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Interior Design and Special Features

Inside the roomy cabin of the Traverse
is an attractive layout in a two-tone
color scheme with brushed aluminum and
chrome trim. The instrument panel
consists of dual gauges featuring bright
white numbers on a black background that
are simple and easy to read. One of our
few complaints is that the audio and
climate controls consist of too many
small and similar-looking buttons and
not enough knobs.

Depending on the configuration chosen,
the Traverse seats either seven (with
second-row captain's chairs) or eight
(split-folding second-row bench seat)
passengers in three rows. The first- and
second-row seats are quite comfortable
and supportive, and the split-folding
third-row seat ? which is often a
kids-only zone in traditional SUVs --
can accommodate adults in reasonable
comfort. Maximum cargo capacity is a
generous 117 cubic feet with second- and
third-row seats folded down, and even
with all three rows of seating in use,
there are still a useful 24 cubic feet
of luggage space.

Powertrains and Performance

All 2009 Hummer H3T models come with
full-time four-wheel drive with a
two-speed transfer case. All except the
Alpha are powered by a 3.7-liter inline
five-cylinder engine that makes 239 hp
and 241 lb-ft of torque. The standard
transmission is a five-speed manual, and
a four-speed automatic is optional.
Although the five makes decent power,
it's simply outmatched by the H3T's
near-5,000-pound mass, so acceleration
is leisurely at best. Towing capacity is
rated at 4,400 pounds when properly
equipped, and EPA fuel economy estimates
stand at 14 mpg city/18 mpg highway and
15 mpg combined with either transmission.

The Alpha features a 5.3-liter V8 (with
300 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque) mated to
a four-speed automatic transmission.
Towing capacity goes up to 5,900 pounds,
and we'd expect its performance to be
about the same as the H3 Alpha, which
sprinted from zero to 60 mph in a
relatively quick 8 seconds flat. With
this engine, fuel economy drops slightly
to a 13/16/14 mpg rating.

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Audi TT Vehicle Overview

Introduction

Coming off of a full redesign last year,
the latest-generation Audi TT is now
sleeker and more aggressive-looking, and
in some ways defies classification. The
TT has the low-slung look and feel of a
sports car, but its dynamic personality
is closer to that of a luxury sport
coupe. And although the coupe has a pair
of seats in the back, they're only
suitable for kids, packages or perhaps
anorexic D-listers. Still, the 2009 Audi
TT has a distinctive blend of good
looks, able performance and impeccable
build quality.

Besides styling, last year's redesign
ushered in a more sophisticated chassis
as well as a more powerful turbocharged
four-cylinder engine. This year, the
Audi TT is mostly unchanged. Notably,
all 2.0 T models with the S Tronic
automatic transmission are now available
with Quattro all-wheel drive. However,
later in the year, Audi will introduce
the TTS coupe and roadster, which will
use a souped-up version of the inline-4
turbo that will supposedly be good for
an impressive 272 horsepower and 258
pound-feet of torque. The 2009 TTS will
also be lighter than the other TT
models. With the added power and reduced
weight, Audi estimates the TTS will go
from zero to 60 mph somewhere between
5.2 and 5.4 seconds.

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2009 Chevrolet Traverse Review

Introduction

It's no great secret that recent history
has seen a decline in the sales and
appeal of truck-based SUVs as family
movers. Nonetheless, no matter how
practical and easy to use a minivan is,
there's just no getting around the
minivan stigma for many people.
Automakers have reacted to this trend
with the crossover SUV, a vehicle that
combines the family-focused
functionality and car-based dynamics of
a minivan with the outgoing appearance
and personality of an SUV. With the
introduction of the 2009 Chevrolet
Traverse, General Motors now has four
such vehicles built on the same "Lambda"
platform, the others being the Buick
Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook.

Having so many similar vehicles
available might seem like overkill, but
the quality and thoughtfulness of design
that all the Lambda crossovers share has
made every one of them a strong segment
contender thus far. The brand-new
Traverse seems poised to do just as
well, if not better. To help
differentiate it from the General's
other crossover offerings, the Traverse
shares some styling cues with the new
Malibu, including the distinctive mesh
front grille, vaguely circular
taillights and the lines of the
dual-cockpit dash that extend onto the
doors. Overall, the interior styling of
the Traverse's cabin, while largely
similar to the Acadia's and Outlook's
due to parts-sharing, offers an edgier
design without losing any mass appeal.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2009 Dodge Sprinter Cargo is a
full-size van available in either 2500
or 3500 trim. There are two wheelbase
options (144 and 170 inches), three body
lengths (233, 273 and 289 inches) and
three roof heights (65, 76 and 84 inches).

