We were recently handed the keys to a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse rental vehicle. With only 6,000 miles on the odometer, the Traverse had thus far avoided any obvious rental car abuses. However, like all fleet vehicles, cabin tech was sparse.
The Traverse is powered by a 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6 that converts gasoline and oxygen into 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of twisting force--plenty of power to get the 4,700-pound beast up to speed.
The Traverse features fully independent suspension and is available in front- and all-wheel drive configurations. All-wheel drive models feature automatic torque distribution with no manual controls for locking the differentials or the like.
Although the Traverse offers decent rear visibility for a vehicle of its size, a rear-view camera would definitely come in handy. Fortunately, such an option is available, either as an a la carte addition or as part of a package.
Instrumentation on the Traverse is a simple two-gauge affair. However, the small LCD in the middle can display complex trip computer data and gives the user access to a variety of convenience-related settings and options.
The Traverse's standard six-speed automatic transmission features an oddly implemented manual shift mode. By pulling the shifter down to L (not M?), the user is able to use a thumb rocker to select higher or lower ratios.
Like nearly all GM vehicles, the Traverse also features the OnStar telematics system which gives drivers access to Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Hands Free Calling and OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics.
Interestingly, it seems that fleet vehicles like our rental have this entire system removed.