Review: After the financial crisis of 2008, everyone started
making a distinction between the "old GM" and the "new GM," which was
jokingly dubbed “Government Motors” after getting a bailout from Uncle
For me though, the "new
GM" is all about the products, and it's a transformation that started
long before the financial markets went loopy. Years ago, GM decided
enough was enough, and it would stop making inferior products once and
That may seem simple
enough. No company can stay in business if it makes crappy products, and
make no mistake; crappy products were at the heart of GM's eventual
But for a company the
size of GM, with all its layers of bureaucracy, stuck-in-a-rut thinking.
and legacy costs, saying "Let's make better cars" isn't easy to follow
Thankfully, GM started
seeing the fruits of its turnaround a couple of years ago, just in time
for the company to go belly up. But it also means "new GM" in financial
terms also has "new GM" products, and the timing couldn't be better.
Cars like the new
Malibu, with its Lexus-like execution, and the world-beating monster
Corvette, proved GM really can compete with anybody today. Are all their
cars up to those standards? Not quite yet. But they're working on it,
and finally, seem to be headed exactly in the right direction.
Nowhere is this more evident than in its bread-and-butter SUV, the
Years ago, the "old GM"
would have taken an old truck chassis from the 1980s, and the cheapest
parts it could rummage from the trash can, to give us a "new" car that
would be sold under six different brand names, with nary a difference
between them. But not anymore. The Traverse took on the best crossover
SUVs from Japan and tried to out-do every one of them.
It's refined. It's
quiet. It's well built. And best of all, it's a thoroughly modern car
with the efficiency and sophistication to prove it.
All you have to do is
sit in the cabin to see how nice it is. You can run your hand along the
dash, slide your fingernail between the gaps to feel how well everything
fits, and press the buttons to get an instant, obvious feeling that
someone in Detroit actually cares.
It gets even better at
night. After dark, the cabin comes alive with gentle, subtle lighting in
the doors and across the dash. Not only is everything easy to use,
obviously well thought-out and logical, but it looks dang nice too. It's
classy. It's elegant. And yes, it's a Chevy.
It feels just as good
when you drive it too. While the Toyota RAV4 might be a little silkier,
and the SUVs from Honda and Mazda might be more fun to drive, the
Traverse is a great combination of smoothness and sportiness. The
engineers dialed it in perfectly.
It also defies American
brands' reputation for being inefficient. It gets 32 miles per gallon on
the highway, better than any of its competition, but it doesn't feel
like a wimpy eco-car. It's no drag racer either, but feels perfectly
competent for merging onto the Interstate on an uphill on-ramp.
Other than the
efficiency, it's not a particularly innovative car. Like a Toyota, it
does everything exceptionally well, without drawing attention to itself.
It's a good crossover for the family, plain and simple, and doesn't have
to resort to gimmicks to make buyers take a second look.
It shows that, however
unpleasant it is for the government to own a car company, at least the
taxpayers bought a manufacturer that's on the right track.
What was tested?
The 2010 Chevrolet Traverse LT with a base price of $31,745. Options on
the test car: The Rearview camera system for $450. The total MSRP price
as tested including the $775 destination charge: $32,970.
Why avoid it?
It's hard to say whether the "new GM" resale value will be any better
than the "old GM" products fared.
Why buy it? It's
one of the best crossovers in its class, especially if you're looking
for fuel efficiency. It gets 32 miles per gallon on the highway and
doesn't feel deprived under the hood.
By Derek Price ©
AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
The Bottom Line:
The Chevy Traverse is one of the best products from General Motors,
proof that the company's products are turning around as quickly as its
finances. This efficient, refined, crossover impresses and inside the
quality of the Traverse's cabin shows just how far GM has come in the
past few years. Materials are soft to the touch, and construction feels
solid, even better than some of the newest Japanese cars.
Review provided by: Tony Leopardo © AutoWire.Net
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Traverse among the best of the New GM
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