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2012 Chevrolet Traverse Overview (See Available Styles)

If you need to haul seven or eight passengers, but a Tahoe is more SUV than you need, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse crossover just might hit the sweet spot. The Traverse might not be as off-road capable as its pure SUV stablemates, but its emphasis on a car-like ride and fuel economy with SUV-like utility is just what many consumers are looking for.

For 2012, the Traverse undergoes no major changes. On the outside, the Traverse treads on the more conservative side when it comes to style, with subtly contoured sides and Chevy’s corporate grille dominating the front.

Under the hood, there’s only one engine option, a 281-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 with direct injection. The addition of the optional dual exhaust system bumps horsepower up slightly to 288. A six-speed automatic transmission rows the gears, and front-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is optional.

Fuel economy estimates for the 2012 Traverse check in at 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway (opting for all-wheel drive drops each of these figures by one respectively). Chevy claims that the Traverse’s highway fuel economy is the highest to be found in any eight-passenger crossover.

The interior of the Traverse retains the two-tone color scheme that seems to be making its way around Chevy of late. Depending on your choice of a second-row bench or captain’s chairs, seating capacity is seven or eight. The Traverse is well equipped in all forms, with standard features like cruise control, rear climate control, satellite radio, auxiliary input jack, and power windows/locks. Optional equipment like automatic climate control, a rear entertainment system, navigation system, Bluetooth® connectivity, and heated front seats help to keep everyone comfortable and entertained on long trips. An available power lift gate is another convenience which means you don’t have to set down packages or children to open the back.

Safety is a priority on the Traverse, which has six airbags, electronic stability control, all-disc antilock brakes, and OnStar’s suite of protective services all standard. For help maneuvering the Traverse in tight spaces, a backup camera and rear proximity sensors are available.

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse offers great fuel economy which will make drivers happy, and plenty of interior features which will make the passengers smile as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 16 - 17 MPG
  • Highway: 23 - 24 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

41 of 43 (95%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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