Go

2011 Chevrolet Traverse

Overview
Share this page
Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

2011 Chevrolet Traverse Review

By

KBB Expert Rating: 6.9

Despite a drop off in full-size SUV sales, American families are not getting any smaller. They still need the room and power of a big SUV, but with better fuel economy and handling. Keenly aware that many Americans have an inescapable need for seven-passenger transportation, Chevrolet created the Traverse, a crossover SUV offering maximum interior space, mid-level towing ability and fuel economy numbers that reach into the mid twenties. The Traverse 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 2011 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 slightly below those held by the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot.

What's New for 2011

Changes for 2011 are limited to some new paint colors, a relocated USB port and the availability of heated cloth seats on LT models.

Driving the Traverse
Driving Impressions

The 2011 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.

2011 Chevrolet Traverse Details
Interior

Tasteful design, high-quality materials and one of the most accommodating interiors in the class are the hallmarks of Chevrolet's largest 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

The most noticeable difference between the Traverse and its sister vehicles, the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, can be found up front, where Chevrolet's recently introduced 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 2011 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 @ 3400 rpm
270 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3400 rpm (dual exhaust)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (FWD), 16/23 (AWD)

Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

2011 Chevrolet Traverse Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 308 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
    8.6/10

Love this vehicle

By on Thursday, April 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

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: "Priced well, comfortable ride, good gas mileage"

Cons: "Have not found any"

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

"Owned a Suburban before the Traverse LT, wanted something not so large but needed something with good room. The Traverse hit all of my needs, along with one of the quietest rides of any SUV in the market for the price. I test drove just about everything and chose the Traverse for it's exceptional comfort. Took a long road trip from Missouri to Spearfish Canyon South Dakota and hauled the trail bikes, fishing gear, hiking gear, case of wine and just about everything else for our creature comforts and could not have been happier with how this vehicle performed."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

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."

2 people out of 3 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!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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."

10 people out of 12 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."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Share this page
Advertisement
Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

Advertisement