CarseatBlog has already reviewed the similar Buick Enclave. In fact, we declared it as one of our two safest family vehicles for 2012! For the 2013 model year, only minor changes were made to GM’s crossover trio that includes the Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia. So, this review will be a bit less detailed than some of our other auto reviews. The main changes for the Traverse are to styling, primarily the front end and the interior. Also touted are minor improvements to the transmission and suspension. For safety, GM’s front center airbag, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning are now available and the rear camera with a new 6.5″ screen is now standard. The MyLink infotainment system with bluetooth streaming support is also available.
Please note that since our video above was made, the 2013 Traverse received the same top crash test ratings from the NHTSA as the 2012 and earlier models, so it remains one of the safest vehicles on the road! For bigger families, there’s also an 8-passenger version that includes a second row bench seat, rather than captain’s chairs. The 2nd row center seat is not particularly wide, but should accommodate a narrow carseat or passenger. We took a look at one at the Chicago Auto Show, but unfortunately the lighting available left our video a little dark, so apologies in advance!
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Overall, my comments are very similar to our previous review. Like the Enclave,