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2011 Chevrolet Traverse Trims

LS

Avg. Price: $19,652

Though it’s the base trim of the Traverse lineup, the front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS packs a load of features into a reasonably priced package. This eight-passenger midsize crossover is delivered with standard 17-inch steel wheels, cloth upholstery, three rows of seating, reclining second-row seats, power accessories, cruise control, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, OnStar communications and navigation, front and rear air conditioning, and a single-CD player with six speakers and XM satellite radio. Meanwhile, options include a trailer towing package, power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Bluetooth communications technology. Oh, and it also packs 116 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, best in its class.

Considered among the safest mini-‘utes in its class, the 2011 Traverse LS boasts four-wheel ABS, traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, remote anti-theft alarm, daytime running lights, OnStar emergency notification, and a post-collision safety system.

A 3.6-liter, variable-valve-timed (VVT) V6 powers the 2011 Traverse LS, while a six-speed auto-manual transmission ensures 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. Towing is maxed out at some 5,200 pounds, and gas mileage is estimated at 17/24 mpg.

LS AWD

Avg. Price: $20,656

As its name implies, the eight-passenger 2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS AWD midsize crossover features traction-friendly all-wheel drive (AWD). Packing all the bells and whistles of its front-wheel-drive (FWD) sibling, this eight-passenger mini-‘ute uses a mechanical, center-mounted limited-slip differential to provide power to all four wheels, all the time. Needless to say, all options and safety features also mirror those of the FWD LS, including 116 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded.

The 2011 LS AWD packs the ubiquitous 281-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine and six-speed auto-manual transmission. This matchup nets some 266 lb-ft of torque that’s good enough to tow up to 5,200 pounds of trailer with the available tow package. The EPA, meantime, estimates 16/23 mpg.

LT1

Avg. Price: $21,654

With the addition of a few more features, behold the front-wheel-drive (FWD) mid-level 2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT1. This front-wheel-drive, eight-passenger, midsize crossover comes with such extra doo-dads as 18-inch alloy wheels, a trip computer, power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated outside mirrors, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, as well as outside mirrors configured to reduce blind spots. Of course, 116 cubic feet of cargo space (with the rear seats folded) is also standard. Additional options include rear-seat DVD entertainment, a power sunroof, rear-view camera, second-row captain’s chairs, universal remote garage door opener, and remote engine start. Safety-wise, the LT1 features turn-signal-integrated mirrors and available rear parking sensors in addition to the standard equipment found in the LS trims.

As with its LS brethren, the 2011 Traverse LT1 packs a 281-hp, 266-lb-ft/torque 3.6-liter variable-valve-timed (VVT) V6 and its accompanying six-speed auto-manual transmission. When properly equipped, up to 5,200 pounds of towing capacity can be expected with this capable drivetrain, as can 17/24 mpg.

LT1 AWD

Avg. Price: $22,870

The 2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT1 AWD eight-passenger midsize crossover mirrors its front-wheel-drive contemporary in everything except drivetrain. As can be intuited, this capable eight-passenger crossover is delivered with full-time all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction, managed by a center-mounted, limited-slip mechanical differential. Though perhaps not quite as quick off the line as its front-wheel-drive sibling, the LT1 AWD is worth its weight in tire chains on snowy streets. Naturally, 116 cubic feet of cargo space is also de rigueur with this traction-heavy CUV.

Reflective of its stablemates, the 2011 Traverse LT1 AWD is powered by a 3.6-liter, variable-valve-timed V6 under the management of its standard six-speed auto-manual transmission. This duo puts out 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, enough to tow 5,200 pounds of trailer, when properly equipped. Mileage, meantime, is estimated at 16/23 mpg.

LT2

Avg. Price: $23,201

Positioned at the upper echelon of the Traverse spectrum, the 2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT2 sports a few extra goodies to justify the deuce. This front-wheel-drive, eight-passenger midsize crossover adds such standard cabin amenities as tri-zone climate control, 10 Bose premium speakers, a USB connection, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, additional noise insulation, and rear parking sensors to the list of creature comforts and safety equipment found in its lower-digit mate. It also offers, with the rear seats folded, the same 116 cubic feet of cargo space that’s common throughout the lineup. Added options include touch-screen DVD, rear USB port, and leather upholstery.

Again, a ubiquitous 3.6-liter V6 powers the 2011 Traverse LT2, with its standard six-speed auto-manual transmission ensuring 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. As is standard across the Traverse lineup, the variable-valve-timed (VVT) V6 will tow some 5,200 pounds of trailer, when properly equipped, and is estimated at 17/24 mpg.

LT2 AWD

Avg. Price: $24,414

The name says it all. The 2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT2 AWD eight-passenger midsize crossover features all the same standard gizmos, gadgets, amenities, and safety equipment as the front-wheel-drive LT2, with the added bonus of all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction. A center-mounted, limited-slip mechanical differential means power to all four wheels, all the time. Needless to say, this sizable mini-‘ute is also delivered with 116 cubic feet of cargo space.

Power is once again provided by the standard 3.6-liter variable-valve-timed V6 engine and its accompanying six-speed auto-manual transmission. This pairing nets 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque and allows the 2011 Traverse LT2 AWD to tow 5,200 pounds. Expect 16/23 mpg in this roomy CUV.

LTZ

Avg. Price: $26,539

Boasting standard second-row captain’s chairs, the front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ is the flagship of this midsize crossover fleet. This seven-passenger CUV also sports standard leather upholstery, multi-level heated front seats, a power liftgate, reverse-tilt exterior mirrors, universal remote garage door opener with home security activation, rear-view camera, memory for driver's settings, Bluetooth communications technology, rear parking sensors, and turn-signal-integrated outside mirrors. Like its LT brethren, the LTZ is available with optional rear-seat DVD entertainment, a power sunroof, and touch-screen DVD navigation.

The traditional 3.6-liter variable-valve-timed (VVT) V6 in the 2011 Chevy Traverse LTZ has been tweaked for an additional 7 horses (to 288 hp). Though standing pat with the standard six-speed auto-manual transmission, torque in the LTZ trim level is nevertheless boosted to 270 lb-ft, though trailer-towing capacity remains 5,200 pounds. Gas mileage, meanwhile, remains at 17/24 mpg.

LTZ AWD

Avg. Price: $27,695

Except for the fact that it sports full-time all-wheel-drive (AWD), the 2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ AWD mirrors its front-wheel-drive sibling, features-wise. Standard goodies include leather upholstery, tri-zone climate control, a rear-view camera, and memory for driver's settings, while DVD navigation, a power sunroof, and rear-seat DVD entertainment are all optional.

A center-mounted, limited-slip mechanical differential manages the 2011 Traverse LTZ’s AWD system, while the tweaked 3.6-liter V6 puts out 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Towing capacity is maxed out at 5,200 pounds, and fuel efficiency is estimated at 16/23 mpg.