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2013 Chevrolet Traverse Review

If you’re looking for a well-rounded SUV that ranks highly in its class and has good safety scores, you should consider a used 2013 Chevrolet Traverse. Its ride quality and maneuverability are commendable, and it boasts a spacious cabin and straightforward features. However, its engine could use more power.

Pros & Cons

  • High safety scores
  • Good reliability
  • Cavernous cargo hold
  • Light, direct steering
  • Engine can feel underpowered

New for 2013

  • Rearview camera became standard
  • Updated interior and exterior styling
  • MyLink infotainment system became available

Rankings & Awards

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2013 Best 3-Row Midsize SUV for Families award. Currently the Chevrolet Traverse has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 55 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.8
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2013 Chevrolet Traverse Overview

Is the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse a Good Used SUV?

You’ll get a lot of what you want from an SUV with a used 2013 Traverse. It can seat up to eight comfortably, and it has one of the most spacious cargo holds in the class. It’s a good value too, with standard features like a rearview camera, satellite radio, and a touch screen. For its combination of space, safety, quality, and family-friendly features, we named the Chevy Traverse our 2013 Best 3-Row SUV for Families award winner.

Used 2013 Chevrolet Traverse Performance and Interior

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse comes with a direct-injection V6 engine that produces 281 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel-drive models are available. Fuel economy is rated at 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway for FWD models, and 16/23 mpg city/highway for AWD models.

The Traverse’s engine is strong, but not always sufficient for the SUV’s weight. You must drop the accelerator to get moving quickly from a stop or merge onto the highway. Ride quality is soft and comfortable over most surfaces, and the cabin is insulated from road and wind noise. The Traverse has carlike steering, making it easy to pilot in tight spaces.

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The 3-row 2013 Traverse seats up to eight. Some models have second-row captain’s chairs that reduce occupancy to seven. Cloth upholstery is standard; leather seats, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, or heated and ventilated front seats are available. There are two complete LATCH child-seat attachments in the second-row outboard seats, and additional top tether anchors for both the second- and third-row middle seats. The front seats are spacious and roomy, and they provide good outward visibility. The second row slides and reclines, creating easier access to the last row. With the second row moved up, adult passengers will have enough room in the third row, though they’ll sit with their knees up. At over 116 cubic feet, the Traverse has more space than nearly all other midsize SUVs. 

Standard features in the Chevrolet Traverse LS include Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Available features include tri-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, remote start, a sunroof, a power liftgate, navigation, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and rear parking sensors. The dashboard controls are clearly marked and easy to reach, while the touch screen has large, distinct icons. Graphics are sharp and the system is intuitive.

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Used 2013 Chevrolet Traverse Prices

Average prices of a used 2013 Chevrolet Traverse range from about $15,500 to around $23,200. The price you pay depends on the car’s mileage, location, features, and condition.

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We Did the Research for You: 55 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 55 Chevrolet Traverse reviews – along with safety and reliability ratings, cost of ownership estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2013 Traverse is the right used SUV for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse?

The 2013 Chevy Traverse has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Traverse?

The Traverse gets some of the highest composite safety scores in its class of SUVs. It earned five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The Traverse was also named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, after it scored the highest mark of Good in four crash evaluations.

A rearview camera is the only standard active safety feature in the Traverse. Rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert are available.

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Is the 2013 Traverse the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse is part of the SUV’s first generation, which launched in 2009. For 2013, the Traverse underwent a significant refresh, making it a better buy than earlier model years. Upgrades for 2013 include upgraded interior and exterior styling, a standard rearview camera, the MyLink infotainment system, and the industry’s first front-center airbag.

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Which Used Chevrolet Traverse Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Chevy Traverse is available in four trims: LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ. The base model comes decently equipped with satellite radio and a touch screen. Step up to the 2LT for heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, and the full MyLink Radio infotainment system. It also includes features from the 1LT, like rear parking sensors, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and remote start. If you want leather seats or advanced safety features like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, you’ll have to find a top-of-the-line LTZ.

For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.  

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2013 Chevrolet Traverse and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Chevrolet Traverse or 2013 Honda Pilot?

The 2013 Honda Pilot has low safety scores for the class. Its V6 engine doesn’t feel particularly strong, and handling is cumbersome and unrefined. The eight-seat Pilot offers good amounts of passenger space, even in its third row. However, the cabin is marked by lots of hard plastic surfaces, and there’s significantly less cargo space than in the Traverse. The Chevy is the better buy.

Which Is Better: 2013 Chevrolet Traverse or 2013 Ford Explorer?

The 2013 Ford Explorer sits near the bottom of the class. Its reliability rating is poor, though its safety scores are decent. Three engines are available, ranging from a fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder to a peppy turbocharged V6. The Explorer has little steering feedback, and though the ride is comfortable in general, it can feel stiffer with larger wheels. There are few notable standard features, and available amenities like the MyFord Touch infotainment system are hard to use. The Explorer has a cramped third row and less cargo space than many rivals, making it hard to recommend over nearly any other SUV in the class.

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