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The Chevrolet Traverse can comfortably seat up to eight adults, while leaving good cargo space behind the third row. It rides pleasantly and handles surprisingly well, especially for its size. Drivers and passengers will appreciate the quiet cabin, comfortable seats and well-finished interior. Test results for the Traverse also apply to the GMC Acadia.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The Chevrolet Traverse can comfortably seat up to eight adults, while leaving good cargo space behind the third row. It rides pleasantly and handles surprisingly well, especially for its size. Drivers and passengers will appreciate the quiet cabin, comfortable seats and well-finished interior. Test results for the Traverse also apply to the GMC Acadia.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (281 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (288 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Chevrolet Traverse owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Power steering leaks

“Power Steering leaks fluid, Chevy tells me it will take a whole steering system replacement, the cost is over $2500. Not covered by drive train warrantee”

Patrick P., MN (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Power steering became intermittent at 75k. Took to Chevy, needs new pump, racknpinion-$2100. I bought the ext warranty from the same dealer, but told ps not covered.Chevy finally agreed to replace faulty system on older models, 2012 still not covered”

Doug K., MO (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“the power steering unit was replaced, but it was covered under warranty”

Anonymous, WI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“Left strut was leaking and was repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“Rear shock bushings worn. Replaced shocks”

Munro R., ON (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“I had to replace the the Steering Gear and the power steering hose at a cost of $760 for parts and $945 labor to renew the Power Steering Rack Assy and $90 for the four wheel alignment that included caster. The car had 45580 miles on it and it was al”

Anonymous, VA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“This car is a piece of junk. I purchased an extended warranty and within days of the expiration. The rack and pinion failed. The dealer wanted $2,000 to repair and no guarantee other repairs would be needed. Never buying a GM car again”

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Sometimes when I turned there would be a "thug, thug, thug" sound. It had done this since I purchased it in January. I had it in for several other minor issues but the techs could never mimic it. Finally I had the tech get in the SUV with me and w”

Richard B., MI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“Leak found in PS system during inspection/service at 60000 miles. Necessitated a $2400 repair job that included a new rack”

David F., PA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“Front end had to be replaced on driver side. at about 65K miles. GM would not repair it, because it had passed the 60K. $2000 to repair”

Anonymous, VA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“rack and pinion warranty replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

“Rack leaking. Full replacement. Later diagnosed with further leaks and more repairs”

Munro R., ON (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“noise when turning, dealer replaced rack and pinion I had to pay $1400. dollars. it did not fix the problem. Said was not covered under waranity.still makes noise”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Noise when making sharp right turns”

Anonymous, MO (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

“I took the car to a dealer for an oil change and was told the brakes were worn, the rotors had de-laminated and the rack and pinion had a leak. This to me is strange on a car with this mileage. The rack and pinion alone was $1,900. The service manager later told me the are replacing the rack and pinion at the rate of 1 to 2 per week. This I thought was strange. I purchased this car from my lady friend and I have driven it since new. I thought it strange that the rotor should de-laminate at”

Theodore B., NY (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

“The vibration was what caused us to take it in for the work the was done on the power steering rack assembly. Total cost was $1925”

Anonymous, VA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

“The car is falling apart. I needed new tires before 75,000 miles. Of course the tires are special and cost $250-$300 a piece, not including all the little charges they hit you with like stems, balancing, tire disposal etc”

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Front right tire was worn more than the left tire”

Carmine C., ME (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“It appears that there is a Freon leak, but they cannot find it. The car is making noises when the A/C is running”

Anonymous, WA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

“Our passenger side hvac vents only produced hot air. This repair was called "common" by the GM service department representative, plus the repair parts were in-stock (but not covered by warranty @ 40,000 miles), so why did the repair cost us $352.00?”

Kurt S., WI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“HVAC system, the system decides when I can use the AC portion. This is dangerous. I needed AC on lower then hot temperatures to defog my windshield. I needed to change the dew point and could not do this. Instead my windshield fogged up inside the car instantly like a car built in the 50's & 60's. I was at 50 mph! My friend quickly undid his seatbelt (another safety issue) and wiped my side of the windshield with his bare hand so I could see to drive! Yet another issue with HVAC. I ca”

Anonymous, PA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Hissing noises, blowing hot air. AC discharge line was bad and had to be replaced”

Melissa P., AZ (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“Refrigerant leak should not be a problem with a new car having less than 36,000 miles. Dealer unable to find leak and therefore not covered under warantee. Charged $125.00 by dealer to replace refrigerant”

Anonymous, ND (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“AC would not cool. Took to shop. They added freon”

Patricia J., IL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“A/C has gone "warm" relatively frequently. Just doesn't seem as cold as it should be. Have had it checked regularly and sometimes needs charging but no leaks found”

Anonymous, IN (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“Slow leak. Deal believes it is because the car is only driven 6 months a year”

David C., IL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Air door actuator failure”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Heater system

“Defrost not working properly, windows fog and will not defrost. Broken actuator to change vents”

Anonymous, OH (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

“brakes needed repairing”

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Although pads weren't completely worn out, I personally replaced the rotors and pads on the front of my Traverse to insure safety for my family”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Premature brake wear

“We are not hard on our brakes and it just seems like the pads should not have worn out so soon”

Dave E., MI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

“only right rear pads wore down totally ruining rotor & caliper”

James J., NY (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“Had to replace front brake pads because the portion of the pad that does not contact the disc had signs of deterioration. Pads had not worn down to minimum depth.”

