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2009 Chevrolet Traverse

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2009 Chevrolet Traverse Review

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Although the once-thriving SUV business is in a sales downturn, GM is keenly aware that many Americans still have a need for seven-passenger transportation. With this in mind, GM has created a new line of crossover SUVs offering maximum interior space, mid-level towing capability and fuel economy numbers that reach into the mid-twenties. The latest iteration of this well-conceived platform is the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse, a vehicle that combines contemporary styling, one of the best accident-avoidance systems in the business and an interior worthy of a high-end luxury car – all at a Chevrolet price.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a big family vehicle with excellent safety ratings, the ability to tow 5,200 pounds and reasonably good fuel economy for its size, the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse may be the best game in town.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those who absolutely must have a V8 won't find one offered on the Traverse. Styling is a bit more contemporary than its stablemates at Saturn and GMC, but resale values fall below those held by the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot.

What's New for 2009

While closely related to the Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave, the Traverse puts Chevrolet's own spin on the popular platform and represents the company's first foray into the full-size crossover segment. GM's most visible brand hopes to draw in loyalists as well as new customers looking for that unique Chevrolet combination of affordability, reliability and sportiness.

Driving the Traverse
Driving Impressions

As with the Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia, the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse delivers a surprisingly smooth ride, has adept handling and offers strong acceleration with very respectable gas mileage. We...

... tested our Traverse on an enclosed track running a series of obstacle-avoidance tests. Driven back-to-back against the Toyota Highlander, the Traverse exhibited superior capabilities in almost every situation. In one test, we accelerated to 45 miles per hour and, without braking, executed a quick left-right maneuver on wet pavement around an orange pylon strategically placed to represent a sudden obstacle in the road. The StabiliTrak stability control system worked so efficiently it made small work of the test, allowing us to return immediately to our lane without any loss of control.

StabiliTrak Stability Control with Rollover Mitigation Technology
Although you'll never know it until you have to use it, this technology could very well save your life. It drastically improves the Traverse's ability to remain composed in even the most radical emergency maneuvers.

Smart Slide Second-row Seat
This easy and convenient feature allows the second-row seat bottom to flip up and the seat to slide forward, creating a wide pathway to the third-row seat.

2009 Chevrolet Traverse Details
2009 Chevrolet Traverse photo Interior

Tasteful design, high-quality materials and one of the most accommodating interiors in the class are the hallmarks of GM's newest crossover SUV. Second-row seats that slide fore and aft improve leg room while permitting easy entry into the third-row seat. And, unlike many third-row seats, the Traverse's can actually accommodate two adults in comfort while affording them full side-curtain airbag protection. Storage bins and cup holders abound, and there is enough room behind the third-row seat to accommodate two golf bags. Chevrolet has also gone to great lengths to silence the Traverse's cabin, which is remarkable quiet, even at highway speeds.

Exterior

The most noticeable difference between the Traverse and its sister vehicles can be found up front, where Chevrolet's new Malibu-inspired split-grille face is prominently displayed. The rear quarter window is also different, sharply angled upwards at its bottom edge. With its big wheels pushed to the outer edges, the Traverse presents an image of size and stability. Wide rear door openings make it easy for passengers to enter and exit the third-row seat, and an available electrically-powered rear hatch aids access to the cargo area. Available convex insets built into the upper corner of each side mirror help expose objects ordinarily masked by blind spots.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Every 2009 Chevrolet Traverse comes standard with six airbags, including full-length side-curtain airbags, front side-impact airbags and front-passenger airbags. Also standard are StabiliTrak stability control with rollover mitigation technology, a one-year subscription to OnStar with Turn-by-Turn navigation, AM/FM stereo with CD and XM Satellite Radio, power windows, mirrors and door locks, rear wiper/washer, cruise control, 17-inch wheels, Smart Slide second-row seat and flush-folding third-row seat.

Optional Equipment

Options vary by trim, which includes 1LT, 2LT and LTZ. Available features on most trims include remote start, a power rear liftgate (both standard on 2LT and LTZ), Bose 10-speaker Surround Sound audio system, DVD navigation, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, all-wheel drive, second-row captain's-chair seating, Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist, 110-volt three-prong outlet, two different rearview backup cameras (one for vehicles with navigation, the other for those without), heated windshield-wiper fluid, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, tri-zone climate control, HID headlamps, heated front seats (heated and cooled front seats standard on LTZ) and a dual-panel glass moonroof.

