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Chevrolet Traverse Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.6 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 288 hp @ 6300 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

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Does not disappoint!

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Vehicle: 2009 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Bought my SUV "used" in June 2010. It only had 9k miles at the time. I've had to bring the truck in twice to have the chrome stripping on driver & passenger sides replaced due to peeling. Other than that, the vehicle drives perfect! Nothing wrong mechanically and the interior/exterior of the vehicle is absolutely wonderful. I can fit 7 people comfortably, including my parents (who are in their 70's) plus, trunk space is still sufficient. It's like a mini- van without the "mini-van" cliche. For those worried about the gas mileage, it's a gas guzzler. But, what else would you expect? It's an oversize SUV ; -)

It's good but not great.

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Vehicle: 2009 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Bought this vehicle because I previously had a suburban that averaged 14 mpg. The Awd version which I have is supposed to average 23 mpg. Most of the time I am in the 17,18,19. It is a far cry from the 23 they advertise. I believe the vehicle lacks power and the v 6 in this vehicle needs an upgrade. Last the engine light kept coming on and now the dealer has told me that the vehicle with 32,000 miles on it needs a new belt( timing I believe). He said its a common problem in the Traverse. Besides that I think its a decent vehicle for your money. Gm has come a long way but they need too realize that they are not there yet. Its a good vehicle but not great.

Not disappointed

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Vehicle: 2009 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

I looked and test drove all types of cars, trucks and suvs before finally purchasing the 2009 Traverse LTZ. Yes, I bought it used (9k miles at the time of purchase). The vehicle drives like champ and I've had no problems mechanically. I've had to bring it into the dealership to replace to chrome trim on both drive/passenger sides because it was peeling off, but all is fixed. The cargo room for back seat passengers is enough that even my parents were comfortable (and they're 70). In regards to gas mileage, IT'S AN SUV a big one at that, so it's to be expected that it isn't going to get great gas mileage. I don't speed, maybe 73 in a 70 zone, and average 22 mpg.

Terrible vehicle, poor dealer

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Vehicle: 2009 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Purchased 1-8-09, fully loaded $45K. From day one problems every few months. Four serious problems. On 2 long trips this vehicle almost left us stranded on the road. Once, it almost caught fire(bad cable connection under hood), rear lift gate left strut went bad and lift gate fell right on my head. GM & Chevy say: Well, it is fixed now and that then end of what we will do.

Love this suv!

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Vehicle: 2009 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

I have enjoyed this care VERY much! It drives like a dream and is cozy and quiet inside and out. It is wonderful in the snow too, though I haven't driven it in VERY deep snow yet. It sticks to the road and I have yet to slide in bad weather. I feel very safe driving it. My kids love the DVD and XM radio. Gas mileage blows. I think GM needs to be honest in that department. I've had this car for a month now and I can't seem to break 16 mpg no matter what I do. Good thing the car is WONDERFUL in many other aspects...I can overlook the mpg, I guess.

What about deep snow?

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Vehicle: 2009 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

I bought a 2009 Traverse AWD LTZ in July. I have been loving this new vehicle until yesterday. We had 14" of snow fall overnight. I cleared my driveway and backed into the street. A couple of 4 wheel drive vehicles had gone through but the plows had not. I was stuck immediately. I turned off the traction control and could not move the vehicle. My neighbors had to push me back into my driveway. I had a 4WD S-10 Blazer and was never stuck once in 10 years! I am so frustrated with this vehicle. I live in WI and we have some winters with numerous heavy snow falls. I think it is ground clearance and tire design. My other vehicles were dedicated 4WD and not AWD.

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Gas Mileage


  • 16
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  • 23
  • highway
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