Minivans, in America, have been on the decline over the last few years, greatly due to the popularity of crossover SUVs such as the Traverse
SANTA ANA, Calif. (PRWEB) September 20, 2012
Chevrolet has long been associated with producing rugged family haulers such as Suburban, Tahoe, Blazer and Astro, but in today’s marketplace, crossovers have become a popular choice among SUV and minivan buyers alike. Studies show that most buyers are looking for features other than sliding doors and DVD players when shopping for the family’s next car. Generally, on-road handling, fuel-consumption and interior/exterior styling features, rank among the highest priorities among buyers and their passengers. Traverse, considered a crossover, includes a roomy seven or eight passenger cabin, car-like comfort and a highway EPA rating of 24 miles per gallon, making it a welcoming choice for today’s buyers.
Chevrolet decided to stop minivan production in 2008 depending primarily on the popular crossover segment to fill the small-van gap. Crossovers offer the functionality and time-tested versatility of a minivan, in a more engaging, curved body style. These characteristics make the crossover SUV a good alternative for buyers who don’t like the idea of purchasing a car with doors on a track. General Motors, Chevrolets parent company, quickly realized minivan sales declining in America, and decided to invest largely in crossovers such as the Traverse and smaller stable-mate Equinox.
Sherrice Gilsbach, mother of three, drove a Traverse on a family road trip and loved the practicality and comfort of the crossover SUV compared to a minivan. “The Traverse's low step-in height made it convenient for passengers of all ages to get in and out of the SUV; the cargo area floor was just about at hip level, which made it easy to load coolers, suitcases, groceries and bikes.” She also mentioned the large door openings on the Chevy Traverse, “It made accessing the second row a comfortable experience, even when I was maneuvering a cooler in between already seated passengers, very family friendly.”
The 2012 Traverse is also one of the safest vehicles on the road earning nearly perfect crash-test scores across the board. Overall, the NHTSA gives the Traverse five stars, with a four-star rating for front impacts and five for side impacts. The IIHS names it a Top Safety picks among stiff competition in the crossover SUV segment. Safety equipment includes standard airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, parking sensors and optional rearview camera to help with visibility to the rear quarters.
The 2012 Chevy Traverse crossover also comes standard with options such as tilt/telescopic wheel, power windows, locks and mirrors, cruise control, Bluetooth and an AM/FM/XM/CD sound system. Other popular options include, power liftgate, heated and cooled front seats and a DVD entertainment system. The top-spec LTZ can be equipped with 20-inch aluminum wheels, a rear spoiler, dual exhausts, panoramic sunroof and rearview back-up camera for visibility.
Tara Klien drove the Traverse and was pleasantly surprised with how the Traverse handled around town. “Typically, in vehicles of this size, parking can be a tad tricky, but not in this Traverse. I can see moms or dads who are dreading a minivan purchase snapping these up. The three-row seating, grouped with the utility and comfort, easily makes it competitive.”
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