March 11, 2011
NHTSA has already weighed in and now the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has added its pair of pennies to the discussion: It's designated the Traverse a Top Safety Pick. This comes after Chevy's crossover scored the highest possible ratings in the organization's front, side, rear and rollover protection crash tests.
According to GM's media site, the designation applies to 2011 models built "after January." Keep in mind, though, that the 2011 model is basically a carryover from 2010.
Notes IIHS president Adrian Lund: "Car buyers shopping for safety get a big head start with vehicles earning our Top Safety Pick designation. This award highlights the elite group of vehicles that earn top Institute safety ratings across the board, and that have electronic stability control."
Hmm -- that's probably the only time you'll ever hear the word "elite" used in reference to the unpretentious Traverse. Congrats to the capable Chevy. It serves as a cooler-than-a-minivan-but-almost-as-functional sort of ride for many drivers, so having this accolade is an important feather in its cap.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor
January 05, 2011
The negative camp seems to overwhelm the positive with its 40 comments versus the 13, but keep in mind that one of the commenters, as decided by the other forum members, had an ulterior motive for going off on the Traverse.
November 16, 2010
OK, this is really about the 2011 Chevrolet Traverse, but thought you'd like to know that it just received five stars in overall safety by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's new Five-Star Safety Rating program. This is alongside the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia.
Last year, the NHTSA didn't have that overall safety rating yet, but the 2010 Chevy Traverse still scored five stars for front driver, front passenger, side driver and side rear passenger; four stars for rollover two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.
On another note, am I the only one who finds crash test videos creepy?
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor
October 23, 2010
I found these videos in my camera that I never posted.
October 12, 2010
The trip computer was on a different screen at the time so I didn't realize our Traverse passed the 10,000 mark until I fueled up at 10,042. Oh well, sorry about that. I hope no one was planning on blowing the Traverse's milestone picture up and framing it on their mantle. My bad.
On the upside, the Traverse hasn't had any problems thus far. If I remember correctly, our long-term Enclave was also quite reliable ... until its power steering failed on a mountain road just past the 20,000 mark. Hopefully that's just a Buick problem.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 10,042 miles
October 07, 2010
More driving in the rain. I took a long trip in the Chevy Traverse yesterday. It's not so rainy in this picture, but boy, was it coming down at times. The front windshield wipers work just fine. But it took me awhile to locate the rear wiper switch.
September 30, 2010
What are the chances I'd spot twin Priuses (from different model-years, however), twin school buses, and then twin SL500s on the drive home? There might even be another gourmet food truck ahead of that one, too. Actually, in Santa Monica, the chances of all this happening are pretty good. Forget I mentioned it.
September 13, 2010
Back in 2004, Oprah Winfrey gave away a boat-load of Pontiac G6 cars. Well, rumor has it over on GM Inside News that the multimedia mogul is going to do the same thing today on her television show. Of course, we're all hard at work typing, so it may have already happened, but rumors suggest the next GM vehicle to be given away will be a Chevrolet Traverse. And Oprah only had a small tease on her own web site here.
In related Chevrolet Traverse news, there was a seatbelt-related recall issued yesterday here.
Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor
Update: Apparently there was no give away, rather a cadre of the Oprah elite drove to the premier episode of her final season in some new Traverses on loan from GM. We guess this recession is hitting everybody.
September 10, 2010
...of spotting two Kustomyzed Chargers on one drive home? Of course, they both have "vanity" plates. My guess is that there was some sort of Bring Out Your Purple Mopar Meet up the road.
September 06, 2010
I like the simplicity of the wheel design on the Traverse. It's not too complicated or pretentious. The bold spokes give a feeling of strength to the profile of the car. And they look easy to clean.
What do you think?
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor