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STYLING | 6 out of 10
Stylish cabin design presents well at a distance
A front fascia clearly inspired by the 2008 Malibu's
The same general profile shared by all of GM's Lambda CUVs is present and accounted for
In creating the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse, it seems like GM's design team wanted to target the largest market possible. While that goal may have been met, it means that the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse is bland and uncontroversial.
The exterior of the new Traverse Chevrolet is virtually identical among all three trim levels, which reviews read by TheCarConnection.com list as base LS, mid-range LT, and top-of-the-line LTZ. The only real difference between the three levels of Chevrolet Traverse is the wheels. Autoblog reviewers state that "the Traverse is available with 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheel/tire combinations," which carry the LS, LT, and LTZ trims, respectively. Otherwise, all 2009 Chevrolet Traverse vehicles sport middle-of-the-road styling that Cars.com says is "a look that everyone should find appealing" and is not "cute, controversial, too extravagant or futuristic." Edmunds calls the Chevrolet Traverse "a pretty subtle-looking thing" with styling that's "rounded and relatively unadorned," but still able to project what Chevrolet terms "nonchalant confidence."
The recurring comparison in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com is that the 2009 Traverse Chevrolet shares some styling cues with the Chevrolet Malibu, and Autoblog feels that "the big twin-port grille inspired by the Malibu works well on the Traverse." Automobile Magazinegoes so far as to call the Chevrolet Traverse "a Chevy Malibu SUV," though they note the "projector-style headlights" are unique to the Traverse Chevrolet. The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse also shares its platform with several GM siblings—the Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave—but Autoblog is pleased to report that, "unlike in the 1980s and '90s, GM has finally learned how to give its platform-sharing vehicles distinctive looks that go beyond a different grille and taillights."
The interior of the Chevrolet Traverse is, like the exterior, functional but by no means exciting. Autoblog reviewers are quick to point out "the dashboard design also carries over themes from the Malibu with a sweeping twin cockpit look," and Motor Trend praises the "clean, modern style," but overall, reviewers are not dazzled by the interior design. ConsumerGuide reports that the "stylish cabin design presents well at a distance, but a closer inspection reveals mostly hard plastic textured for visual effect." They do, however, give the Chevrolet Traverse high marks for its "big, bright, clear gauges [that] are easy to read." Cars.com also mentions that the interior of the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse features "plenty of beveled plastics," a common complaint that hinders the Traverse Chevrolet's styling score.
Those shopping for a 2009 Chevrolet Traverse will be interested in its practicality, not its looks.