Under the Hood

The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse is powered by a sophisticated 3.6-liter V6 engine with variable valve timing and direct injection technology for improved performance and fuel economy. While most owners will be just fine with the 281 horsepower found on the LS and LT trims, the LTZ features a dual exhaust which bumps the horsepower to 288. All trims feature a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode and can be equipped with Chevrolet's excellent intelligent all-wheel-drive system. Unlike many of GM's other vehicles, however, the Traverse is not E85-compatible.}

3.6-liter V6
281 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
288 horsepower @ 6300 rpm (dual exhaust)
266 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5500 rpm
270 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3400 rpm (dual exhaust)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (FWD), 16/23 (AWD)

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2009 Chevrolet Traverse Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 307 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Beautiful and comfortable - still like brand new!

By on Sunday, April 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks/paint, effeciency, functionality, & quality"

Cons: "soft-feel accelerator pedal, V-6 noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"After 33K miles, still feels/drives/handles like a brand new vehicle. LTZ model has everything and we enjoy it immensely. Great Chevrolet quality to date. Other than recalls, only had to have the original battery replaced (by Dealer at no cost - bought 2012 model in 2013 off dealer lot). Only one real problem - one of the key fobs doesn't seem to be able to kick in the automatic air conditioning/fan when remote-started, yet the other key fob seems to work just fine. Will replace the key fob battery and if that doesn't work will pursue 3 year/36K mile bumper-to-bumper warranty route. Pretty minor, though. Had to replace all 4 tires when I recently had an unrepairable flat on one of the original tires because it is an AWD model vehicle. Tire Dealer said tires looked like new - no wheel alignment needed! Traverse runs smoother and quieter now! Best car I have ever owned."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Very impressed... safety and value

By on Friday, April 01, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Safety, size, economy, power"

Cons: "shifting ratio, blind spots"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have only had this SUV for about 3 months and I love it. While it is a heavy vehicle with only a v6... it is powerful. I have been through the mountains, pulled my travel trailer, driven through the Colorado snow with it... all with no problems. It had no issues with pulling the camper. However, I did actually loose control of the trailer. My fault and wind caused the loss. Not because the traverse couldn't handle the load. The car took a severe beating and none of us in the car were hurt at all. I am surprised that the car didn't turn over as the camper did. I will buy this mid-size type SUV from GM forever now. I truly believe that a lesser car would not have held up as well and kept us safe. Nice work Chevy!"

Great all around vehicle

By on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fantastic A/C For a big car handles well"

Cons: "gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love everything about ths car except the gas mileage. The car has been driven 45000 miles and have never been over 20 mpg. Needs a turbo 4 cylinder."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Large comfortable hauler .

By on Thursday, February 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Roomy, comfy, can handle snow"

Cons: "Not the most reliable car I ever had"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"After driving a 2010 Traverse for 100000 miles I can say that overall I like the car. It has plenty enough room for 3 kids in car seats plus all the luggage that comes with them, comfortable enough for 12-hour drives, can handle a lot of snow, does well on steep dirt roads and handles pretty good in regular traffic. AC & heating are powerful so it is just as comfortable in 100F Georgia heat as in -20F Quebec winter. The fuel economy is not that great, but not that bad for a large AWD SUV, about 20 mpg on long trips, 15 mpg in-town. Reliability is in my opinion a bit sub-par. Over the years had to have power steering fixed, a couple of major engine repairs, some issues with AC leaking and parking brake locking up."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Very reliable vehicle, best I have ever owned

By on Saturday, January 09, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliability, flexibility"

Cons: "Bumpy ride (minor), road noise (minor)."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am reviewing a 2011 Traverse LTZ. I bought it new in September, 2010. It has been a great vehicle overall. No major mechanical problems. I had to replace one of the wheel tire pressure sensors, that's all. It is off warranty which is no big deal to me .... it is that good of a vehicle. I like the flexibility of the seating and cargo arrangements. The mileage has been as advertised, 24 on the highway and 19.5 combined. The ride is a little rough over bumps (not like my previous 4 Suburbans) and a little loud. I am really digging to find faults here. Overall, the best vehicle I have ever owned. I would recommend one to a friend without reservation."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Very poor gas on gas.

By on Thursday, January 07, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "nice looking"

Cons: "horrible on gas, slow and sluggish"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I was very disappointed with the 2016 Traverse. I traded in an older 2004 GMC Yukon XL with many years of both livery service and personal use that got much better MPG and overall durability. My second row seat stopped functioning one week after I brought it home. Then I noticedI was always at half a tank with barely 150 miles. When fuel light goes on its at around 250 miles. I asked dealer about and service tech said there are many factors blah, blah, blah. My problem is I know my driving habits very well having been a livery driver for years. I never leave car idling, I do most my driving on highway coasting around 60mph. I am don't use the traverse around town much so their is no reason I shouldn't easily get 300 miles a tank. I wish I had bought a Honda."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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