Back in 2009, Chevrolet launched the Traverse, a full size crossover that would internally replace the Uplander minivan, and offer a modern alternative to the Tahoe. The last to launch of the corporate cousins, the Traverse joined its fellow mates from GMC, Saturn, and Buick on a journey to change the full size crossover segment. The industry soon realized the Traverse was a complete success, offering seats for up to 8 passengers, exceptional fuel economy, plenty of versatility, and style. For 2013, General Motors has gone back to the drawing board and revamped and improved the Traverse with executions of a new front and rear fascia, updated dashboard, and improved engine tuning.
Upon first glance of the Traverse the exterior does not quite reveal just how much volume and space this crossover hides inside. At just over 205” in length, it surpasses the Tahoe by just over 3” in length, and offers a significant amount of more interior volume! Thanks in part to the car derived crossover platform, engineers are granted more depth and volume to play with, versus its body on frame Tahoe sibling. The seating arrangement offers various ways of versatility with the option to fold the seats completely flat against the rear cargo area.
There is no lack of entertainment upon entry, as the LTZ test model was completed loaded with all the top amenities to please. Included in the long laundry list of amenities rear passengers will find a top-mounted DVD player with wireless headphones, reclining and adjustable seats, and a very useable 110-volt household outlet that creates endless possibilities. The smart slide seat found in the second row allows for EASY access into the third row seat, which is more than large enough to accommodate adult size passengers. In the front, passengers will find a useable USB port to charge or play handheld devices, with an intuitive touch control navigation screen.
The test vehicle was painted in the luxurious Gold Mist metallic that helps to underline the tone of class related to the Traverse. This LTZ trim Traverse was opted with stunning twenty- inch wheels that properly filled the wheel wells. The updated front and rear end fascias maintain a consistency among the brand portfolio. The low ambient lighting sets the mood to keep even the most discerning passenger calm during long road trips.
During the week long test drive, the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ returned an impressive 24 mpg average in mixed city and highway driving, an impressive feat for a vehicle of this size. Originally debuting the Chevrolet Traverse also help to revitalize the brand after a deep dip that affected the industry, especially the domestics. The traverse should definitely be a must see when shopping in the full size crossover segment.
General Motors continues on with its relentless pursuit to once again dominate the industry throughout all markets and segments. Starting at just over $30,000, the new and improved Chevrolet Traverse should be able to continue on success and domination in the full size crossover segment. For more information, please visit the Traverse at Chevrolet.com.