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2013 Chevrolet Traverse Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse was new.


Interior: 8.1

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse’s revised interior is spacious and comfortable, according to auto critics. Most reviewers agree that its standard third row is comfortable for adults, which is an uncommon praise for a midsize SUV. While not all test drivers appreciate all of the Traverse’s interior touches, they do note that material quality has improved over the previous model. The Traverse also has plenty of cargo room.

  • "The interior is commendably quiet, which means front-row occupants don't have to turn around and shout at the third-row; normal tones are possible, even if they get no results. Turning around will, however, reveal the elegantly tapering roofline. It's easy to admire how well-done this big vehicle is." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "In the realm of people movers, the Chevrolet Traverse is one of those vehicles whose design makes sense the instant you enter the cabin." -- Road and Track
  • "The … Chevrolet Traverse's interior is a study in the fine art of form meeting function." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)
  • "Stylish interior design presents well at a distance. Hard plastic is prevalent, but its texture lends substance. The available leather upholstery adds a bit more of an upscale touch." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


The 2013 Traverse has seating for eight, but buyers can equip the second row with captain’s chairs, reducing seating to seven. Overall, reviewers say that the first and second rows offer a good amount of space and are comfortable over long drives. The Traverse comes with cloth upholstery and manually-adjustable front bucket seats, but power-adjustable, heated front seats and leather upholstery are optional.

Unlike many three-row SUVs, most test drivers like the Traverse’s third-row seats and say they are comfortable for adults. One critic differs, however, saying that both the second- and third-row seats are too low to the ground for comfort. Even though this is a common complaint in crossovers, they say that the Ford Explorer and Flex offer higher seating positions. Rear visibility is good, but one reviewer notes that thick roof pillars may obstruct forward vision.

  • "As before, the Traverse's sliding second row eases access to the third row, which is actually roomy enough for adults." -- Edmunds
  • "Among the largest midsize SUVs, Traverse's cabin feels especially roomy. Big, supportive seats make for good long-trip comfort. … Outward visibility is good thanks to big mirrors and unobtrusive rear headrests. The view to the front corners is partially obscured by thick roof pillars." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Once seated, passengers will discover the Traverse's third row is actually quite accommodating to full-size adults." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)
  • "Both rows in the Traverse sit too close to the floor, which leaves adults' knees raised. Squatting seats are the norm in many crossovers, but the Explorer - and Ford's other crossover, the boxy Flex - sit higher." -- Cars.com (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 Traverse comes with features that include a backup camera and a 6.5-inch touch-screen display with a USB port and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Higher trims include features like Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, navigation, rear parking sensors, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a power liftgate and blind spot monitoring. Many of the available features are also offered on lower trims as stand-alone options.

One automotive critic thinks that the gauges and controls are easy to use and well-placed. Another test driver says that the contrast stitching and faux wood look out of place in the Traverse, but likes Chevrolet’s new MyLink display. The new MyLink system wasn’t tested extensively by the automotive press, so there is little reviewer opinion on how it works.

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  • "Although we weren't fans of the wood trim and awkward combination of blue contrast stitching in our particular test vehicle, this new interior did help set off the beautiful new 6.5-in. color touchscreen interface of the Chevy MyLink infotainment system." -- Road and Track
  • "As the volume-brand model, the Traverse doesn't have all the niceties of its more upscale counterparts like the Acadia Denali and Enclave, but 2013 brings some significant improvements to the interior trim, with soft-touch upper dashboards, ambient lighting, and the integration of Chevrolet's MyLink interface into the center stack." -- Truck Trend
  • "Big, bright, clear gauges are easy to read. Major controls are where you would expect them to be." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


The 2013 Traverse has one of the largest cargo areas in the class, with up to 116.4 cubic feet of space. This bests some large SUVs like the Chevrolet Tahoe. Behind the second-row seats, the Traverse holds 70.3 cubic feet of cargo and even with all the seats in use, there’s an impressive 24.4 cubic feet. Reviewers appreciate the Traverse’s overall cargo space and its generous number of cabin storage compartments.

  • "There's more usable space behind the raised 3rd-row seat than in most midsize SUVs, plus a handy under-floor compartment. Both the 2nd- and 3rd-row seats fold forward easily, though not completely flat. Several bins and cubbies provide ample interior storage." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Cargo room distinguishes the Traverse, which has 24.4 cubic feet - enough for a large cooler - behind the third row. … Fold all the seats, and the Traverse has 116.4 cubic feet of maximum volume. No direct competitor breaks 100 cubic feet." -- Cars.com (2012)

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