2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS

2012 Chevrolet Traverse Competitors

$30-41k full-size SUV, designed & built in U.S.A. 16-17 city / 23-24 hwy 352-528 mile range, gas engine
281 to 288 hp 219 cu. in. V6 4 stars ABS, child door locks

As well as being compared against other minivan and SUVs, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS is also often compared to cars. The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS's top rivals come from Chevrolet (such as the Equinox LT and the Suburban 1500 LT) and Ford (such as the Edge SEL and the Escape XLT)

compared to minivan and SUV competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Traverse LS compared to other minivan and SUV competitors include: it has slightly more cargo space (116.4 ft3 vs 78.2 ft3), safer in head-on collisions for the driver (5 stars vs 3 stars), has significantly more seats (8 vs 5), has slightly more spacious front seats (59.9 ft3 vs 55.5 ft3) and safer in side collisions for the driver (5 stars vs 4 stars).

However, on average it has slightly less spacious back seats (41.8 ft3 vs 49.4 ft3), has a slightly shorter-lasting basic warranty (3 year vs 4 year), has a slightly shorter basic warranty (36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile), slightly longer braking distance from 60mph (141 ft vs 128 ft) and doesn't have roof rails (optional vs standard).

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
$24,970

Significant advantages of the Equinox LT (vs the Traverse LS)

  • Power outlets comes standard
  • Significantly better highway mileage: 32 mpg vs 24 mpg
  • Power seats comes standard

Significant disadvantages of the Equinox LT (vs the Traverse LS)

  • Fewer seats: 5 vs 8
  • Significantly slower 0-60 mph time: 10.7 seconds vs 7.9 seconds
  • Less safe in side crashes for the driver: 4 stars vs 5 stars

common strengths of the Equinox LT and Traverse LS

  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 4 stars
  • Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash: 5 stars vs 5 stars
  • Good highway range: 602 miles vs 528 miles
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2011 Ford Edge SEL

2011 Ford Edge SEL
$33,325

Significant advantages of the Edge SEL (vs the Traverse LS)

  • Power outlets comes standard
  • Better road traction: all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive
  • Roomier back seats: 52.9 ft3 vs 41.8 ft3

Significant disadvantages of the Edge SEL (vs the Traverse LS)

  • Less safe in head-on crashes for the driver: 3 stars vs 5 stars
  • Fewer seats: 5 vs 8
  • Rear air conditioning not available

common strengths of the Edge SEL and Traverse LS

  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 4 stars
arrow Compare the 2011 Ford Edge SEL vs the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS

2011 Buick Enclave CXL

2011 Buick Enclave CXL
$41,790

Significant advantages of the Enclave CXL (vs the Traverse LS)

  • Number of rows of seating: 3 vs 2
  • Significantly longer basic warranty: 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Significantly longer-lasting basic warranty: 4 year vs 3 year

Significant disadvantages of the Enclave CXL (vs the Traverse LS)

  • : Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission

common strengths of the Enclave CXL and Traverse LS

  • Both have lots of cargo room: 115.0 ft3 vs 116.4 ft3
  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 4 stars
  • Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash: 5 stars vs 5 stars
arrow Compare the 2011 Buick Enclave CXL vs the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS

2011 GMC Terrain SLE

2011 GMC Terrain SLE
$25,310

Significant advantages of the Terrain SLE (vs the Traverse LS)

  • Much shorter braking distance from 60mph: 112 ft vs 141 ft
  • Power outlets comes standard
  • Significantly better highway mileage: 32 mpg vs 24 mpg

Significant disadvantages of the Terrain SLE (vs the Traverse LS)

  • Fewer seats: 5 vs 8
  • Less safe in side crashes for the driver: 4 stars vs 5 stars
  • Rear air conditioning not available

common strengths of the Terrain SLE and Traverse LS

  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 4 stars
  • Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash: 5 stars vs 5 stars
  • Good highway range: 576 miles vs 528 miles
arrow Compare the 2011 GMC Terrain SLE vs the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
$26,940

Significant advantages of the Santa Fe (vs the Traverse LS)

