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2012 Chevrolet Traverse Trims

1LT

Avg. Price: $24,263

With its 3-row, 8-passenger capacity, a boatload of standard amenities, 116 cubic feet of total cargo area and a peppy V6 engine, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse 1LT is a pleasant blend of practicality, performance and posh. A rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels and a roof rack adorn this handsome crossover’s exterior, while the cabin is graced with premium cloth upholstery, reclining second-row seats and simulated alloy trim accents. A power-adjustable driver’s seat is standard aboard, as are power accessories, including heated power-adjustable mirrors and remote power door locks, front and rear air conditioning, cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering. The steering wheel mounts audio and cruise controls, and rear parking sensors are also standard on this mid-level trim. Finally, the 1LT boasts an MP3-capable single-CD player with 6 speakers, satellite radio and OnStar Directions & Connections service.

Options-wise, this handsome ute can be delivered with Bluetooth hands-free technology, a power sunroof, second-row captain’s chairs (giving it 7-passenger seating) and rear-seat entertainment as standalone selections. The available All-Star Package, meantime, sports heated front seats, remote engine start, 20-inch aluminum wheels and a universal remote garage door opener.

A 281-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine in the 2012 Traverse 1LT combines with the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission (with transmission hill holder) for some 266 lb-ft of torque. That’s good enough to tow up to 5,200 pounds of trailer when available towing equipment is added, while mileage in this front-wheel-drive-only (FWD) crossover is estimated at 17 mpg city/24 highway with variable valve timing (VVT).

First-line standard safety equipment aboard Chevy’s hefty crossover includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and three-row head airbags. Further standard safety features include daytime running lights, OnStar emergency communications and alerts, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm.

1LT AWD

Avg. Price: $24,358

Take the already well-endowed 2012 Chevy Traverse mid-level 1LT trim, throw in standard full-time all-wheel drive, and you get the Traverse 1LT AWD. This handsome and practical crossover boasts seating for 8 in 3 rows, 116 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, 18-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack and a rear spoiler, just for starters. Then there’s standard premium cloth upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, simulated alloy cabin accents, reclining second-row seats and all power accessories, including heated power-adjustable outside mirrors and remote power door locks. Front and rear air conditioning are also standard, as are rear parking sensors and cruise control, with steering-wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls. Finally, an MP3-capable single-CD player with 6 speakers is augmented by satellite radio and OnStar Directions and Connections service.

Standalone options available with the 2012 Traverse 1LT AWD include a power sunroof, rear-seat entertainment, Bluetooth hands-free communications and second-row captain’s chairs, which reduce passenger capacity to 7. The All-Star Package is also available to this midlevel trim and sports heated front seats, remote engine start, a universal remote garage door opener and 20-inch aluminum wheels.

Powering the 2012 Traverse 1LT AWD is the traditional 3.6-liter variable-valve-timed (VVT) V6 engine. In combination with the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission with transmission hill holder, the six-banger shells out 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, while mileage is estimated at 16 mpg city/23 highway. Finally, a mechanical, limited-slip center differential manages the full-time AWD system, and available towing equipment will allow this hefty ute to haul up to 5,200 pounds of trailer.

Safety-wise, Chevy’s crafty crossover carries 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and 3-row head airbags. Daytime running lights also come standard, as do OnStar emergency services and alerts, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm.

2LT

Avg. Price: $25,339

To fit the needs of a growing family with a handy homeowner, Chevrolet offers the 2012 Traverse 2LT 8-passenger midsize crossover. With a careful blend of practicality, pep and posh, this roomy ute boasts three rows of seating, 116 cubic feet of, perhaps, home improvement cargo space (with the rear seats folded), a plethora of standard goodies and a decently potent V6 powerplant.

Look for 18-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack and a rear spoiler to be standard exterior equipment, with cloth upholstery, a leather and simulated alloy steering wheel and simulated alloy cabin accents gracing the interior. Heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat, not to mention second-row captain’s chairs, a power liftgate, power windows and heated power-adjustable outside mirrors and remote power door locks are all standard aboard this upper midlevel trim. Of course, cruise control, telescoping tilt-wheel steering and a universal remote garage door opener are thrown in, as well. A standard rear-view camera and rear parking sensors augment the tried and true Mark I eyeball in tight spaces, while standard OnStar Directions and Connections service is interfaced with Bluetooth hands-free technology. Entertainment, meanwhile, is provided by an MP3-capable single-CD player with 10 premium Bose speakers, satellite radio and a USB port.

A navigation system, leather upholstery, remote engine start and second-row bench seating (for 8-passenger capacity), as well as rear-seat entertainment and 20-inch aluminum wheels can each be added to the 2012 Traverse 2LT.

