2011 Toyota
Venza
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Traverse LS

2011 Toyota Venza

9.8

starting from

$27,885

Reasons to buy the Toyota Venza

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Power outlets
Standard
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Spacious back seats
52.5 ft3
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Power seats
Standard
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Average city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS

9.0

starting from

$30,240

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Traverse LS

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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
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More passenger seats
8
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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Rear air conditioning
Standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.2
2011 Toyota Venza Winner: Venza
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Crash Test Ratings 9.5 vs 10.0
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Winner: Traverse LS
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  • The Traverse LS has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 10.0 vs 9.9
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Toyota
Venza
2011 Toyota Venza
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 Venza '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 Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Venza

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Venza
2011 Toyota Venza
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars OK protection, 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 better is 2.1x safer than the Venza
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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

Toyota
Venza
2011 Toyota Venza
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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MSRP $27,885 vs $30,240 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 21 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

Road Tests

Toyota
Venza
2011 Toyota Venza
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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0-60 mph Unknown vs 7.9 seconds
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 141 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 16.2 s s @ 87.0 mph mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.8 g
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Top speed 112 mph vs Unknown

Safety Features

Toyota
Venza
2011 Toyota Venza
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 6 vs 5 The Venza 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 None vs OnStar

Performance

Toyota
Venza
2011 Toyota Venza
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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Horsepower 182 HP @ 5,800 RPM vs 281 HP @ 6,300 RPM The Traverse LS is of average power, but the Venza is underpowered
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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 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 20.7 lb/hp vs 16.6 lb/hp The Traverse LS has OK performance while the Venza gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-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 39.1 ft vs 40.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Venza
2011 Toyota Venza
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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Passengers 5 vs 8 The Traverse LS can carry a soccer team, and the Venza has an OK number of seats
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Highway driving range 478 miles vs 528 miles The Traverse LS has good highway range and the Venza is reasonable
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Cargo space 70.1 ft3 vs 116.4 ft3 The Traverse LS has lots of cargo room and the Venza is pretty good
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front seats 55.3 ft3 vs 59.9 ft3 Both average size front seats
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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 Venza 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Traverse LS
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roof rails Not Available vs Optional Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the Traverse LS
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Venza offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Traverse LS
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Cupholders 10 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Venza
2011 Toyota Venza
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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Number of speakers 6 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 Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Venza , you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Venza ; but it's not available at all on the Traverse LS

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Toyota Venza 2011 Honda CR-V Venza vs CR-V
2011 Toyota Venza 2011 Toyota Camry XLE Venza vs Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Venza 2011 Toyota Highlander SE Venza vs Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Venza 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX Venza vs Accord Crosstour EX
2011 Toyota Venza 2011 Lexus RX 350 Venza vs RX 350
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 LT 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Traverse LT vs Tahoe LTZ
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 GMC Terrain SLE Traverse LS vs Terrain SLE

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