SUV are pretty flat but offer a wide range of adjustability in return. 

The second-row seats have the same story to tell but you can actually fit 3 back in here, that’s a plus. If you opt for the captains’ chairs setup with the 3-zone climate control, the hand rest gets replaced by the A/C vents for the third-row passengers and that’s where you will have to rest your hands. Trust us it becomes uncomfortable in just minutes. The third-row seats can accommodate 2 passengers of small stature easily and the distance between the seats and floor is good so no more knees folding against the tummy on the third row. 

Models

2013 Chevrolet Traverse 

2013 Dodge Durango

2013 Ford Explorer

2013 Honda Pilot 

Seating Capacity

8

7

7

8

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.4/61.5/41.3

39.9/58.5/40.3

41.4/61.3/40.6

40/61.5/41.4

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4/61/36.8

39.8/50.4/38.6

40.5/61/39.8

39.8/62.2/38.5

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.8/57.6/33.2

37.8/50.4/31.5

37.8/50.8/33.2

38.2/58.9/32.1

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

24.4

17.2

21

18

Apart from its overall comfort and in-cabin space, the Traverse also scores high on practicality. The Cargo holding capacity of the Traverse is best in the segment with the third row up. The seats can be folded flat with just a flip switch and create a huge 70.3 cubic feet of space for longer wider items. When pitched against rivals here, the Traverse has the best cargo space among the lot here.

Key Interior Features:

  • Dual-pane sunroof
  • Heated & cooled front seats
  • Driver seat memory
  • Power front seats
  • Wood grain interior trim
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control

How intuitive is the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse’s infotainment system?

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse SUV comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen even on the base trims with a 6-speaker sound system. The system has smartphone integration as well as can be used for streaming Pandora and Internet Radio via your phone's data plan. If you care about the second-row passenger's entertainment, the optional package will add a screen under the roof as well as a 10 speaker Bose audio system. 

Infotainment Features

  • Chevrolet MyLink infotainment interface
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen
  • Pandora
  • Factory Navigation
  • USB ports
  • CD player

2013 Chevrolet Traverse Exterior

9.0/10

In an era of conventional boxy shapes, Chevrolet has decided to go against the wind. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing but after designing so many squarish SUVs, looking at an SUV with curvy, soft looks is going to be difficult for the hardcore Chevrolet loyalists. The 2013 Traverse is still based on its first-generation model but gets some subtle design tweaks. The old split grille is now gone and is replaced with the grille we see on Chevrolet sedans, but still, it looks cool. 

Another noticeable change is the headlight assembly which now gets a black trim going around it and looks like eyeliner. Sorry for the cheesy analogy but it does, really. They tried this on the taillight unit as well but it is done in a better manner here than the front. Overall the design refresh seems to be working fine and it has made the SUV look more mature and manly than the previous year's balloon. No changes on the side profile and you still get that subtle shoulder-line which beautifully blends with the curvy window-line.

Models

2013 Chevrolet Traverse 

2013 Dodge Durango

2013 Ford Explorer

2013 Honda Pilot 

Curb Weight (lb)

4646

4756

4534

4299

Length (inches)

203.7

199.8

197.1

191.4

Width (inches)

78.5

75.8

78.9

78.5

Height (inches)

69.9

71.6

70.4

71.0

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.2

8.1

7.6

7.9

Wheelbase (inches)

118.9

119.8

112.6

109.2

In the competition here, the Honda Pilot is the smallest SUV in the segment but it still carries that conventional boxy look with confidence. Though the Pilot has that elegant appeal, it looks rather too contemporary. The Ford Explorer on the other hand is quite a looker compared to all its rivals with its sharp design which doesn’t seem to lose its relevance even three or five years down the line. The Chevrolet Traverse on the other hand carries a balanced exterior appeal which also resonates in the way it drives. Some of the key exterior highlights of the Traverse are listed below:

Exterior Features:

  • Blacked out headlight & taillight setup
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote ignition
  • Power liftgate

2013 Chevrolet Traverse Safety

7.0/10

The Chevrolet Traverse is one the safest vehicles you could buy and has scored almost perfect crash test ratings in the previous years. The chassis of the Tr̥aver̥se which also underpins the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave is well recognised in the auto-industry today. 

In the NHTSA crash tests, the Traverse has earned 5-stars in overall safety along with frontal impacts and side crash tests. The 2013 Traverse has done well in the IIHS crash tests as well with Good rating in side-impact and roof-strength tests. Credit also goes to its healthy suite of safety features, some of which are listed below:

Key Safety Features:

  • Front center side airbag
  • Rollover mitigation 
  • Hill-start assist
  • Rearview camera & rear parking sensors
  • Side blind zone alert
  • Rear cross-traffic alerts 

2013 Chevrolet Traverse Final Verdict

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse is a wholesome family mover with a reasonable towing capacity for those holiday trips to ski resorts. There is nothing wrong with this SUV to point at. Everything this SUV does, does great. The interior quality is very much up to the mark in higher trims and the fuel economy along with a large fuel tank is good and the large fuel tank is good enough to felicitate your wild endeavours. Even if you are not towing anything, the cargo carrying capacity alone should keep this SUV on top of your watchlist. Poised handling and comfortable ride further put a favorable icing on its cake. Overall the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse is a no-nonsense family SUV that does it all.

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