2010 Chevrolet Traverse Long Term Road Test

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2010 Chevy Traverse: Who Uses These Dash Bins?

October 21, 2010

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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

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2010 Chevy Traverse: Yay Butt Coolers

October 19, 2010

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Caroline and Donna are our resident heated seat experts around here, gladly toasting themselves to bring you reviews on the latest in heated seat advancements. Caroline seemed to be impressed by the Traverse's seat heaters.

I, however, would gladly trade bun warmers for butt coolers.

I first remember hearing about cooled seats in a Saab, with Mercedes and Lexus picking up the pace thereafter. Nowadays, though, it's GM, Kia and Ford that seem to be running with the feature in non-luxury models like our long-term Traverse.

Technically speaking, the Traverse has cooled seats as it blows refrigerated air through the perforated leather seats. They do the job, but can make you feel like you've sat in some water. Ventilated seats, like those used by Mercedes-Benz, circulates air to more subtly keep you cool. I prefer the latter, but either is just fantastic.

I'm Canadian, I like being cold. But really, who likes swamp ass?

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

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2010 Chevrolet Traverse: Mmm, Seat Heaters

October 08, 2010

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On this chilly morning, I was SO appreciative to see this in our 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. OK, even if it wasn't chilly, I'd still be happy to see the seat heaters for both bottom cushion and the back. Oh, happy day. This worked so well. Heated up quickly and the highest setting wasn't scorching but nice and toasty so I didn't have to switch out of it.

Bonus is since it's supposed to be hot this weekend, schizo weather, it's nice to know that our Traverse offers cool relief for the posterior as well.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2010 Chevrolet Traverse: Noisy Cabin

October 05, 2010

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Maybe it was because the ground was still damp, but not really because it was dry this morning. A lot of road noise leaks into the cabin of the Chevy Traverse.

At first I thought somebody left one of the windows cracked open. But I checked them all. Then I thought maybe the sunroof was slightly ajar. But no. Then I turned off the A/C to see if it was fan noise. Nope.

Static from the audio system? No, just tired classic rock.

The Chevy Traverse has a pretty noisy ride. There is some engine noise and wind noise around the side mirrors. But mostly it's noise from the road. You can cover it up with music. But I wouldn't blast music if I had kids in the car. Sometimes you just want to be quiet, you know?

Anyone else have a Traverse and notice a similar din?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Chevrolet Traverse: Gauges

September 01, 2010

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When I posted a picture of the speedometer last time, a lot of you complained about the way it looks. I don't see anything wrong with the gauges. They are clear and easy to read. The instrument panel has a nice balanced look.

What exactly don't you like about it? Is it the green lights, the shape of the gauges, something else?

How would you improve it?

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2010 Chevrolet Traverse: Dirty Seat Disease Already

June 18, 2010

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We've experienced this problem with light-colored interiors before -- the Audi Q7 and Hyundai Azera for instance -- but after only 5,673 miles on the clock, the Traverse seems to be succumbing to seat staining earlier than most. Granted, its color is even lighter than most, but this is still surprising.

Nevertheless, this is a fact of life for most light-colored interiors and we'll see how easy it is to clean. I personally would stick to darker seat colors unless I was buying a sports car or something that wouldn't see a lot of butt-squirming, jeans-wearing miles.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 5,673 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Traverse: Visibility

June 15, 2010

Here is a video I made to show you the visibility in the Chevy Traverse.

Sorry if you hear me breathing heavy, I wasn't trying to creep you out, I had a cold.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Chevrolet Traverse: Reachable

June 08, 2010

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I've written before about feeling small in our 2009 Ford Flex. I can't reach the center controls and feel like a little kid sitting in my father's chair.

Not so in the Chevy Traverse. While the interior is roomy, all of the controls are still well within my reach from the driver seat, even though the Traverse is a bigger vehicle than the Flex.

I ran the two cars through my favorite tool on Edmunds.com, the Comparator. I pulled out the dimensions so you can take a look at them side by side. The dimensions for the Flex from 2009 to 2010 are unchanged.

Exterior

2010 Chevrolet Traverse

2010 Ford Flex

Length

205 in.

201.8 in.

Width

78.4 in.

75.9 in.

Height

72.8 in.

68 in.

Weight

4790 lbs.

4471 lbs.

Wheel Base

118.9 in.

117.9 in.

Interior

2010 Chevrolet Traverse

2010 Ford Flex

Front Headroom

40.4 in.

41.8 in.

Rear Headroom

39.4 in.

40.5 in.

Front Shoulder Room

62 in.

58.4 in.

Rear Shoulder Room

61.3 in.

58.1 in.

Front Hip Room

59.1 in.

55.5 in.

Rear Hip Room

57.8 in.

55 in.

Front Leg Room

41.3 in.

40.8 in.

Rear Leg Room

36.8 in.

44.3 in.

Somehow, in the Traverse I can adjust my seat more comfortably, despite it having fewer power controls than the Flex. The Flex also has adjustable pedals as an option. No matter how I adjust, I can never get situated in the Flex, which is disappointing because I like it. The Chevy Traverse is more comfortable for me.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Chevrolet Traverse: Seats Like Kansas

April 09, 2010

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Just in case you thought I was exaggerating, here's photographic evidence of just how flat the front seats are in the Traverse. Strangely enough, they're not quite as awful to sit in as it might appear.

There's decent cushioning, so it feels soft at first. But after, oh ten minutes, they start to feel a bit stiff. And should you actually go around a turn in the Traverse don't expect anything to lean on, there's simply nothing there.

That said, I've plunked down in worse chairs over the years, but given the price of the Traverse I was expecting a little more. And yes, I know the Traverse has no sporting intentions whatsoever, but that's no excuse. A comfortable seat is a comfortable seat.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com


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