2011 Chevrolet
Tahoe LTZ
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Traverse LT

2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT

9.8

starting from

$33,340

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Traverse LT

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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
4 stars
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Very inexpensive
$33,340
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Good cargo space
116.4 ft3
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Good highway fuel efficiency
24 mpg
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ

8.8

starting from

$55,520

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
9.1"
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Average power
320 HP @ 5,400 RPM
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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
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Has 3 rows of seats
Crash Test Ratings 7.8 vs 10.0
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT Winner: Traverse LT
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  • The Traverse LT has 1.7x less risk of rolling over, 4 stars vs 3 stars
Cost 8.4 vs 10.0
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT Winner: Traverse LT
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  • The best price we've seen is $22,180 cheaper (around 40% less), $33,340 vs $55,520
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 17 mpg vs 15 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Tahoe LTZ
Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Overall 8.8 vs 9.8

Crash Test Ratings

Chevrolet
Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT Chevrolet
Traverse LT
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Rollover resistance 3 stars vs 4 stars The better is 1.7x safer than the Tahoe LTZ
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Cost

Chevrolet
Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT Chevrolet
Traverse LT
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MSRP $55,520 vs $33,340 The Traverse LT has a great price, but the Tahoe LTZ is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 17 mpg The Traverse LT has great city mileage and the Tahoe LTZ is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Average lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT Chevrolet
Traverse LT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Tahoe LTZ

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT Chevrolet
Traverse LT
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0-60 mph 8.4 seconds vs 7.9 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 144 ft vs 141 ft The Traverse LT's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Tahoe LTZ is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.6 s s @ 86.0 mph mph vs 16.2 s s @ 87.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.8 g
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT Chevrolet
Traverse LT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs OnStar

Performance

Chevrolet
Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT Chevrolet
Traverse LT
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Horsepower 320 HP @ 5,400 RPM vs 281 HP @ 6,300 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Traverse LT's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.4 lb/hp vs 16.6 lb/hp The Traverse LT has OK performance while the Tahoe LTZ gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Tahoe LTZ will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the Traverse LT
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.0 ft vs 40.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Chevrolet
Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT Chevrolet
Traverse LT
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Passengers 8 vs 8 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 108.9 ft3 vs 116.4 ft3 The Traverse LT has lots of cargo room and the Tahoe LTZ is pretty good
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front seats 64.1 ft3 vs 59.9 ft3 The Tahoe LTZ has roomy front seats and the Traverse LT is OK
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Base payload capacity 1,705 lb vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Optional The Tahoe LTZ's standard power outlet will keep your gadgets charged; requires optional upgrade on the Traverse LT
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navigation system Standard vs Optional The Tahoe LTZ's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Traverse LT
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Cupholders 8 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Chevrolet
Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT Chevrolet
Traverse LT
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Number of speakers 10 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the Traverse LT, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Tahoe LTZ vs Durango Citadel
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 2011 Cadillac Escalade Tahoe LS vs Escalade
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Cargo Tahoe LTZ vs Grand Caravan Cargo
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2011 GMC Yukon Denali Tahoe LTZ vs Yukon Denali
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 2011 Ford Explorer Limited Tahoe LT vs Explorer Limited
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Traverse LS vs Equinox LT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 Ford Edge SEL Traverse LS vs Edge SEL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 Buick Enclave CXL Traverse LS vs Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 GMC Terrain SLE Traverse LS vs Terrain SLE
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Traverse LS vs Santa Fe

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