The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is an 8 passenger Traverse crossover which is one of the best vehicles in today’s Chevy lineup, thanks to excellent safety scores and good features. 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is not a minivan, but it’s nearly as functional as one, even without the sliding doors. The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse crossover utility vehicle combines the smooth ride and responsive handling of a car with the cargo capability and high seating position of a traditional truck-based sport utility vehicle.

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The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse simple, elegant, even spare, and that has its own charm. With its stylish good looks, spacious cabin, carlike handling and decent fuel economy, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse specs has much to offer buyers who need maximum passenger capacity in a more maneuverable package. The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse design influence from other Chevy products is clear, especially up front where a Malibu like split grille sits tall.

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The lack of detail makes the rear end of the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse as forgettable as any minivan, though, and the same holds true for the interior–it’s functional, but not exciting, by any means, and the sheets of hard, dull plastic that wrap the dash and doors could use an upgrade. However, when it comes to keeping you and your passengers happy, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse interior has a lot to offer. The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse have its strengths lie in its roomy, comfortable interior.

2012 Chevrolet Traverse is almost a minivan in terms of raw space, but the lack of sliding doors does put it at a slight disadvantage in a couple of ways. The well-equipped 2012 Chevrolet Traverse interior features two front bucket seats and two different seating configurations for the second and third row seats, accommodating a maximum of eight passengers.

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The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse performance is quick and competent although there’s only one drivetrain offered, a direct-injection 3.6-liter V-6 engine coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 288-horsepower six (281 hp in models with a single exhaust) generates leisurely acceleration and a bit of V-6 grumble at the top of its powerband, but the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse doesn’t really feel anemic unless you’ve taken on a full load of passengers and chosen the optional all-wheel drive.

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In the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS and LT trims, the V6 produces 281 hp and 266 pound-feet of torque. In the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ, output jumps to 288 hp and 270 lb-ft thanks to a dual-outlet exhaust. The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse 2LT posted a sufficiently quick 0-60-mph time of 8.6 seconds; the LTZ did it in 8.2. The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse mpg is estimated by the EPA for the front-wheel-drive versions are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined. While the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse all-wheel-drive models are very close at 16/23/19 mpg.

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2012 Chevrolet Traverse Competitors

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse styling is inoffensive which is suits the mission, but there’s not much excitement in the mildly contoured shape; nothing of the flair that you’d find in the GMC Acadia and the Buick Enclave that share the Traverse cars platform. The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse does have some downsides which is not as easy to drive or see out of as slightly smaller competitive crossovers.

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If you think the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is not satisfied you, you might be inclined to check out the more athletic Mazda CX-9 or the well-rounded Ford Flex. Also worth noting are the Dodge Durango and Ford Explorer; they don’t offer quite as much interior space as the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse, but it is certainly desirable in its own right.