2011 Dodge
Grand Caravan Passenger Crew
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Traverse LS

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew

10.0

starting from

$29,630

Reasons to buy the Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew

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More airbags
6
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Good cargo space
143.8 ft3
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Power outlets
Standard
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Entertainment system
Standard
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS

8.9

starting from

$30,240

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Traverse LS

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Folding rear seats
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More passenger seats
8
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Average range in the city
374 miles
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Has a semi-automatic transmission
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew Winner: Grand Caravan Passenger Crew
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Grand Caravan Passenger Crew's power seats; not available on the Traverse LS
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features - vs -
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Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality - vs -
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  • Both have lots of cargo room
Entertainment System - vs -
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  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Overall 8.9 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew Dodge
Grand Caravan Passenger Crew
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Grand Caravan Passenger Crew's power seats; not available on the Traverse LS
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Cost

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew Dodge
Grand Caravan Passenger Crew
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MSRP $30,240 vs $29,630 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 17 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew Dodge
Grand Caravan Passenger Crew
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The Grand Caravan Passenger Crew has a good number of airbags, but the Traverse LS is just OK (missing Knee)
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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 Uconnect

Performance

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew Dodge
Grand Caravan Passenger Crew
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Horsepower 281 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 283 HP @ 6,400 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The Traverse LS's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Unknown 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 16.6 lb/hp vs 15.9 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.4 ft vs 39.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew Dodge
Grand Caravan Passenger Crew
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Passengers 8 vs 7 The Traverse LS has lots of passenger seats and the Grand Caravan Passenger Crew is OK, too
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Highway driving range 528 miles vs 500 miles The Traverse LS has good highway range and the Grand Caravan Passenger Crew is reasonable
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Cargo space 116.4 ft3 vs 143.8 ft3 Both have lots of cargo room
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front seats 59.9 ft3 vs 59.7 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Traverse LS's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Grand Caravan Passenger Crew
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard The Grand Caravan Passenger Crew's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Traverse LS
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roof rails Optional vs Standard Active lifestyle? The Grand Caravan Passenger Crew's standard roof rails for extra storage are a nice perk.
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The Grand Caravan Passenger Crew offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Traverse LS
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Cupholders Unknown vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew Dodge
Grand Caravan Passenger Crew
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Number of speakers Unknown vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Grand Caravan Passenger Crew; no amount of money can buy it on the Traverse LS

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew Dodge
Grand Caravan Passenger Crew
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 141 ft vs 128 ft The Grand Caravan Passenger Crew has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Traverse LS is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.2 s @ 87 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.8 g vs 0.67 g The Traverse LS has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Grand Caravan Passenger Crew
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew Dodge
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

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2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew 2011 Ford Explorer Grand Caravan Passenger Crew vs Explorer
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS Grand Caravan Passenger Crew vs Tahoe LS
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Grand Caravan Passenger Crew vs Grand Cherokee Laredo
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Traverse LS vs Equinox LT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 2011 Buick Enclave CXL Traverse LTZ vs Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 GMC Terrain SLT Traverse LS vs Terrain SLT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Traverse LT vs Tahoe LTZ
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 2011 Ford Edge SE Traverse LT vs Edge SE

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