Certified Pre-Owned 2012 ChevroletTraverse LT 3.6 SUV

  • VIN: 1GNKRGED6CJ318438
  • Stock: 11649NG
Chevrolet Traverse
        
  
 
Odometer
44,256 miles
Fuel Economy
17.0/24.0 mpg City/Hwy
Exterior Color
Red
Interior Color
Black
Body
SUV
Transmission
Automatic
Drivetrain
Front-wheel Drive
Engine
3.6L V6 F DOHC 24V GASOLINE / FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Chevrolet Traverse

Highlighted Features

  • Emergency communication system
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • 3rd row seats
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Odometer
44,256 miles
Fuel Economy
17.0/24.0 mpg City/Hwy
Exterior Color
Red
Interior Color
Black
Body
SUV
Transmission
Automatic
Drivetrain
Front-wheel Drive
Engine
3.6L V6 F DOHC 24V GASOLINE / FRONT WHEEL DRIVE

Dealer Notes

RAMSEY CORP IS HOME OF GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVAL! THIS VEHICLE COMES WITH A FREE 3 MONTH WARRANTY; EXTENDED WARRANTIES AVAILABLE. FAMILY OWNED, NO COMMISSION SALES, NATIONWIDE SHIPPING RATES

Rear Parking Camera 
3RD Row Seating 
2012 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE LT
1GNKRGED6CJ318438
4 DOOR SPORT UTILITY
3.6L V6 F DOHC 24V GASOLINE
2012 Chevrolet Traverse

As car buyers gravitate away from SUVs and minivans toward three-row crossovers, the Chevy Traverse has become one of GM’s biggest successes. Its good looks, winning drivability and interior quality help it compete well with the rest of the class.

For 2010, the Chevy Traverse remains relatively unchanged from the 2009 model reviewed last year, when the crossover was all-new. You can see what’s changed between the two here, or read our 2009 review here. For this review, I tested the top-of-the-line LTZ, front-wheel-drive model that starts at $37,985; the base Traverse starts at $29,224. Our tester’s MSRP, with options and destination fee, was more than $41,000.

Utility for Families


There’s no escaping it: If you’re shopping for a Traverse, there’s a good chance you have kids. If you don’t, well … you’re getting a lot of crossover for your friends. But if you’re in the parent group, there are a few things you’ll definitely want to know before you consider the Traverse.

As the parent of two kids under age 2, the Traverse isn’t a perfect fit for my family. The height of the rear passenger seats is a little too much for lifting kids in and out of their child-safety seats. While it’s not so high that young families should immediately cross it off their shopping list, there are a number of vehicles that make the task easier — for example, Ford’s low-riding Flex.

While the Traverse is available with a second-row bench, my test car was equipped with two captain’s chairs in that spot, which isn’t as accommodating for child-safety seats as the standard third-row bench. If you have older kids, they’ll likely prefer this setup, as it gives them plenty of breathing space. It also allows for an open pass-through to the third row, which is a nice feature often found in minivans. Families with dogs may also appreciate this. The Flex — and the similar Lincoln MKT — don’t feature a large pass-through like this, so it isn’t as easy to maneuver between rows.

With the captain’s chairs, you can seat a maximum of seven. To seat eight, you’ll need the second-row bench. There’s an acceptable amount of cargo room with the third row in place, but for road trips you’ll likely have to fold one or both of the third-row seats flat to make room for luggage.

There’s 24.4 cubic feet of cargo room with the third row in place, which tops competitors like the Flex, at 20 cubic feet, and the Mazda CX-9, at 17.2 cubic feet. Its overall cargo volume is a significant 116.4 cubic feet with both the second and third rows folded flat, compared with only 83.2 cubic feet in the Flex and 100.7 cubic feet in the CX-9.

Performance


The Traverse is a terrific around-town vehicle. I was really surprised by how easy it was to park the three-row crossover; it handled like a much smaller car. Compared with the Flex and even the CX-9, the Traverse is the easiest to drive and navigate in tight spaces.

The Traverse comes with only one engine option: a 281-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. Mileage is above average for the class, at 17/24 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and 16/23 mpg with all-wheel drive. That compares with 17/23 mpg in a front-wheel-drive Honda Pilot and 16/22 mpg for an all-wheel-drive Pilot. The front-wheel-drive Flex V-6 gets 17/24 mpg, while the all-wheel-drive model gets 16/22 mpg.

When the Traverse’s V-6 debuted in the nearly identical Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia crossovers, senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder noted a serious delay in gear changes when needing to pass at highway speeds. The problem was remedied in a swift recall, but in the 2010 Traverse I still found noticeable hesitation when needing to pass on the highway. Is it dangerous? Not likely, but it doesn’t instill confidence and remains a black mark.

There’s plenty of power for cruising at highway speeds, but the more people you load in the Traverse the less energetic it becomes. The Flex offers an optional 355-hp, turbocharged V-6 engine that’s rather expensive, but it offers a lot of performance and is unmatched in this class in terms of power. It also gets mileage identical to the non-turbo all-wheel-drive Flex. The Flex SEL EcoBoost with all-wheel drive starts at $36,595 and comes with many of the same features as our LTZ Traverse, like standard leather heated seats.

