• Jul 2, 2008


Click above for a gallery of high-res pics.

When the 2009 Chevy Traverse goes on sale in September, it will be the fourth, eight-passenger Lambda-based crossover to come from GM. The bow-tie CUV will carry the lowest starting MSRP of the quartet, and it will also carry the most power, with 288 hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque, along with the highest towing capacity of 5,200 lbs.

Hit the jump to view several comparison videos that pit the Traverse against one of its main competitors, the Toyota Highlander. The first video is a walk-around of the Traverse to point out unique styling points, and from there it's all competition. We judge everything from the interior volume to the driving experience, and then take the two CUVs into uncharted territory -- the track. Enjoy!



Streetfire's embedding is acting wonky, so click the links below the videos to check out our Traverse vs. Highlander clips.


Design walk-around of the 2009 Chevy Traverse
Chevy Traverse vs. Toyota Highlander interior spac
Chevy Traverse vs. Toyota Highlander on the cones
Chevy Traverse vs. Toyota Highlander hit the wet c


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      • 6 Years Ago
      uh look here at these windswept headlights and uh this air dam with its kickout just like on the sports cars, we added some more drama on this part... what a frickin dork. all of the videos have some yuppy golfer on it. hire some real car people not tiger woods. put it out there and let it speek for itself. I think it looks good but listening to you talk about it kind of thinking twice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Video not working so much.
      • 6 Years Ago
      every time i hear Lambda i cant help but think of the Revenge of the Nerds. lol
        • 6 Years Ago
        :) ha ha... but in this case, it's Lamda Lamda Lamda Lamda...
      • 6 Years Ago
      They really couldn't come up with a better name than Traverse?

      Nomad would have been better, but the styling of this vehicle doesn't really do the name justice. Then again, I guess the looks don't really do the entire brand justice either.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GM does it again. Has a nice Design but ruins it at the rear with all red taillights. Why? Why?
      With Four vehicles on the same platform with all good designs not with Amber rear turn lights. NOT One.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i bet some toyota fanboy will come here and tell you that with price of gas the Highlander is the better choise

      just get a wagon and skip all these large CUVs


      And I definitely think the Highlander is about half the size of the Traverse so they are aiming at the wrong audience
        • 6 Years Ago
        We just need to get those stupid lawyers and executives at Toyota to raise the Sienna's tow rating to 5500 lbs. There's absolutely no reason why the van is limited to only 3500.

        15 years ago, a severely underpowered and much lighter Caravan with insufficient brakes (all by today's standards) could tow 3500 lbs as well. No reason why modern vans can't double that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Videos are not working...
      • 6 Years Ago
      So for the wet track/stability control segment, for the Traverse we see only the road ahead, but for Highlander, we see footage taken from the back seat, which shows steering angles, and more dramatic side to side/body roll motion.

      Why not shoot the video from the same vantage point?

      Just curious.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They need to do whatever it takes to make the GM choice look the most appealing. It's not supposed to be an objective competition - it's like asking Anheuser-Busch who makes the best beer.
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