Price: $40,575 ($44,200 as tested)
Engine: 3.6-liter V6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic (FWD
Power: 288hp & 270 lb-ft of torque
I have a strange fascination with crossovers, and the 2013 Chevy Traverse is a perfect example of why I love these vehicles. It combines everything you need from a spacious and powerful SUV, and puts it into a sleeker platform with all the benefits of a standard car.
The exterior of the 2013 Traverse FWD LTZ is quite deceptive. The sloping hood, sleek lines that create the body, and sharp-looking headlights are all characteristics of a car, but the difference is on the inside. The Traverse LTZ has the most cargo space in its class- amounting to 116.3 cubic feet- and three rows of seats that comfortable fit 7 people. While you can fit 8 passengers if you opt for the 2nd-row bench seat, our model was equipped with comfortable captain’s chairs. Of course, the driver and front-passenger get the best view in the house: a stylish dashboard, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, heated seats, a gorgeous optional touch-screen media center, and much more. (Fun Fact: the Traverse has 12 cup holders.)
What makes it an LTZ:
- 20-inch painted aluminum wheels
- full chrome side window moldings and lower grille bars
- Chrome rear bumper pad
- Leather appointed seating
- Memory settings for the driver seat
- Side blind zone alert
- Rear-cross traffic alert
- Heated and cooled front seats
- “Bright” dual exhaust
- Heated steering wheel
Of course, the front row of seats aren’t the only ones who will be comfortable in the Traverse LTZ. The second row of captain’s chairs are incredibly comfortably, making sure those young passengers have a good place to nap on long road trips. If they happen to stay awake, there is an optional $1,445 rear-seat entertainment center that will keep them occupied. The third row of seats is also roomy and comfortable as well, offering enough space for an average adult to sit comfortably. If you don’t need the seats for passengers, fold them down and you’ll have plenty of room for cargo. Needless to say, it will fit a large family comfortably, or fit a months worth of groceries.
The 2013 Traverse LTZ also has some pretty solid equipment under the hood. Powering the crossover is a 3.6-liter V6 that beats out the competing Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander in the horsepower department with 288hp. The Ford Explorer might have 2 more horsepower (290hp), but the Traverse LTZ has 15 more lb-ft of torque with 250 lb-ft of torque @ 3400 RPM. On the road, the Traverse receives plenty of power and is able to move around quite quickly despite its size. It also handles very similar to a car, with surprisingly quick handling.
If you are looking to lug around a family or maybe a garden’s worth of plants, the 2013 Traverse FWD LTZ can get it done in a sportier fashion than say a Suburban. The interior is well laid out and is incredibly spacious, one of the greatest plusses of this car. This crossover is definitely worth a look.