The All-New Traverse Is Perfect For Family Road Trips!

When going on a cross-country road trip with the family for the holidays, what is most important to you? Comfort, cargo room, safety, fuel economy, or entertainment for the kids? Chevrolet conducted a survey to find out what mattered most and to further their quest to make the perfect road trip vehicle.

Their study (both in Florida and nationally) found that kids are not the most stressful part of the family road trip. “Keeping the kids entertained and hearing the ever-present “Are we there yet?” ranked lower than traffic, packing and cost when it comes to the top stressors on family road trips.”

Luckily for my most recent road trip, I had the pleasure of driving the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. This mid-size SUV ticks all of boxes for the perfect family road trip SUV. To start, it holds up to 8 passengers. Even though I wasn’t planning to have 8 people in the vehicle, I am glad everyone had room to stretch out and sit comfortably. And since I had multiple people riding with me, I needed plenty of room for luggage, which wasn’t a problem. With 98 cubic feet of cargo space, the Chevrolet Traverse actually has best in class cargo capacity. And since 74% of people surveyed say that they like to take their dog on a road trip with them, that means fido will have more room to stretch out in the back.

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Fuel economy and driving distance between fill ups was a major concern during my most recent trip – it can be annoying if you have to fill out every couple hours plus gas prices can fluctuate drastically between state to state. But with the Traverses’ 19 gallon gas tank and 27 MPG on the highway, you can get over 500 miles on one tank of gas. That means you can get from Orlando to Atlanta without stopping – very impressive for an 8 passenger SUV.

Chevrolet’s survey also found that 56% of parents say that having Wi-Fi/internet connectivity would help make their family road trips more enjoyable. Of those who do have Wi-Fi/internet connectivity in their cars, more than half of parents who take road trips said they are more likely to take longer (54 percent) or more frequent (56 percent) family road trips because of the feature. That is great news for parents who have the Chevrolet Traverse, because it comes with built-in wifi to keep everyone entertained. Additionally their are 6 USB ports onboard to charge mobile devices plus an AC/DC converter is built in so you plugin a video game system or other electronic device. I had to say, kids in this generation have it good! When I was growing up, iSPY was all we had in the family wagon or mini van.

All of this technology (and the kids) can be a distraction to the driver, but the Traverse features 14 advanced safety features. They include forward collision alert which warns you if the car in front of you slams on their brakes, as well as, rear lane change alert to notify you of other vehicles your blind spot.

It is not surprising that “nearly two-thirds of all American parents (63 percent) say they would prefer to take a family road trip in an SUV over any other type of vehicle, with more than two in five (42 percent) preferring a large SUV with three rows.” For those in that 42% category, I strongly recommend you take a look at the all-new Chevrolet Traverse.

Visit your local dealer for more information about the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse or click here.

The Bolt… It’s Electric!

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There is no doubt that electric cars are taking over. Tesla started the modern day electric war, but GM is the first to give us an everyday affordable EV – one that you could theoretically use as one an only car.

I want to stress affordable and only car in previous statement, because yes the Nissan Leaf is affordable, but its range is poor. The Leaf will go only go 124 miles per charge. BMW’s and Smart’s options are not any better. The Chevy Bolt on the other hand will go 238 miles per charge. Tesla’s model S will go 335 miles on a charge, but the Tesla costs over twice as much the Bolt: $82,000 versus $36,000.

The Bolt’s range is key to me for being a one car household. The 200+ mile range means that you can drive all over town or to the next town over without having to worry about mobile charging stations. With the Leaf and BMW electric vehicles I tested, I felt range anxiety. Versus with the Bolt, I was able to drive it all week on one charge – and I drive a lot!

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Some may argue the Bolt looks too sci-fi for their tastes, even more so than a Tesla, but shouldn’t a car from the future look high tech. I enjoyed the minimalist design and the use of recycled plastics – it made me feel as if I was doing my part to help the environment. It has that Silicon Valley California vibe, which is a good thing. I could get use to the look…

The only thing I couldn’t get use to was ultra power saving mode. In this mode, you use the accelerator pedal (the gas pedal) to speed up the car by pressing it down as well as slow down the car significantly by lifting off the pedal. In this mode, the regenerative brakes are applied to charge the battery whenever possible – ie when you are not adding accelerating. Luckily you can turn this feature off and drive the Bolt like a normal car with the use both an accelerator pedal and brake pedal.

