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2011 Chevrolet Traverse Review

With a roomy interior, comfortable ride and good fuel economy, the 2011 Chevrolet Traverse is a great choice for anyone who needs space and practicality, but just can’t bear the thought of driving a minivan.

Pros & Cons

  • Tons of cargo space
  • Roomy third row
  • Comfortable, quiet ride
  • Large size can make it unwieldy

Rankings & Awards

The 2011 Chevrolet Traverse's #10 ranking is based on its score within the 2011 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2011 Best Midsize Crossover for the Money award. Currently the Chevrolet Traverse has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 36 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
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2011 Chevrolet Traverse Overview

Reviewers said the 2011 Chevrolet Traverse is a good all-around crossover, noting that its standard third-row seat is roomy for the class. Plus, the Traverse offers more cargo space than most of its competitors. When it was new, test drivers said the Traverse wasn’t particularly fast or sporty, but for a comfortable, affordable family crossover, it’s hard to beat. The Traverse was our 2011 Best Midsize Crossover for the Money when it was new. 

The Traverse comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and either front- or all-wheel drive. If you want more power, look for a Traverse with the dual exhaust option, which adds seven horsepower and is available in base LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ trims. For more luxury, shoppers will want to opt for either a 2011 GMC Acadia or a 2011 Buick Enclave. Even the Traverse’s top-of-the-line LTZ trim can’t compete with its more upscale siblings. Base features on the Traverse include front and rear manual climate control, a six-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input, satellite radio and cruise control, but depending on the trim level, you can find a Traverse with leather-trimmed first- and second-row seats, remote start, USB and Bluetooth phone connectivity, a power liftgate, navigation and a rearview camera.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Toyota Highlander provides the same level of basic, quiet comfort as the Chevrolet Traverse and comparable safety scores, but has better fuel economy. The base Highlander offers a four-cylinder engine, which is much less powerful than the Traverse’s V6, and reviewers agreed that the Highlander doesn’t offer as much interior or cargo space. However, if you’re looking for a crossover that has strong safety ratings, as well as good fuel economy, the Highlander is one of the best choices in the class.

The base 2011 Ford Explorer closely matches the Traverse’s standard features, but higher Explorer trims offer more high-tech features and a more upscale interior. If you want an SUV that’s loaded with features, look for the Explorer Limited, which offers a power-folding third row, voice-controlled SYNC and MyFord Touch interface systems.

Compare the Traverse to the Highlander and Explorer »

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