The new Traverse has a smoothly styled exterior, with styling details--including the front grille--borrowed from recent Chevrolet cars such as the Malibu. Inside, it also offers an experience that's more car-like.
That observation rings true in the way the Traverse drives as well. A new 3.6-liter overhead-cam V-6 engine powers the Traverse responsively, making an impressive 288 horsepower (281 hp for single-exhaust versions). The power is brought to the pavement via a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission and either front-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive system that actively distributes torque between the front and rear wheels for the best traction.
The Traverse promises to be significantly more economical to run compared to large truck-like SUVs, thanks to an aerodynamic design, fuel-saving direct-injection technology, and a 'tall' overdrive sixth gear for relaxed highway cruising. EPA fuel economy ratings range up to 24 mpg on the highway for the front-wheel-drive model.
The Traverse shows more of its car underpinnings underneath, with variable-effort rack-and-pinion steering and a low center of mass for stable cornering. The four-wheel independent suspension allows a compliant ride yet a towing capacity of up to 5,200 pounds--comparable to some truck-based mid-size SUVs.
Safety was given priority in the Traverse's engineering and feature list. Stabilitrak electronic stability control, with rollover mitigation technology, is standard, along with anti-lock brakes, Panic Brake Assist, and six airbags, including head-curtain side bags that cover all three rows of seating. Every Traverse comes with one year of OnStar, which includes a crash response system that automatically calls for help.
An extremely roomy interior is one of the Traverse's strengths. The three rows provide seating for up to seven or eight, depending on whether buyers opt for the captain's chairs or 60/40-split bench seat. The bench slides fore and aft for easier access to the third row or added seating space. There are plenty of bins and cubbies all around as well as ten cup holders.
The Traverse can be equipped in three different trims, LS, LT and LTZ, and each is available in either front- or all-wheel drive. The base LS models include keyless entry, cruise control, front and rear air conditioning and MP3-compatible CD audio with XM Satellite Radio. The LT adds a power driver's seat, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, a trip computer and a parking-assist system. The top LTZ upgrades to variable-effort steering, a dual exhaust, projector-beam headlamps, perforated leather upholstery, remote vehicle start, a tri-zone climate control system and a rearview camera. The LTZ also piles on standard technology features including a Bose surround-sound system, a navigation system with XM NavTraffic, for live traffic updates, a Bluetooth hands-free interface and a 110-volt power outlet. Noteworthy options include a DVD entertainment system and a big dual-panel sunroof.
The Traverse's look is quite different between trims thanks to a wide range of wheel offerings. LS models get 17-inch wheels, the LT upgrades to 18-inch machined aluminum wheels, and LTZ models get flashy, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels.
Engine, 3.6L SIDI V6 (281 hp [210 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 266 lb-ft of torque @ 3400 rpm [359.1 N-m])
Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive includes auto-grade braking and tap-shift manual shift control (Included and only available with CR14526 FWD models)
Axle, 3.16 ratio
Front wheel drive
GVWR, 6411 lbs. (2908 kg) (CR14526 FWD models only.)
Suspension, Ride and Handling
Steering, power, constant effort
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
Exhaust, single outlet
Wheels, 4 - 17" x 7.5" (43.2 cm x 19.1 cm) steel
Tires, P245/70R17 all-season, blackwall
Spare tire and wheel, NOT DESIRED (Deletes mechanical jack, wheel wrench and all components required to attached spare to underneath vehicle including spare tire hoist, cable and heat shield. Required without (QD6) compact spare steel wheel. Not available with (V92) Trailering equipment.)
Tire sealant and inflator kit (Not included when (QD6) 17" (43.2 cm) compact steel spare wheel is ordered.)
Roof rails, Black, longitudinal (Cross rails available through Chevy Accessories.)
Moldings, Black at beltline
Moldings, Slate, bodyside
Headlamps, dual cavity, halogen
Headlamp control, automatic on and off
Glass, Solar-Ray deep-tinted (all windows except light-tinted glass on windshield and driver and front passenger side glass)
Audio system, AM/FM stereo with MP3 compatible CD player seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-compensated volume and TheftLock
Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
XM Radio. XM Radio includes 3 trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels from Rock to Jazz, Country to Classical, Latin Pop to Hip Hop, and virtually everything in between, all in amazing digital sound. Turn on your favorite Sports with every Major League Baseball game from Opening Day until the World Series, NHL Hockey, the PGA TOUR and college football and basketball. Plus XM brings you the biggest names in news and talk, outrageous comedy, award-winning family programming -- wherever you go from coast to coast. Exclusive live concerts, Oprah and Friends, Radio Disney, and so much more. Find what turns you on (Available only in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately after 3 trial months. Visit gm.xmradio.com for more details)
Reclining front buckets
Seating, 8-passenger (2-3-3 seating configuration) with 2nd and 3rd row 60/40 split flat-folding bench seat
Insulation, acoustical package
Seat, 4-way manual driver with manual lumbar control
Seat, 2-way manual front passenger
Seat, third row manual 60/40 split-folding bench
Console, front center with 2 cup holders and storage
Floormats, color-keyed carpeted front, second and third row, removable
Floor covering, color-keyed carpeting
Steering wheel, vinyl
Steering column, Tilt-Wheel and telescopic with brake/transmission shift interlock
Instrumentation with Driver Information Center, speedometer, tachometer, outside temperature display, coolant temperature, odometer, low oil, fuel and coolant indicators, voltmeter, and trip odometer
Windows, power with driver Express-Down
Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
Remote Keyless Entry, programmable with 2 transmitters and panic button
Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
Air conditioning, single-zone manual front climate control
Air conditioning, rear manual
Defogger, rear-window electric
Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
Cupholders 10 total, 1st row, 2 center console, 2 bottle holders in doors, 2nd row, 2 on door armrest, 2 bottle holders in doors, 3rd row, 2 on armrest
Visors, driver and front passenger, padded with cloth trim, color-keyed and illuminated vanity mirrors
Lighting, interior with theater dimming, cargo compartment, reading lights for front seats, second row reading lamps integrated into dome light, door-and tailgate-activated switches and illuminated entry and exit feature
Trim, interior, includes painted instrument panel and console trim
Cargo storage, tray under rear floor
StabiliTrak, stability control system
Daytime Running Lamps
Air bags, frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger and head curtain side-impact for all rows in outboard seating positions (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and correct child restraints for your childs age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front a seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
Air bags, front passenger air bag suppression (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your childs age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
OnStar, 1-year of Directions and Connections plan. Includes the innovative easy to use Turn-by-Turn Navigation services which provide voice-guided directions (where available). Also includes Automatic Crash Notification, Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, a link to all Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling, AccidentAssist, Remote Horn and Lights, Information and Convenience Services, and Driving Directions (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remote Door Unlock success varies with conditions. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by model. Turn-by-Turn Navigation requires ABS and is not available in certain areas. Visit onstar.com or call 1-888-466-7827 for system limitations and details. For a list of vehicles with Automatic Crash Notification visit onstar.com.)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (Does not monitor spare)