The 2010 Traverse is again available in three trims: the base LS, the mid-range LT and the luxury LTZ. Each is available with either front- or all-wheel drive.
All trims are powered by a 3.6L V6 engine with direct fuel injection. All LS and LT engines deliver 281 horsepower and 266 foot-pounds of torque. The LTZ gets a slightly more powerful version of the same engine, which delivers 288 horsepower and 270 foot-pounds of torque at 3400 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission is the only transmission available.
The 2010 Traverse comes with variable-effort rack-and-pinion steering and a low center of mass for stable cornering. The 4-wheel independent suspension allows for a compliant ride and a maximum 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, as is anti-lock brakes, panic brake assist and six airbags, including head-curtain side bags that cover all three rows of seating.
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 captain's chairs or 60/40-split bench seat for the second row. 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'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 as standard.
The base LS models are well-appointed and include keyless entry, cruise control, front and rear air conditioning and MP3-compatible CD audio. The 1LT trim adds as standard heated mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls, rear parking aid, trip computer, aluminum wheels and power driver seat. The 2LT trim adds as standard climate control, dual zone A/C, premium sound system, electrochromic rearview mirror, backup camera, power liftgate and four bucket seats. The top-line LTZ adds a power passenger seat, heated and cooled seats, passenger lumbar, seat memory, mirror memory, remote engine start, universal garage door opener, wireless cell phone hookup, power folding mirrors and performance tires (front and rear).
Noteworthy options include a DVD entertainment system, dual-panel sunroof, leather upholstery and navigation system.
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
Battery, high capacity 730 cold-cranking amps
GVWR, 6411 lbs. (2908 kg) (CR14526 FWD models only.)
Suspension, Ride and Handling
Steering, power, variable effort
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
Exhaust, single outlet
Wheels, 4-18" x 7.5" (45.7 cm x 19.1 cm) machined aluminum
Tires, P255/65R18 all-season, blackwall
Wheel, 17" (43.2 cm) compact steel spare wheel and tire
Roof rail moldings
Moldings, body-color 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)
Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding with integrated turn signal indicators and (DTM) integral spotter mirror
Mirrors, integral spotter for blind-zone
Wipers, front intermittent with washers
Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
Door handles, chrome
Liftgate, rear manual
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, TheftLock, auxiliary input jack and 6-speaker system
XM Radio is standard on more than 50 2010 GM models, including three trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels for virtually every music genre, all in amazing digital quality sound. Turn on your favorite sports, the biggest names in News, Talk and Comedy, family programming, exclusive concerts and original music series, wherever you go from coast to coast. Everything worth listening to is now on XM (XM service available only in the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia. XM Radio subscription required and sold separately after trial period. Fees, taxes, and a one-time re-activation fee, may apply. Subscriptions governed by XM Customer Agreement available at xmradio.com. All fees and programming subject to change. Family programming Packages are available.)
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, 8-way power driver with power lumbar
Seat, 2-way manual front passenger, included with Premium Cloth
Seat, third row manual 60/40 split-folding bench
Console, front center with 2 cup holders covered storage bin and sliding armrest with storage
Floormats, color-keyed carpeted front, second and third row, removable
Floor covering, color-keyed carpeting
Steering wheel, leather-wrapped with (UK3) Redundant Audio controls
Steering column, tilt and telescopic with brake/transmission shift interlock
Instrumentation, enhanced Driver Information Center with personalization features, speedometer, tachometer, outside temperature display, low oil, fuel and coolant indicators, odometer, trip odometer and trip computer with digital compass
Windows, power with driver Express-Down
Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
Remote Keyless Entry, programmable with 2 transmitters, panic button and extended range, no remote start provisions (May be upgraded to (BTV) remote vehicle start if (PDD) Personal Connectivity Package is ordered.)
Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
Air conditioning, single-zone manual front climate control (Replaced by (CJ2) tri-zone automatic climate control when (PCN) rear entertainment system with USB port is ordered.)
Air conditioning, rear manual
Defogger, rear-window electric
Rear Parking Assist, Ultrasonic
Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
Cupholders, 12 total 1st row, 2 center console, 2 bottle holders in doors 2nd row, 2 on door armrest, 2 in center seat armrest or center console, 2 bottle holders in doors, 3rd row, 2 on armrests
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 painted center stack
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.)
Door locks, rear child security
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (Does not monitor spare)