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
August 25, 2010
I noticed this sticker affixed to the door jamb of our Chevrolet Traverse last night. Seems a bit ironic given that GM built the Spring Hill plant to jump start its small car brand. Now it's churning out some of the biggest crossovers on the market. Oh well.
On a more pleasant note, our Traverse reminded me why I don't hesitate to recommend the Lambda-based crossovers to my friends. Not only is it sized to fit just about any combination of passengers or cargo, it still remains very easy to drive.
The steering is relatively light, the sight lines are good and even the turning radius is pretty tight for such a large vehicle. In fact, it's almost exactly the same as our long-term Honda Crosstour which is nearly a foot shorter. There are a few elements of the interior I could do without, but overall it's a far better family vehicle than most full-size SUVs, the Tahoe included.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com @ 8,610 miles
August 24, 2010
Just back in the Chevrolet Traverse, the first time I've driven one of the GM Lambda crossovers in months. And am knocked out by just how good this package is.
As much as Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche rattle on about the perfection of their own crossovers, the Euro utes have become too autobahn focused just like they used to be too off-road oriented. Only BMW understands that a crossover has to occupy the middle ground, which is the key to its all-purpose utility.
And nothing does the middle ground quite like the Chevy Traverse. It drives easily and comfortably enough to be a relaxing refuge in commute traffic, yet it's still big enough to haul stuff and tough enough to tow stuff.
The Traverse drives like a car, but it's not afraid to be a truck. That's what you need in America.
Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 8,550 miles.
June 25, 2010
We have reached a new low in distracted driving. Kelly Toepke and I found this clown during our carpool home from the office yesterday. Need I say more?
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager
June 09, 2010
I love this commercial for the Chevy Traverse. I was the little sister of five. This little cutie finally gets to sit in the big boy seat.
You'll have to click through to see it, embedding has been disabled.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
June 03, 2010
I nearly missed this one. Our 2010 Chevrolet Traverse passed the 5 kilomile mark less than 1 mile away from the office while I was in the midst of maneuvering the Chevy onto the clogged major artery that is the I-10 freeway in Santa Monica.
In fact, the Traverse was inching down the freeway on-ramp itself when I glanced down to see the odometer flash from 4,999 to 5,000 miles. I was totally unprepared for this. A mad scramble for my stowed camera ensued. Would there be time to take the picture before it rolled to 5,001 miles?
I needn't have worried. It took over 5 full minutes to cover that single mile, including plenty of 10-seconds dead stops. I easily snapped off a shot or three while sitting stock-still.
Gotta love the west side commute.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 5,101 mile
May 13, 2010
I got lucky and parked behind our 2009 Ford Flex's twin the other day and it got me thinking: Ford Flex or Chevy Traverse. I know we'd done this before when the Traverse originally came out, but I'd just spent a few hundred extremely comfortable miles behind the wheel of our Traverse and found it quite nice. But then again, I've also driven our Flex to Massachusetts, Phoenix, Sacramento, Vegas via Death Valley....you get the picture.
Here are the relevant specs:
Our 2009 flex cost us $37,658, seats *6* ( 2- 2- 2), has Sync, super-easy fold-flat seats and a refrigerator.
Our 2010 Traverse cost us $36,406, seats 7 (2-2-3), has a functional USB input and navigation, more power, heated AND cooled (!) seats and a manual mode on the shifter.
Which one you buying and why? And no cheating and voting for the big red truck that ruined this lucky photo op!
Me? I'm taking the hearse.... they had me at refrigerator.
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant
April 29, 2010
Properly adjusted mirrors with the aid of the mirror-in-mirror feature that our 2010 Chevy Traverse has, are better than electronic blind spot monitors. This solution is cheaper, easier to use and about a million times less irritating than those expensive, beeping, complicated ones seen in our Audi S5.
And as I'm typing this, Vehicle Testing Manager Mike Schmidt is standing over my shoulder saying, "I dig those on trucks, but on the Traverse, they're just too small. Not useful."
I, obviously, disagree. What say you? Problem solving: (expensive, obtrusive)Electronics or (simple, cheap, elegant) physical solutions.
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant
April 12, 2010
A three-row Chevy? You mean a Suburban? No, that's a truck, and our long-term 2010 Chevrolet Traverse Traverse is really a station wagon. And that's fine by me.
Despite its size, the Traverse really does drive in a very carlike manner. It's compliant without being sloppy, easy to get into and out of, and quite quiet.
In fact, were it not for the Traverse's effective noise-banishing ways, I might not have heard the suspension gronk it makes. Not a gronk, more a rattlesqueak. Skrattle? Whatever, you hear it at low speed when the front left wheel encounters minor road zits. I craned my head under there to see if anything wasn't screwed down but found nothing obviously amiss.
Oh yeah, its nav system makes Space Invaders video game noises similar those in our long-term Cadillac CTS. But those sounds are kinda cool. The suspension noise, however, will need to be looked into.
The photo above has nothing to do with this post; I just thought it was an impressively large mud splat.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor