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Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Chevy Traverse

The fourth addition to General Motors' lineup of Lambda CUVs, the 2009 Chevy Traverse, has officially been priced from $28,990, which includes a $735 destination charge. As with most Chevy models, the Traverse can be had in LS, LT and LTZ models. It will be the first and only Lambda CUV to be equipped with the direct-inject version of GM's 3.6L V6, which must irritate Buick Enclave owners who have paid a lot more for their Lambda sans DI, that will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 3.6L DI V6 produces 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque in the Traverse, and can power the front wheels or all four in AWD models. The Traverse can also carry eight people if you opt for the second-row bench, though we imagine those several passengers stuffed in the way back will not be your friends anymore upon arrival. Unfortunately, Chevy has not released any more detailed pricing information, so we can't say just how expensive the 2009 Traverse can get if you load it up an LTZ model with all of the bells and whistles. Regardless, with the best engine among all the Lambda CUVs, it'd be our choice of the lot.


[Source: GM]

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Chevrolet Announces Pricing For The 2009 Traverse

DETROIT – Chevrolet announced the 2009 Traverse crossover will carry a MSRP of $28,990, including a $735 destination charge, for the 2WD LS model. It goes on sale this fall.

"With its great styling, leading fuel economy and comprehensive roster of equipment, the Traverse is a great expression of Chevrolet value," said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager.

The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse is an expressively styled, well-equipped crossover that delivers people-hauling and cargo-carrying capability typically found in larger SUVs. It is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models, in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. Product highlights include:

  • Expressive styling inspired by the 2008 Malibu
  • Optimized aerodynamics that enhance fuel economy and reduce wind noise
  • Four-wheel independent suspension system
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • Family of 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheels
  • Seating for up to eight adults
  • Second-row Smart Slide seat feature, for easy access to the third-row seats
  • Rear-seat entertainment system with second-row controls
  • Six standard air bags, including side curtain air bags that deploy over all three seating rows
  • OnStar with Turn-by-Turn Navigation and Direction Download and eNav (with navigation system)
  • XM Satellite Radio including NavTraffic real-time traffic feature (with navigation system)
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity
Traverse is powered by a 3.6L engine with direct injection technology that helps produce power similar to many V-8 engines, but delivers better-than-expected fuel economy and a 25-percent reduction in cold-start emissions. The 3.6L engine is mated to the fuel-saving Hydra-Matic 6T75 six-speed automatic transmission.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I just want to know where all the people complaining about the price of the Ford Flex are at.
      • 7 Years Ago
      MPG estimates were annouced a few days ago. It's slightly improved from the already class-leading 2008 Lambda siblings:

      FWD: 17/24 MPG
      AWD: 16/23 MPG

      Each of these are up about 1 mpg combined over 2008 models, which isn't bad considering they have about 20 more HP and torque thanks to the new Direct Injection V6.

      Tons of Traverse info at http://www.traverseforum.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, LS2LS7, but they're not disguised with the name of another meaningless brand. They're all Coke.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What is the mpg?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I forgot this car existed before it even went on sale.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I usually don't believe in badge engineering taken too far, but adding this is necessary for Chevy since they need a vehicle to move former Tahoe buyers into. Saturn needed the Outlook to get people into thinking that Saturn is moving upscale with Opel-based products. GMC needs any kind of truck/SUV GM makes, but I don't see the point of GMC, especially with gas prices as high as they are. Buick needs the Enclave because they only have two other vehicles in their portfolio. Remember that lots of people only buy Chevys or Buicks and don't compare the similarities amongst different models from the same corporation.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That minivan looks like a big bloated pig of a car. But, I do like how Chevy did the grill, even though it could have more dimension, i.e., not so flat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This will be my next car..better gas mileage, etc than what I have, and I can't get away with a tiny little toy car. My dealer showed me some specs on it, and it will only be available in 4 colors: ice silver, moss green, white and a dark grey metallic. Can't recall the proper names, but they're pretty 'blah' colors, unfortunately. The gray or green are the only slightly unique one.. silver and white is everywhere.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Pointless badge-engineering at its worst. GM doesn't need 4 different versions of this vehicle. With gas at $4/gallon (and predictions of $6-7 within two years), the current lambdas aren't selling. This one won't sell worth a darn either.

      The pictures in the gallery show several hundred million dollars that GM just poured down a rat hole. People are shifting to much smaller, more efficient vehicles. 3-4 mpg better than a Tahoe doesn't cut it any more.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "the current lambdas aren't selling. This one won't sell worth a darn either. " blah blah blah

        Actually, they are selling, and this one will likely double the number of Lambda's sold. It will take away somewhat from the GMC and Saturn, but will increase sales a lot.

        This vehicle IS needed, because despite gas prices, people still want and need vehicles that can carry a family. Considering this, it has the best mileage of all 8 passenger and most 7 passenger vehicles. (Except the 4 banger Journey)With the new engine, it will likely get even better mileage.

        Next time comment on something you actually know about.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @The Other Bob:

        A little birdy told me the Ford Flex gets the exact same mileage (17/24 FWD, 16/22 AWD) and much more comfortable transports the third row of people. ;)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Bob:

        Lambda sales were off 10% in May and fell off a cliff in June.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sales of nearly everything are off, this is news?

        That won't last forever and it doesn't mean every segment besides small cars is now a rathole. Families needing a fullsize vehicle can't join the panic flight to Civics and Focuses. They can put off - are putting off - a new car at all but when the time comes they are in this market and a 17/24 sticker is more than competitive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So Autoblog,did GM give you guys a Toyota highlander to compare it against? as they did edmunds.com.

      http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/FirstDrives/articleId=127986
      • 7 Years Ago
      This article is misleading. The Buick Enclave and the other Lambdas will be getting the DI motor for the 2009MY.

      Also, the 2009 models have gone up in price compared to the 2008 models.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now GM has four CUVs based on the Lambda platform. This one looks to be the best one yet, which raises the question of why they need the Saturn or GMC versions.

      The other problem is that these GM CUVs are still big heavy monsters that are not all that much more fuel efficient than the big heavy SUVs they replace.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @R50_COOP: does Chevy even exist in Vietnam?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Judy,

        The Oddyssey and Sienna hold more people in better comfort, more stuff (along or instead of people), handle just as well better, rides just as well or better and gets about the same mileage or better.

        Other than having a big nose, are these better than minivans?
        • 7 Years Ago
        You haven't looked at the fuel economy of the vehicles they replace lately. A 2WD Tahoe gets 14/20 (the most efficient model). That means it uses 20% more fuel. That's a big difference.

        This gets almost the same HP as an AWD Audi A6. That doesn't seem decent to you?
        • 7 Years Ago
        These vehicles and the Flex are GM and Ford's answer to getting out of the Minivan game. They get mileage on par with the best Minivans (okay 1 mpg less on the Highway than the Odyssey with Cylinder deactivation). You can still carry a load of people and their stuff but you get the option of AWD and the look of an SUV. When you look at it they are miles and worlds above the Minivans they replace.
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