I already mentioned that I was sponsored for Blissdom by Bounce. But what I am not sure I mentioned is that I was also provided with transportation down to Blissdom by Chevy. I was so excited about this because I love a good road tip and have been trying to avoid flying ever since the TSA has started feeling people up at the airports.
Here is the back story about me and cars. I might as well be a communist when it comes to cars. I have always owned a foreign car. Always. I know it is very unpatriotic and all, but I just happen to have a long standing love affair with Honda and Toyota. Don’t hate me.
But 5 years ago I moved to Michigan and driving an American car is a much bigger deal here. Everyone knows someone quite well who works in some job related to the auto industry which means everyone knows someone quite well whose job has been cut because of the auto industry. Michigan has just been hit so hard by the recession.
So honestly, when I found out I might get the chance to work with Chevy I was really excited. Maybe I could redeem myself for all the years of snubbing American made cars. But first American made cars had to redeem themselves to me.
Well let me just say, job well done. I was so impressed with the Chevy Traverse I was loaned for the week I almost didn’t give it back. I love my Toyota Sienna and for the season of life I am in toting little kids around a minivan just serves me well. But when I am out of the minivan years (and I can’t wait to be done with the minivan years) and can drive a cool car again, the Traverse is going to be at the top of the list.
What I loved about the Traverse was how roomy it is. It was quite deceiving from the outside and I expected it to be a bit cramped when I am used to a minivan. But even with the third row of seating in use, there was a fair amount of trunk space. Not enough to take six over packing blogger ladies down to Nashville (like I foolishly thought I could do), but for my family of five once I have graduated from traveling with a stroller and pack and play, it would easily accommodate us for any road trip.
It really is a good mix of an SUV and a minivan. You still sit up a bit higher than a sedan, but you don’t feel so obnoxiously big like I do in a bigger SUV. It handled much better than an SUV as well. None of that feeling like you are riding in a truck. It drove like a smooth car.
Truly though it had me at heated seats and XM radio. Being able to entertain my road trip buddies with my renditions of 90s hip hop by Salt n Peppa was the highlight of the trip. Well I’m not sure if it was THEIR highlight, but it was mine. You do have to pay for XM service, but my hubby has it in his car and I have become such a fan. We also had On Star in the car, but thankfully didn’t have to use it. It does give me such piece of mind that it is there.
Another favorite feature was the back up camera built into the rear view mirror. My kids thought it was magic, but I just loved not having to worry about running anything over. For a family car extra safety features are so important.
Adding to the awesomeness of the Traverse were my amazing road trip companions. We had some great conversations, stopped for some great food (Chik Fil A for the northerners!), rocked to some good tunes and panicked whenever Lisa got in New Jersey driving mode. Seriously, it was a blast and we are all quite grateful to Chevy for the sweet ride to road trip in.
Disclosure: Chevrolet provided me with a 2011 Traverse for one week to travel to Blissdom. I was not financially compensated or required to post about it, but I really liked the car and think it is a great option for families so I wanted to tell you about it.
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