Safety


The 2010 Chevy Traverse earned the top score, Good, in front, side and rear crash tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In the past, this would have garnered it Top Safety Pick status, which it had for 2009, but now IIHS requires vehicles to pass a roof strength test as well, to which the Traverse has not yet been submitted. It does have a four-star rollover rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Click here for a full list of safety features.

Traverse in the Market


It’s not the cheapest or fastest three-row crossover on the market, but Chevy is winning over customers with the Traverse’s styling. Who would have thought?

Add in its utility and relative nimbleness, and there are even more legitimate reasons to consider the Traverse. This class is increasingly competitive, though, and shoppers would do well to cross-shop the Flex, CX-9 and Pilot.


Detailed Specifications

  • 1-touch down
  • Air conditioning
  • Driver door bin
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Illuminated entry
  • Passenger door bin
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Power windows
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Rear door bins
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Speed control
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Alloy wheels
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • AM/FM radio: SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Speakers: 6
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Wireless phone connectivity: Bluetooth
  • 3rd row seats: split-bench
  • Front center armrest: w/storage
  • Front seats: bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Cylinder configuration: V-6
  • Drive type: front-wheel
  • Engine liters: 3.6
  • Engine location: front
  • Fuel economy city: 17mpg
  • Fuel economy highway: 24mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity: 22.0gal.
  • Horsepower: 281hp @ 6,300RPM
  • Manual-shift auto: TAPshift
  • Number of valves: 24
  • Recommended fuel: regular unleaded
  • Torque: 266 lb.-ft. @ 3,400RPM
  • Transmission: 6 speed automatic
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Variable valve control
  • Ground clearance (min): 183mm (7.2")
  • Bodyside moldings
  • Bumpers: body-color
  • Door mirrors: body-color
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Power door mirrors
  • Rear cargo: liftgate
  • Spoiler
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • 3rd row hiproom: 1,227mm (48.3")
  • 3rd row legroom: 843mm (33.2")
  • 3rd row shoulder room: 1,463mm (57.6")
  • Air Pollution Score (AP): 6
  • Compression ratio: 11.30 to 1
  • Curb weight: 2,113kg (4,658lbs)
  • Engine bore x stroke: 94.0mm x 85.6mm (3.70" x 3.37")
  • Engine displacement: 3.6 L
  • Engine horsepower: 281hp @ 6,300RPM
  • Engine torque: 266 lb.-ft. @ 3,400RPM
  • Exterior body width: 1,991mm (78.4")
  • Exterior height: 1,788mm (70.4")
  • Exterior length: 5,207mm (205.0")
  • Front hiproom: 1,501mm (59.1")
  • Front legroom: 1,049mm (41.3")
  • Front shoulder room: 1,575mm (62.0")
  • GVWR: 2,908kg (6,411lbs)
  • Greenhouse Gas Score (GG): 3
  • Interior cargo volume: 691 L (24 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume: 3,296 L (116 cu.ft.)
  • Passenger volume: 4,361L (154.0 cu.ft.)
  • Rear hiproom: 1,468mm (57.8")
  • Rear legroom: 935mm (36.8")
  • Rear shoulder room: 1,557mm (61.3")
  • Turning radius: 6.2m (20.2')
  • Wheelbase: 3,020mm (118.9")
  • Compass
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Front reading lights
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Outside temperature display
  • Rear reading lights
  • Rear window defroster
  • Rear window wiper
  • Tachometer
  • Trip computer
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Voltmeter
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Electronic stability
  • Ignition disable
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Overhead airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Security system
  • Traction control

KBB.com Consumer Reviews

Kelley Blue Book - KBB.com
Overall4.2Out of 5
  • Wonderful vehicle

    By clio on Monday, February 13, 2012

    4.0
    I have always had 4WD and had to step down. I do love everything about the Traverse except maybe the dash items. I have all of the bells and whistels but the clock is inconvenient and too small when you have the navigation or radio info on. the compass is VERY difficult to see at a glance and only on when the nav is on. the outside temp is only where the driver can see it and only on a specific view of options. otherwise, AWESOME!!!
  • Simply the best SUV I have ever owned.

    By slider9499 on Sunday, October 27, 2019

    5.0
    I've owned this car for 2 years and I love it. It has tons of room, great pickup, handles great and gets very good gas mileage. I own the standard AWD AS. I have never had one problem with this car and find it one of the most reliable vehicles I have ever owned. BTW - the standard sound system is truly amazing. I highly recommend this SUV.
  • Best vehicle I have owned

    By Pink007 on Tuesday, July 21, 2009

    5.0
    I love this vehicle - I owned a Durango before this and there is no comparison. The kids love it, the hubby loves it and so do I. I like that it is easy to park, pack my groceries in and take the kids to football practice. I can also haul all the in-laws if I want too. Awesome vehicle - wouldn't trade it for anything.
 

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