Standard equipment includes 16-inch
steel wheels, full power accessories,
automatic climate control, a sliding
passenger-side door, keyless entry, an
auto-dimming rearview mirror, cloth
upholstery and a CD stereo with MP3
capability. Although there are numerous
options packages available, just about
everything is available à la carte as
well. Optional items include alloy
wheels, rear seating, rear compartment
windows, a sliding driver-side cargo
door, power mirrors, an auxiliary
battery, cruise control, bi-xenon
headlamps, foglamps, numerous cargo-area
partitions and upgraded front seats.
Also available is a fixed cargo-area
skylight or dual sunroofs (the latter on
standard-height roofs only), a front
auxiliary heater, rear area heater
ducts, heated driver and/or passenger
seats, front and rear park assist, a
rearview camera, motion-sensing cargo
compartment lighting, a six-CD changer
and a 74-mph speed limiter.

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Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2009 Dodge Challenger is a large
five-passenger sport coupe available in
three trim levels -- base SE, R/T and SRT8.

Standard features on the SE include
17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry,
full power features, an eight-way power
driver seat, air-conditioning, a
tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a
60/40-split-folding rear seat and a
CD/MP3 player. The R/T gains a V8
engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, a
sport-tuned suspension and steering,
minor exterior enhancements and a
leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift
knob.

The top-dog SRT8 ups the ante with even
more power, black hood stripes, 20-inch
alloy wheels, a sportier suspension and
steering than the R/T, a limited-slip
rear differential, Brembo brakes, xenon
headlights, heated side mirrors, leather
and faux suede upholstery, heated front
sport seats, cruise control, keyless
ignition, Bluetooth, an auto-dimming
rearview mirror and a 13-speaker premium
audio system (with six-CD changer,
satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack
and steering-wheel-mounted audio
controls). Many of the upgraded features
can be added on lower trims as options.

Other optional features, depending on
the trim level, include a sunroof,
ultra-performance summer tires, a
13-speaker premium audio system and the
MyGIG combination navigation and
music-server system. For the R/T, one
may order the Trak Pak, which features a
six-speed manual gearbox (in place of
the automatic), a limited-slip
differential, Hill Start Assist
(prevents rolling back on hills with the
manual), a recalibrated performance
steering system and bright pedal
accents. There are numerous Mopar
accessories available, including a retro
T-grip metallic automatic shifter.

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Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2009 Pontiac Vibe is a compact
four-door hatchback/wagon that
essentially comes in two trim levels:
base and GT, though the base can also be
had with all-wheel drive (AWD).

The base Vibe features include 16-inch
wheels, a four-speaker audio system
(with satellite radio, a CD player and
an auxiliary audio jack) and a
tilt/telescoping steering column. Most
buyers will probably want the base with
the 1SB package, which adds a more
powerful engine, a rear cargo organizer
and a fold-flat front passenger seat.
The AWD version adds all-wheel drive,
sport suspension (with independent rear
setup), a luggage rack and
air-conditioning. The GT is outfitted
like the AWD minus the all-wheel drive
and adds a rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy
wheels, an upgraded 320-watt audio
system with MP3 playback, full power
accessories, cruise control, keyless
entry, leather/cloth sport seats and a
leather-wrapped steering wheel (with
audio controls) and shift knob.

For all but the GT there is the
available Preferred Package, which
provides full power accessories, cruise
control and keyless entry. A Sun and
Sound package is available for the two
middle trims and includes a sunroof, the
GT's audio system and the
leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift
knob. À la carte options for the lower
trims include air-conditioning, the rear
cargo organizer and an anti-theft system.

US Online America Group 2009 Chevrolet
Traverse Review

Introduction

It's no great secret that recent history
has seen a decline in the sales and
appeal of truck-based SUVs as family
movers. Nonetheless, no matter how
practical and easy to use a minivan is,
there's just no getting around the
minivan stigma for many people.
Automakers have reacted to this trend
with the crossover SUV, a vehicle that
combines the family-focused
functionality and car-based dynamics of
a minivan with the outgoing appearance
and personality of an SUV. With the
introduction of the 2009 Chevrolet
Traverse, General Motors now has four
such vehicles built on the same "Lambda"
platform, the others being the Buick
Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook.

Having so many similar vehicles
available might seem like overkill, but
the quality and thoughtfulness of design
that all the Lambda crossovers share has
made every one of them a strong segment
contender thus far. The brand-new
Traverse seems poised to do just as
well, if not better. To help
differentiate it from the General's
other crossover offerings, the Traverse
shares some styling cues with the new
Malibu, including the distinctive mesh
front grille, vaguely circular
taillights and the lines of the
dual-cockpit dash that extend onto the
doors. Overall, the interior styling of
the Traverse's cabin, while largely
similar to the Acadia's and Outlook's
due to parts-sharing, offers an edgier
design without losing any mass appeal.

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