Okay, our week-long test drive is over. They have come and taken the Chevy Traverse away. *sniff sniff* We really got used to some of the luxury features of the Traverse and we were sad to see it go. We are going to miss the DVD player, roomy interior, auto lift gate trunk and the smooth, quiet ride.
To show you the good, bad and ugly (not a lot of ugly!) of the Traverse for a car for our family, we did a video for you. Of course, we did a video! Don’t look so surprised!
We also took some photos to show you the ins and outs but if you want the scoop on how it works with car seats and strollers and to see it up close and personal, watch the video. Since I’m not a vehicle expert, I also posted some great safety information at the bottom of this post.
The Traverse and its sister vehicles which share its architecture (Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia) are the only available 2013 large crossovers to have achieved a 5-Star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA. Some of the safety equipment to be found on the Traverse which help them to achieve that exclusive honor are:
■ Industry first front center side air bag. It is engineered to provide additional restraint to drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes, where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle.
■ Available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems (standard on LTZ) use radar to watch spots the driver may not see – and provide visible and audible warnings to help prevent collisions.
■ Standard head curtain side air bags with rollover protection for outboard occupants in all seating rows. In addition to providing protection in moderate-to-severe side crashes, the roof-mounted head curtain air bags will deploy in a rollover to help provide increased occupant protection and containment.
■ StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology is standard on all models and incorporates full-function traction control.
■ Standard rearview camera system is designed to provide the driver with added capability to view what is in the rearward path of the vehicle.
■ Standard four-wheel-disc brake system with ABS featuring smooth, quiet operation, longer pad life and more resistance to brake pulsation.
■ Safety belt pretensioners reduce forward movement during a collision , and are standard on the front safety belts, along with load-limiting retractors that help limit the belts’ impact on the occupants’ chest. The dynamic locking latch plate locks to hold the occupants’ pelvis in place.
■ Tire pressure monitoring system is standard on all models.
■ Strong body structure to absorb crash energy and provide a protective “safety cage” around occupants.
■ Standard hill start assist brakes help reduce the tendency of a vehicle to roll forward or backward on a hill after the brake pedal is released by momentarily retaining pressure on the brake discs.