2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Very few choices when looking for 3 rows AND reasonable cargo room and you can't/don't want to own an Expedition/Escalade/Armada, etc. The Traverse is your best choice for ride comfort, roominess, good looks, and features that come close to being worth the price. Choose your options carefully and don't be fooled into paying more than 500-600 over invoice max. If you do your homework and want to spend $35K or less, this is the vehicle for you and you have 3+ kids. Great for the car pool, tailgating, long rides (although mileage kind of sucks), and trips to Lowes. Best options are on LT1 are Bluetooth, sunroof, and heated seats if you can find one that has it. Overall, very well-plsd w/T1 trim
Cargo room, quiet ride, flexible seating configurations (get the 8 seater), basic sound system (don't opt for the Bose unless it comes standard) and the dual-sunroof (only driver sunroof opens but great views from second one). If you live where it's icy and/or snows you will want the AWD version.
We all know the gas mileage could be better, so aggressive driving = big bucks for gas. 6-speed tranny could downshift better. Watch your options - you might find that an LT2 basic with no options is almost the same price as the LT1 with a few options. Choose lighter colors as the darker ones, though pretty, really pick up dust. Needs some engine choices - the v6 engine is ok but some of us would like more get up and go. Adequate at best.
† Edmunds.com received the highest numerical score in the proprietary J.D. Power 2014 Third-Party Automotive Website Evaluation Study℠. Results based on responses from 3,381 responses, measuring 14 companies and measures third-party automotive website usefulness among new and used vehicle shoppers. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed from January 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.