2011 Chevrolet Traverse vs. Its Competition

2011 Chevrolet Traverse FWD 4-door LS Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

If you're considering the 2011 Chevrolet Traverse, you're probably shopping for room and some cargo-carrying capabilities.

While there are full-size SUVs such as the Chevrolet Tahoe that come with more powerful V-8 engines, enhanced towing, and off-road capabilities, the Traverse does a bit better in fuel economy.

However with the introduction of several all-new crossover ute models—the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee—for 2011, the Traverse has much steeper competition this year.

The all-new Explorer promises much better fuel economy than the Traverse—especially in its new four-cylinder variant—while the new Jeep Grand Cherokee is worth reconsidering as it doesn’t make such pronounced sacrifices in ride and handling as it did in the past.

Next to the Toyota Highlander, the Traverse is slightly less fuel-efficient but feels larger and roomier, while those who intend to carry cargo items more often might do well with the Pilot because of its extremely boxy shape.

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8.0
The 2011 Chevrolet Traverse isn’t fun to drive, but it’s one of the best large crossover wagons for transporting the family comfortably and safely.
8.6
The 2011 Ford Explorer a formidable shot right at the heart of the crossover market--one that's sure to pull some of the remaining SUV loyalists off their very high horses.
9.2
A singular look, along with top-shelf turbo power and features, earns the 2011 Ford Flex our top score among utility vehicles.
7.0
If you can get past the garish grille and overwrought look, the 2011 Honda Pilot is a fine family vehicle, with minivan-like interior space and decent performance.
8.6
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is one capable, good-looking crossover—and a welcome sign of life from Chrysler.
7.8
The very family-friendly Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid impress us with their space and versatility, but show no sign of enthusiasm.
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Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WDFWD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door Base4-Door SE FWD2WD 4-Door LXRWD 4-Door LaredoFWD 4-Door L4 Base (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
877857
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/A4N/A
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic