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2012 Chevrolet Traverse
2012 Chevrolet Traverse
Available Price Range $10,467-$21,547 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 19-20 SeatsN/A

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


Our Expert Reviews

During a busy week with the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse my family trekked more than 900 miles in it, often with two adults, four kids and tons of vacation gear along for the ride. The three-row SUV became our vacation headquarters, providing navigation assistance and comfort for the adults and entertainment, space and, basically, a portable living room for the kids. For all we threw at the 2012 C... Read full review for the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse

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Consumer Reviews


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I love it!

by Mom of 2 little ones from DFW, TX on December 5, 2012

This car is a perfect meeting point between convience of a minivan with the styling of an SUV. The sliding 2nd row allows for an adult to have leg room when in the 3rd row. We opted for the 2nd row bu... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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