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Selected Style FWD 4-Door LS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door LS 17 24 $27,608 $29,215
FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 17 24 $29,999 $31,745
FWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 17 24 $32,569 $34,465
FWD 4-Door LTZ 17 24 $37,776 $39,975
AWD 4-Door LS 16 23 $29,498 $31,215
AWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 16 23 $31,889 $33,745
AWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 16 23 $34,459 $36,465
AWD 4-Door LTZ 16 23 $39,666 $41,975
RWD 4-Door V6 XLT
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door V6 XLT 14 20 $24,771 $26,495
RWD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 20 $25,958 $27,800
RWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 14 20 $27,273 $29,245
RWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 20 $28,465 $30,555
RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 14 20 $30,740 $33,055
RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 20 $31,932 $34,365
4WD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $26,881 $28,815
4WD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 19 $28,074 $30,125
4WD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $29,384 $31,565
4WD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $30,576 $32,875
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $32,851 $35,375
4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 19 $34,048 $36,690
AWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $29,384 $31,565
AWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $30,576 $32,875
AWD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $32,851 $35,375
AWD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 19 $34,048 $36,690
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,608
$24,771
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,215
$26,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$487 / month
$442 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse is an Acadia/Enclave/Outlook wearing different duds. As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 14 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 24 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle -
Rear Door Type - Liftgate
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in) 33.2 NA
Second Head Room (in) 39.4 38.7
Third Hip Room (in) 48.3 NA
Second Shoulder Room (in) 61.3 58.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 42.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 153.1 -
Third Head Room (in) 37.8 NA
Front Hip Room (in) 59.1 55.4
Third Shoulder Room (in) 57.6 NA
Second Leg Room (in) 36.8 36.9
Front Head Room (in) 40.4 39.8
Passenger Capacity 8 5
Second Hip Room (in) 57.8 55.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 62.0 59.0
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - 33.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.4 73.7
Track Width, Front (in) 67.8 -
Min Ground Clearance (in) 7.2 -
Length, Overall (in) 205.0 -
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 70.4 72.8
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - -
Track Width, Rear (in) 67.4 -
Wheelbase (in) 118.9 113.7
Ground Clearance, Front (in) - 8.3
Side Door Opening Width (in) - NA
Overhang, Front (in) - 35.4
Step Up Height - Side (in) - - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) - 31.4
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in) - 193.4
Side Door Opening Height (in) - NA
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) - 8.3
Step Up Height - Front (in) - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in) - 44.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 117.9 85.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 26.1 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - 44.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 68.3 45.1
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in) - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³) - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in) - - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13 x 0.8 11.85 x 0.39
Brake Type Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.8 x 1.1 12.01 x 0.43
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) - NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 22.0 22.5
Aux Fuel Tank Location - NA
Fuel Tank Location - Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - NA
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.1 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.4 36.8
Steering Type Power Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.89 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 38.4
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center - 18.9
Tires
Front Tire Size P245/70R17 P235/70R16
Spare Tire Size Compact P235/70R16
Front Tire Order Code QPR T52
Spare Tire Order Code NA T52
Rear Tire Size P245/70R17 P235/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code QPR T52
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) - 1700
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear - 721
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) - 1700
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front - 721
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare - 721
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) - 1700
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 3500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - NA
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4790 -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) - 2107
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) - 2860
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) - 8500
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) - 2329
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) - 6010
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) - 3340
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA 16 x 7
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 7
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 11.8 7.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 650
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) - NA
Maximum Alternator Watts - 1950
Engine
Fuel System SIDI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 266 @ 3400 254 @ 3700
Engine Order Code LLT - TBD -
Displacement 3.6L/220 4.0L/245
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 281 @ 6300 210 @ 5100
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Engine Oil Cooler - NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 19 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 14
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.41 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.48 3.22
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.84 1.54
Trans Type 6 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.88 3.07
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.87 2.29
Trans Order Code MY9 - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.16 -
Transfer Case Power Take Off - NA
Trans Power Take Off - NA
Transfer Case Model - NA
Trans PTO Access - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Traverse Ford Explorer
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Body Code - NA
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 1.34
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent SLA
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - 32.0
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent SLA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA 0.77
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - 32.0
Axle Type - Rear - Ford SLA
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) - 3600
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) - 2470
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 3.55
Axle Type - Front - Ford SLA
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) - 3240
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front - NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) - 2200
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 -
Frame
Frame Type - Ladder
Doors
Side Door Type - NA
 
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