Stylish and efficient, the brand-new 2009 Chevrolet Traverse, a large crossover SUV based on GM's Lambda vehicle platform, excels at carrying people and cargo. Available in both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations, the Traverse is powered by a 3.6L V6 engine cranking out 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic with manual shift control. The LTZ version of the V6 engine boosts hp to 288 and torque to 270 lb-ft, thanks to a dual-outlet exhaust and direct fuel injection, which allows for increased efficiency and reduced emissions. Seating up to eight passengers and with a maximum cargo capacity of 117.5 cubic feet, the Traverse offers numerous amenities, including heated and cooled front seats and a power liftgate. Chevrolet Traverse EPA fuel economy estimates for the FWD trims are 17 mpg city/24 mpg hwy and 19 mpg in combined driving, while the AWD trims get 16/23/19 mpg. Chevy Traverse standard safety features include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags for all three rows, OnStar, turn-by-turn navigation and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity.Read more Read less
The Chevrolet Traverse is an all-new model in Chevrolet's lineup, an alternative to traditional sport-utility vehicles that offers the handling and ride comfort of a car and some of the interior convenience and roominess of a minivan. While the Traverse is new to Chevrolet for 2009, it's closely related to the previously introduced Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook.
Softer, carlike styling; very roomy, passenger-friendly interior; comfortable ride; fuel efficiency
The Traverse is a good alternative to traditional truck-based sport-utility vehicles like Chevrolet's own Trailblazer and Tahoe. Even though it's about the same size as those vehicles on the outside, it's more passenger-friendly, comfortable and fuel-efficient. At 205 inches long, the Traverse is somewhat larger than many crossover rivals like the Ford Edge or Toyota Highlander and may be a better choice for those who need extra space inside. While the Traverse spans a wide price range, with loaded LTZ models topping $45,000, the base LS is an especially strong value at under $30,000, especially considering the wealth of safety features. The Traverse stands out as one of few vehicles to get top ratings in all major crash tests, suggesting it's one of the safest vehicles at any price and an ideal family choice.
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