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General Motors might not build minivans anymore, but that doesn't mean it’s out of the big family-vehicle market, as the Chevrolet Traverse demonstrates. Test results for our Traverse test vehicle also apply to the GMC Acadia, which differs only in styling details. Very spacious inside, Traverse comfortably seats up to eight adults while leaving some cargo space behind the third row.
Alerts
There are 2 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 (sec.) 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

General Motors might not build minivans anymore, but that doesn't mean it’s out of the big family-vehicle market, as the Chevrolet Traverse demonstrates. Test results for our Traverse test vehicle also apply to the GMC Acadia, which differs only in styling details.

Very spacious inside, Traverse comfortably seats up to eight adults while leaving some cargo space behind the third row. Drivers and passengers should appreciate the quiet cabin, comfortable seats and well-finished interior.

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 2013 Chevrolet Traverse owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

“Does work properly if it -13 degrees C. The camera will be clear of any ice. It just stops to work. It will start again when the climate is warmer”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Since purchase backup sensors go off randomly when nothing is there - completely unreliable. multiple dealerships fail to find the problem over the past years, one finally claimed to have found it AFTER warranty expired, hundreds of dollars later it is still going on. Audible beeping as if collision imminent, and flashing warning signals on backup camera”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

“Not able to see the speedometer, what gear i am in, how much fuel i have. Very frustrating, unable to do much night driving”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

“If my phone is attached to the charger in the car's dashboard USP port, and I turn off the car without removing phone from charger, the whole system freezes up. Per GM customer support. I must stop the the car, shut it off, and wait a few minutes. Th”

Anonymous, MS (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“All the problems with the electronics are related to the smart phone being plugged into the USP port when car shut off”

Anonymous, WY (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Random times, loud pop like gunshot through all the speakers in the car startling everyone inside, and entire entertainment/display/gps/radio/electrical system shuts off/powers down/reboots. Dealerships always claim there is no record of events and can not reproduce”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“I-pod does not always come on when starting the car. I have to plug it in and out multiple times to play”

Ronald V., NJ (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Extremely difficult to use so I just use my portable TomTom. The car GPS is a piece of junk! I hate it! The radio changes stations every time I adjust the volume so I have to retune to go back to the station I was listening to. A piece of worthle”

H S., CO (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“stopped working”

M B., AR (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“No updates to the In-dash navigation system (GPS) since purchasing the vehicle in March 2013, which makes the system unreliable/unusable and necessitates reliance on an after-market Garmin GPS system”

Douglas F., CA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Would not always recognize of or the other of our phones. Simple reprograming solved the issue plus installed a few new updates”

Wayne W., WA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“If phone is plugged into USP port on dash when car is turned off, when the car is turned on the whole system will be frozen up and will not rest until car is shut off, door opened and closed and at least 10 minutes have transpired. Sometimes not even this will work, and the car will have to be turned off for a longer period”

Anonymous, WY (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Radio

“The radio volume cannot be changed without the radio ALWAYS changing stations.by itself. GM must be trying to drive it's buyers insane. Guess I was crazy to buy a $53000 vehicle without checking the radio & GPS. Other parts of the car have worked”

H S., CO (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

“Rear screen was defective and was replaced under warranty”

John Y., WI (2013 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

“Failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Chevrolet Traverse Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“went out and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, AR (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“The air conditioning failed about 5 months ago. I was just out of Warrentee, but GM made it good anyway. I was very pleased”

Lucy H., TX (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“A/C not working a year ago - diagnostic inconclusive so dealer topped up freon. Advised not covered by warranty as past 60000 km and no positives on diagnostic although still within 3 years of purchase. A/C Worked thru summer and fall not used in winter. This spring A/C not working again - $1700.00 to repair as no longer covered by warranty. Diagnostic confirmed compressor problem. I had to negotiate hard with the dealer to reduce the bill to $1200.00. As a consumer when I purchase a brand new”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

“blower fan failed and was replaced”

