2010 Chevrolet Traverse: Almost Good iPod Interface
June 22, 2010
One update made to the GM Lambdas since our go-around with the Enclave is the addition of a USB audio jack and iPod interface. The jack is located in the chasm-like center storage bin, which keeps your iPod out of prying eyes -- unlike the standard aux jack, which remains on the stereo/navi faceplate. And unlike our GMC Terrain and the Cadillac SRX I recently tested, the Traverse is good to go with the standard white wire that comes with every iPod. Using it in the Terrain alphabetizes all of the songs in your playlists and doesn't include "Podcasts" amongst playlists, artists, genres, etc. We're looking into getting a separate connector for the Terrain to get proper functionality.
I thought the usability of the Traverse's iPod interface was quite strong as well. While the SRX's redundant rotary control knob and button setup (in addition to touchscreen) does a better job of mimicking the iPod's actual controls, the Traverse's touchscreen is still intuitive and pressing the down button skips full pages of playlists rather than going down one at a time like some others annoyingly do.
EXCEPT, you can't do it while driving. You can press playlists, songs, etc, but once inside that menu those scroll buttons on the right disappear. You can skip "pages" using the up/down buttons on the steering wheel, then press the song's touchscreen icon to play it. It's a weird system and not very efficient. It's strange how the lawyers have a problem with using the iPod interface while driving the Traverse, but not in the Terrain and SRX.
So close, but no cigar.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 5,673 miles