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Chevrolet offers safer, sportier Traverse for 2013


Chevrolet offers safer, sportier Traverse for 2013
A new front end separates the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse from earlier models of the crossover utility vehicle.


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Wilson County News
January 23, 2013
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Loading up kids, grandma, the dog, and an ice chest full of cold fried chicken and sodas into the car and hitting the interstate for a family road trip is as American as “baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet.” All of this is personified in the Chevrolet Traverse, which has been redesigned for 2013.

Those who are familiar with Chevrolet’s full-sized crossover utility vehicle will notice some aesthetic changes. The Traverse is new in front with a power dome hood, horizontal grille, new headlamps, chrome accents, and front corners. In the back, taillights bear strong family resemblances to the Malibu and the Camaro.

The Traverse’s cavernous, three-row interior comes standard with seating for seven passengers -- with dual captain’s chairs in the front and center rows, and a three-person bench in the rear. New for this year is an optional eight-seater model, which nixes the center captain’s chairs in favor of a bench seat.

All passengers will travel with peace of mind, knowing that the Traverse is among the list of vehicles that earned a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Standard safety features in the Traverse -- and in its cousins, the Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia -- include an industry-first center side airbag. According to Chevrolet, “When a severe impact occurs, the air bag deploys in milliseconds from the inboard side of the driver’s seat and inflates between the driver and front passenger, providing added protection for both front occupants.”

An abundance of additional safety features includes available side blind-zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert systems, standard head curtain side airbags with rollover protection, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, standard rearview camera system, and more.

Thanks to Richardson Bros. Chevrolet Polaris, the Wilson County News experienced the Traverse during a Jan. 9 test drive. Richardson’s Sales Manager, Blake Benbow, said the Traverse will provide drivers with “the SUV feel with a sedan ride, with the gas mileage of a sedan as well.”

General Motors definitely has returned to its roots of combining comfort, utility, and sturdiness into one package. The Traverse -- available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive -- offers a smooth, quiet ride in town and on the highway. Combined with the 3.6-liter V6 that comes standard with 281 horsepower and 266 footpounds of torque, six-speed automatic transmission, and standard 17-inch wheels, the near-5,000-pound Traverse floats gracefully along the asphalt.

True to its status as a crossover utility vehicle, the Traverse is a capable hauler. With the second- and third-row seats folded, it offers 116.3 cubic feet of cargo room -- which, according to Chevrolet, is more maximum cargo space than the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, or Toyota Highlander. For loads that are too big to ride inside, a properly equipped Traverse can tow up to 5,200 pounds.

The Traverse is not just a functional vehicle, but it also is fun, thanks in part to the Chevrolet MyLink “infotainment” system that allows for seamless integration of smartphones for hands-free calling through the audio system and Bluetooth streaming of Internet radio applications, such as Pandora and Stitcher. OnStar also is standard on all Traverse models.

According to Chevrolet, the Traverse has a manufacturer suggested retail price starting at $31,370. Our test-drive vehicle had a sticker price of $36,280.

2013 Chevrolet Traverse

•Base price: $31,370
•Price as tested: $36,280
•Engine: 3.6-liter (217-cubic-inch) V6
•Transmission: Hydra-Matic 6-speed automatic
•EPA fuel economy: 17 city/24 highway (front-wheel drive), 16 city/23 highway (all-wheel drive)

Where to buy:
•Richardson Bros. Chevrolet Polaris, 1406 10th St. (U.S. 181), Floresville; www.chevydeal.com; phone 830-216-4216.
•Koepp Chevrolet, 13221 U.S. 87 W., La Vernia; www.koeppchevy.com; phone 877-476-6151.
 

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