Safety, comfort, space, and an awesome entertainment system are non-negotiable when my family of four piles in a car for a road trip. Rolling with two tweens (my son is 11, and my daughter is 9 going on 19) and often one of their grandparents, we need lots of don’t-touch-me room, cup holder and snack space, and plenty of options to charge phones and other techie gadgets that they couldn’t possibly live without.
We had the opportunity to test drive a 2013 Chevy Traverse FWD LTZ on a recent road trip from Atlanta to Walt Disney World Resort for the TravelingMom.com retreat. We shot this video family style and each shared our feedback about the car on the way home. Here are our thoughts on the Traverse from a family perspective, and a good look from the inside.
What We Loved:
Heated and cooled seats
Rear cabin climate control
Flip down DVD screen
Headphones allow back seat passengers to listen or watch to one thing while front seat passengers listen to something else
Lots of phone and gadget storage and charge ports in the center console
A pop-up iPod storage spot with a USB port
Comfortable seating for seven
As my son said, “Feels like [the drive] was only three hours instead of seven!”
What You Need To know:
MSRP $44,015 (the model we drove)
3.6L, SIDI V6 Engine
17 City, 24 HGWY MPG
5 Year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty
7 Passenger seating, 2nd row captain’s chairs & 3rd row split bench seating
6 Months OnStar directions and connections with automatic crash response & turn-by-turn navigation
Industry-first center air bag
Rear vision camera system
Bose premium audio system
Rear seat audio controls
Storage system rear cargo
Power rear liftgate
You can find out more about the Chevrolet Traverse here.
Disclosure: Chevrolet provided the Traverse for our road trip to Orlando. Opinions are all my own.
Lorraine Robertson writes about marriage, motherhood, and fitness at AskWifey.com and RunWifeyRun.com; and shares her travel adventures at TravelingMom.com.