If you're considering the 2011 Chevrolet Traverse, you're probably shopping for room and some cargo-carrying capabilities.
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 a bit better in fuel economy.
However with the introduction of several all-new crossover ute models—the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee—for 2011, the Traverse has much steeper competition this year.
The all-new Explorer promises much better fuel economy than the Traverse—especially in its new four-cylinder variant—while the new Jeep Grand Cherokee is worth reconsidering as it doesn’t make such pronounced sacrifices in ride and handling as it did in the past.
Next to the Toyota Highlander, the Traverse is slightly less fuel-efficient but feels larger and roomier, while those who intend to carry cargo items more often might do well with the Pilot because of its extremely boxy shape.
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|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD||FWD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door LS||FWD 4-Door Base||4-Door SE FWD||2WD 4-Door LX||RWD 4-Door Laredo||FWD 4-Door L4 Base (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door|
|Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic|
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