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in 2009 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $13,921 - $20,508
Original MSRP: $29,215 - $41,975
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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2009 Chevrolet Traverse Interior

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The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse's large cabin is praised for its functionality and utility, especially in the cargo area. It's also surprisingly high-quality for such an affordable price -- although some reviewers say build quality still suffers.

  • "Among midsize and large crossovers, the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse isn't the quickest, the most agile or the most refined in its interior execution. It is, however, the roomiest. Fold down all the rear seats and you could drive around with a 116-cubic-foot abyss behind you." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, Traverse mimics Chevy's successful Malibu with a sweeping dual-cove theme for the dash and materials featuring good texture and a solid feel." -- Jalopnik
  • "The Traverse's interior is plainer than the Enclave's, but equally spacious and practical. The controls and navigation system are well marked and easy to use. The second- and third-row seats fold down in a split pattern, which creates space for long objects such as skis while leaving passenger seating in both rows." -- BusinessWeek
  • "Unfortunately, the Traverse seems to have a lot more visible seams than its competitors and the quality of the plastics on these pre-production samples looks and feels less than stellar." -- Autoblog
  • "Stylish cabin design presents well at a distance, but a closer inspection reveals mostly hard plastic textured for visual effect." -- Consumer Guide

Seating

The Traverse comes in two configurations -- eight seats in three rows or seven seats with optional second-row captain's chairs. Surprisingly enough, reviewers find the third row comfortable and roomy enough for adults, which is a rarity in this class.

  • "Among the largest midsize SUVs, Traverse's cabin feels especially roomy. Big, supportive seats make for good long-trip comfort. Entry step in is a little high, but it's lower than in most traditional truck-type SUVs." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Even the third seat is comfortable for adults, where most vehicles with a third row make it barely adequate for children." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • "The third row in all the Lambdas is generous, putting many other crossovers (and the Chevy Tahoe full-size SUV) to shame." -- Car and Driver
  • "Available SmartSlide seating for the middle row causes the captain's chairs to glide forward with the pull of a lever, allowing good access to the surprisingly comfortable third row seats. But the lack of a sliding side door means piling tweeners in and out without bashing into the cars beside you will never be as easy as it is with a van." -- Jalopnik
  • "Oddly, though, the 2LT model's second-row captain's chairs aren't so comfortable. The seats themselves are mounted too low to the floor, and even with fore/aft adjustment, legroom is tight for adults." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Aside from some fit and finish complaints, reviewers say the Traverse's features work well and are easy to use. Optional high-tech gadgets include a navigation system, rearview camera, DVD entertainment system and remote start.

  • "Neat touches include cell phone and iPod holders and a power-plug in the dash, a covered bin atop the dash, a bin big enough to hold a purse in the center console, bottle holders in all doors and cupholders in rear-door armrests." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "Big, bright, clear gauges are easy to read. Major controls are where you would expect them to be." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Materials are on par with those of the Outlook, which is to say pretty good, save some shiny plastic here and there, and the standard and optional features list is nearly identical, including dual sunroofs, Bose audio, a navigation system (now linked to OnStar), and a new in-mirror rearview camera." -- Car and Driver
  • "Although we like Chevrolet's new exterior styling, the company's interiors leave a lot to be desired. The Traverse we had -- the top-of-the-line LTZ trim -- used a two-tone dashboard with black top and bottom and a beige waistband. This scheme is also taken up on the front doors, but the joint between front door and dash goes from graceful curve to sharp angle. Looks aside, though, we were impressed with the seeming quality of the build, and particularly liked the inset climate control buttons." -- CNET
  • "Unfortunately, the fit and finish of this particular Traverse is not as good as on the other Lambda crossovers we've examined. Just sitting in the driver seat, you notice all sorts of misaligned pieces (many with flashing on their edges), and the situation isn't much better for the exterior." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The Traverse boasts ample cargo room even with all three rows of seats in use. With the second and third rows folded, the Traverse has more cargo space than just about any other three-row crossover in the class. There are also plenty of interior storage spaces.

  • "The available power liftgate is a handy feature. Several bins and cubbies provide ample interior storage." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Storage bins and cup holders abound, and there is enough room behind the third-row seat to accommodate two golf bags." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The car has the best cargo capacity in the midsize crossover segment, with 117.5 cubic feet of space in total, compared with 95.4 for the Toyota Highlander and 87 for the Honda Pilot, which Butler said are expected to be the Traverse's key competitors." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • "Unlike some shorter 7- or 8-seat crossover vehicles, the Traverse boasts enough space behind the folding rear seat for a week's groceries." -- Road and Track
  • "With more than two-dozen places to store junk in the trunk - actually, they're located throughout the crossover-the Traverse can easily function as a home away from home. I was especially appreciative of the cupholders in the rear doors' armrests. They're at just the right height for stashing my chai while helping my girls climb into the car. They're also well-placed for the kids to use while buckled into their car seats." -- Mother Proof

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