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UPDATED: Jul 8, 2019

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U.S. News and World Report says that while the 2011 Chevrolet Traverse isn’t cut out for rugged terrain, it will do a fine job hauling eight passengers or towing loads of less than 5,200 pounds.

Reviewers say that the Traverse has decent fuel economy and driving dynamics, considering its size, and that even adults will be reasonably comfortable in its third-row seats. If you only need to accommodate seven passengers, you can switch out the second-row bench seat for two captain’s chairs.

With the back two rows of seats folded down, cargo capacity is 116.4 cubic feet, which is almost 20 cubic feet more than what’s offered in the Ford Flex or the Honda Pilot.

Read on for a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse review and compare auto insurance quotes online!

Auto Insurance Rates for the Chevrolet Traverse

Estimates from the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) indicate that annual auto insurance rates for the base model 2011 Chevrolet Traverse will be approximately $1,118 for an owner with at least a 7-year driving history.

Anticipated rates for the Mazda CX-9 will be just a few dollars higher per year than those for the Traverse, and the NADA expects that it will cost about $1,129 per year for the typical driver to insure a Buick Enclave.

Projected rates for the Ford Explorer are just over $1,000 per year.

Drivers with limited experience and higher risk profiles will typically more than any published average auto insurance rates. Another factor that can influence your annual cost of auto insurance for the Chevrolet Traverse is the trim level you choose.

The Traverse LTZ with all-wheel drive starts at just over $40,000, and it will cost a typical owner about $1,284 to insure for one year, according to the NADA.

Chevrolet Traverse Safety Ratings

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated the 2011 Chevrolet Traverse’s overall crashworthiness with a score of five on a 5-star scale.

Side crash tests resulted in a score of five, and front crash tests resulted in an overall rating of four stars. The Traverse earned a 5-star rollover rating, which is excellent for an SUV.

From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2011 Chevy Traverse earned top “Good” scores on major crash tests evaluating its performance in rollovers, rear crashes, and front- and side-impact collisions.

These scores, plus the Traverse’s standard electronic stability control feature, qualified it for “Top Safety Pick” status. Other large SUVs, including the GMC Arcadia, the Buick Enclave, and the Volkswagen Touareg also earned this status.

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Chevrolet Traverse Fuel Economy

The Environmental Protection Agency rates the Chevrolet Traverse’s fuel economy at 24 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city. This is the same rating that the Ford Flex, the GMC Arcadia, and the Buick Enclave received.

The Ford Explorer also garnered similar ratings, but it gets one extra mile per gallon on the highway. The Honda Pilot, Hyundai Veracruz, and Toyota 4Runner all lag behind the Traverse by one mile per gallon on the highway.

For the fuel economy-conscious, Nissan’s Pathfinder and Mitsubishi’s Endeavor are large SUVs to avoid. For best-in-class fuel efficiency, consider the Highlander Hybrid or the Venza, both from Toyota.

Pricing and Trims for the Traverse

The base model Chevy Traverse, which starts at $29,370, is equipped with a 3.6 liter V6 engine, which delivers 220 horsepower. Adding all-wheel drive increases the base price by $2,000.

Standard on the base model are features like a 6-month OnStar subscription, cruise control, keyless entry, and a 6-speaker audio system with a CD player and a free trial satellite radio subscription.

Some premium features, like the second-row captain’s chairs and rear parking assist, are not available on the base model, though.

The 1LT trim has an entry-level sticker price of $32,010, which buys you additional features like an 8-way power driver’s seat, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and heated mirrors.

The 1LT trim also incorporates safety features like blind spot mirrors, rear parking sensors, and variable-assist power steering.

While the 7-passenger seating configuration is available on the 1LT trim, it is standard on the 2LT trim, which starts at $34,590 without all-wheel drive.

In addition to the captain’s chairs in the second row, the 2LT model also features a premium 10-speaker Bose audio system, a rearview camera, a power liftgate, and 3-zone climate controls.

Starting at $38,250, the LTZ package incorporates perforated leather seats in the first two rows, as well as self-heating and cooling front seats.

Bluetooth connectivity, which is available on the lower-level trims, is standard for the LTZ. Performance tires are included, as are 20-inch aluminum wheels. You can further upgrade your 2011 Traverse with a sunroof and a navigation system.

Warranty for the Chevy Traverse

The 2011 Chevy Traverse is covered by General Motors’ standard 3-year or 36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, as well as a powertrain warranty that’s good for either five years or 100,000 miles.

The vehicle’s body is guaranteed against rust for six years or 100,000 miles, and roadside assistance is available for the same duration as the powertrain warranty.

Reliability Scores for the Traverse

The Chevrolet Traverse earned a Predicted Reliability score of 6.0 on J.D. Power and Associates’ 10-point scale.

The Buick Enclave, Ford Flex, Dodge Durango, and Mazda CX-9 are also among the 11 full-size SUVs earning scores of 6.0, while the lowest score of 5.0 went to the Kia Sorento, GMC Acadia, and Mitsubishi Endeavor.

Several large SUVs earned scores of 8.0, including Toyota’s five SUVs, the Venza, the FJ Cruiser, the Toyota Highlander, the Highlander Hybrid, and the 4Runner.

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