Track Testing - 2010 Chevrolet Traverse Long-Term Road Test

2010 Chevrolet Traverse Long Term Road Test

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2010 Chevrolet Traverse: Track Testing

April 22, 2010


All long-term cars pass through the same instrumented test gauntlet. Our 2010 Chevrolet Traverse is no exception. It just has more body roll than most.

Odometer: 1,769
Date: 3/2/2010
Driver: Chris Walton

Drive Type: Front wheel drive
Transmission Type: 6-speed automatic
Engine Type: 3.6-liter SIDI V6
Displacement: 3,564 cc (217 cu-in)
Redline (rpm): 7000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 288 @ 6300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 270 @ 3400
Brake Type (front): 12.8-inch ventilated cast-iron disc with single-piston sliding calipers
Brake Type (rear): 13.0-inch ventilated cast-iron disc with single-piston sliding calipers
Steering System: Speed-proportional power steering
Suspension Type (front): Independent, MacPherson Struts, Coil Springs, Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Type (rear): Independent, Multi-Link, Coil Springs, Stabilizer Bar
Tire Size (front): P255/55R20 107H M+S
Tire Size (rear): P255/55R20 107H M+S
Tire Brand: Bridgestone
Tire Model: Dueller H/L Alenza
Tire Type: All-season
Wheel Size: 20 x 7.5
Wheel Material (front/rear): Cast Aluminum
As Tested Curb Weight (lb): 4,801

Test Results:
0 - 30 (sec): 3.3
0 - 45 (sec): 5.4
0 - 60 (sec): 8.2
0 - 75 (sec): 12.4
1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 16.2 @ 86.9
0 - 60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 7.9
30 - 0 (ft): 33
60 - 0 (ft): 130
Braking Rating: Good
Slalom (mph): 59.8
Skid Pad Lateral Acceleration (g): .78
Handling Rating: Good
Db @ Idle: 42.6
Db @ Full Throttle: 72.8
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 69.2

Acceleration Comments:
Turning off the aggressive traction control allows just enough spin to keep the engine on the boil. Engine feels torque-rich and free-revving with a relatively high (7,000 rpm) fuel cut-off. Very smooth upshifts in Drive, but "L" with manual shifts proved slower.


Braking Comments:
Good power/effectiveness and fade resistance. Pedal stops short of going all the way to the firewall and remained so throughout.


Handling Comments:
Skid pad: Non-defeat ESP relegates the Traverse to circle with the throttle pinned to the floor with no brake application. Steering feels a little overboosted and doesn't offer much information. Slalom: It feels far more confident and capable than the physics and ESP will allow, where understeer is rectified with both throttle bleeding and brake application.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager

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