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2009 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Review

Hefty Hauler

A three-quarter front view of a white 2009 Chevrolet Traverse

In short: A roomy seven-passenger crossover with decent fuel economy.

While lavish in its dimensions and weight, the seven-passenger Traverse is thriftier with gasoline than most vehicles in its class. This large crossover, a cousin of the Buick Enclave, uses direct fuel injection technology in its 288-horsepower V6 engine, which Chevrolet says gives the car up to 23 mpg on the highway. Along with relatively decent mileage, the Traverse also features a smoothly styled exterior, an independent suspension, all-wheel ventilated disc brakes and a stability control system with traction control.

Inside the automobile’s spacious, leather-decked cabin are three rows of configurable seating, including comfortable third row seating (and, in our LTZ tester, two second-row captain’s chairs). In addition to 116.4 cubic feet of potential cargo room, the Traverse is loaded with options. Our test vehicle, for example, boasted remote vehicle start, Bluetooth connectivity, ultrasonic rear parking assist, a navigation system with a rearview camera system, a powered rear liftgate, and heat/cool-capable powered front seats. Optional accessories included a dual SkyScape sunroof and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

Warranty/Service: Five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; five-year/100,000-mile roadside assistance; six-year/100,000-mile rust warranty.

Base Price: $41,075 / As Tested: $44,880

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, all-wheel drive, 7-passenger, 4-door crossover

Engine: 3.6-liter DOHC V6 with VVT and direct injection
Horsepower: 288 hp @ 6,300 rpm
Torque: 270 lb-ft @ 3,400 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb weight:
4,925 lbs
Wheelbase: 118.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 205/78.4/72.8 in
Turning circle: 40.4 ft

all-wheel ventilated disc with ABS
Suspension: coil-over strut with stabilizer bar in front; linked H-arm independent suspension with coil springs and twin-tube shock absorbers in rear
Traction: StabiliTrak electronic stability control system; traction control system

0-60 mph: n/a
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City: 16 mpg
EPA Highway: 23 mpg

Smog Index:

dual frontal airbags; front side-impact airbags; head curtain side airbags for all rows; passenger sensing system; OnStar; tire pressure monitoring system; rollover sensing system; ultrasonic rear parking assist; rearview camera system


poor quality materials; rattling

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