Kelley Blue Book Value®
$8,632 - $37,905
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
16 City / 23 HWY
Horsepower
281-288
Seats
7-8
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$8,632 - $37,905
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
16 City / 23 HWY
Horsepower
281-288
Seats
7-8

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.1 Overall Score
Performance 3.9 Comfort 3.6 Styling 3.7 Value 3.6

Editor's Overview

Bridging the gap between full-size and midsize SUVs, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse offers seating for up to eight passengers, best-in-class cargo space and a 5,400 pound tow rating. The ex...

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2012 Chevrolet Traverse Owner Reviews

4.28

273 Reviews

45% 41% 12% 1% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

Comfort and Space: An SUV style and size with the comfort of a car

I love how this car rides! We travel quite a bit, and it is very comfortable to ride in for short or long trips. The seating space is good in the back and our four teenagers are able to travel comfortably. The only thing I wish were larger is the space in the back for luggage, etc. When the six of us travel together we have been able to make it work so far, but we are going to need to add a luggage rack to the top. So far, the car has been very reliable and the gas mileage is good for the type of vehicle. We are not typically concerned about having a lot of technology features, but the back up camera and camera in the rear view mirror are especially helpful for this vehicle. It does feel a little �large� when parking, so having the camera�s to help when backing up is a great help and safety feature. We also enjoy the bluetooth feature which allows for hands free phone use and also just listening to music, podcasts, etc from my phone. Using the radio features is not necessarily as intuitive as I would like. I've had to Google how to use some of even the simpler features which I typically have not had to do for other vehicles. When we purchased this vehicle, we were actually planning to buy another van like the one we had been driving for many years, but after test driving this vehicle, we really liked the space it offered, the ease and comfort in driving.

- Melissa L

My traverse is a great car for my family! It has out performed my expectations.

My 2012 Chevrolet traverse ls is wonderful to drive. Prior to purchasing this vehicle, I spent about two months researching the traverse. It is rating for overall safety and reliability was 8. 3 from u. S. News and world report's used cars report. The 2012 edition had a excellent reviews for safety, reliability, performance, comfort and interior finishes. It did not disappoint. It can carry seven people comfortably, even on long trips. That fact is important because I have two teenage boys (one of which is six feet tall and still growing) and a husband who is also tall. We have friends that live 7+ hours away so comfort is very important. The acceleration on the 2012 model is incredible. When I need to pass someone on the highway, my 2012 traverse can move! It makes passing a breeze. The ls has fabric seats but unlike other vehicles I have had, it is easy to clean and I do not have issues with water spots. The compartment size when the two rows of seats his huge! I do some landscaping work and I am able to carry 15 bags of mulch with ease. I have been able to carry a newly purchased chest freezer in the traverse's compartment. I love my 2012 Chevrolet traverse ls and will drive it for years to come.

- Lori B

The Traverse is a great choice for an SUV

I enjoy driving my traverse. We are a family of five and we all fit comfortably. It�s very spacious and has room for everything that I need. I particularly like the fact that the 2nd and 3rd row seats fold all the way down, which allows room for ample storage. I�ve been able to fit larger loads than I expected. As stated earlier, this model has three rows and the middle row has captain seats. This makes it very easy for my children to get in and out without much effort. They don't have to climb over each other to get to the back row. The gas mileage on the car is acceptable, but I do wish it was a little more fuel efficient. It does have better gas mileage than other vehicles in its class. The SUV rides very smooth; much like a car. It is very easy to handle in that regard. I was initially afraid to purchase an SUV, but the drivability of the traverse made the transition quite an easy one. However, there is one con about the traverse and that is the road noise. The outside sounds are very noticeable when driving. You do tend to get use to it, but it would be nicer if the drive was quieter.

- Di B

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Compare Models & Key Features

2012 Chevrolet Traverse Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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2012 Chevrolet Traverse Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
LT w/2LT
Key Specs

Category Name: Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$8,632 - $10,389
$12,048 - $14,029

Horsepower

Horsepower
281 hp
288 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.6L SIDI V6 (281 hp [210 kW] @ 6300 rpm 266 lb
3.6L SIDI V6
3.6L SIDI V6 (281 hp [210 kW] @ 6300 rpm 266 lb
3.6L SIDI V6
Interior Features

Category Name: Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Optional

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Category Name: Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.3 in.
41.3 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.6 - 40.4 in.
38.6 - 40.4 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.8 in.
36.8 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.7 - 39.4 in.
38.7 - 39.4 in.

Category Name: Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio

AUX Input

AUX Input
Optional
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional
Optional

Category Name: Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional

Category Name: Seats

Passengers

Passengers
7 - 8
7 - 8

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Optional

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats

3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
Optional
Optional

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Optional
Optional

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Exterior Features

Category Name: Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Optional

Category Name: Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
118.9 in.
118.9 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
40.4 ft.
40.4 ft.

Length

Length
205 in.
205 in.

Width

Width
78.4 in.
78.4 in.
Mechanical Specs

Category Name: Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4658 - 4859 .lbs
4658 - 4859 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
281 hp
288 hp

Torque

Torque
266 ft. lbs.
270 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
200 - 500 .lbs
200 - 500 .lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Category Name: Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
22 gal.
22 gal.

Combined

Combined
17 - 24 mpg
17 - 24 mpg

City

City
16 - 17 mpg
16 - 17 mpg

Highway

Highway
23 - 24 mpg
23 - 24 mpg

Category Name: Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Optional
Optional
Safety Features

Category Name: Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors

Category Name: Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety