Considered as quadruplets that were born years apart, the GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook, Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse debuted among each other by an entire year. The Saturn Outlook was born alongside the Acadia only to be discontinued 2 years later with the demise of the automaker. The Acadia came first in 2007, then the Enclave as its closest sibling and the affordable Traverse being the youngest, debuted last. This gave GM the ability to offer more features in the upscale editions while with more reliable and inexpensive hand-me-downs. Like this, the Traverse has only gained a USB port and a few options since its 2009 debut. The available trims are exactly the same, but some of the features have moved around in the option packages - nothing major, just make sure to get what you want. While there are trucks that do better than the Traverse’s estimated mileage of 17/24 mpg with the default FWD configuration - or 1 mpg less with AWD and its 5,200 lbs optional towing capacity and nearly 117 cubic feet for cargo with seats folded down, make it mighty tough to argue with the Traverse’s utility on a 6-speed automatic transmission. Only the LTZ takes full advantage of the 3.6-liter V6 engine with all the lower trims shorted about 7 hp and 4 lb-ft of torque because of their single exhaust outlet. The base LS and LT1 are the only trims carrying 8 passengers by default. The LT2 and LTZ carry 7-passenger and have their second-row as captain’s chairs swapped out for the bench seat. The LS comes with only expectedly basic amenities like 6-speaker CD and MP3 playing stereo with auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio, power accessories, and air conditioning. Moving up to the LT1 affords inclusions like leather touches, heated side-view mirrors, and rear parking sensors. The LT2 comes with a rear-view camera in the rear-view mirror , tri-zone automatic climate control, a, rear audio controls, power liftgate and 10-speaker Bose stereo with USB connectivity. At the top of the line the LTZ offers remote ignition, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power front seats, driver memory and Bluetooth connectivity. Most of the upper-tier features are available as stand-alone options. The Traverse might not be the supplest thing on the road, but its ride couldn’t be smoother. When you opt for the bigger tires makes maneuvering and stopping a bit sharper. If not, drivers are hard-pressed to find something missing from this highly capable family hauler.