We decided when we got pregnant with twins to reevaluate our car situation as we were expanding our family double style 🙂
Now, the twins are three years old and it’s about time to reevaluate our previous decision that we made picking the car we are currently in. While it’s been a great car, there are a few things we are lacking and hoping to have in our next car.
I’m so very excited that Chevrolet loaned me a new 2015 Chevy Traverse 2LT for a full week! It just arrived and I’ve been going over all its features and amenities and I’m thrilled that, by the sound of things, it has more of what we need at this stage in our lives!
So even though we now have these two little tots trucking along with us, we still need space. They will get better. We honestly barely left the house for about a year, as it was super tricky trying to feed them and, well, a number of different reasons. When we finally did start getting out, we were simply in shock about how many items we actually needed to bring with us!
For instance, when we would take a trip to Texas to visit family, we had pack ‘n plays, compact highchairs that buckle on seats, diapers, toys, stroller, luggage. I mean we crammed and tucked and put everything in all the nooks and crannies that we could find.
Fast forward a year. We were able to start doing away with those items, but now, as we approach pre-school, we are basically accruing more cargo by the week. Knox & Sloane have been going to daycare a few times a week for about a year and a half. Now, when we go back-to-school, they are going to pre-school! It truly is beyond crazy to me how quickly time passes.
With pre-school comes bigger backpacks, more crafts, lunches, etc. More on an everyday basis.
Knox & Sloane are still in car seats, and only being three years old, they still have quite a ways to go until they are in no type of support seat. So while we do have third-row seating, since we still have larger car seats (and we have two of them) on the second row, it doesn’t really allow access to that third row. The Chevy Traverse can seat up to 8 people in some models.* The Chevy Traverse we drove seated 7 and had captain’s chairs on the second row! I’m anticipating this alone to be a game changer.
Chevy has the best-in-class maximum cargo space and I have a feeling that will make a maximum difference. Right now, I feel like I shove things in the floorboard or in front of the kiddos, because that’s really the only way they can access items. So, even if there was walking space in front of our second row (which there isn’t) that’s where our “stuff” usually is. Then, in the back, I usually have the stroller and kind of pack groceries and such on top.
Safety is huge to us. Yes, maybe one of those reasons we didn’t leave the house much the first year was because we were scared out of our minds having two little peapods to protect, as if we were really in control. The Chevy Traverse has a NHTSA 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety**, which is the highest you can get. So, thank you, Chevy, for your efforts in giving us paranoid mamas a little peace of mind with our precious cargo.
As for the inside of our car, we like to be cozy, and while that’s not really been an issue, I think the space alone in the Chevy Traverse will allow us to really feel like we are surrounded by a rich and refined interior. So, basically I want to go get in the Chevy Traverse right now. I can’t wait to report back next week on my thoughts!
*Seating for 8 is standard on LS and 1LT. Available on 2LT. LTZ seats 7.
**Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar.gov).