2011 Subaru
Forester 2.5XT Touring
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Traverse LTZ

2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring

9.8

starting from

$30,720

Reasons to buy the Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring

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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
8.9"
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Moon roof
Standard
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Good city fuel efficiency
19 mpg
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ

9.4

starting from

$41,615

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Traverse LTZ

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Ample cargo space
116.4 ft3
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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Average power
288 HP @ 6,300 RPM
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More passenger seats
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Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.9
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring Winner: Forester 2.5XT Touring
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring Winner: Forester 2.5XT Touring
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  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 19 mpg vs 16 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $10,895 cheaper (around 30% less), $30,720 vs $41,615
Crash Test Ratings 9.6 vs 10.0
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Winner: Traverse LTZ
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  • The Traverse LTZ has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both vehicles have good cornering ability
Overall 9.8 vs 9.4

Luxury Features

Subaru
Forester 2.5XT Touring
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Chevrolet
Traverse LTZ
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Forester 2.5XT Touring's standard 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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Cost

Subaru
Forester 2.5XT Touring
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Chevrolet
Traverse LTZ
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MSRP $30,720 vs $41,615 The Forester 2.5XT Touring has a great price and the Traverse LTZ is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 16 mpg The Forester 2.5XT Touring has great city mileage and the Traverse LTZ 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

Crash Test Ratings

Subaru
Forester 2.5XT Touring
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Chevrolet
Traverse LTZ
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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 4 stars vs 5 stars The Traverse LTZ is 2.1x safer than the Forester 2.5XT Touring
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Safety Features

Subaru
Forester 2.5XT Touring
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Chevrolet
Traverse LTZ
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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 4 vs 5 The Traverse LTZ has an OK number of airbags while the Forester 2.5XT Touring has very few (missing Rear Curtain)
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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 None vs OnStar

Performance

Subaru
Forester 2.5XT Touring
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Chevrolet
Traverse LTZ
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Horsepower 224 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 288 HP @ 6,300 RPM The Traverse LTZ is of average power, but the Forester 2.5XT Touring is underpowered
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Number of gears 4 vs 6 The Traverse LTZ has more gears, but the Forester 2.5XT Touring has very few
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The Forester 2.5XT Touring's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.4 lb/hp vs 16.9 lb/hp The Forester 2.5XT Touring is a sporty car, while the Traverse LTZ is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.4 ft vs 40.4 ft The Forester 2.5XT Touring can make tight turns, and the Traverse LTZ is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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Forester 2.5XT Touring
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Chevrolet
Traverse LTZ
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The Traverse LTZ has lots of passenger seats, but the Forester 2.5XT Touring has very few
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Cargo space 30.8 ft3 vs 116.4 ft3 The Traverse LTZ has lots of cargo room, but the Forester 2.5XT Touring has very little
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front seats 56.0 ft3 vs 59.9 ft3 The Traverse LTZ has roomy front seats and the Forester 2.5XT Touring is OK
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Base payload capacity 1,065 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 Forester 2.5XT Touring's standard power outlet will keep your gadgets charged; requires optional upgrade on the Traverse LTZ
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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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

Subaru
Forester 2.5XT Touring
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Chevrolet
Traverse LTZ
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No 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 LTZ, 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

Road Tests

Subaru
Forester 2.5XT Touring
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Chevrolet
Traverse LTZ
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0-60 mph 7.2 seconds vs 7.9 seconds The Forester 2.5XT Touring has a good 0-60 time, but the Traverse LTZ is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 135 ft vs 141 ft The Forester 2.5XT Touring's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Traverse LTZ is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.6 s s @ 91.0 mph mph vs 16.2 s s @ 87.0 mph mph The Forester 2.5XT Touring's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Traverse LTZ's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.8 g Both vehicles have good cornering ability
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Top speed 125 mph vs Unknown

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