2013 Chevrolet Traverse Owner Satisfaction - Consumer Reports
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.
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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

"Transmission downshifts on grades while using cruise control are more noticeable than previous similar car with fewer forward gear speeds"

Anonymous, IA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"responds and behaves"

Anonymous, ME (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"For such a large vehicle, it handles very well. I recently purchased truck tires (Michelin Defender) to replace the passenger tires. It made a world of difference."

Henry K., VA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"We are very impressed with the acceleration and handling of the Traverse, especially when the overall weight of the vehicle is considered."

John Y., WI (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Smooth acceleration and braking, even for emergency stops. Enough power to accelerate onto freeways safely."

Harr S., WI (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Everything! It is the perfect vehicle. Plenty of room, great looks, great handling, and pretty good fuel economy."

William S., MI (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"The Traverse accelerates well when passing and going up hills, but sometimes it feels like it floats on the highway so it makes you feel that you do not have the control of the vehicle."

Anonymous, IA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Plenty of power so we get a smooth acceleration. Great comfortable ride"

Anonymous, NV (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Smooth quiet ride. Great radio and video system. Plenty of power."

DANIEL N., NY (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"No fear when passing on the highway"

Anonymous, MB (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"There are visibility issues with all four fenders."

D L., OH (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"transmission hesitates at times, especially with air on"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"I feel very comfortable driving and the acceleration in very good pulling into traffic or changing lanes. I also feel very safe."

REBECCA H., KY (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Sluggish from a dead stop; good acceleration and handling after startup."

Anonymous, LA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"For the size of the vehicle, steering response is almost toy like. Interior is quiet and soaks up bumps well."

THOMAS V., NY (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"The engine seems (and sounds) underpowered - it could use a little more horsepower considering the bulk it has to move."

GREG K., IA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Controls for the radio and GPS system need to be much easier to use! Transmission needs to improve !"

BILL T., OR (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"The transmission is automatic, so acceleration and deceleration are both a problem. I'm a live-long manual transmission driver and used to shifting myself. This car does no slow down when gas pedal is released. Feel like I have to pump the brakes, which is warned against. Accelerating from a slow down, like near a newly green light, seems to cause the gear to "fight" with themselves about decelerating, accelerating. Manual transmission would give much better control over braking and accelera"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)


TONIA W., UT (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Shifts slow with fast acceleration"

JENNA H., WI (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Acceleration sucks."

Anonymous, AL (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Handles very well in adverse road conditions- i.e. rain and snow"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Too much cabin noise from road. On a long trip it really gets annoying."

Robert G., TN (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"We use this vehicle for long trips. The seats are extremely comfortable and since you are sitting high up, it's very easy to see the road ahead."

Henry K., VA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"vehicle does not ride very comfortably."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"The road noise is very loud inside the vehicle. Makes hearing audio via the phone or radioi/CD etc somewhat difficult resulting in having to crank up the volume level on the onboard system."

Erick S., CA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"The bad in the headset pushes too far forward. Otherwise good adjustability."

Anonymous, GA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Fully adjustable seats make custom comfort readily available. I can drive for hours without tiring."

Harr S., WI (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"very comfortable on long trips"

Anonymous, ME (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Seats are comfortable, BUT at seven years on, 60,000 miles, driver leather seat has wear holes in it! $800 plus to fix/replace."

Sam V., MI (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"We replaced OEM Goodyear Fortrera tires at 42000 miles with Michelin Defender LTX tires. The comfort, interior noise and handling of the vehicle has improved very noticeably compared to even our first days of ownership."

John Y., WI (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)


Anonymous, LA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Seating is extremely comfortable, especially on long trips. The cabin is quiet and there is plenty of leg room for tall individuals. Even the third seats are very comfortable."

HENRY K., VA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"The A/C is a little slow to cool on a hot day. The interior (storage spaces, cup holders, pockets, etc) are poorly located and designed; greatly inferior to our previous vehicle, a Hyundai Entourage"

WALTER S., IA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Seats. Quiet ride. Radio. Air conditioning."

DANIEL N., NY (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"We have three rows of seats and they are all comfortable. Enjoy duel climate control. It rides like a car more than an SUV"

Anonymous, KY (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Comfortable seats and quite ride"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"very comfortable ride and like being up high in seat"

FRED J., IL (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Captain seat"

TONIA W., UT (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Very comfortable seats. Seatbelts are not made for tall drivers hard to adjust. Road noise is a little loud. Ride is good even for tall riders"

REBECCA H., KY (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Headrests are a disaster"

Anonymous, LA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"very comfortable for being a truck"

TERRY P., WI (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"comfort.air conditioner, storage capacity,rear camera, leg room"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Very plush, spacious interior that is great for family trips and distance driving. Comfortable seats."

THOMAS V., NY (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Excellent climate control, throughout the entire vehicle, once I figured out to use it. ride is smooth, no noise, except when the rear windows are open. then sounds like a flat tire. The Owners Manual does warn about that, so no problem."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Head rests are VERY uncomfortable...I constantly feel like my head/neck is being pushed forward"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"The legroom of the third row seats is smaller than most. It is really the biggest detriment of the car for a large family."

Kent A., IA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Comfortable seats and great ride."

Douglas H., CA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"Seats are very comfortable and great for long distance trips. Original ties were passenger rated and ride was OK. HOWEVER, replaced with Michelin Defender truck tiires which are awesome. Very deep tread provides safer driving in rain and snow. Tires are also very quiet. Great visability when driving. Also have running boards for easy access."

Henry K., VA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)


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

What Owners Say

"It was a great value for the space it gives us. My wife loves the way it looks as well."

Anonymous, GA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"With the trim level, I got a good deal from the dealership"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)


Terry P., WI (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"The styling, size and cargo space are perfect for our needs"

GLEN A., TX (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"The vehicle met my requirements for 7 seats and has been very reliable and I think it has been a good value"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Chevrolet Traverse)

"I believe you receive a good product for the price. I ordered mine in order to get more features and the middle bench seat. Would like to have a larger screen, maybe 10" for easier viewing."

Henry K., VA (2013 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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