A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse

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.

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