Best Bang For My 31K
By shortround on
2010 Chevrolet Traverse LT1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Lt1, jewel coat, 2nd row captains chairs, towing pkg. Hard fought battle down to the cx-9 / traverse. 2mos of digging, reading forums, comparing. Arcadia, enclave, pilot, Veracruz out (between 3-10k higher for the same 3rd row, awd features). Had I more money to spend, I may have considered 1 of the others. Fit and finish was very good. Interior was good, but with power port to close to cup holder on console. Exceptional ride and responsive handling. Mileage hwy den-cheye @70-78, as advertised. 6 on exterior design, front clip has to much drag. Cheesy top rail design, good for collecting debris, dirt, and pine needles. If you're going to design such a rail, do so with a top cap! Otherwise ++++
Responsive handling, with plenty of power to merge into traffic. Good ground clearance. Info center. Third row space, W/max space behind 3rd row. Rear vents for passengers, above and on the floor. Easy access/exit from 3rd row. Mileage as advertised. Very quiet ride. Affordable in comparison.
Redesign "C" channel top rail. (Sorry, but it really was cheesy) A Top Cap of some sort would have worked better than exposed. (ie remove top cap insert cross rails). Improve front clip to be more aero-dynamic. (2 1/2 tons pushes a lot of air anyway)