Power for Chevy’s cushy crossover is provided by the standard 3.6-liter variable-valve-timed (VVT) V6 engine. Mated with the 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission (with transmission hill holder), the peppy V6 puts out 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, good enough to tow up to 5,200 pounds of trailer with the optional towing equipment installed. Finally, look for estimated mileage figures of 17 mpg city/24 highway.

Standard safety equipment aboard the 2012 Traverse 2LT includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and 3-row head airbags. Turn-signal-integrated mirrors, daytime running lights, OnStar emergency service and alerts, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm system all come standard as well.

2LT AWD

Avg. Price: $25,546

Semi-plush and fully loaded, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse 2LT AWD offers, as its moniker implies, full-time all-wheel drive (AWD). This 7-passenger midsize crossover sports 116 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, as well as a roomy cabin boasting leather and simulated alloy accents.

The peppy 281-hp V6 engine with its smooth 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission will pound out 266 lb-ft of torque to the tune of 16 mpg city/23 highway, while available towing equipment lets the Traverse 2LT AWD haul up to 5,200 pounds of trailer. Finally, the self-described and full-time AWD system is managed by a mechanical limited-slip center differential.

Standard amenities abound in this upper midlevel trim, with 18-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack and a rear spoiler adorning its handsome profile. Inside, look for premium cloth upholstery, heated front seats with a power-adjustable driver’s seat, second-row captain’s chairs, leather and simulated alloy cabin accents, a power liftgate, heated power-adjustable outside mirrors, power windows and remote power door locks. A universal remote garage door opener also comes standard in this posh crossover, as do rear parking sensors, cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering.

Bluetooth-interfaced OnStar Directions & Connections service headlines the techno-features found aboard the 2012 Traverse 2LT AWD, while standard entertainment is handled by an MP3-capable single-CD player, 10 Bose premium speakers, satellite radio and a USB connection.

Options include a power sunroof, bench second-row seating (for 8-passenger capacity), leather upholstery, rear-seat DVD entertainment and a navigation suite with rear-view camera included.

Safety-wise, this spiffy ute sports 4-wheel antilock braking (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and three-row head airbags. Additionally, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, daytime running lights, OnStar emergency services and alerts, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm add to the Traverse 2LT AWD’s award-winning safety accoutrements.

LS

Avg. Price: $21,693

Need to get a lot of people or a lot of stuff someplace in a hurry? Check out the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS. This front-wheel-drive midsize 8-passenger crossover delivers 116 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, as well as a standard roof rack for those extra items that might not fit inside. A rear spoiler and 17-inch steel wheels accent this hefty crossover’s exterior, while the roomy cabin sports premium cloth upholstery, simulated alloy trim accents, reclining second-row seats, power-adjustable outside mirrors, remote power door locks and, of course, power windows. Cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering each come standard, as do front and rear air conditioning vents. OnStar Directions & Connections service, meanwhile, fits in well with the MP3-capable single-CD player and its 6 speakers, as well as the satellite radio and the auxiliary MP3 input.

Options in this base trim include trailer-towing equipment for some 5,200 pounds of towing capacity, as well as upgraded wheels, Bluetooth hands-free communications and a power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support.

Giving the front-wheel-drive-only (FWD) 2012 Traverse LS its go is a 3.6-liter V6 powerplant that mates with the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission for 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed automatic sports a transmission hill holder and doles out mileage at 17 mpg city/24 highway.

Finally, the more notable standard safety features in the base LS include 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and three-row head airbags. Secondary safety equipment includes daytime running lights, a post-collision safety system, OnStar emergency services and alerts, and a remote antitheft alarm.

LS AWD

Avg. Price: $23,043

Again for 2012, Chevrolet offers its popular, practical and peppy base Traverse with snow-busting full-time all-wheel drive, thus its LS AWD designation. Look for 116 cubic feet of total cargo space in this 8-passenger midsize crossover, not to mention a rear spoiler, a roof rack and 17-inch steel wheels. Premium cloth upholstery and simulated alloy accents spiff up a roomy, if somewhat bland, cabin and a useful complement of features, including remote power door locks, power windows and mirrors, and cruise control help ease the commute or the journey to the building-supply center. Front and rear air conditioning, telescoping tilt-wheel steering and reclining second-row seats also come standard in Chevy’s premier crossover, as does OnStar Directions & Connections service. Entertainment, meantime, is provided by a standard MP3-compatible single-CD player, 6 speakers and satellite radio.

Though sparse, there are a few options available to the 2012 Traverse LS AWD, including trailer towing equipment that allows up to 5,200 pounds of towing capacity. Bluetooth technology, upgraded wheels and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are also available to this base AWD trim.

