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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-23-2019, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Ground clearance/snow driving

This is a two part, related question.
1) Looking at purchasing a new Traverse. Does anyone know what the "official" ground clearance is listed at, or how this is measured. I haven't been able to find this anywhere, including from the dealer. I would like this number in order to compare with other vehicles.
2) What experiences have people had driving this vehicle in snow, especially deeper snow that would be approaching the ground clearance depth. I currently drive a full size Chevy AWD van, which handles deep snow quite well. With my long driveway that doesn't get plowed out very quickly, I have some concerns about the Traverse being able to handle snow depths approaching 6 inches or greater. Any experiences from others is appreciated.
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I don't know what the official clearance is but the vehicle is good in snow. If you add winter tires the vehicle is superior in deep snow.
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Our 2010 AWD Traverse was comparable to my previous work vehicle, a 2007 AWD Chevy Express. Both could handle 12 deep snow no problem.


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My experience with the Traverse in snow is great. Switch it to all wheel drive, or 4X4 and with snow tires I can plow through snow like a dream. Now if ground clearance is a concern you do need to be aware the valance on the front drops down quite low. Again, I've never had an issue.


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Ground clearance/snow driving

Even with the stock Bridgestone Alenza tires, we had zero traction issues in deeper snow. Experiences of others may vary.


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The newer generation has no ground clearance. I do very well in 12+ inches of snow. I even plow with it. I do have Yokohama G015 AT's in 265/65r18's which gave me about a half an inch more clearance.



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Thanks all for the info; looks like snow won't be an issue. Ground clearance maybe, if I'm on a rough road, etc. Maybe that's why Chevy doesn't give a ground clearance number for this vehicle.
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Thanks all for the info; looks like snow won't be an issue. Ground clearance maybe, if I'm on a rough road, etc. Maybe that's why Chevy doesn't give a ground clearance number for this vehicle.


It would have to be a very rough road to cause issues with the ground clearance.


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We live in N WI and last year we were covered in snow. We got 40" in a 2 week period. It didn't take long to figure out that the tires that came with our 2018 Traverse, were not going to cut it. We put on a set of winter tires and had no problems the rest of the way.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-28-2019, 08:13 PM
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I don't know the official ground clearance is, but it drives awesome in the snow, ice, etc. Mine is s 2009, and I have never had a problem getting stuck, or with traction. I love it.
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