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2015 Chevrolet Traverse

If you are also among those who are looking for a complete family SUV in the futuristic crossover segment then surely Chevy has come to your rescue. To meet the needs of big families Chevrolet has introduced its all new 2015 Chevrolet Traverse that has several enhance changes that differentiate it from its predecessors. Chevy has not only redesigned it completely, but has also made several commendable changes to it that has made the vehicle even more flexible for the SUV lovers. The availability of new version in several paint colors is sure to make it a hit among the young drivers as these days people love to experiment with colors even when it comes to buying their favorite four wheeler. The company has come up with such vibrant colors that are sure to attract people even if they are hooked to their classic blacks and whites.

Exterior of 2015 Chevrolet Traverse has been revamped completely to make it look stunning and luxurious; many of the reviewers are taking 2015 Traverse as an alternative to minivan designed specifically for large families. Inclusion of several high tech gadgets surely makes it a well equipped vehicle with refreshing redesigning and styling that makes it a delight. Expectations are quite high with 2015 Chevrolet Traverse as it is set to emerge as the most feasible option for large SUV crossovers which has ample of space and luxury. The 3.6 liter engine of 2015 Chevy Traverse has the ability to produce 281 horsepower along with 266 lb ft torque output. If you choose to have dual exhaust option, the output can go up by 288 horsepower and 270 lb ft torque, with such numbers there is no need to mention that Traverse doesn’t need any more powerful engine, still it will be available with four cylinder turbocharged engine to make it worth of every penny spent on it.

The major contribution that the newly introduced for cylinder engine will do to performance is to improve its figure from 17 miles per gallon on road and 24 miles per gallon off road, which is actually an economical feature. Apart from that there are other options in 2015 Chevrolet Traverse like start-stop automatic option and cylinder deactivation option that help in improving fuel economy to a large extent. All these features have only added feathers to the already economical hat of 2015 Traverse.

Chevy has kept its 2015 Traverse light in weight and has the ability to tow up to 5200 pounds. The spacious interior of Traverse along with its luxurious look and additional extraordinary features make it a potential hit among buyers. Even though the company has kept interior of 2015 Chevrolet Traverse simple style wise, still they have managed to make it look rich with excellent stitching of upholstery, proper lightning and amazing instrument panel. The car is available with 7 to 8 people seat capability depending on its trim level. Ride is soothing, but you surely cannot expect it to float on the road. Wireless Bluetooth connectivity and 6.5 inch touchscreen panel are the major highlights for entertainment.

If you are looking for a comfortable family hauler that can make your long drives smooth, 2015 Chevrolet Traverse must be in your checklist.

First Look: 2014 Mazda CX-9

Standing out from the current line up from the brand, the new 2014 Mazda CX-9 is not only the brand’s largest vehicle, but it’s also a holdover from another era at the automaker; the era before the brand decided to “go it alone” away from Ford and focus on engineering more lightness and fuel efficiency into its cars and crossovers. Although the 2014 Mazda CX-9 is not a class leader in gas mileage, like those other models, it still ranks as one of the better large crossover options if you need three rows of seating and a responsive, almost nimble driving demeanor.

It was only last year that the Mazda CX-9 received a modest set of upgrades with a new snout that closely matches the frond-end look of the recently redesigned CX-5 compact crossover, Mazda 3 compact car family and the Mazda 6 Sedan. Already, the Mazda CX-9 has been one of the better looking vehicles in its class but the Kodo ‘soul of motion’ design language applied  with only the new front end and rear details to the 2014 Mazda CX-9 is a good fit with the SUV’s existing side profile. A number of minor aesthetic changes to the cabin can be seen in the 2014 Mazda CX-9. The centre stack area has been redesigned to accommodate a 5.8 inch touchscreen and overall the interior look, while clearly carried over is the better fit with the CX-5’s somewhat more upright look. The dashboard in the CX-9 features a graceful waterfall design that flows into the door panels with uncommon flair.

Performance changes aren’t much for the 2014 Mazda CX-9 and that is a good thing. The 3.7 liter ‘MZR’ V-6 engine produces a 273 horsepower and runs on regular gas. Mated to a six speed automatic transmission with manual shift control, the engine accelerates the crossover from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds for a front wheel drive configuration. An all wheel drive model needs 8.5 seconds for the same. The fuel economy is on par with that of other large crossovers at an EPA-estimated 19 mpg combined (17 mpg city/24 mpg highway) for front wheel drive models. The 2014 Mazda CX-9 AWD drops to 18 mpg combined (16 mpg city/22 mpg highway).

Offering amazingly strong acceleration for both around town driving and highway passing the Mazda CX-9 impresses with its agile responses. An accomplished highway cruiser, this SUV keeps road and wind noises to acceptable levels for backseat movie viewing and such. The steering, so precise, enable the driver to carve a consistent path no matter if one powers down the interstate or makes time on a rural two-way road. The steep rake of the windshields adds to the sporty vibe of the giant crossover. The suspension is a combination of compliance and poise and this is one of the best handling crossovers around.

Yes there are competitors like the Ford Explorer, Chevy Traverse, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder, but the 2014 Mazda CX-9 stands out with its powerful V6 engine, dynamic handling, agile responses and a stunning body.

