Car Review: Cart around your family in style in the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse

No changes in the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse, but this vehicle has retained its stylish look even as a maximum capacity passenger option. Photo: 2012 Chevrolet Traverse Photo: Russell Dandridge

DALLAS, November 6, 2012 — No changes to the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse, but this vehicle has retained its stylish look even as a maximum capacity passenger option. Add to that the handling, which speaks more to the car market than the crossover that it is, and you have a good family option on your hands.

Competition here with this eight-seater is the Mazda CX-9, Ford Flex, Dodge Durango, and the Ford Explorer, each of these offer its own specific bells and whistles, depending on needs, but in this market the Traverse does excel.

As a large SUV crossover, the trims are the LS, LT and LTZ. The LS offers 17-inch steel wheels, split-folding second- and third-row bench seats, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and, of course, OnStar.

For the next step up, the LT trim has two sub-trims to choose from: the 1LT or the just a little more luxurious 2LT. The 1LT has 18-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, heated mirrors, an eight-way power driver seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel while the 2LT adds an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, power lift gate, remote ignition, and rearview camera.

2012 Traverse curbside Image: Dandridge

For top-of-the-line luxury in the Traverse, the LTZ has 20-inch wheels, power-folding mirrors, leather upholstery as well as heated and ventilated front seats complete with driver memory functions.

You can also add some of the perks from the midrange and luxury trim levels to the base trim with several option packages. Other options are a navigation system and dual sunroofs. Under the hood it’s a 3.6-liter, V6 engine with six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. All-wheel-drive is available as an option as well.

For the LS and LT trims the engine cranks out 281 horsepower with 266 pound-feet of torque. For the LTZ, it’s 288 horsepower with 270 pound feet of torque.

For safety there are antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, and front seat side-impact and side curtain airbags for all three rows. Also, since it’s a GM there is the OnStar service and that includes hands-free phone connect.

Inside, the cabin in the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is spacious and pleasing aesthetically as well. The buttons and knobs are easy to figure out and navigate, and even with eight passengers, it still has a roomy feel. For seven passengers, you get the second-row captain’s chairs configuration and with eight there is the 60/40-split-folding second-row bench seat. The third row even accommodates adult passengers with ease too. 

For hauling there is plenty of room with 24 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seat. If you fold the second- and third-row seats down, that makes the cargo space a remarkable 116 cubic feet of room.

Overall, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse offers the perfect handling, ride and size for the SUV lover looking for just a little more.

Should You Need to Know: The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse can also keep up when it comes to the zero to 60 world since the LTZ can do it in a little over eight seconds. With the proper options, you will also find it tows up to 5,200 pounds.

Miles Per Gallon:  The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse FWD LTZ I drove came in with 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway.

Cost: This SUV came in at $43,595 for top of the line. 

Rita Cook is a writer/editor with has over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 13-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a radio show in Los Angeles called Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  She also contributes travel and auto to the Anthony Duva show, which can be heard live from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST every Sunday at

Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association, writes for the Dallas Morning News Green Living Section as well as artist profiles and www.greensourceDFW and spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books. She recently received the 2012 Green Media Award from the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association.

Her latest book releases are both “Haunted Dallas” and “Haunted Fort Worth” from Her third book in the Haunted Series was released in October “Haunted Bartlesville, Oklahoma.”  Follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13. 

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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.


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