Our Traverse has three rows of seating to carry a total of seven passengers. A bench in the third row seats three passengers with cup holders on either side. A pair of captain's chairs in the second row make for a more comfortable back seat experience. It's nice not having to move seats forward or fold them down to access the third row, and the captain's chairs are perfect for carseats. Like many newer vehicles, the Chevy Traverse uses the LATCH system to secure the carseat to the passenger's seat and allow "over the seat" style straps to secure on the back.
The driver's seat features 8-way power adjustability and seat heaters (driver and passenger) for the cooler months. The Chevrolet MyLink touchscreen plays AM, FM, CDs, pairs with Bluetooth devices, and has a USB input for iPods and smart phones. All of these options sound great on the Bose speakers throughout the vehicle. We include our own USB to lightning and microUSB charge cords. Your passengers in the back are welcome to bring their own USB cords and charge a device on the two additional USB ports in the second row, located just below their rear climate control buttons. Functions mounted on the steering wheel include: cruise control on/off/set/resume, up/down arrows to navigate preset radio stations, volume up/down, change input, and a "hands free" button to enable Siri. At night, a stylish backlight wraps the dashboard in a relaxing teal glow.
The engine has ample power for trips around town and merging onto freeways. The mileage is decent for it's size, but obviously depends heavily on your driving style. Typical, "mom style" driving with kids to pickup, stop lights and traffic to navigate, and occasional idling yields an average of about 19mpg. Cruising on state highways at a smooth 55mph can stretch that up to 32mpg, and typical "road trip" cruising on the interstate at 75mph gets you about 25mpg.
Our Traverse regularly carries around our toddler and his cousins, so this vehicle is used to multiple carseats, Sesame Street toys, goldfish crackers and is, of course, kid friendly. You won't see much evidence of those kids when you take a look inside. Mom likes a clean car and Dad makes it happen. Your trip will always start with a freshly vacuumed interior, a full tank of gas, and an available booster seat for kids who are still under 48 inches tall (one of Indiana's seatbelt laws).
An active OnStar Security subscription means you always have a team member ready to respond to any and all accidents you may experience, even if you're unable to push the blue button yourself.