The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse vs. The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

2013 Chevy TraverseIf you’re in the market for a sporty, versatile SUV, we at Cox Chevrolet in Bradenton understand that finding the perfect car is a commitment. We know that drivers in the Tampa area need to compare the best models available on the market before choosing one for their family. While we think the facts point to the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse being the clear choice in the SUV segment, you might want to consider a solid competing model like the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. Let’s take a closer look at how these two SUV’s stack up.

Safety Reigns Supreme with the Traverse

While both the new Chevy Traverse and the Santa Fe have driver and passenger front, side-impact, and frontal impact airbags along with electronic traction control systems in place to help prevent loss of vehicle control, the Traverse offers Daytime Running Headlights for added visibility during any and all road conditions. The Traverse also provides an optional front airbag that deploys from the center console — it protects both driver and passenger by inflating between them to prevent injuries caused by knocking in to each other during a side impact. The Santa Fe does not provide these important features.

Performance and Reliability

In the event of a total loss of engine coolant, the Traverse comes equipped with a standard “limp home system”. This system reduces the engine’s power by running only half of its cylinders while maintaining basic vehicle operations, allowing the Traverse enough time to get to a service station without seriously damaging the engine. The Santa Fe does not offer such a system, which would leave it stranded until help arrives. When you’re making such a big investment in a vehicle, these kinds of features can make all the difference in the world.

The Traverse also offers a smoother ride than the Santa Fe, as it has a wheelbase of 118.9 inches. The Santa Fe’s wheel base is 110 inches, so it is not able to handle with the same stability as the Traverse. If the Traverse and Santa Fe were required to tow another vehicle or heavy load, the Traverse would be the better option as it is capable of towing up to 5200 lbs as opposed to the Santa Fe’s 5000 lb towing capacity.

Come Test Drive the 2013 Traverse at Cox Chevrolet

Despite the fact that the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe and 2013 Chevrolet Traverse are both great options, the Traverse wins out with its exceptional capabilities and safety features. Want to get a look at the new 2013 Traverse up close? Visit our dealership at 2900 Cortez Road in Bradenton! We’re just an hour south of Tampa!