2011 Chevy Traverse Seven Seater

by on July 24, 2011

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Chevrolet is the brand of luxury cars made by the General Motor Company and the brand has a long history of almost a century. Over the decades Chevrolet or Chevy as it is popularly known introduced many models and the brand has attained international recognition and acclaim.

2011 Traverse is one of the new models offered in the SUV segment by Chevrolet. SUV segment has attracted great attention by all the major auto manufacturers because of utility to the changing life style aspirations, and Chevy Traverse is designed with features that make it stand out in the crowd. Traverse 2011 has all the things desirable you look for in SUV: stylish looks, great handling, generous space and decent fuel economy in this powerful yet luxurious car. There are many distinctive plus points of Traverse like ease of handling akin to a car, assurance of safety, fold-able third row and ability to seat up to eight passengers and sufficient cargo area.

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Performance: ★★★½☆ 

Exterior Design: ★★★¼☆ 

Interior Design: ★★★★½ 

Safety: ★★★★½ 

Fuel Economy: ★★★¼☆ 

Specifications and Features of Chevy Traverse 2011:

Crossover Chevy Traverse is available in LS, LT and LTZ trims. All of these are powered with 3.6 L V6 engines. Other common features are automatic transmission, All -wheel drive and some optional entertainment accessories.

Features of LS are Split folding second and third row seats that can accommodate up to eight passengers, 17 in. steel wheels, adjustable steering wheel, AC, power accessories, 6- speaker CD / MP3 player, OnStar, and satellite radio. You can also choose Bluetooth connectivity optionally. The safety features provided are side and curtain airbags and electronic controls like Traction control and Stability control. The models are provided with provision for third row seats and satellite radio. The fuel economy of the seven seater SUV is up to 17 mpg for city drive and 24 mpg for highway riding conditions.

In LT trim level you have option of LT1 and LT2. LT1 has the following entertainment and comfort features; MP3 player, satellite radio, optional Bluetooth, DVD player and iPod input. This model is also provided with Stability control system and Traction control for safety of the occupants.

LT2 trim offers all the features of LT1 and a few additional features like optional Navigation system, Bluetooth and DVD player. The model can give a fuel economy of 17 mpg for city conditions and 24 mpg for highway drives. It has all-wheel drive and has the safety of curtain and side airbags. Rest of the features are same as in LT1 but it offers iPod input as standard.

LTZ model of Chevy Traverse gives the same fuel economy as other trim levels and has all the comfort, entertainment and safety features possessed by other models.

Chevy Traverse seven seater SUV is designed to combine the strength that can carry up to eight people and plenty of cargo with the car-like handling, ride and comfort. In this sense, Traverse design is a winner as it combines the brute power with the beauty! Moreover, Traverse is priced economically. Its price is lower than the other two GM vehicles built on the same class, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia. It is not just the economy; the specious interior that can comfortably seat whole family members is certainly a great plus point. The upper trim levels provide lot of utility and comfort features. The decent fuel economy is another factor for preferring this versatile model.


All the Traverse models are powered by 3.6 liter V6 engine coupled to 6 speed Automatic transmission with Manual shift. In LS and LT trims, engine power output is 281 bhp and produces 266 lb-ft of torque. The higher powered LTZ has power output 288 HP and 270 lb-ft made possible by adopting dual outlet exhaust technique. In a road test LT2 model could accelerate from rest to 60 mph in just 8.6 seconds and this is no mean feat for such a large vehicle.

EPA estimate for the fuel economy are 17 mpg for city drive and 24 mpg for highway drive and 19 mpg for the combined drive. The figures are practically same for all the trims. All wheel models have slightly lower values than these. The Traverse can easily tow up to 5200 lbs.

Safety Features:

The standard safety features are traction and stability control and Antilock brake systems (ABS). The vehicle ably protects the occupants against crashes with side curtain airbags and these are provided for all the three rows of Traverse as standard. Traverse also boasts of OnStar service that helps with turn by turn navigation and hands free phone connectivity. The safety level provided by Traverse can be seen by the top five star rating for its overall performance and four out of five in front impact safety and five star again in side impact safety. The Traverse also won favorable results in safety test by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing.

Special Features of This 8 Seater Car:

Apart from all the favorable plus points of Traverse, the look and features of Interior design are real winners. The attractive design with classy look of two tone color and brushed chrome and aluminum trim makes the vehicle truly worthy of possession. The cabin will give the impression of style and functionality. The vehicle offers either seven seats or eight seats depending on the trim you choose. This is done by split-folding second row seats. Seats in all the rows offer equally comfortable experience for long rides. Behind the third row you have 24.4 cubic feet of volume that can allow you to carry plenty of cargo. If you fold the second and third rows, with the flat load floor you will have room for more than 116 cu.ft of cargo.

Traverse LS is priced at $29,370, while LT1 and LT2 are priced at $32,010 and $34,590. The LTZ will cost around $38,250.

The Traverse offers excellent driving impressions in spite of its large size. Its handling is better than most of SUV’s of this class. With sufficient power under the hoods Chevy Traverse will never let you down.

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