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Rankings & Research

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse ranking is based on its score within the 2012 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Chevrolet Traverse has a score of 8.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 43 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2012 Chevrolet Traverse Review

When it was new, reviewers liked the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse’s adult-sized third-row seat, great cargo space for the class and well-rounded driving dynamics.

Pros & Cons

  • Great cargo space for the class
  • Adult-friendly third row
  • Comfortable ride
  • Some cheap interior materials

New for 2012

  • Last model year before interior and exterior styling and technology updates

2012 Chevrolet Traverse Overview

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is powered by a V6 engine that most test drivers said produces ample power. Power is routed through a six-speed automatic transmission, and most reviewers said that it shifts smoothly, though some found it occasionally hesitant to downshift at highway speeds. The Traverse achieves an EPA fuel economy estimate of 17/24 mpg city/highway, which is comparable to the fuel economy estimates of most others in the class. The 2012 Traverse earned praise for its comfortable ride and controlled handling when it was new. Auto journalists were pleased with the Traverse's strong brakes and accurate steering, and found it fairly easy to maneuver in tight areas such as parking lots.

While some test drivers noticed a few hard plastics, most agreed that the 2012 Traverse's interior is solidly constructed and built with materials that are appropriate for the class. Reviewers reported that the front seats are comfortable for long distances. They added that the second row is comfortable and easy to get to, thanks to wide door openings. Some auto journalists remarked that the third row is large enough for adults, which is a rare compliment in this class. A six-speaker CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack is standard. Available features when it was new include tri-zone automatic climate control, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 10-speaker Bose stereo system, Bluetooth, navigation and a rearview camera. The Traverse offers up to 116.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is among the best in the class.

Other SUVs to Consider

The base 2012 Toyota Highlander gets better fuel economy than the Traverse, at an EPA-estimated 20/25 mpg city/highway. When it was new, test drivers were impressed with the Highlander's high-quality cabin materials and smooth ride.

The 2012 Buick Enclave is mechanically identical to the Traverse, but reviewers agreed that the Enclave has one of the most opulent interiors in the class, with a pleasing design and lots of soft-touch materials. Like the Traverse, the Enclave earned praise for its composed handling and spacious interior, with plenty of cargo space for the class.

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