On the road course GM set out for us, Traverse displays the good manners we've come to expect from the Lambda platform. It has decent acceleration for its size, good isolation from road, wind, and engine noise, and corners pretty flatly give the size and weight. The stability control system does an admirable job of avoiding cones in wet and dry conditions, and it handles Michigan-style bumps and potholes with aplomb. But, since GM is touting the Chevy's towing ability (5,800 lbs.), it was surprising to feel how much the Traverse was affected while pulling a 4,000-lb boat/trailer combo. The tail felt unstable at moderate speeds, and there was never any doubt about the chunk of weight on the aft end. … [Read more...] about 2009 Chevy Traverse, First Drive
Apparently Scouting families are not for want and prefer American, as the cheapest in the pack starts around $28k and there's one foreign-badged car in the crowd. Should you be a scouting parent and interested in their recommendations, below, in no particular order, are the 2009 Scouting Magazine picks for hauling your troop to a secluded camp far from the prying eyes of the general public: … [Read more...] about Scouting Magazine Picks Five Best Vehicles For Playing With Kids
It’s also worth keeping in mind that most cars now offer features that were once considered luxury, like power seats, power windows, seat heaters, good interior materials, decent audio systems and a suite of driver-assistance tech. So while a Honda Civic may not be considered a “luxury car” in the traditional sense, it can offer pretty much as many luxury features that a top-tier “luxury car” could. That could be a reason why there weren’t more luxury cars on the list. … [Read more...] about The Tesla Model 3 Killed the Rest of American Luxury
If you’re not convinced, read my coworker Raphael Orlove’s article titled “The Only Car In The World Is The Toyota Land Cruiser FJ80.” He is 100 percent correct. Here’s an 80 Series for sale in Iowa for $8,000, but it’s got a bit of rust. Even with the rust, you’ll get respect in this unstoppable Toyota, but if you’re looking for a nice, clean body, fear not—you can find beautiful, low-mileage examples for well under your $25,000 budget. … [Read more...] about I Fly Private Jets And I Need A Car That Blends In With High Rollers For $30,000! What Should I Buy?