2010 Chevrolet Traverse vs. Its Competition

2010 Chevrolet Traverse
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

If you're considering the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse, you're probably shopping for room and some cargo-carrying capabilities.

Depending on whether you most value passenger or cargo space, you could look to other crossovers or more traditional truck-based SUVs.

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 quite a bit better in fuel economy.

The Traverse also beats smaller mid-size SUVs like the Ford Explorer and Jeep Commander, thanks to its more spacious cabin and carlike dynamics.

Probably coming closest in capability, performance, and fuel economy to the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse are vehicles like the eight-seater Honda Pilot and the fashionable Ford Flex.

Both provide V-6 power and roomy interiors, and they score better marks in the styling department when placed side-by-side with the Traverse.

The Flex offers an especially strong, passenger-friendly interior layout, also with three comfortable rows of seating.

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Quick Specs
7.8
Strong, sturdy, and spacious, yet carlike in some ways, the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse offers a very appealing compromise.
8.2
For those who need to get work done, but with some style and comfort, practicality still reigns in the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe.
9.0
The 2009 Ford Flex is one of the most stylish new crossovers, with great passenger room and more features than some minivans.
8.0
The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
8.2
As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat.
8.0
The 2008 Jeep Commander is good Jeep (a trail-capable vehicle), but it's not a great people mover.
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Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas V8Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
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Style Name     
FWD 4-Door LS2WD 4-Door 1500 LS4-Door SE FWD2WD 4-Door LXRWD 4-Door V6 XLTRWD 4-Door Sport
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
897857
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Body Style     
4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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