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Hitting the roads back in 2009, the Chevrolet Traverse has proved to be a popular choice for families, with peak sales figures hitting 146,534 for 2018. This is most likely due to its versatility and undeniable practicality. Getting a refreshed second generation in 2017 for the 2018 model year, the Chevy’s more angular styling cues are a nod to its big brother the Tahoe. In this post, we take a look at the latest offering to show you why it just might be your next family cruiser.
When it comes to practicality, the Traverse is a real champion. With eight seats, it rivals most minivans in terms of passenger capacity without the need to compromise on style. The versatile seating arrangements also allow you to easily switch between five and eight-seat configurations. The cabin offers more than enough room to keep the whole family comfortable, even on the longest of road trips. Storage is the name of the game for the Chevrolet Traverse. Each passenger gets their own cup holder and plenty of storage space. There’s also a PIN lockable hidden storage compartment behind the infotainment screen to keep any valuables secure. It’s a similar story in the trunk, as the Traverse boasts a maximum cargo space of 116.3 cubic feet. This class-leading trunk capacity makes transporting large items, such as bikes and luggage a breeze.
All of this makes the Chevrolet Traverse extremely well-suited to long distance trips with the whole family. The addition of a Travall Guard increases the vehicle’s practicality. This vehicle-specific accessory, designed using 3-D imaging to guarantee a precise fit, allows luggage to be stacked above the rear headrests and keeps it secure under heavy braking. As a result, you can fully maximize the Chevy’s trunk space, which makes it easy to take the whole family’s luggage on your next trip.
If you’re a dog owner the Travall Guard is an awesome solution for travelling with your pets. No longer will your four-legged friend be able to escape into the cabin and distract your attention from the road ahead. Another great Chevrolet feature is the in-cabin active noise cancelling available across a number of its models. This keeps wind and road noise to a minimum, but unfortunately won’t impact noise levels inside the vehicle. Unlike many of the universal guards, the Travall Guard is rattle-free thanks to the fully welded frame and rubber end caps, so you don’t need to worry about any irritating squeaks on your journeys.
Other than the sheer practicality of the Traverse, there are plenty of other awesome features to get excited about. Traction Select allows you to optimize the ride across different terrains and switch between 4-wheel and 2-wheel drive. This means you can maximise fuel economy with front-wheel drive and gain extra traction when you need it at the flick of a switch. There’s also haul mode, which helps the Chevrolet Traverse pull up to 5000 lbs.
From a technology point of view, the Chevy is absolutely no slouch. Passengers are treated to 4G LTE WiFi to stay connected and entertained on-the-go. The eight USB ports throughout the interior and wireless phone charging ensure everyone stays charged. Chevrolet’s teen driver technology is also present, perfect for helping young drivers in the family stay safe on the road. This allows speed warnings and limiters to be set and automatically engages the car’s active safety features. The vehicle will also provide a report of the driver’s performance, highlighting any areas for improvement.
So there you have our thoughts on the Chevrolet Traverse and why we think it makes a great family SUV. It’s ideal for family adventures and offers the kind of flexibility you need to make sure everyone enjoys the journey!