2009 Chevrolet Traverse Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Chevrolet Traverse - Road Test Specs

2009 Chevrolet Traverse SUV

(3.6L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2009
StyleLT2 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$36,250
Options on test vehicleNone
As-tested MSRP$36,250


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,564cc (217 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)11.4:1
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)281 @ 6,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)266 @ 3,400
Transmission type6-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 4.48, II = 2.87, III = 1.80, IV = 1.47, V = 1.00, VI = 0.742, R = 2.88, Final Drive = 3.16


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson strut, antiroll bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.1:1
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelFortera HL Edition
Tire typeAll season
Tire size, frontP255/65R18 109S
Tire size, rearP255/65R18 109S
Wheel size18-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.6
0-60 mph (sec.)8.6
0-75 mph (sec.)13.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.4 @ 84.3
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)35
60-0 mph (ft.)135
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.9
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.76
Sound level @ idle (dB)41.8
@ Full throttle (dB)76.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65.4

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsTurning the traction control off allows a little bit of wheelspin at launch, and this improves the time slightly. Otherwise, the best technique is brake torque, followed by matting the throttle and holding it there. Manual shifting is slower because redline is unmarked and the tach seems to lag.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsInitial bite is good, but brake dive is pronounced and the stopping distances are disappointing. Consistent and fade-resistant, but the distances are a tad long.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSlalom: A good time requires one to drive around the non-defeatable stability control. Smooth and measured steering inputs are necessary, and the Traverse responds with reasonable accuracy. Still, there is no getting around the fact that the Traverse is big. Skid pad: Understeer is pronounced but not overwhelmingly so. Grip is reasonable, but stability control cuts in and out, limiting performance.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)83.4
Wind (mph, direction)Calm

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)16 city/23 highway
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)22.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)5,066
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,919
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)55.9/44.1
Length (in.)205.0
Width (in.)78.4
Height (in.)72.8
Wheelbase (in.)118.9
Track, front (in.)67.8
Track, rear (in.)67.4
Turning circle (ft.)40.4
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)36.8
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)33.2
Headroom, front (in.)40.4
Headroom, rear (in.)39.4
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)37.8
Shoulder room, front (in.)62.0
Shoulder room, rear (in.)61.3
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)57.6
Seating capacity8
Cargo volume (cu-ft)24.4
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)116.4


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front, rear and third row
Knee airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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