Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Chevrolet Traverse 2LT

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Chevrolet Traverse 2LT

5. Slow

Not that anyone would expect a Chevrolet Traverse to be a rocket ship, but the 288 hp V6 powered hulk does feel extremely heavy when you step on the gas pedal. Poor throttle response combined with that hefty curb weight means its smooth but sluggish and there are situations where the 270 lb-ft of torque simply does not feel like enough to instill confidence.

The Traverse’s lackluster acceleration does more to draw similarities to a minivan, than set it up as an alternative. In comparison, the Ford Explorer Sport is powered by the brand’s EcoBoost V6 that makes 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, and gets 16/22 city/highway mpg, only 1 mpg worse than the Traverse’s 16/23 mpg rating.

  • From the article: “As a result, you have to remove your eyes every time you want to operate the rear windshield wiper.”