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2010 Chevrolet Traverse

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2010 Chevrolet Traverse Review

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Although the lucrative SUV business is still in danger of a sales downturn, GM is keenly aware many Americans have an inescapable 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 ability and fuel economy numbers that reach into the mid twenties. The latest iteration of this well-conceived platform is the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse, a vehicle that combines contemporary styling, one of the best accident avoidance system 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 5,400 pounds and reasonably good fuel economy for its size, the 2010 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 stable mates at Buick and GMC, but resale values fall below those held by the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot.

What's New for 2010

Premium radios gain a console-mounted USB port which can connect and charge some portable music devices to the vehicle's audio system.

Driving the Traverse

Driving Impressions As with the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse delivers a surprisingly smooth ride, has adept handling and offers strong acceleration...

with very respectable gas mileage. To push the envelope, 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 skills 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. To our great surprise (and relief) 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.

2010 Chevrolet Traverse Details
2010 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 in to 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 remains remarkable quiet, even at highway speeds.

Exterior
2010 Chevrolet Traverse photo

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 of the chassis, 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 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 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 roll mitigation technology, 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 (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, 115-volt three-prong outlet, two different rearview backup cameras (one for use with navigation, the other for vehicles without), Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist, heated windshield wiper fluid, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, dual-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 2010 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 engines, however, the Traverse is not E85 compatible.}

3.6-liter V6
281 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
288 horsepower @ 6300 rpm (dual exhaust)
266 lb.-ft of torque @ 3600 rpm
270 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (FWD), 16/23 (AWD)

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2010 Chevrolet Traverse Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 295 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

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

Good Crossover

By on Sunday, August 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,250

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Good price/value relationship"

Cons: "Seats could be a little more comfortable."

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

"Comfortable ride. Would be a lot better if the seats had a little more padding. Good Power and excellent features. I have started noticing a couple of rattles which should never happen after 8,000 miles. Not sure where they are coming from. The one thing I don't like is that the windshield wiper control is inconvenient as is the separate button for the rear wipers."

The air conditioner systems stink!

By on Monday, August 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliability, style, comfort, safety"

Cons: "The A/C is always breaking down"

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

"I have done some reading and alot of people are having trouble with the air conditioning units on the 2010 Traverse. There are other years that are having problems as well. Over all it is a nice car. Reliable, comfortable, nice looking, gas mileage - well we won't go there. If you drive a big car you pay the gas price. The one exception is the Air Conditioner. Mine has dual air which is nice, but I have had this baby in the shop three times already this year to have the A/C repaired. It is currently in the shop and has been for the past week. They can't figure out what the problem is. They keep grasping at straws. The problem is the A/C units are junk and Chevrolet need to admit it and replace them! I live where it gets over 100 degrees on a regular basis and I need my A/C working!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

To many recalls, have issue with the car smoking w

By on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

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

"To many recalls, have issue with the car smoking when it rains, air condition went out after 2.5 years. I feel I get the run around from the dealership. they keep telling me this is normal. you know it is not normal when you get pulled over by a state trooper because he thinks my car is over heating. I KNOW TWO OTHER PEOPLE THAT OWN the same vehicle and do not experience these issue."

Reliable and functional

By on Saturday, August 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

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

"I wish the seats and seat trim were of better quality. Otherwise this vehicle is terrific. I'm purchasing another one."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Good value

By on Thursday, July 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Room. Power. Ride. Value."

Cons: "Tires. Fabric interior material soils easily."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Original equipment tires are poor. Good power. Gas mileage not quite up to EPA Rating. Excellent room. Good ride and handling."

7 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Have owned my 2011 Traverse LTZ since March 2011

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Rides well"

Cons: "don't like how the AC buttons fade with time."

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

"I traded in a 2007 Suburban for the Traverse. I picked it because it's the same seating arrangement as the suburban and I still needed the space but with better fuel economy. Overall, I really like the vehicle. The widebody and height give it stability. I have taken several long trips with it, and I am always impressed with the level of comfort and how safe it feels. I have no issues passing other cars even fully loaded. I have had no issues with it, other than the regular maintenance of it. My kids love the entertainment package and I love the sound quality. I miss my suburban, but the Traverse has been a very good replacement."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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