October 21, 2010
Seriously, I'd like to know. These dash bins were all the rage last decade, especially amongst American cars. Within our fleet, the Fusion and Traverse have them. In all the times I've driven cars with these bins, however, I've never felt inclined to put anything in them.
Am I missing something? What do people put in these? A fuzz buster, maybe? Is it just an excuse to use up some empty under-dash space and keep up with the Joneses in the mid-2000s dash bin race? At least its chromed plastic latch catches the sun and blinds you.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor
October 12, 2010
I moved two weekends ago and this past weekend came the inevitable trip to Ikea for a Billy, a Forhoja (add your own umlauts), a Micke, a Stenstorp and a Bekvam.
Having purchased a couple of Billys before (it's a tall, narrow bookcase) and even used one in this comparison test, I knew I would need something quite long to transport it safely. I originally used our old long-term Cadillac SRX, but the box was sitting awkwardly on the center armrest -- not good. Luckily, two of those comparison test vehicles are essentially in our fleet and as the Enclave was deemed Billy-best in that test, I nabbed the Traverse for the weekend to get the job done.
All told, I filled the Traverse's cargo bay with heavy boxes of deconstructed furniture plus various knick-knacks from Target. As a bonus, I did it without needing to fold down the second-row captain's chairs, meaning I could've brought friends or children (shudder) along for the Forhoja-acquiring adventure. I'm not sure if such incredibly infrequent adventures would warrant buying such a big family vehicle, but if you think it does, the Traverse definitely gets the job done.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 10,042 miles
August 23, 2010
Here's the obligatory, "I needed to move some stuff" blog post. What you see above are two square end tables, one antique desk, one long occasional table, and two large pictures. I was amazed at how large the Traverse's cargo bay was, and looked up its official dimensions when I got home.
April 28, 2010
This is a cheap excuse to show a picture of a cute dog I hang out with. The dog, some manner of Boston terrier / Chihuahua / Australian Shepherd / ??? mix doesn't ride back there, but this should illustrate both that the Traverse has a lot of space and that this dog is fewer than 116.4 cubic feet. What it does not show is that the dog is terrified of the automatic tailgate-- which I'm a big fan of.