GM's long-running reputation for poor quality, especially when compared to import competitors, is proving hard to dispel, despite GM's recent emphasis on improved interior quality. While one vehicle won't be able to turn that reputation around, the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse is just one of many high-quality new models from GM.
The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse is a large crossover that Cars.com says "can seat seven or eight, depending on whether you get separate captain's chairs or a three-seat bench in the second row." Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com indicate that passengers in the new Traverse Chevrolet will find plenty of room and comfortable seats, even in the third row. Edmunds assures that "the cavernous interior of the Chevy Traverse meets modern expectations for convenience and comfort." ConsumerGuide reviewers also feel compelled to make note of the Chevrolet Traverse's size, observing that it is "among the largest midsize SUVs" and "feels especially roomy." ConsumerGuide adds that the "big, supportive seats" up front on the 2009 Traverse Chevrolet "make for good long-trip comfort."
In the rear row, Cars.com says Chevrolet has come up with "a novel approach" for accessing the backseats that involves "pulling a lever for the second-row seat to slide forward into its collapsible bottom cushion," an interesting idea "provided it can weather hundreds of uses." Cars.com also offers high praise for the rear seat space, claiming it is "comfortable for adults, where most vehicles with a third row make it barely adequate for children," and in an effort to improve legroom, "the middle seat has GM's 'Smart Slide' feature, which lets it move forward or backward up to four inches." While reviews read by TheCarConnection.com generally praise the passenger space in the Chevrolet Traverse, ConsumerGuide does note that "foot space can be tight" in either of the back rows.
The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse is designed to be a practical family vehicle, and that is clearly manifested in the available cargo space. ConsumerGuide lauds cargo room as "a strong point" on the Traverse Chevrolet, particularly in the interior where "several bins and cubbies provide ample interior storage." In the more traditional rear cargo area, Cars.com says "the space behind the Traverse's third seat has 24.4 cubic feet, about 10 feet more than the space in the trunk for the average midsize sedan." Cars.com adds that the Chevrolet Traverse "has the best cargo capacity in the midsize crossover segment, with 117.5 cubic feet of space in total." Nifty little features like second- and third-row seats that "fold forward easily to create a flat, nearly-level load floor" also draw praise from ConsumerGuide.
As mentioned earlier, GM has made great strides recently when it comes to interior quality, and that trend continues with the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse. Cars.com notes that "body fit and finish, including gaps between body panels, was designed to be comparable with that of premium sedans from Lexus and BMW." Autoblog also reports that GM has "put a lot of effort into the details, like 3.5 mm door gaps that contribute to the CUVs quality appearance." The materials win praise from Motor Trend as well, as they observe that the Chevrolet Traverse has "the latest version of GM's rediscovery of interior quality," which they say is "good, but doesn't appear rich beyond Chevy's place in the GM lineup."
The recent emphasis on build quality and body panel construction helps improve overall appearance and works wonders when it comes to sound suppression. ConsumerGuide reviewers find "wind and road noise are well squelched" on the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse, and while the "engine becomes vocal during acceleration," they say it still "sounds refined and is otherwise subdued." Motor Trend also raves about the ride quality itself, which they call "remarkably smooth and quiet" and "among the top of the class."