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7.0
/ 10
On Performance
BASE INVOICE
$27,901
BASE MSRP
$29,370
On Performance
The 2011 Chevrolet Traverse performs adequately all around, but you won’t forget you’re in a heavy, family- and comfort-oriented vehicle.
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tuned like a car and could be called a tall station wagon, if that wasn't as big a stigma as calling it a minivan or SUV
Motor Trend

this front-drive version exhibited some notable torque steer, even at speed when the throttle is punched
AutoWeek

What’s most unexpected about the overall size of the Traverse has nothing to do with the interior, but rather how it performs on the road.
MSN Autos

surprisingly peppy for a 5000-pound vehicle
Automobile Magazine

it handled like a much smaller car
Cars.com

While the 2011 Chevrolet Traverse doesn't appear agile, this big crossover is, in fact, a competent performer in most situations. There's one issue, though: It's heavy.

Power comes from a direct-injection 3.6-liter V-6 engine—the same unit found in the Cadillac CTS and STS. Peak output is rated at 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque for models equipped with a dual exhaust, or 281 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque for models with a single exhaust. With 90 percent of peak torque available from approximately 2,500 rpm to more than 6,000 rpm, there's enough punch to adequately move the Chevy's not inconsequential weight of nearly 5,000 pounds. Compared to the most powerful of GM's full-size trucks and utilities, the Traverse accelerates at a leisurely pace, but never feels really slow or anemic.

With a four-wheel independent suspension and crisp hydraulic-assist steering, handling is surprisingly good for a vehicle of this size and weight—especially when equipped with the range-topping LTZ's optional 20-inch wheel and suspension package, with which Chevrolet's engineers manage to hit a sweet spot between secure handling and comfort. Body roll is present but not excessive, given the Traverse's portliness, and brakes are strong, though the driving experience is, in a word, laden; you won't forget you're driving a very heavy vehicle.

Conclusion

The 2011 Chevrolet Traverse performs adequately all around, but you won’t forget you’re in a heavy, family- and comfort-oriented vehicle.

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