The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse was all-new in 2009, and the large crossover SUV has soldiered on with relatively few changes since. It rides on GM's Lambda crossover platform that also underpins the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia. While the Traverse isn't quite as feature rich as its Lambda cousins at Buick and GMC, it still offers plenty of comfort and convenience features and a smooth, car-like ride.
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Chevrolet Traverse continues on with relatively little changes. Dark Silver Metallic and Crystal Red Tintcoat are new paint options. LT models get power, heated, body-color, manual-folding outside mirrors. Driver's side mirror gets auto-dimming. LTZ mirrors get the same mirrors with added power folding feature. Last year LT models gained heated cloth seats and White Diamond Tri-Coat and Steel Green Metallic paint options.
The Transverse features Chevrolet's signature split grille to distinguish it from its Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia crossover cousins. The body is more rounded than the Acadia, but not as much as the Buick. Its softer styling may contribute to its greater popularity over the boxy Ford Flex. Two new paints have been added to the palette: Dark Silver Metallic and Crystal Red Tintcoat. Traverse 1LT and 2LT models get power, heated, body-color, manual-folding outside mirrors. The driver's side mirror gets auto-dimming. LTZ mirrors get the same mirrors with added power folding feature.
The Chevy Traverse packs a 288-horsepower version of GM's direct-injected 3. 6-liter V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic. In our Motor Trend testing of an all-wheel-drive Traverse, it hit 60 mph in 7. 7 seconds and cleared the quarter-mile in 16 seconds flat at 86. 4 mph, on par with other crossovers in its segment. Its handling is also competitive and outshines truck-based SUVs and minivans. The Traverse's ride is car-like, but its overall size can make it difficult to maneuver in tight spaces.
2012 Chevrolet Traverse is packed with most of GM's safety systems. It features head curtain side airbags for all rows, as wells as the standard array of front and side airbags, including pelvic-thorax seat-mounted airbags. StabiliTrak electronic traction control with rollover mitigation technology is standard. It comes with four-wheel disc brakes with ABS. The body structure uses high-strength steel and crumple zones to protect occupants. A tire pressure monitoring system is standard.