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“Rotors warped after 28,000 (nearly all highway) miles”

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

“The break pads were worn out in the back only (also causing squeaking - I will copy/paste this comment in the Squeaking as well). I had to have the breaks/rotors replaced in the back of the vehicle only”

Richard B., MI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Squeaking

“Rotors resurfaced by dealer after premature warping. Resulted in uneven brake wear, brakes grinding/squealing”

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

“Needed to have breaks over hauled. Normal wear and tear. Breaks did not fail. Breaks just needed to be maintained”

Christopher P., TX (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

“kept shorting out had it in three or four times finally had to replace the whole "wire Harness" not sure what that means”

Anonymous, MN (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“The drivers side headlight would sporadically not turn on or just turn off. It took two tries before they figured out that it was a bad connector in the SUV. They replaced it and it has worked since then”

Richard B., MI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“The headlights would not come on; first thought it was a fuse but had to replace the head lamps”

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Interior lights

“dash lights go out”

Bob M., PA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“All tires were inflated properly to 35 psi, but reading on left front monitor stated 27 psi. Had dealer correct that problem, but than monitor stated right front tire at 27 psi, but was really at 35 psi”

Robert M., WI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

“Wipers would not work when turn signals were operating. Multi-function switch failed and had to be replaced”

Jeffrey L., MI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“Hi speed of the wiper stopped working around 45,000. I replaced a relay (version of fuse) but that didn't take care of it. Am waiting to take in to my local mechanic to look at it”

Donald M., WI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Needed to replace radiator. Most modern radiators last more than 48,000 miles. Engine overheated on the road requiring a tow”

Anonymous, CT (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“some noise occasionally, things are loose around car, unable to determine source Bluetooth difficult to set up and sync”

Ken S., OH (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“I have a clunking sound in front end when turning at low speed”

Christopher M., IL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

“Noise so bad can not listen to radio Tires ,road and wind”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“if more than one window is down & speed is over 30 mph a vibration thumping noise is heard & felt at over 40 mph it hurts your head”

James J., NY (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“The heads have gone bad on the GPS system and the fix is a $1200 cost! I am not going to repair it”

Michael P., IN (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“The algorithms (which provide guidance) are poorly written and useless! The GM GPS will add many uneccesary miles to any and every trip route. I now use a $400.00 Garmin portable on-dash GPS = I wasted my money for the in-Dash GPS! GM Up-dates ar”

Thomas A., PA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“The whole system is complete garbage. It takes forever and often just doesn't work. We took it back to the dealer about 5 times after we bought it, but we finally just gave up”

Anonymous, MI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Radio

“Radio and GPS just died. Company replaced under warranty”

Bob F., NC (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Stability control (ESC)

“Warning light comes on saying traction control is now off & another light also comes when engine is cold at start causing a rough ride”

Anonymous, PA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

“since buying the vehicle, stability control and traction control lights give a warning to have them checked when driving up certain small inclines on main roads. Check engine light comes on and car hesitates when stopping until shut off and started again”

Anonymous, PA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“same comments as the stability control”

Anonymous, PA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Electrical failure

“one of the blend door actuators failed, expensive to fix”

Paul M., ON (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Last note says all”

Ronald S., MI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Water pump

“Water pump leaking water, and trimming chain cover was leaking oil, of course they have to pull engine out of car, did not like that on a new car”

Ronald S., MI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“Water pump stopped working and had to be replaced. Car is still not running quite right”

Anonymous, WA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Mirrors

“Passenger side mirror adjusted down every time the key fob was pressed (to unlock the doors)”

Kurt S., WI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Mirror has turned a orange/brown color in the lower 2 inches and there is distortion”

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Recall for faulty tailgate opener. Made noises from almost new. Dealer then advised of recall for issue with closing which we didn't experience. After the recall fix within a few months the gate would close on its own before opening fully and then wouldn't open at all. Now the opener doesn't work AND the lift struts don't hold it open at all”

Anonymous, MT (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

“leak at 27000 miles - cause of transmission rebuild”

Anonymous, MD (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Transmission computer

“My transmission does not downshift properly. This is a very serious safety issue. The car will "launch" from a stop sign onto the roadway and then hardly move. I have to floor the gas pedal. A BIG truck is 1/4 mile away, it's safe to go right? NOT IN MY TRAVERSE! These cars need a recall to be fixed. I wonder how many have been killed because of this KNOWN flaw? Instead of fixing these cars, GMC would rather pay $5,000.00 under lemon law (I sued GMC). I have 2 more serious safty concerns”

Anonymous, PA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“fuel purge valve replaced, 9/2014; it disabled remote start; several estimates - resulted in $175 shop bill for a $45 part from auto store”

Ken S., OH (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Fuel cap

“Plastic fuel cap broke twice and had to be replaced each time”

Jeffrey L., MI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“$5000+ repair bill for timing belt and front cover engine seals leaking oil onto exhaust”

Anonymous, MT (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Not corrected yet. Suppose with this many miles that is to be expected”

Anonymous, IN (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Transmission rebuild due to leak at 27000 total miles. Covered under warranty”

Anonymous, MD (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“We had to have a major repair to the transmission ($3,000). A part was replaced and the transmission was rebuilt”

David C., PA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

“Dashboard panel came loose”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“Handle to close the liftgate broke TWICE. I The upholstery on the drivers seat also came apart at the seam (apparently I "got in and out too much") and the plastic covers where the lap and shoulder belts come together broke/fell off”

Nancy A., CA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

“I'm not sure if it was exactly a Head gasket, however, I went in for a routine oil change and they found some seal leaking in the engine. It required the engine to be REMOVED from the car in order to get to it and replace it. I had a loaner vehicle for 4-5 days while this repair was done. It was covered under my extended warranty”

Richard B., MI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse Unsure 3.6-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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