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2009 Chevrolet Traverse Sport Utility Crossover

FWD 4dr LS

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2009 Chevrolet Traverse Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Chevrolet Traverse Sport Utility Crossover

The Traverse is a good alternative to traditional truck-based sport-utility vehicles like Chevrolet's own Trailblazer and Tahoe. Even though it's about the same size as those vehicles on the outside, it's more passenger-friendly, comfortable and fuel-efficient. At 205 inches long, the Traverse is somewhat larger than many crossover rivals like the Ford Edge or Toyota Highlander and may be a better choice for those who need extra space inside. While the Traverse spans a wide price range, with loaded LTZ models topping $45,000, the base LS is an especially strong value at under $30,000, especially considering the wealth of safety features. The Traverse stands out as one of few vehicles to get top ratings in all major crash tests, suggesting it's one of the safest vehicles at any price and an ideal family choice.

What's new for 2009?

The Chevrolet Traverse is an all-new model in Chevrolet's lineup, an alternative to traditional sport-utility vehicles that offers the handling and ride comfort of a car and some of the interior convenience and roominess of a minivan. While the Traverse is new to Chevrolet for 2009, it's closely related to the previously introduced Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook.

Model Strengths

  • Softer, carlike styling
  • very roomy, passenger-friendly interior
  • comfortable ride
  • fuel efficiency

Model Review

The new Traverse has a smoothly styled exterior, with styling details--including the front grille--borrowed from recent Chevrolet cars such as the Malibu. Inside, it also offers an experience that's more car-like.

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As families move away from SUVs, they still need a way to carry everyone together, and want to be safe while they're doing it. Chevy now offers the all-new Traverse crossover vehicle to help them. Crossovers offer the virtues of sport utility vehicles but are built on more comfortable car platforms. So, they drive like sedans but give a "command of the road" feeling while offering three-row seating and room for masses of cargo. They are still big.

The Traverse borrows its styling from the exceptionally attractive Malibu sedan. The Chevy face is now a large shield grille split neatly across its upper midsection, with chiseled, angled headlamps. Today's bumpers are so neatly integrated that the Traverse appears to have none at all. The muscular sides create a solid feeling. The lower window edge turns up behind the rear doors, conveying a bit of sedan shaping. But at nearly two and a half tons, the Traverse can haul up to eight people, and the third row holds actual adults.

Inside is a surprisingly sporty, Corvette style instrument panel that borrows from the Malibu's design scheme. In an appealingly rendered light and dark gray with silvery accents in my tester, it flaunted Audi-style teardrop shaped main gauges and plenty of storage cubbies. There's a handy center console bin with a spring loaded lid, a roomy glovebox and a dash top compartment, too. The seats were some of the most comfortable I've experienced in a GM product�firm and nicely shaped. Other than one slightly misaligned trim piece on the right front door, fit and finish were excellent throughout.

Motivating this new Chevy is a mighty 3.6-liter V6 with the power of a V8, but with better fuel economy. With its direct injection technology, the engine puts out 288 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft of torque with dual exhausts, and 281 horsepower with a single exhaust. Direct injection is efficient because it sprays fuel directly into the engine cylinder. The engine's special pistons reduce emissions during cold starts. EPA fuel economy is 17 City, 24 Highway. I averaged 16.2 mpg, which isn't sensational, but for the size and passenger capacity, it's better than some other vehicles. The EPA's Green Vehicle Guide rates the Traverse at a 7 for Air Pollution and 5 for Greenhouse Gas�a little above average.

All Traverses get a six-speed automatic. With six gears, you can have a wide range of ratios, starting at a steep 4.48:1 first for quick takeoff and a tall overdrive 0.74:1 sixth for maximum fuel economy and reduced noise and vibration. The Traverse is assembled in Spring Hill, Tennessee, in the plant where for many years, Saturns were born. Chevy offers its new "ultimate family vehicle" in the typical levels�LS, LT and LTZ. My Cyber Gray tester was the midlevel LT, with front wheel drive. The LS is well equipped, but the two upper levels add conveniences.

Highlights of the LT package are mirrors with blind spot viewing sections, rear parking assist, automatic dual-zone climate control and an upgrade to 18-inch wheels. The LTZ adds heated and cooled front seats, a navigation system, a rear camera, heated windshield washers and bold 20-inch wheels. Standard dual exhausts mean the full 288 horsepower's on tap.

The Traverse has five-star crash test results for frontal and side crashes, and four stars for rollover. Although it was designed with a lower center of gravity than an SUV, it also has GM's rollover sensing system, which can activate the head curtain side-impact air bags and tighten up the seatbelts if the system's sensors decide the car is rolling over. Further contributing to safety is a strong vehicle structure and a set of electronic braking systems. Dynamic Rear Proportioning balances front and rear brake balance, Hydraulic Brake Boost increases braking force if the engine vacuum is temporarily low, and Panic Brake Assist stomps extra hard on the brakes in emergency situations, even if the driver has stopped doing so.

You also get GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability control, a traction control system and tire pressure monitoring system to keep you safe. All of the traction and braking systems listed above work without driver intervention. Prices start at $28,990 for the LS, rising to $31,545 for the LT and $39,810 for the loaded LTZ, including destination charges. My tester added the California Edition Package ($1,445) with 20-inch aluminum wheels, dual exhausts and a fine Bose speaker sound system, bringing the total to $32,990.

The Traverse is aimed at buyers of the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford Flex and others. It's a very handsome and satisfying piece, nearly silent on the road, pleasant to drive, and nicely styled. It's fascinating to note how different it is from its competitors, despite their common mission. You still have choices.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Body Side Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Intermittent Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile¹ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2014.

¹Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

²Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

³Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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