Visit your local Chevrolet dealer to test a Bolt out yourself or learn more about this all electric vehicle on Chevy’s website.

The 2016 Camaro RS Converted Me…


Outside of a brief period in the late 80’s and early 90’s, the Ford Mustang was my vehicle of choice in the “Pony Wars.” The Mustang had great styling and a strong culture behind the name. In the previous couple generations, the Camaro one upped the Mustang with independent suspension, but with premium leather and soft touch materials, the Mustang’s interior was far superior than the Camaro.

All of that has changed with the 2016 Camaro. Chevrolet stepped up there game with a modern interior fit for a premium sports car. The Camaro RS with a few small upgrades offers beautifully wrapped leather seats, also with a leather arm rest, gear shifter, and steering wheel. Chrome accents are masterfully placed to infused to give the interior a sporty and modern look. The large touchscreen display is at finger tips reach for audio, navigation, and other infotainment controls. I love the new climate controls; simply turn the center air vents up or down adjust the temperature.

Now take that premium interior and pair it with a V6 and you have the perfect sports coupe for daily driving. I say perfect because it gets great gas mile and has plenty of power to have fun with, 335 horse power to be exact. If you want even more fun, opt for the sport exhaust, which enhances the exhaust note. It makes the V6 sound better and louder than the V8, plus it offers a slight increase in horsepower… Who doesn’t love a good roar? The vehicle I tested was the 8-speed automatic varient, which Chevrolet claims shifts faster than a manual transmission and just as fast as a dual-clutch transmission. The vehicle is able to roll through the gears almost instantly in fully automatic mode, but I noticed a tiny lag when using the paddle shifters to control the gearbox.


Not seen, but easy to feel are the structural and suspension improvements to the 2016 Camaro. The new vehicle is 390 pounds lighter and the body 28% more ridged than the previous generation; this means improved handling and car control…. Finally a Camaro worthy of competing in an Autocross course.

In summary, the new Camaro has won over fanboys, at least this one! Find out more by visiting your local dealer or by clicking here to visit the Chevrolet website.

The Chevrolet Colorado Z71 is the best mid-sized pickup truck on the market!

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If you are looking for a truck that is easy to drive, can comfortably seat 4 to 5 passengers and has a bed that is big enough for most home improvement projects … then the Chevrolet Colorado Z71 is your truck!

What I like most about the Colorado is that is the perfect size. It is big enough so you are high off the ground, but not so big that it is intimidating to drive. Because of its size and weight, the Chevrolet Colorado feels solid on the highway. 

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The interior of the Chevrolet Colorado Z71 is sporty. Its leatherette and cloth seats are built to be durable and stylish. They remind me of something you might find in a Camaro. The hub of the car is the 8″ MyLink infotainment center. It is powered by OnStar and features access to your navigation system, phone via Bluetooth, and all of your multimedia controls. If you are having trouble locating a venue, you can call OnStar to find it for you. They will then automatically input into your car’s navigation system. In the event of an emergency, you can call for help.

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The bed of the Chevrolet Colorado Z71 comes in two sizes: short box and long box. The short box version that I test was perfect for my trip to Home Depot. I picked up a power washer and patio furniture with room to spare. The EZ-lift tailgate made it quick to load the truck. The rear bumper has a built-in step, which gives easy access to bed. An optional bed liner will protect the bed from scratches.

If off-roading is more of your thing, the Z71 trim level offers an off-road suspension, locking rear differential and transfer case shield. Large Goodyear Wrangler tires are also equipped. I didn’t get a chance to fully test the off-road capabilities, but the truck felt great on a gravel road.

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The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 is a sexy looking truck, it feels solid on the road, offers a comfortable ride, and is perfect for hauling… It is no wonder why Motor Trend named it their truck of the year… It’s mind too!