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2009 Chevrolet Traverse Performance

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#6 in 2009 Affordable Midsize SUVs

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Performance

The 2009 Chevy Traverse is a star on the pavement, providing a smooth, stable ride with decent acceleration. However, a few complaints persist about the SUV's braking distances and its automatic transmissions.

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Acceleration and Power

The Traverse comes with a powerful 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 engine that makes an extra 7 horsepower in LT and LTZ models. According to the EPA, the FWD model nets 17/24 mpg city/highway, while the AWD model nets 16/23. Though these estimates may seem low, Chevrolet says they're better than any eight-passenger SUV on the market.

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Handling and Braking

Despite its large size, the Traverse boasts car-like handling and responsive steering, though some test drivers complain about the Traverse's longer-than-average braking distance.

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