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.