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2011 Chevrolet Traverse Review

Good looking car-like crossover with comfortable ride

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2011 Chevrolet Traverse is a midsize crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) with a unibody crossover platform with front wheel drive in three rows of seating. Actually longer than the Tahoe, the Traverse but hosts a V-6 engine rather than the V-8 in the Tahoe. Coupled to the V-6 is a six-speed automatic transmission, the Tahoe uses all-wheel drive.

The Chevy Traverse is an ideal minivan when it comes to configuration flexibility and cabin spaciousness. Offering a smooth, comfortable ride, the Traverse sports many interior amenities which make it a pleasant drive. With all of its safety systems, the Traverse earns top scores in safety testing. Fuel economy in the 16 mpg city / 23 mpg highway range, isn't great but it isn't bad either.

New for 2011

In 2011, the Chevy Traverse received few changes. Heated cloth seats are now available on the LT trim, while the stereo's USB port is relocated to the upper instrument panel storage bin for easier access. White Diamond Tri-Coat and Steel Green Metallic are two new paint colors.


Engine: 3.6L V-6
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Body Style: Crossover SUV
Trims: LS Sport Utility, LT Sport Utility, LTZ Sport Utility

On the Outside

The Traverse's horizontally split grille identifies it as a Chevrolet, while the body features soft, rounded edges.

From the Inside

Thanks to its long overall length and minivan-like packaging, the Chevy Traverse's third row offers adequate leg and head room. The seven-passenger configuration features second-row captain's chairs, and an eight-passenger configuration second row has a 60/40-split bench seat.

Driving Performance

The Chevy Traverse's handling is typical of larger crossovers, which is better than truck-based SUVs and minivans, with a smooth, comfortable ride and moderate under-steer. The V-6 engine provides up to 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, although it has to move a lot of weight, and fuel economy corresponds accordingly.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety features on the Chevy Traverse include high-strength and dual-phase steel for body rigidity. Seatbelt anchor pre-tensioners for outboard occupants, plus pelvic-thorax seat-mounted side airbags, two head curtain airbags covering the three rows, and a rollover sensing system are standard.

Gas Mileage

LS, LT, LTZ (FWD): 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway
LS, LT, LTZ (AWD): 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway


  • Modern styling
  • Plenty of room
  • Upscale interior features
  • Smooth, comfortable ride


  • Some plastic in the interior
  • Weight strains V-6 engine


Good looking car-like crossover with comfortable ride

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