Do to age-related physical difficulties, I decided it was time for a new vehicle. I traded in my '05 Silverado 4WD Crewcab pickup for this "SUV", actually more like a minivan on steroids. First, it was easier to get into and out of than my pickup. It is an All Wheel Drive (AWD), so I felt confident about the occassional snowstorms we can run into here in New Mexico. Third, it has LOTS of room, and with the 2nd and 3rd row seats folded down, I can carry most things that would fit in my pickup.
The first thing I REALLY like about the Traverse is a smooooth, quiet ride. VERY comfortable!! We recently made a trip to California, and the Traverse can just eat up the miles. I was hoping for slightly better MPG, but at Interstate speeds of just over 75, I got an average of a little over 21 mpg. In town mileage is not so hot, often in the 14-16 mpg range. While visiting our kids and grandkids in California, we were able to fit the whole crew in the Traverse - all 7 of us could go out to dinner, etc. in one vehicle - nice!!
This was a former rental vehicle, and had less that 8K miles when purchased. Because it was a former rental/fleet vehicle, it was not equiped with a couple of standard features I would have liked, Bluetooth phone function being one (no OnStar) and XM satellite radio (I would/will convert to Sirius) the other. It does have backup sensors, but with a vehicle this size, a back-up camera would also be nice.
All in all, I'm VERY happy with my new ride!!
Love my New Traverse
New Owner - NC11/18/2011
I was previously a Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner. I owned a 2004 and 2006. I decided that as our family was expanding that I needed a larger, roomier car but I wasn't quite ready to go the minivan route. Initially my husband I started looking at the Acadia. I liked that they offered 7 or 8 passenger seating and had all the bells and whistles, BUT I didn't love the sticker price for the model that I wanted. I looked around a bit more and discovered the Traverse. As it's a GM offshoot it came with the same great features as the Acadia with a different look and better pricing.
I drove the Traverse and immediately was in love. We ended up buying a 2010 LT2 and love absolutely everything about it. The handling is smooth and the appointments are great. I'm not bothered by the gas mileage as I think it's all about expectations. You're never going to get Honda Civic gas mileage out of a vehicle this large. The only thing that I don't love about the Traverse is that sometimes the pick up can be a bit slow. It might be a good idea for them to offer a V8 model. Other than that, I love it and would definitely recommend it. We've gotten a ton of compliments on the luxurious interior and smooth ride.
Love it at a great price
Shannan Kramer - Valparaiso, NE03/28/2017
The Traverse gives me the feeling of my old van/truck but drives like my Honda. It has plenty of leg room and is great for hauling things.
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