468 miles, that’s the round trip drive from my home to my in-laws house in Michigan and back. Luckily we had the chance to test drive for a week, the Chevy Traverse.
It also is the only time Tésa let me drive it!
Last weekend, I drove the Traverse 468 miles, but that is not how long it took me to become attached to it. We were recently at the Cleveland Auto Show, and I was able to sit in a number of new cars. Initially the best thing is the smell gosh, I love that new car smell. Sitting in the Traverse reminded me of the Auto Show experience, but that experience improved exponentially after firing up the engine and putting it in reverse to back out of the driveway. The 3 climate zones, heated seats AND cooling fans in the seats make traveling as a family that much easier. That, combined with all the new gadgets, back-up camera, DVD player, and all the electronics my current car doesn’t have, sent my mind racing back to my memories as a kid racing to rip open Christmas presents.
We are very close to being in the market for a new “family” car. Our current family car is on its last leg, or tire, per se. Before this experience, I wasn’t very familiar with Chevy’s line of products, now however, I am a believer. The Traverse is a perfect fit for our family, in addition to it handling great, having plenty of pick-up (all the things a Tired Dad wants in a “family” car) the Traverse takes the challenge of a family trip with great ease.
There was plenty of storage room, the kids were well taken care of in their car seats with their own heat/air in back, and a DVD player with separate headphones. Tired Parents were able to relive the glory of old road trips by listening to all types of music courtesy of the XM radio, and safety-wise, there was no obstructed view in the rear due to the luggage for a weekend trip being piled up like there would have been in our current vehicle.
Tésa and I want to remain “cool and hip” and stay as far away from a mini-van as possible (even though they do make a lot of sense for a family), but the Traverse offers all the benefits of a mini-van without the “stigma.” It is a sharp looking car that can be best summed up as “the cool Mom’s alternative to the mini-van and Dad isn’t embarrassed to drive it either!”
When the day comes (hopefully sooner than later), the Chevy Traverse will be the car that we look to first when we start looking for that new “family” car. Round 1 with the Traverse was a grand experience, hopefully our family will have an opportunity in the future to experience rounds 2 and beyond.