2011 Chevrolet Traverse Styling

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In a word, the styling of the 2011 Chevrolet Traverse is mainstream. The Traverse lacks the chunky, truck-inspired lines of the GMC Acadia or the flow of the Buick Enclave (both are closely related), but its simple design has an air of minimalistic elegance that we find charming. There's clearly a lot of design influence shared with Chevrolet's cars—especially the Malibu—including the tall, horizontally divided grille. But next to the somewhat smaller Equinox, the Traverse is a little less adorned, a little more bland. The three Traverse models—LS, LT, and LTZ—are distinguished mainly by wheels, with top LTZ models available with especially flashy chrome 20-inchers.

As with the exterior, the cabin of the Traverse is functional but by no means exciting. The low-key theme continues, but in a sea of overwrought luxury interiors, it's actually refreshing. The exception is up close, where the hard plastics that are used too often throughout the interior don't stand up so well.

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