Auto manufacturers always want to group vehicles into categories. That’s a crossover or that vehicle is a SUV. However, there is always one vehicle that crosses the line and can be put into two groups like the new 2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ.
Just looking at the exterior, a driver would easily come to the conclusion that this might be one of the larger crossovers. They would be right. Chevrolet has two crossovers in the 2013 class the Equinox and Traverse.
Taking a seat inside the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ, a driver realizes that this crossover has everything a SUV has and more. More space for passengers and cargo while keeping the ride close to ground level; in addition to a luxurious interior with many standard features.
The real confusion for drivers trying to label the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ comes from its powerful 3.6 direct-injected V-6 VVT engine with six-speed automatic transmission and its solid frame integral body. This makes it drive like a SUV, but looks just like a crossover.
Let’s start on the outside looking in at the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ. Drivers are going to take pleasure in the appearance. The newly designed front end has a sporty look compared to the minivans of years past.
Its 118.9-inch wheelbase sets the stage for the large interior while the over 67-inch front and rear track give the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ a stable and soft ride.
Standard exterior features:
*Body side molding
*Dual outside mirrors-power folding/adjustable heated, auto dimming and turn signal
*20-inch aluminum wheels
*Power rear liftgate
*Remote vehicle start
*Ultrasonic rear park assist
Although, drivers comfort is important, the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ with seven passenger seating doesn’t compromise when it comes to passenger comfort; in addition to having more maximum cargo space than the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander.
For passengers it starts with 2nd row captain’s chair and extends back to a 3rd row split bench seat. Sitting in comfort is easier, but the Tri Zone Auto Climate Air Condition Control makes everything more enjoyable during those hot summer months with a vehicle full of passengers.
Of course the driver and passenger side driver have power seats that are adjustable eight ways; in addition to heated and cooled seats.
Audio in the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ is supplied by a premium Bose sound system. The 6 ½-inch color touch radio with Chevrolet Mylink, SIRIUSXM/HD (XM Radio & service subscription sold separately by SIRIUSXM after three months) provide the source and wealth of possibilities when it comes to listening pleasures.
Anytime a vehicle is hauling that many passengers, safety and security becomes a priority. The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ has many standard safety and security features including:
*Six mouths Onstar directions and connections with automatic crash response & turn-by-turn navigation
*Remote keyless entry with extended range
*Air bags, frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger, front center side-impact, head curtain side-impact in outboard seating positions
*Rear child security door lock
*Engine immobilizer theft deterrent system
*Rear vision camera system
*Side blind zone alert with rear cross traffic alert
*Stabilitrak-Stability Control System with traction control
*Anti-lock Brake System
*Tire Pressure Monitor System
Even loaded with standard features, the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ gets respectable gas mileage. It’s rated at 24 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city with a combined city/highway mpg rating of 19.
Anglers have a different take on vehicles. They are more interested in towing equipment and maximum trailer weight. The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ is not going to disappoint many anglers that have lighter boats or hauling jet skis to the lake.
Having the correct hitch equipment is important. The rear bumper of the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ is not designed for hitches. Only a frame-mounted hitch installed by an authorized Chevrolet Dealership should be attached.
Safety chains are a safety feature that should also be attached between the trailer and vehicle. When correctly attached the safety chains should cross under the tongue of the trailer preventing it from coming in contact with the road should the trailer become detached from the vehicle while towing.
Trailer brakes are another safety feature that should be part of any trailer you tow over 1,000 pounds. Most high quality boat trailers will have a brake system to provide additional braking assistances.
A wire harness with a seven-pin connector can be found next to the receiver on the rear of the vehicle. It should be tied to the vehicle’s frame. The harness connector can be plugged into a seven-pin universal heavy-duty trailer connector available through your local Chevrolet Dealership.
Any driver towing with a 2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ should remember three things dealing with weight:
*The weight of the trailer
*The weight of the trailer tongue
*The total weight on the vehicle’s tires
Here are the recommendations for the Gross Combination Weight Ratings:
Front-wheel drive with V92 Trailer Towing Package
*Maximum trailer weight 5,200 pounds
*10,250 Pounds GCWR
All-wheel drive with V92 Trailer Towing Package
*Maximum trailer weight 5,200 pounds
*10,450 pounds GCWR
(Information on towing loads and towing directions can be found in the Owner’s Manual or can be gone over with at an authorized Chevrolet Dealership).
So what is it? Well, I would group the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ in to the crossover-utility vehicle category. It’s really the best of both in one vehicle.
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