2010 Chevrolet Traverse: Gentle Giant
January 27, 2011
I hopped into our 2010 Chevrolet Traverse last night, and was struck again by how easy it is to maneuver for its size. Actually, at 205 inches long and 78.4 inches wide, it's really about the same size as any of the current crop of minivans. But the Traverse is a few hundred pounds heavier (4,800 pounds) and it drives large. Sluggish steering response (more sluggish than the published 16.1:1 ratio would suggest) exacerbates that impression.
Yet, when it's time to parallel-park (there used to be Prius behind it on this street), it's very easy to get a feel for the perimeter, with a little help from the back-up camera, and a few turns of the wheel later, there you are, all parked. Add a few screaming kids in the back, and I think parking the Traverse would still be the least of your worries.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 12,851 miles