2012 Chevrolet Traverse

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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 Traverse is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with direct fuel injection. Three-row curtain airbags and an electronic stability system are standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for the 2012 model year.

Exterior
The Traverse sports the same stacked grille as the Chevy Malibu family sedan. The high belt line and tall roof are typical of most large crossovers, while the taillights recall Chevy's Camaro. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch wheels, with 18- or 20-inch wheels for upper-level models
  • Four-wheel-independent suspension
  • Optional panoramic moonroof
  • Power-adjustable heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals on 2LT versions
  • Power-folding heated side mirrors on LTZ trims

Interior
Like its siblings, the Traverse's interior has bright gauges and plenty of beveled plastics. The door handles reside on their own raised sections, and the dashboard stacks contrasting materials atop one another. Parking assistance comes in the form of rear proximity sensors or a backup camera. Interior features include:

  • Seats seven or eight
  • Optional captain's chairs or three-seat bench in the second row
  • Standard cloth s...
Vehicle Overview

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 Traverse is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with direct fuel injection. Three-row curtain airbags and an electronic stability system are standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for the 2012 model year.

Exterior
The Traverse sports the same stacked grille as the Chevy Malibu family sedan. The high belt line and tall roof are typical of most large crossovers, while the taillights recall Chevy's Camaro. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch wheels, with 18- or 20-inch wheels for upper-level models
  • Four-wheel-independent suspension
  • Optional panoramic moonroof
  • Power-adjustable heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals on 2LT versions
  • Power-folding heated side mirrors on LTZ trims

Interior
Like its siblings, the Traverse's interior has bright gauges and plenty of beveled plastics. The door handles reside on their own raised sections, and the dashboard stacks contrasting materials atop one another. Parking assistance comes in the form of rear proximity sensors or a backup camera. Interior features include:

  • Seats seven or eight
  • Optional captain's chairs or three-seat bench in the second row
  • Standard cloth seats; optional leather upholstery
  • Optional heated and cooled front seats
  • Optional navigation system


Under the Hood
GM's 3.6-liter V-6 has direct injection and makes 281 horsepower. An optional dual exhaust system boosts power to 288 hp. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive; optional all-wheel drive


Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact airbags for the front seats, plus side curtain airbags for all three rows
  • Standard all-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system

 


2012 Traverse Video

Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse. It competes with the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most reliable car I've ever owned.

by Vivian--widow from Ely, Nevada on October 1, 2018

This car has been just what I need. I have to travel a lot and great distances for doctor appointments and to see about property. The car is roomy enough for my O2 equipment and luggage and the ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great car

by MiamiRoberts from Miami FL on September 23, 2018

Love this car has third row which bends forward for extra space in the back ....only weird thing is a transmission shift but dealer says it?s normal. Otherwise great on gas given it?s v6 engine, lots ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse currently has 4 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Chevrolet
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Traverse received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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