Get Cloth and Smaller Wheels - 2010 Chevrolet Traverse Long-Term Road Test

2010 Chevrolet Traverse Long Term Road Test

2010 Chevy Traverse: Get Cloth and Smaller Wheels

June 29, 2010

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Our old Buick Enclave was more comfortable than this new Chevy Traverse.

Culprit 1: The Chevy has 20-inch dubs whereas the Buick had 18's. Do the bigger wheels look better, probably, but they also add impact harshness around town. Is the ride unpleasant? I wouldn't say so, but the Buick's was better. Could there be subtle suspension differences between the two, sure, but I still say stick with the smaller wheels given that the Traverse we tested with 18's also had a better ride.

Culprit 2: The Enclave had cloth seats. Yes, it had a weird pattern on them, but they were softer and comfier than the fairly hard leather-wrapped seats in the Traverse. I've noted this in other leather-equipped Lambdas as well. Given that our light-colored leather is staining quite early, I'd say cloth is the way to go (hopefully they've canned the dopey pattern).

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 5,673 miles

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