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The Chevrolet Traverse is a four-door, up to eight passenger crossover sport utility vehicle. The Traverse shares the same basic design and framework as with the GMC Acadia, the Saturn Outlook, and the Buick Enclave.

Standard seating is for three rows of seats. The second row can be bucket seats or a bench seat depending on how many passengers must be accomodated. With the bucket option, a total of eight occupants can be seated. The vehicle is available in eight trims. There is the entry-level LS, LT1, LT2 and the top of the line LTZ. All models are available with either front wheel drive or all wheel drive.

The EPA fuel economy rating for the LS FWD is 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

Under the hood of the LS FWD model is a 3.6 L V6 engine that produces 281 horsepower. This engine is matched up with a 6-speed automatic transmission. For the LTZ AWD model, there is a dual exhaust system as standard equipment that boosts the horsepower up to 288 hp. Based on weight and power, the towing capacity of the Traverse is rated at 5200 pounds.

The Chevrolet Traverse is available in one body style only – the four door wagon.

The interior of the vehicle is roomy, comfortable, and yet stylish. The Smart Slide second-row seats move to allow access to the back seat. The second and third row of seats can fold flat allowing for a very adaptable cargo area. With the second and third row of seats flat to the floor, the cargo area increases to 117.9 cu. ft of space. With all seats fill there is still 24.4 cubic feet of cargo space. There are many small but convenient storage places throughout the vehicle, including an auxiliary glove box above the instrument panel and a cargo tray under the rear floor.

Chevrolet Traverse Features and Options

For any crossover on the market today, it’s important to be competitive with standard features. The Traverse LS has 17-inch wheels as standard. The LT1 and LT2 have 18-inch wheels as standard. For the LTZ, there are 20 inch wheels.

There are many convenience features that include DVD entertainment, rear climate control, leather upholstery, navigation system, remote engine start, satellite radio, rear obstacle detection, and a rearview camera to help with backing up. Standard on select models is a power-remote liftgate. This feature makes loading and unloading the vehicle a snap. Standard for the LTZ are heated and cooled bucket seats for both the driver and the front passengers. This is the ultimate in comfort.

Chevrolet Traverse Safety

Chevrolet has paid careful attention to the level of safety for the Traverse. The vehicle comes standard with four-wheel antilock brakes and StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System. There is an advanced steel safety cage surrounded by six air bags (curtain side airbags and front side airbags) in the event of a collision. Should one happen, the vehicle comes with OnStar to help out.

In the government crash tests, the Chevrolet Traverse received a perfect five star rating for both the driver and the front passenger in the frontal impact crash test and the side side impact crash test for both the driver and rear passenger. In the four-wheel drive rollover tests, the Chevrolet Traverse received a four star rating.