This week I was given the opportunity to test drive a Chevrolet Traverse for our trip to Virginia Beach. I am a mini van momma most day rocking a Kia Minivan from 2012. It while has been good to us, we’re about ready to move on to something newer. My husband the second he was the Chevrolet Traverse said let buy it. I was not sure.
Minivans are great for a lot of things. They haul lots of people quite comfortably. They haul lots of gear. They allow kids to open their doors without banging the car next to them. They allow you to jump inside and get in out of the rain or cold and move around to buckle all the kids up and get back to the driver’s seat without having to brave the elements. I love those features. But after ten years of being a minivan mom, I’m ready for something different — something sportier and fun to drive.
With a family of 4 space and safety are our most important considerations. We’re out of the baby stages and moving into the age of busy school age, so we need a vehicle that can accommodate three growing children, their friends, and their various accouterments. We also do a fair amount of traveling, so we need to be able to pack in large amounts of luggage. Ideally we’ll get something that handles well in wintry weather and off-road conditions, namely the camp road in Maine. Plus our BBQ cook-offs and DIY home projects.
We’re looking at larger crossovers and smaller SUVs, most likely a pre-owned vehicle with low to moderate mileage. The Chevrolet Traverse is definitely a strong contender. It is larger than most other vehicles in its class, and it packs a lot of bang for the buck.
Overall, I found the Chevrolet Traverse comfortable and fun to drive, and the room inside is notably impressive. Chevrolet Traverse has truly married the best features of a minivan and an SUV into a very practical family vehicle. The steering is responsive, and the turning radius is admirable for a vehicle of its size. You sit up nice and high, and the dash isn’t too deep like some that I’ve driven. It’s easy to park, although I did find myself opting for larger parking spaces just in case I misjudged.
The inside layout is versatile. There are captain’s chairs in the second row so the kids easily moved between the 2nd and 3rd rows. All of the seats fold down, so we had various storage options. Even with all three rows in their upright positions, we were able to pack the car for a 5-day family vacation without using the roof rack, which was a pleasant surprise.
Acceleration is powerful and smooth when getting on the highway, or on those (rare) occasions when you need to gun it to pull out in traffic. The ride was smooth and perfect for stopping in 3 hours of gridlock on 95 just outside of Washington DC.
The driver’s seat was quite comfortable, and the ability to adjust the position of the seat and the lumbar support helped make the grueling 14-hour drive VERY bearable.
The back window is small, making rear visibility somewhat lacking, so I was thankful for the extra blind spot mirrors on the rear view mirrors. I also like the back-up camera. It’s built into the dash. My Kia has it in the mirror. This one is the one thing I wish the Chevrolet Traverse had because you need you use your review mirror to back up too not just the dash camera.
There are several convenient storage compartments in the front, and the glove compartment is roomy. The cup holders are easily accessible. The seat belts adjust up and down, which makes it easy to find a comfortable position no matter what your height. Another nifty feature is the sensor for the front passenger seat that detects whether or not the airbag should be activated, depending on the size of the occupant — great for families with children who are big enough to ride in the front seat but not big enough for the air bag to be deployed safely.
Overall, the Chevrolet Traverse is ranking pretty high on our at the moment. As our trips draws to an end we may this car in mind .
Here is an added over view of the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse
- For the 2016, Traverse received 4G LTE wifi
- The Traverse passes the “parent test” with its family-friendly features
- Comes in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations with seven- and eight-passenger seating capabilities
- Each configuration implements Traverse’s child-friendly, second-row SmartSlide feature that allows unobstructed access to the third-row bench seat with one hand, which makes it easy for children to operate
- More cargo capacity than any vehicle in the segment [24.4 cu. ft. (691 liters)]
- All models are powered by a 3.6L V-6 engine that uses gasoline direct injection technology, which optimizes vehicle performance and fuel economy
- Traverse offers available Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning features, crash-avoidance technologies
- Features industry’s first front-center airbag
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety
- Named one of Kelley Blue Book’s 12 Best Family Cars in 2014
- Chevrolet Traverse was one of the 10 best family cars of 2014, according to Edmunds.com and Parents magazine – the second consecutive year Traverse made the list in the SUV category
- Traverse features user-friendly Chevrolet MyLink connectivity
Disclosure:Chevrolet let me drive the Chevrolet Traverse provided me with a 2016 Traverse for o10 days as well as a tank of gas to facilitate this review.