Powering Chevy’s hefty crossover is the ubiquitous variable-valve-timed (VVT) 3.6-liter V6 engine that mates with a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission to put out 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. The variable-valve-timed V6 is estimated at 16 mpg city/23 highway, and a mechanical limited-slip center differential manages the full-time AWD traction. Finally, the 6-speed automatic boasts a transmission hill holder.

Of course, 4-wheel antilock braking is standard aboard the 2012 Traverse LS AWD, as are traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, three-row head airbags, a post-collision safety system and OnStar emergency services, as well as daytime running lights and a remote antitheft alarm.

LTZ

Avg. Price: $28,040

As the flagship of the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse fleet, the LTZ turns a more-than-competent 7-passenger midsize crossover into a veritable pleasure palace of space, comfort and practicality. Just over 116 cubic feet of cargo area distinguishes this top-shelf people-hauler, while 20-inch polished alloy wheels, a roof rack and a rear spoiler adorn its handsome exterior. Creature comforts, meantime, include premium leather upholstery, heated, power-adjustable front seats, second-row captain’s chairs, simulated alloy and leather cabin trim accents, and tri-zone climate control. A universal remote garage door opener, Sun Sensor technology and rear parking sensors also come standard in this top-shelf trim, as do power windows and remote power door locks, reverse-tilt and heated power-adjustable outside mirrors, a power liftgate and memory for driver's settings. Finally, a rear-view camera, cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering round out the more notable standard amenities.

Ten Bose premium speakers blast out tunes from the MP3-capable single-CD player, bolstered by satellite radio and a USB connection, while Bluetooth-integrated OnStar Directions and Connections technology keeps everyone on track and in touch.

For a crossover that has just about everything, the Traverse LTZ still makes room for a number of options. A power sunroof, rear DVD entertainment system and hard-drive-based navigation headline the available goodies in this kingly conveyance, with an available second-row console offered to help with cabin storage, and optional towing equipment ready to pull up to 5,200 pounds of trailer.

The 3.6-liter V6 engine powering the 2012 Traverse LTZ is the same, size-wise, as its lesser siblings. However, under the management of the same 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, this slick six-banger pounds out 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, yet retains the 17 mpg city/24 highway rating of its less powerful version…go figure! Anyhow, the 6-speed automatic again comes with the handy transmission hill holder feature.

The traditional 4-wheel antilock braking system (ABS) combines with traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and three-row head airbags to garner the 2012 Traverse LTZ its award-winning safety scores. Daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, OnStar emergency services and alerts, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm are also delivered as standard safety equipment.

LTZ AWD

Avg. Price: $28,872

Implied in its moniker, Chevrolet’s top-shelf 2012 Traverse LTZ AWD boasts standard full-time all-wheel drive (AWD) as its main claim to fame. But this 7-passenger midsize crossover doesn’t stop there. Expect 20-inch polished alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and a roof rack to decorate its snazzy profile, with premium leather upholstery, heated power-adjustable front seats, second-row captain’s chairs and all kinds of leather and simulated alloy accents adorning the cabin. Cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering are, of course, standard, as are such goodies as tri-zone climate control, remote power door locks and windows, reverse-tilt, heated power-adjustable outside mirrors and a universal remote garage door opener. Sun Sensor technology automatically adjusts climate control and interior lighting levels, while memory for driver's settings will help get the journey started in familiar surroundings. Rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera also come standard, with all of this packaged in a frame that’ll stash 116 cubic feet of cargo with the two rear rows of seats folded.

Finally, the standard OnStar Directions & Connections system is integrated with Bluetooth hands-free technology, while the MP3-capable single-CD player churns tunes out of the 10 Bose premium speakers. Finally, satellite radio and a USB port are also included in this impressive audio suite.

Believe it or not, with all those standard goodies, the 2012 Traverse LTZ AWD still manages to remain eligible for such optional amenities as a power sunroof, rear-seat DVD entertainment, a second-row console, a hard-drive-based navigation suite and a trailer towing package that’ll allow this peppy puppy to pull up to 5,200 pounds.

Powering the 2012 Traverse LTZ AWD is the same 3.6-liter V6 that gives its lesser siblings their go. This six-banger, however, is tweaked to put out 288 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque under the auspices of the traditional 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, again with the handy transmission hill-holder feature. Expect mileage in this flagship trim to remain at 16 mpg city/23 highway, with the AWD system managed by a mechanical limited-slip center differential.

Safety-wise, the award-winning Traverse LTZ AWD sports a standard 4-wheel antilock braking system (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and three-row head airbags. Daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors and OnStar emergency services and alerts also come standard, as does the post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm.