2012 Chevrolet Traverse

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$8,386–$18,602 Inventory Prices

Key Specs of the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse

Traverse base trim shown

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

Our Take

The good

  • Ride quality
  • Acceleration
  • Cargo volume
  • Crash-test ratings
  • Easy controls

The bad

  • Large turning circle
  • Tight third row
  • Expensive base model
  • Aging cabin
  • Average reliability
2012 Chevrolet Traverse exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse

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

2012 Chevrolet Traverse Road Test

Sherrice Gilsbach

The top five large crossover SUVs on the market outsell the top five minivans, despite having an average of nearly 20 percent less room. So be it. Families who want maximum space without the sliding doors can get the best alternative in one of GM's three-row crossovers: the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia or Chevrolet Traverse.

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse nearly pulls a minivan out of the crossover hat. It's an impressive vehicle, even in its fourth year on the market.

Little has changed for 2012; you can compare it with the 2011 Traverse here. With front- or all-wheel drive, the eight-seat Traverse comes in LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ trim levels. Compare those trims here, or compare the Traverse, Acadia and Enclave here. We tested a front-drive Traverse 1LT.

Driving Refinement
The Traverse's drivetrain shines even among large crossovers, which aren't slowpokes these days. Its standard six-speed automatic shifts quickly, if sometimes roughly, and highway kickdown happens with little delay. Driven solo, our tester sped from a stop, hustled up to 70 mph, and beat others to the passing lane with a satisfying, muscular whine at full bore. I drove mostly solo, but the V-6 should be up to hauling passengers. When I crammed seven adults into a front-drive Enclave, it needed most of its reserves to ascend uphill onramps — but it did so capably. Expect the same from its Chevrolet sibling.

A dual-exhaust system in the LTZ bumps output up to 288 horsepower, from 281 hp in other ... Read more

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Latest Reviews



by K. Seawright from Jackson,Nj on February 17, 2018

This suv is very spacious, drives smooth and very clean. Well maintained. My kids absolutely love it! I would definitely recommend this vehicle to others. Read full review


Excellent vehicle

by T from Kaukauna, Wi on February 4, 2018

Very roomy. Love the adjustable seats in second row. This car is going to work out wonderful for our family. The car handles very well. Read full review

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