The 2014 Chevrolet Traverse

Large families prefer large crossover and that is not rocket science. The obvious attraction to large crossovers is because they offer plenty of room for the passengers and their belongings and along with that the availability of all wheel drive to get them confidently to their destinations in foul weather conditions. The 2014 Chevy Traverse stands as a sensible choice as it is a spacious, well performing family vehicle that is so not a minivan. Essentially a vehicle that is designed and engineered especially for those who found themselves bewildered at the lack of large family vehicles, 2014 Chevrolet Traverse, while misses on some charm, still manages to grab attention with its looks, features, availability of space comfort and safety.

The design of 2014 Chevrolet Traverse has seen a little change since it was first introduced in 2009. Last year the tall station wagon underwent mini touch ups in the front and rear while it still stands miles away from the GM termed “an athletic new exterior design”. The façade is refreshed in the new Chevrolet Traverse but what is more striking are the Camaro influence tail lamps which break though a factory-farm of same-as crossover design. On the inside, the Traverse is nothing exciting, but it is extremely functional. With last year’s freshening up the SUV sports new wood and silver accents, some contrast stitching and ambient lighting. Other add-ons from the last year also include the reconfigured climate control and more soft-touch materials.

Although the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse isn’t as quick or as agile as a sports utility vehicle since it isn’t, but it is quick enough for a family vehicle. At about a massive 5,000 pounds the Chevy Traverse is one heavy vehicle and it does little from behind the wheel to mask that. Running on a smooth 3.6 liter direct injection V6 engine the monster produces 288 horsepower and 270 pond feet of twist. Engineered for more confident passing power and quicker shifts, the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse still is a combination that needs to work hard up highway grades or from a standing start. That aid, the beast can tow up to 5,200 pounds which is impressive and highly functional. The vehicle comes with a choice in the front wheel drive or all wheel drive configurations, however, the AWD versions are a little more sluggish.

For those who bid their goodbyes to their minivans and decided not to bow down to that image again, the Chevrolet Traverse still remains one of the most spacious, passenger friendly vehicles on the market. Since the primary mission of the Traverse is people moving the GM has made the most of the seating space in the vehicle. The safety features in the Traverse impress greatly. But the exterior of the Traverse disappoints with a blander look than earlier. Moreover, the great market of large crossovers offer SUVs like the 2014 Ford Flex, the Mazda CX-9 and though a little bit smaller but excellent, the Hyundai Santa Fe. Still, with its handsome styling, huge cabin and impressive day-to-day functionality, the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse stands firm in its position in the current population of the family-friendly crossovers.

Chevy Rolls out an all-new 2014 Chevy Traverse Review

The Chevrolet Traverse is a ride for eight passengers incorporating interiors of a van and averting the sham tag of a minivan with uplifted styling of an SUV. It spans to a width of 78.5 inches, 203.7 inches in length and 69.9 inches in height. The front is arranges freshly in a slew of three, angular headlights and sharp tail lights reminding of Camaro with a dynamic look. The Traverse receives more adept handling than the oldies like Tahoe by a uni-body platform that it rides on. The Traverse is potential of towing a weight up to 5200 pounds if utilized properly.

The Traverse is a home to a 3.6 L V-6 engine that produces 281 horsepower and torque of 266 lb-ft while an alternate dual-exhaust variant boosts figures to 288 horsepower and  torque of 277 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic transmission supplies power to the front wheels while an optional All-wheel-drive configuration is available for enhancing traction over slippery roads. Fuel economy is computed standard as 17mpg in city and 24mpg on the highway for the front-wheel-drive model while the all-wheel-drive model furnishes 16mpg and 23mpg in city and on highway respectively.

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The Traverse is currently purchasable in LS, 1LT, 2LT AND LTZ trim levels. The LS offers basic features like keyless entry, power locks, power windows, A/C along with rear-view camera and a six speaker standard multimedia stereo system, cloth upholstery and 17 inches alloy wheels. The 1LT associates Bluetooth connectivity, climate control, power adjustable driver’s seat, front collision warning, 18 inches alloys and mimic wood interiors. 2LT brings power lift gate, heated front seats, a ten speaker Bose USB stereo system and remote start. The LTZ comes with heated and cooled front seats, power-folding mirrors, leather upholstery, power adjustable passenger seats, an exterior fringe of chrome and 20 inches wheels.

The crossover offers a stinking rich feel due to its soft touch material on the dashboard and top ends of doors. The Traverse facilitates an accommodation for eight riders with three rows, providing options between bench chairs or captain’s chairs in the second row. The Traverse brags of a cargo space for 24.4 ft3 whilst increasing it to 68.8 ft3 when the rear row is folded. Directed for the comforts of a family, the vehicle comes equipped with 12 cup-holders and a DVD entertainment system. LS, 1LT and 2LT have provision for Chevrolet’s infotainment equipment system namely MyLink while it is customary on the LTZ. Mylink features a 6.5 inch touch screen for call receiving, media streaming and HD Radio as well as navigation.

All variants of Traverse accentuate dual front, full length side curtain and front side airbags for passenger safety besides Chevrolet’s first front centre airbag.  Blind zone alert mechanism and Cross traffic alert system are available as options on LS, 1LT, 2LT while coming standard on the LTZ which utilizes RADAR to detect sport which may be out of the vision of the driver and renders audio or visual alarms to prevent collisions.

Sharing uni-body platform with Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia along with a high load carrying capacity of a van, Traverse is most likely to face competition from Dodge Journey, Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander.

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