Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse

chevrolet traverse 2012

You might not always need all of the cargo and passenger space available to you when you buy a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse, but it’s nice to know it’s there. This seven-passenger crossover utility vehicle (CUV) has tons of space for luggage, gear, pets, kids, and adults, making it easy to enjoy long road trips and short commutes equally.

Key Features

The second row seats sit on Smart Slides that let you tilt them up and slide them forward whenever you need to let people in or out, or whenever you need to get cargo from the third row. Then there’s the StabiliTrak stability control system, which will prevent rollovers in most dangerous driving situations, even when you have to swerve drastically to avoid an accident.

Changes for 2012

The LTZ trim of the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse now comes with power folding, heated mirrors and an auto-dimming feature on the driver’s side. Chevrolet added the same mirrors to the LT2 trim, as well, but with manual folding mirrors.

What We Like

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is a real beast. It can not only carry your whole family and all of their stuff, but it can also tow a 5400-pound trailer, too.

What Concerns Us

Because it has a really high cargo and towing capacity for a vehicle of its size, drivers have a tendency to overestimate its capabilities. Don’t try to tow anything larger than 5400 pounds, or you could end up with major problems.

Available Models

While you have a few trim options with different features, you’ll find only one engine for the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse:

  • Engine – 3.6-liter V6
  • Power – 281 HP at 6300 RPM
  • Torque – 266 lb-ft at 3400 RPM
  • Fuel economy (MPG city/highway) – 17/24 (FWD), 16/23 (AWD)

Major Recalls

There have been four major recalls for some 2012 models, including those recalled due to issues with a limited range of motion on the windshield wipers, problems with a side airbag wiring connection, a failing flexible steel cable for the front seatbelts, and failing lift gate struts.

Common Issues

Most 2012 Chevrolet Traverse owners report that their vehicles are reliable and that they run well. A few have reported seeing black smoke when the vehicle starts or feeling a shuddering when going uphill at slower speeds. Some have complained about the gas mileage, as well.

chevrolet traverse 2012 interior

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

P0222 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle/Pedal Position Switch/Sensor B Circuit Low Input
P0222 code definition Throttle/Pedal Position Switch/Sensor B Circuit Low Input What the P0222 code means The manufacturer specifies a range of acceptable voltage to be produced from the throttle position...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P0291OBD-II Trouble Code: Cylinder 11 Injector Circuit Low
P0291 code definition When your vehicle’s PCM registers the P0291 code, it means that a voltage reading came from the fuel injector circuit – for cylinder number 11’s fuel injector –...


Related questions

Q: Advice on deciding to buy a car, among BMW, Mazda, Toyota and Toyota hybrid

I'm not a hybrid fan, because they are so complex, and when they break, many cost a fortune to fix. That is the only car Toyota makes that I advise people not to buy. I wouldn't go for it unless...

Q: if my 2011 chevy equinox brakes the water chain can the car still run or it'll stop?

Hey there, thank you for asking about your 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. The water pump and engine balance shaft are run on one chain and the engine crankshafts are run on a separate timing chain. I guess it could be possible...

Q: What should I do if I run out of gas?

While your car is equipped with a couple of different warning systems to alert you to the fact that you’re low on gas, it’s still possible to run out while you’re on the road. In this instance, you’ll have to...