The 2009 Traverse is Chevrolet’s solution to the decline of the minivan appeal with the new crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV), which is a combination of the family-friendly minivan with the look and personality of the SUV. It has an advantage over its competitors with its unique style, mimicking the new Malibu and an edgier exterior design. It answers family need with a seating capacity of up the eight people, expansive cargo area, and a sense of style for more modern-minded individuals. Anyone on the fence about giving in to the appeal of the new crossover vehicle might be persuaded by its starting price, which is lower than its competitors.
Body Styles: crossover SUV
Engines: 3.6-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Traverse LS, Chevrolet Traverse LT, Chevrolet Traverse LTZ
The 2009 Chevy Traverse is an all-new model.
The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse has a higher than average towing capability at 5200 pounds. The exterior measures 78.4 inches wide, 72.8 inches high, 205 includes long with a 7.2-inch ground clearance. As a large crossover SUV, it's available in three trim levels: LS, LT, and LTZ.
The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse has an attractive two-tone color scheme and features brushed chrome and aluminum trim. The instrument panel is impressive with dual gauges and white numbers on a black background, making them easily read. It seats either seven or eight people, depending on whether the second row has captain’s chairs or a split folding bench seat. The seating is extremely comfortable and supportive. The cargo area has an astounding 117 cubic feet of space with the seats in the second and third rows folded down and still boasts a luggage space of 24 cubic feet. The interior has 40.4 inch front head room and 39.4 inch rear head room, 59.1 inch front hip room and 57.8 inch rear hip room and 41.3 inch front leg room and 36.8 inch rear leg room.
The standard equipment on the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse LS trim includes eight-passenger seating, split second and third row bench seats, air-conditioning, a steering wheel with telescoping and tilt, power accessories, OnStar, and a six-speaker CD and MP3 player with satellite radio and auxiliary jack. The LT trim has two choices to choose from: The 1LT, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power driver seat, rear parking sensors, and remote vehicle start. The more upscale 2LT trim, in addition to the 1LT trim, features Bluetooth, tri-zone automatic climate control, rear audio system controls, 10-speaker Bose audio system, seven-passenger seating with Captain’s seats in the in the second row, a rearview mirror with an integrated camera. In addition to the previous features, the LTZ trim adds leather seating, heated and cooled power front seats, driver seat memory, a rearview camera, and a navigation system. Many of the features on the upper trims can be added to the lower trims. Other available options are dual sunroofs and a rear seat entertainment system. All trims can add a trailer package, which includes trailer hitch and a heavy-duty engine cooler.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse has only one engine combination: the 3.6-liter V-6 combined with a six-speed automatic manual shift. Depending on the chosen trim, the V-6 makes 281 horsepower or 288 horsepower due to a dual exhaust. An upgraded fuel injector allows increased efficiency and reduces emissions.
The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse standard safety features are anti-lock disc brakes, stability and traction control, side impact airbags in the front, and all three rows with side curtain airbags, child seat anchor, rear door child safety locks, daytime running lights, engine immobilizer, auto delay off headlamps, dusk sensing headlamps, passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation, post-collision safety system, and tire pressure monitoring. In addition, one year of OnStar is included with turn-by-turn navigation capability and free Bluetooth phone connectivity. A five-star rating was given by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for both front impact and side impact crash tests for the protection of occupants in head-on and side impact collisions.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Traverse: 17/24 mpg city/highway
- Provides seating for up to eight passengers
- Good drivability, particularly for a large vehicle
- Split-folding third-row of seating
- Good tow rating
You Won't Like
- Climate and audio controls feature too many small buttons
- Transmission is sluggish when downshifting
An affordable crossover with a spacious interior and a generous list of standard and optional features.
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