2012 Chevrolet Traverse Owner Satisfaction - Consumer Reports
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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Sometimes when trying to increase speed, it wont shift properly"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Hesitates sometimes when accelerating"

MELISSA P., AZ (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Surprisingly good handling for a big SUV type car."

THEODORE S., DE (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Very good acceleration and lots of power when needed"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"The steering is too loose. The slightest movement of the wheel causes the vehicle to swerve."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"It has good acceleration on the road and around town. On the highway it gets 20 MPG +. It is reasonably quite and rides good. It gets around in snow and icy conditions great. The air conditioning system really works well. We lots of hot humid days here in the summer and we really like the way it cools."

BYRON P., NE (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"The turn radius could be tighter. It accelerates well."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Has the pep to get on the freeway and the handling to keep the traffic at bay. I've been able to stay away from a few cell phone users that were dangerous. A great handling car."

Louis S., WA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Very adequate."

L N., MI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"The Traverse has plenty of get up and go and handles well no matter where we are as we travel. My wife likes the fact that she sits up higher and can really see well in traffic."

Byron P., NE (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"SUV has great acceleration and handles really nice compared to other SUVs I’ve driven."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Surprizing acceration and handling"

Ronald P., OK (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"The traverse has excellent acceleration. The handling and radius turn is also excellent for getting out of tight spots"

Christopher M., IL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Driving visibility to side and rear is poor causing driving difficulty and parking difficulty."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Slow and not good on gas. Cannot use flex fuel. Nice looking. Cargo are poor design."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"The vehicle is a 6 cylinder that eventually reaches speed, however there tends to be some hesitation in the response for immediate acceleration. You have to anticipate this while driving."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"It has great acceleration."

Jay H., KS (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Both a very good."

Julia D., AZ (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"very good acceleration and handling"

Julia D., AZ (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Gas mileage is not good"

Anonymous, IA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"front and back seats very comfortable."

ROBERT P., MI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Difficult to adjust front passenger seat. Lever is wedged between seat and post. You can barely get your hand on it to adjust. climate control is marginal. AC barely keeps up. In winter, hot air does not diffuse enough on floor and frys your right foot. Dealer says this is correctly adjusted."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"spacious"

Anonymous, PR (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Noise unacceptable, Front wheel and wind. Seats uncomfortable on long trips."

J S., TX (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Leather very comfortable fully adjustable love them"

NITTLER M., CO (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"For a large vehicle it rides surprisingly well and has good air conditioning and good shocks"

THEODORE S., DE (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"I especially love the heated front seats, in particular I'm referring to the heated back area. I have chronic low back pain and this feature really helps my driving on longer trips. Make it standard with all heated seats."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"very comfortable ride and plenty of leg room"

David B., DE (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Seats were very comfortable until about 50000 miles but we are having the drivers side cushion restuffed because I am sitting on a pillow to be comfortable."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"I got this car for when my kids and grand daughter visit, we all enjoy it, it is a pleasure to drive, kids watch DVDs, it is quiet and spacious. The AC is great for our FL weather."

Guillermo M., FL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Seats are comfortable, noise is not an issue, ride is smooth."

Julia D., AZ (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"The car is quiet and comfortable. When we travel by car, we always take the Traverse. It has seats that support our backs and lots of leg room. Fantastic for travelling with the family, including grown children who can fit even in the back row."

Anonymous, MO (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"The seats are very comfortable, even on long trips."

Jay H., KS (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Both my wife and I take long rides from Wisconsin to Alexandria VA to see our grandkids. The journey is long but the car is easy to drive and very comfortable. We often drive with our trailer attached and the car performance with the trailer is excellant."

D K., WI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Road noise much more noticeable than previous vehicle in same class."

James B., IN (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"leather heated and cooled"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Driver seat plastic base breaks on left side. 2nd base also broke."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Right is comfy and very easy to dry"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"My traverse is quite, and one of the most comfortable rides I have ever owned."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Cabin nise is high and sound is added via speakers to simulate engine power. Not a pleasant quiet experience. The ride is unexceptional and the seats are certainly not luxurious."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"My Traverse is the roomiest, most comfortable vehicle I have ever owned. Leather heated seats, Bose Sound System, Auto Climate Control that turns the fan down when you receive a call. Logical well placed controls. Both back rows fold down to give me a great cargo area. You couldn't ask for a better vehicle."

Mark S., WA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Seats are very comfortable, the ride is smooth, noise level low. The 3rd row is a little difficult because of having to fold the split 2nd row seat. All in all a very roomy comfortable car for long trips, with nimble handling for short trips."

Julia D., AZ (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"We have the leather interior with power seats on both sides. My wife is less the 5 ft tall and I'm 5' 10" so we do like the way we can get comfortable to drive when we travel. We have the system to play DVDs for the grand kids when they travel with use. The Traverse could be quieter."

Byron P., NE (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Seat adjustments are good. Quit ride"

David B., DE (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"very quiet ride. Excellent drving headlights at night"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Ride can be quite choppy in the middle and rear seats. Plenty of legroom for adults even in the third row."

Adam G., NY (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"got it with rebate great value"

Anonymous, PR (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"it pulls our 19ft trailer fine."

ROBERT P., MI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Acceptable as any in this class vehicles."

J S., TX (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"We bought used with 27000 miles when purchased no issues whatsoever great vehicle"

NITTLER M., CO (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"The Traverse rides good and does well on fuel on the highway. We can put lots of stuff in it when we travel. We can haul all the grand kids safely. The sound system is good and the video system give the grand kids something to do when we are on the road. The power lift gate is great for my wife."

BYRON P., NE (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"It does not handle bumps well."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Wish the gas mileage was better. For the price we paid( and the trim level) i would have expected a couple more creature comfort features."

RIUCCIO S., NY (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"I have spent more than 1/4 the original cost of this vehicle in repairs in the first 5 years of ownership. Build quality is not what I expected."

Munro R., ON (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Great vehicle would purchase again."

L N., MI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Dealer blow out - about $10,000 off list made this a very good deal"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"I got such a good deal on this car below market price I couldn’t write that check fast enough."

Christopher M., IL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"I still really like the vehicle, and might drive again, but maintenance has been a nightmare. After 6 years of ownership my maintenance costs are at $17,650 for a $44,000 vehicle. That's like buying a whole second vehicle again."

Munro R., ON (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"We love the Chevy, it was a wise purchase. Other than regular maintenance and one recall when it was new it has not cost us a whole lot of money except normal gas. We almost purchased a Nissan Pathfinder but this car has turned out to suit us perfectly. Our family are in the military and we travel a lot to keep up with our grandkids. The ride is comfortable and the fuel consumption is exactly what Chevy advertised for the product. If we were purchasing another car today we would definately look at another Traverse."

D K., WI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Good reliable vehicle"

Andrew S., IL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"I travel across two mountain passes and up a dirt road to get to my cabin in Eastern Washington. My Traverse has never let me down summer or winter. Excellent traction, great ride, well appointed amenities and 22 MPG. You can't buy a better vehicle for travel."

Mark S., WA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Lacking fora fully featured model based on technology available then."

Ted L., PA (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Ryan is very comfortable for the price"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Do not like the design of rear windows, poor visibility also"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Chevrolet Traverse)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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