2009 Chevrolet Traverse crossover SUV

2009 Chevrolet Traverse will start at $28,990
2009 Chevrolet Traverse

Designed on the same GM Lambda platform as current GMC Acadia and featuring whole eight seats inside its spacious cabin, the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse crossover SUV is available at a modest price of $28,990, including a $735 destination charge.

For the money, you’ll get a 2WD LS model with a 3.6-liter mated to the Hydra-Matic 6T75 six-speed automatic transmission, but will obviously have to pay more for a four-wheel drive version of the vehicle. While the car, with its long wheelbase and unibody design is clearly not an off-roader, the four-wheel drive version still seems to be better investment if you live in a region with cold, snowy winters.

2009 Chevrolet Traverse crossover SUV

Its fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, too, leaves a lot to be desired, especially if you don’t plan to its full seating capacity, but if you happen to have huge family and don’t want to visit your nearest Walmart more often than two or three times per year, this behemoth of a car may be a really nice choice.

Bearing some resemblance to the much more expensive Audi Q7 SUV, the eight-seater is selling in three trims that are available in both FWD and AWD configurations.

2009 Chevrolet Traverse (interior)

In its press release, Chevrolet reports that the crossover may be ordered with GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control system; second-row Smart Slide seat feature; ear-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; XM Satellite Radio; and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity.

2009 Chevrolet Traverse (interior, navigation and entertainment system display)

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See also: 2009 Honda Pilot starts at $27,595