  • Much longer-lasting basic warranty: 5 year vs 3 year
  • Much longer basic warranty: 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Power outlets comes standard

Significant disadvantages of the Santa Fe (vs the Traverse LS)

  • Fewer seats: 5 vs 8
  • Rear air conditioning not available

common strengths of the Santa Fe and Traverse LS

  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 4 stars
  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class: Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission
arrow Compare the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe vs the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew
$29,630

Significant advantages of the Grand Caravan Passenger Crew (vs the Traverse LS)

  • Power outlets comes standard
  • Entertainment system comes standard
  • Shorter braking distance from 60mph: 128 ft vs 141 ft

Significant disadvantages of the Grand Caravan Passenger Crew (vs the Traverse LS)

  • Folding rear seats not available
  • : Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission
  • Significantly worse cornering ability: 0.67 g vs 0.8 g

common strengths of the Grand Caravan Passenger Crew and Traverse LS

  • Both have lots of cargo room: 143.8 ft3 vs 116.4 ft3
  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 4 stars
  • Both can control front A/C separately from rear A/C
arrow Compare the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew vs the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS

compared to car competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Traverse LS compared to car competitors include: it has much more seats (8 vs 5), has much more cargo space (116.4 ft3 vs 18.6 ft3), is slightly more powerful (281 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 182 HP @ 5,800 RPM), has slightly more spacious front seats (59.9 ft3 vs 55.3 ft3) and has slightly more gears (6 vs continuously variable).

However, on average it is slightly less fuel efficient in the city (17 mpg vs 21 mpg), is slightly less fuel efficient on the highway (24 mpg vs 29 mpg), lacks continously-variable transmission (traditional vs continuously variable), has slightly less spacious back seats (41.8 ft3 vs 52.5 ft3) and has worse traction (two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive).

2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
$29,220

Significant advantages of the Outback 2.5i Limited (vs the Traverse LS)

  • Has continuously variable transmission: Continuously variable vs Traditional
  • Better road traction: all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive
  • Power outlets comes standard

Significant disadvantages of the Outback 2.5i Limited (vs the Traverse LS)

  • Fewer seats: 5 vs 8
  • Many fewer gears: Continuously variable vs 6
  • Much less cargo room: 71.3 ft3 vs 116.4 ft3

common strengths of the Outback 2.5i Limited and Traverse LS

  • Lots of cargo room: 71.3 ft3 vs 116.4 ft3
  • Both have spacious front seats: 57.2 ft3 vs 59.9 ft3
  • Good highway range: 536 miles vs 528 miles
arrow Compare the 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited vs the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS

2012 Chevrolet Impala LT

2012 Chevrolet Impala LT
$27,995

Significant advantages of the Impala LT (vs the Traverse LS)

  • Sportier performance: 11.8 lb/hp vs 16.6 lb/hp
  • Power seats comes standard

Significant disadvantages of the Impala LT (vs the Traverse LS)

  • Much less cargo room: 18.6 ft3 vs 116.4 ft3
  • Fewer seats: 6 vs 8
  • Rear air conditioning not available

common strengths of the Impala LT and Traverse LS

  • Crowd pleaser: 6 vs 8
  • Both have spacious front seats: 56.6 ft3 vs 59.9 ft3
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
arrow Compare the Impala LT vs the Traverse LS

2011 Toyota Venza

2011 Toyota Venza
$27,885

Significant advantages of the Venza (vs the Traverse LS)

  • Significantly roomier back seats: 52.5 ft3 vs 41.8 ft3
  • Power outlets comes standard
  • More airbags: 6 vs 5

Significant disadvantages of the Venza (vs the Traverse LS)

  • Fewer seats: 5 vs 8
  • Much less cargo room: 70.1 ft3 vs 116.4 ft3
  • Less safe in head-on crashes for the front passenger: 2 stars vs 4 stars

common strengths of the Venza and Traverse LS

  • Lots of cargo room: 70.1 ft3 vs 116.4 ft3
  • Both have spacious front seats: 55.3 ft3 vs 59.9 ft3
  • Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash: 5 stars vs 5 stars
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