As you know we had the chance to test drive for a week, the Chevy Traverse. Kora and Logan enjoyed having it as much as Dave and I did.
When it was dropped off, Kora watched from the dining room window and said, “Mom someones here in a pretty red car! Is it Grandma?” I told her it was going to be our family car for the week and she jumped up and down clapping her hands yelling, “Yippee!” I wish I would have gotten it on video! She immediately asked if we could go for a ride in it, but we had to leave right away to go pick up Logan from preschool and I didn’t have time to change out the car seats. I thought she would be really upset, but instead she was really excited to tell Logan about our “new red car!”
We picked Logan up from school and he didn’t really understand Kora when she was telling him about the new car. When we pulled in the driveway and he saw it he said, “Wow! A new car! It’s my favorite color!”
On our first ride in the Traverse they couldn’t get over that “there’s nothing in the middle!” (referring to the captain’s chairs in the second row) and “It’s so clean!” During the week we had the Traverse they became attached to it and looked forward to riding in it every day. They had to really stretch to get their little legs high enough to climb into the backseat, but laughed at the struggle saying “Woah!” and “It’s really high!” each time. It wasn’t much higher than our current SUV, but while that extra inch or so made a big difference to them, Tired Dad Dave and I didn’t even notice it.
Kora and Logan are always making up songs and so it was no surprise that they came up with a song for the Traverse:
“Our red car is the best,
It’s better than all the rest.
It’s bright and shiny, and red,
and it’s clean!
Like Lightening McQueen!”
You can pretty much guess which part was Logan’s contribution. I’m starting to get a bit of a complex, though, at their fascination with it’s cleanliness. I try to keep our current cars clean, but I have to agree with them: there’s nothing like a new car with no muddy footprints on the floor mats or dropped Cheerios rolling around.
On one occasion, while inside the Traverse, I gave the kids the camera so they could take pictures from their vantage point.
Here’s what Kora saw:
Here’s what Logan saw:
When it was time to give the Traverse back, Logan cried. He stood at the dining room window and watched as it was backed out of the driveway. “Our car! Our car! They’re taking our car! Come back red car, come back!” he yelled with tears streaming down his face. I tried to explain we had only been borrowing it for the week, but he continued to cry. I was feeling a bit sad watching it drive away too, but was feeling even worse that he was taking it so hard.
“Come back red car! I want my red car!” He carried on for awhile and everything I said seemed to make it worse. Finally, Kora stepped in, put her hand on his shoulder, bent toward his face and said,”It’s okay, Logan. We’re sharing. It’s someone else’s turn with the red car now.” It worked, why didn’t I think of that? He sniffled a bit, trudged away from the window, and sat down to put together a puzzle.
Kora and Logan loved having the “bright sparkly new red car” and still talk about it all the time. Without question, they give the Chevy Traverse a big thumbs up!
WeeMason's Mom says
Oh, what a fun perspective! Him crying for the car when it got picked up is SO sad!! Poor guy!!
That is really neat! Sorry he cried. I think my kids would too and they are older – lol. Hey I might even too.
Great experience for you guys though. :)
How cool! What fun that must have been for the kids! ;-)
I’m dreaming about that new car smell and thinking about the cleanliness!
How fun that you did the review from the kids’ perspective and even gave them the camera for them to take their own favorite pics of the car!!
I love that they instantly noticed how clean the inside of the car was. That’s the first thing my kids would notice too. They’re always saying, “The mini-van is such a mess!”….yeah, they’re the cause of that…they forget that often.