2011 Chevrolet Traverse Overview
The Chevrolet Traverse arrives in 2011 with no significant changes from the 2010 model, but carries over all the elements that made the 2010 Traverse a Consumers Digest “Best Buy” in the full size crossover SUV segment over competition such as the Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9, and Hyundai Veracruz.
Available in three trim levels (LS, LT, and LTZ), the 2011 Chevy Traverse comes with seating for seven or eight passengers depending on the choice of captain’s chairs or a three-seat bench in the second row. The Traverse comes with GM’s powerful, direct injected 281-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. Choosing the top-line LTZ trim level brings a slightly more powerful engine, rated at 288-horsepower. All trim levels can be found in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. The Traverse also boasts excellent fuel economy for its segment, achieving 16-17 mpg in the city and 23-24 mpg on the highway, numbers which put it ahead of the pack at the pump.
The base LS trim for the 2011 Traverse comes nicely equipped with satellite radio, MP3/CD player with an auxiliary audio jack, 17-inch wheels, and split-folding second and third row seating. The LT trim is actually divided into two sub-trims, 1LT and 2LT, sits on 18-inch aluminum wheels, and adds features like dual-zone climate control, and a leather wrapped steering wheel. A step up to the 2LT brings a power liftgate, 10-speaker Bose stereo system, and a rearview camera. The line-topping LTZ rides on 20-inch aluminum wheels and brings in even more amenities including heated and cooled front-passenger seats, connectivity package, and a remote starter. Other available options include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system that is perfect for longs trips, the trailering package which allows the Travers to tow up to 5,200 pounds, and an integrated navigation system. With the seats folded down, the Traverse has a whopping 117 cubic feet of cargo room, 30% more than the Honda Pilot.
When it comes to safety, the 2011 Traverse is also well outfitted. Standard safety features include front and side-curtain airbags for all three rows, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, and a free one year subscription to OnStar Automatic Crash Response, which will automatically contact authorities and connect you to safety personnel in the case of an accident.
With great fuel economy, lots of cargo space, clean styling, and an interior chock full of features and amenities, the 2011 Chevy Traverse presents a great case to be your pick for a full-size crossover SUV.