2010 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ

Funny, I can think of at least two functional reasons to step into a Traverse instead of a minivan. First, there's its available all-wheel-drive. With the exception of the Toyota Sienna, no automaker sells a minivan with such a configuration in our market.

Second, there's towing capacity. The Traverse's maximum towing capacity with a class III hitch is 5200 pounds, substantially more than the 4500-pound maximum of the Ford Flex, the Dodge Grand Caravan's 3800-pound capacity, or the 3500-pound limits of the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Kia Sedona, and GM's smaller crossovers (the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, when equipped with the 3.0-liter V-6).

Does everyone drag a speedboat behind the family hauler? No, but there are those who do, and the Traverse is a nice alternative to the traditional full-size SUV. Despite its heft, the Traverse drives like a much smaller vehicle, except when it comes time to squeeze into a narrow parking space. Suspension tuning can almost be described as floaty, but it is comfortable during long hauls down the interstate. Perhaps most surprising was the powertrain-the 3.6-liter V-6 provides plenty of pep and the six-speed automatic is impeccably smooth.

It's not for everyone, but for those stepping down from a larger SUV, or for parents looking to avoid a minivan, the Traverse is a solid choice.

Evan McCausland, Web Producer

I beg to differ. I get 22-23 always in my Traverse. I have a friend with a Tahoe and just like my Silverado, gets 16-17. If you need to tow heavy, go with the Tahoe, but if you are moving people, the Traverse has more room, it's quieter and gets better mileage.
19MPG average, I doubt that. If you want to carry 7-8 passengers get a Minivan which will result in better gas mileage. If you need to tow something get a Tahoe or Yukon & probably end up with similar gas mileage as the Traverse.

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