Car update, part deux.
The car guy that I have been emailing with called me yesterday morning to talk models. Based on my goals and needs, he recommended that I also check out the Chevy Traverse. It is a 2009 model so I hadn't even considered it. Price wise, it was running a bit more than the TrailBlazer but safety wise, the TrailBlazer was sucking a$$. The Traverse far exceeded safety tests and Consumer Reports seemed fond of the vehicle too.
I saw it on the showroom floor and was a little skeptical. What do you mean 3 rows of seating, but no sliding doors? Oh, the 2nd row seats slide and store - nice. Oh, the 3rd row folds down and the rear storage capacity is huge - nice. The seats actually have so many variations for travel & storage I almost swooned. Then I got in and test drove it. Oh my - it was lovely. The ride is great, the handling is awesome. But....will it pass the carseat test? Can I have it behind the drivers side seat and it will fit comfortably? YEP!
So, we talked money, I talked trade, they were pretty nice, it was the end of the month so they were itching for a sale. It was about $1500 more than the TrailBlazer would have been, but it is totally worth it. The mileage is better, the handling is better. And most importantly, this is a much safer vehicle.
So - check out my new ride. It isn't where I started, but I think I got the best of both worlds, Minivan + SUV = my new crossover. BTW this is the same car as the GMC Acadia that has been out since 2007 just a more affordable version.
Who wants to go for a ride? No - you can't drive. Ok....maybe.