Yonkers, New York – The new Chevrolet Traverse has ranked third in Consumer Reports’ ranking of 18 midsize, three-row SUVs, with a “Very Good” overall test score. Only the Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid outpoint it in the category.

A sister vehicle to the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook, the Traverse drew praise from the magazine for its interior room and flexibility, ride, handling, quietness, usable third-row seat, blind spot mirrors and good crash-test results.

It missed an “Excellent” rating by the narrowest of margins, posting an overall road test score of 80, one point behind the Highlander Limited and six behind the Highlander Hybrid Limited, both of which have “Excellent” ratings. The Acadia and Outlook are rated fourth and fifth respectively, followed in order by the Ford Flex, Mazda CX-9 and Hyundai Veracruz.

Consumer Reports tested a total of four luxury and three-row SUVs for the July issue. The Lexus RX 350, Infiniti FX35 and Kia Borrego earned “Very Good” ratings. The newly-redesigned RX 350 ranks second in ratings of 14 luxury SUVs, behind the Acura MDX, while the FX35 ranks mid-pack. The Borrego ranks mid-pack among the 18 midsize three-row SUVs.

None of the SUVs in the group are rated “Recommended” by Consumer Reports, which does not yet have reliability data on them. The magazine only recommends vehicles that have performed well in its tests, have at least average predicted reliability, and performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.

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