2009 Chevrolet Traverse

At a Glance

Pricing $29,255 - $41,965
Drive Types FWD, AWD
Engines 3.6l V6
Transmissions A6
Fuel Economy 16-17 (city), 23-24 (highway)

Chevy finally gets its own midsize crossover SUV that seats 7 or 8 passengers. The Traverse shares styling elements from the Malibu and the Buick Enclave, its sister SUV. Available in FWD or AWD drivelines, the Traverse offers one powertrain choice: a 3.6L V-6 coupled to a 6-speed automatic. An optional dual exhaust adds an extra 5-bhp (286-bhp total). The Traverse is available with 17, 18, or 20-inch alloy wheels, and tires sizes up to P255/55R20. Towing capacity is limited to 4,500 lbs. Available options include ultrasonic rear park assist, rearview camera, DVD navigation, DVD entertainment system, heated/cooled front seats, power folding mirrors, panoramic sunroof, and power liftgate. Chevrolet positions the Traverse as an alternative to the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and to a lesser extent, the Ford Explorer.

What Changed:

The Traverse is an all-new crossover SUV for Chevrolet similar to its siblings, the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, and Saturn Outlook. The Traverse differs from these models in that it is some 4 inches longer. Power is provided by a 3.6L V6 with direct injection. Both FWD and AWD models include a standard six-speed automatic transmission.

Model/Trim/Package Engine Original MSRP
Traverse LS 1LS 3.6l V6 (281-bhp) A6 FWD $29,255
Traverse LS 1LS 3.6l V6 (281-bhp) A6 AWD $31,255
Traverse LT 1LT 3.6l V6 (281-bhp) A6 FWD $31,735
Traverse LT 1LT 3.6l V6 (281-bhp) A6 AWD $33,735
Traverse LT 2LT 3.6l V6 (281-bhp) A6 FWD $34,455
Traverse LT 2LT 3.6l V6 (281-bhp) A6 AWD $36,455
Traverse LTZ 1LZ 3.6l V6 (281-bhp) A6 FWD $39,965
Traverse LTZ 1LZ 3.6l V6 (281-bhp) A6 AWD $41,965