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  • NEW 2012 Chevrolet Traverse REVIEW

    NEW 2012 Chevrolet Traverse

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    Overview

    The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is a slightly redesigned version of its predecessor. It is currently available in 4 trim levels with the same engine and a well-tuned drive-train. The 2012 model received minor updates that are barely noticeable. Due to this, it is still correct to consider the Traverse as the same SUV that the previous years' buyers came to love.

    The 2012 Chevy Traverse is expected to hit the market this year and provide some of its closest rivals with some very stiff competition. This is mainly because this SUV still leads its class in terms of interior space, particularly those that provide a third-row seat. The Traverse is recognized as a class leader because of its ability to provide more space for adult passengers, while other full-size SUVs are only offering limited legroom and headroom. The V-6 engine used on the Traverse also offers impressive power that is suitable for hauling more passengers and transporting larger cargo.

    Exterior

    The exterior design of the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is considered as one of its strongest assets. This is because a lot of SUV buyers came to love the Traverse's sleek design and the well-trimmed layout. When viewed in front, the Traverse looks muscular and this image is backed by a very capable V-6 engine. But, despite its positive look, the exterior design is criticized due to its failure to allow the driver to obtain greater road visibility when driving. Most car experts suggest that this criticism should be addressed immediately by General Motors, since the limited road visibility might cause accidents or collisions.

    Interior

    The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse has an attractive interior design. The two-tone color scheme used in its cabin is eye-catching and this particular feature is quite rare for most full-size SUVs. In addition to this, the dash gauges are easy to read and this characteristic makes driving the Traverse more manageable. However, the Traverse is occasionally criticized for the cheap and hard plastics used in the vehicle's interior.

    In addition to this, most experts don't like the abundance of small and similar looking buttons on the vehicle's audio and climate controls, since this makes the operation of the electronics more complicated. But, looking at the overall appearance of the interior area of the Traverse, it is quite obvious that it looks very good.

    The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is also popular for its spacious interior. In fact, this vehicle is usually referred to as the only SUV model that offers interior space similar to that of what most minivans are providing. The Traverse offers ample legroom and headroom to all of its passengers. This simply means that even the adult car occupants seated in the third-row of seats are enjoying the the comfortable ride. This feature is quite rare among full-size SUVs.

    The cargo space provided by the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is also admired by a lot of SUV buyers. This is because the cargo room is about 24.4 cubic feet in size, which is larger compared to what the other full-size SUVs, such as the Ford Explorer, are offering. The cargo room could easily swell to an enormous 116.4 cubic feet with the second and third row seats folded.

    Performance   Handling

    The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is powered by a 3.6L, V-6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and offered in a front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive model. The V-6 engine produces a maximum power output of up to 281 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. However, using the dual outlet (optional) feature could easily boost the maximum power output to 288 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque.

    When driven, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse offers a smoother ride as well as better handling. In fact, a lot of car experts who were able to take this vehicle on test drives agreed that the running performance of the Traverse is very impressive, to the point where most of them almost forgot that they are driving a larger SUV.

    Fuel Economy

    In terms of fuel economy, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse has retained the fuel economy ratings of its predecessor. This was probably due to the fact that the 2011 and the latest model of the Traverse are using the same 3.6L, V-6 engine. With this engine, all of the front-wheel drive 2012 Chevrolet Traverse models obtained the estimated fuel economy ratings of 17 miles per gallon in the city, 24 miles per gallon on the highway, and 19 miles per gallon. The Chevrolet Traverse models with all-wheel drive systems on the other hand obtained a fuel economy rating of 16 miles per gallon in the city, 23 miles per gallon on the highway, and 19 miles per gallon combined.

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    Other Names
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    Other Make Names
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