Best Bet
(4.6) 38 reviews
MSRP: $9,802$20,222
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 19-20
Engine: 281-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Seats: 7-8
2012 Chevrolet Traverse

Our Take on the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse

Our Take

The Chevrolet Traverse offers distinctive styling and a purportedly sportier driving experience than its GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave siblings. With seating for up to seven or eight people in three rows, the Traverse competes with the Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9 and Hyundai Veracruz.The Traver... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Large turning circle
  • Tight third row
  • Expensive base model
  • Aging cabin
  • Average reliability

Notable Features

  • Seats up to 8
  • Available panoramic moonroof
  • 3.6-liter V-6
  • FWD or AWD
  • Related to GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave

8 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.