Brian S., MI (2013 Chevrolet Traverse Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“The rear evaporator had copper flakes from the fan motor eat holes in evap. Chevy has a service bulletin on it but has not issued a recall”

Ronald S., MO (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“air conditioner wouldn't cool interior of car, when took to dealer, said evaporator was problem and had noticed it on other traverses too. Half of repair was paid thro warranty”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“Had trouble finding why the car wouldn't cool properly. Maybe a slow leak. Not convinced it's fixed yet, this summer will tell”

Anonymous, WI (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

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 pumps and hoses

“Replaced at 22K miles”

Michael D., IL (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Power steering failed while driving the car and almost caused an accident”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Chevrolet Traverse Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“hoses and power unit were discovered leaking. Got it repaired”

Albert F., ME (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“needs repair with estimated cost of $750”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

“At approx. 38k miles, one front strut was totally worn out, and the other was failing...had to replace both, just 2k mi beyond the warranty period”

Joshua B., MO (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“One of The struts were completely out of function. It was replaced and warranty covered it”

Sonia R., PA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Bushings

“Needed to replace at 45000 miles which cost over $1000 - no cause determined”

James M., AZ (2013 Chevrolet Traverse Unsure 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“turn signal - one side quit working”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

“The passenger side wiper stooped responding when turning the wipers on, some times it does decide to wake up and work, but most of the times it doesn't, (You bet my wife doesn't like it)”

Eziel M., NY (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

“wiper transmission broke twice within 2 months and needed replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Keyless entry

“Has locked me both in and out of vehicle. Able to unlock, but not lock vehicle, sounding panic button instead. Door latch engaged before door was closed so you could not close the door”

Anonymous, MO (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Remote engine starter

“Worthless on fob as you have to be so close to the vehicle to use. I have to use the onstar option”

Anonymous, MO (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LT 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)

“Check engine light came on. Dealership diagnosed problem and replaced faulty device. Problem fully resolved”

Anonymous, ID (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Check engine light came on intermitingly. Dealership replace sensor. Took several miles of driving until light remained off”

Anonymous, ID (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“O2 sensor failed and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

“Not sure which sensor went bad but made the check engine light come on and dealership replaced it under warranty”

Anonymous, GA (2013 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

Engine knock or ping

“Had to replace O2 sensor”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Oil leaks

“After an oil change from the dealer......oil began to leak...took a couple of visits to dealer to get it fixed”

Robert B., IL (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LT 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

Differential

“Had to replace a clutch in the rear axel differential”

Tom C., IL (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Electrical failure

“Car just stopped. Flashed check engine light then completely died. Diagnosed with bad module”

Anonymous, LA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“Crackle, loud, disturbing noise then radio reboot, USB replaying same song whenever accessed. iPhone bluelink problems. eventually fixed, the most effort I have ever put into an issue resolved2 dealers, 3 visits, 7 at the dealer days and the assistan”

Michael B., NC (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“stopped working”

M B., AR (2013 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

Timing belt or chain

“GM stated it stretchered & it was replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“Car spent 6 weeks at shop trying to eliminate noise when stating. Oil not holding pressure so was dry when started. Many things replaced. Belts, actuators, oil pump, etc”

Anonymous, LA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 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

Squeaks or rattles

“when the car was stopped, in gear....these was a vibration that made a rumbling sound......dealer found a cable that was vibrating causing the noise....dealer found and moved the cable away from a metal part....problem solved!”

Robert B., IL (2013 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

“Poor finish and fit interior plastic parts fall off and scratch easily. Leather is low quality”

Michael D., IL (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 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

Master cylinder

“Seal was bad on master cylinder causing noise when brake pedal was pushed”

Anonymous, KS (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 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

What Owners Say

Alternator

“failed on holiday trip”

T H., ON (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LT 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

Glass defects

“Both headlight lenses (lexon ?) starting to show signs of delamination. The lenses cost in the neighborhood of $600. The pair were replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, NE (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“hose coupling disconnected”

T H., ON (2013 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

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