2011 GMC
Terrain SLT
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Traverse LS

2011 GMC Terrain SLT

9.8

starting from

$28,910

Reasons to buy the GMC Terrain SLT

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
32 mpg
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Power outlets
Standard
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Great braking distance from 60mph
112 ft
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS

8.9

starting from

$30,240

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Traverse LS

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Ample cargo space
116.4 ft3
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Average power
281 HP @ 6,300 RPM
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More passenger seats
8
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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.0
2011 GMC Terrain SLT Winner: Terrain SLT
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  • Leather comes standard on the Terrain SLT; the Traverse LS only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Terrain SLT's power seats; not available on the Traverse LS
Crash Test Ratings 9.2 vs 10.0
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Winner: Traverse LS
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  • The Traverse LS has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 GMC Terrain SLT Winner: Terrain SLT
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  • Gets around 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • Almost the same, $28,910 vs $30,240
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • More gears
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 9.8 vs 8.9

Luxury Features

GMC
Terrain SLT
2011 GMC Terrain SLT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Terrain SLT'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 Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Terrain SLT; the Traverse LS only offers cloth seats

Crash Test Ratings

GMC
Terrain SLT
2011 GMC Terrain SLT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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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 5 stars OK protection, 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs 5 stars The Traverse LS is 1.5x safer than the Terrain SLT

Cost

GMC
Terrain SLT
2011 GMC Terrain SLT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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MSRP $28,910 vs $30,240 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 17 mpg The Terrain SLT has great city mileage and the Traverse LS is pretty reasonable
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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

Road Tests

GMC
Terrain SLT
2011 GMC Terrain SLT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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0-60 mph 8.1 seconds vs 7.9 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 112 ft vs 141 ft The Terrain SLT has extraordinary brakes, but the Traverse LS is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.3 s @ 85 mph vs 16.2 s @ 87 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs 0.8 g The Traverse LS has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Terrain SLT
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

GMC
Terrain SLT
2011 GMC Terrain SLT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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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

GMC
Terrain SLT
2011 GMC Terrain SLT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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Horsepower 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM vs 281 HP @ 6,300 RPM The Traverse LS is of average power, but the Terrain SLT is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Traverse LS'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 21.2 lb/hp vs 16.6 lb/hp The Traverse LS has OK performance while the Terrain SLT gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.0 ft vs 40.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

GMC
Terrain SLT
2011 GMC Terrain SLT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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Passengers 5 vs 8 The Traverse LS has lots of passenger seats, but the Terrain SLT has very few
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Cargo space 63.9 ft3 vs 116.4 ft3 The Traverse LS has lots of cargo room, but the Terrain SLT has very little
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front seats 52.9 ft3 vs 59.9 ft3 The Traverse LS has roomy front seats, but the Terrain SLT is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1162 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 Not Available The Terrain SLT's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Traverse LS
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Terrain SLT offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Traverse LS
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Cupholders 6 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

GMC
Terrain SLT
2011 GMC Terrain SLT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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Number of speakers 8 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 Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input No vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Terrain SLT; but it's not available at all on the Traverse LS

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Terrain SLE vs Acadia SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLT 2011 Cadillac SRX Terrain SLT vs SRX
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2011 Toyota RAV4 Terrain SLE vs RAV4
2011 GMC Terrain SLT 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Terrain SLT vs Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2011 Ford Explorer Terrain SLE vs Explorer
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Traverse LS vs Equinox LT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Traverse LT vs Tahoe LTZ
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 2011 Buick Enclave CXL Traverse LTZ vs Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 2011 Ford Edge SE Traverse LT vs Edge SE
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 2012 Kia Sorento SX Traverse LTZ vs Sorento SX

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