I have owned both domestic and foreign vehicles in the past and I can say that the Chevrolet Traverse can compete with the best of them. The Traverse has the most room in its class including seating for 8. The ride is smooth and quiet and the engine is quick and responsive. The transmission is the smoothest shifting that I have ever driven. I also like the safety features that Chevrolet incorporated into their vehicles like daytime running lights, auto on headlights, exterior lights illuminate when locking or unlocking the doors when it's dark. Other features like XM satellite radio, OnStar, DVD player and dual zone heating and cooling are a plus. And although it is probably the heaviest in its class, the gas mileage is good for a vehicle this size. I really enjoy driving my 2009 Chevrolet Traverse.
I purchased this car in July realized it had no air conditioning had a rental car a day later then realized DVD players and cooling seats and radio were not working properly. I had 6 rental cars in 2 months barely had the car more than a week in my possession. I will never recomend this car to anyone
Overall, good car, lots of space, love the 8 seats. A little concern about the 6th speed transmission (read below) and the Voice recognition system. It's the same length as the Tahoe and seats the same, but feels and rides like a smaller car. Engine: The little 3.6 has some good pep, but I wonder how it will be when towing. (I wish they offered a V8.) I've read many complaints about the MPG on the Traverse, stating it's not what Chevy says it is. Two things to consider: (1) the MPG specs from the dealer are rarely true for even the best of drivers, (2) considering that this is a 7 or 8 seater, the mileage is pretty good (16-22). If you're looking for a people hauler and not a trailer or boat hauler, this is a good car. Suspension: It handles well and rides smoothly on the highway. Interior Space: It has a decent amount of space behind the 3rd row seat, and a generous storage bin in the back for emergency supplies, jumper cables, etc. The leg room and head room is better than our last crossover. Add-ons: You will want to get the back-up sensors or camera as it is hard to see the back corners when backing up. I wish we could have found one with leather seats and a bench seat in the middle (needed the bench seat because we have two car seats and several older kids who need to get in the back). However, the leather ones we saw either were bucket seats or the LTZ model (out of our $ range). The DVD and voice recognition system is nice, but only necessary if you like satellite radio. Styling: Awesome. We get a lot of compliments about the looks and color. Concerns/Complaints: 1-Bluetooth isn't always installed, even if the voice recog. system says so. We were told it was installed tried using it and found out after visiting the dealer that the systems all use/say the same prompts, regardless of whether you have it. The only other way to get it is (other than getting something installed in your car on your own) is to use Onstar. Onstar is pricey, ranging from $18-28 a month. 2- The transmission has this weird little shudder in 6th gear on the highway (55mph+). Chevy did a recall for this, which they only reprogrammed the computer, and it didn't help. Currently, it still does it and it's annoying because I'm not sure if it's serious or, as one service tech told me, it's "what that car does". 3-This is a general concern I have with most newer cars, but this car is designed to worked on and maintained by the dealer. They're taking most of the home mechanic out of the equation. For example, the manual states that if the battery needs replacing, take it to the dealer. It doesn't even tell you where the battery is (it's not in the engine compartment, its in the floor behind the passenger front seat, found that out from another owner). Another example, the manual doesn't give a mileage for changing oil. Instead, the car itself tells you when to change the oil.