Drive Time: Traverse rolls for Chevy while Cruze takes a hit

I was pulling a 2019 Chevy Traverse, a strong-selling SUV, when we listened a proclamation early this week that General Motors skeleton to tighten adult to 5 public plants in North America and finish prolongation of 3 Chevrolet automobile models — a Impala, Cruze and Volt plug-in hybrid.

Most all midsize and compress sedans this year have suffered double-digit declines in U.S. sales, as some-more and some-more consumers spin toward a lorry side of a market. The cutback by GM follows identical moves by Chrysler and Ford Motor Co. Also influenced by a GM preference are a Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac CT6 and XTS.

GM’s skeleton to kill off a Chevy Cruze came as a warn to Bob Ghent, owners and user of Ghent Chevrolet Cadillac in Greeley.

“The compress Cruze’s reasonable pricing and remuneration report make it a vast seller for us,” he said. “In fact, a altogether sales are separate about 50/50 between cars and trucks (including SUVs), due in good partial to a recognition of a Cruze.

“As a Cruze goes away, we’ll change a importance to a Malibu, that is a small incomparable sedan than a Cruze, and a Sonic, a bit smaller, and continue to pull a subcompact Trax, an all-wheel-drive hatchback crossover.”

Roland D. Purifoy, user of Weld County’s other Chevrolet store, Purifoy Chevrolet during Fort Lupton, was taken for comment.

Purifoy is remarkable for a sales and use of Corvettes, surprising for a parochial operation. Both longtime Weld dealerships have been represented with Time Dealer of a Year awards for Colorado. Roland Purifoy Sr. perceived a respect in 1993 and Bob Ghent in 2014.

Chevrolet’s strength in a past several years has been with a SUVs, headed by a Traverse and Equinox, and a Silverado and Colorado pickups.

On a wheelbase of roughly 121 inches, a Traverse is deliberate by some to be a full-size SUV, others call it a vast midsize. It performs with a 310-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine and well-spoken 9-speed involuntary transmission, with all-wheel drive. Performance is strong, other than, when in primer mode, shifts are achieved by pulling a symbol atop a shifter knob, awkwardly placed. The turn of a dial on a core console moves it into all-wheel expostulate from two-wheel. The engine turns rather loud underneath acceleration demand.

My initial expostulate of a Traverse, introduced in a tumble of 2008 as an ’09 model, was memorable; it was early Dec 2008. Jan and I, late on a cold night, were streamer north out of Denver following a Denver Nuggets’ win during a Pepsi Center, when we stopped for a red light and a Traverse got popped tough from a behind by a child streamer home from work in a Pontiac.

I got out, done certain he was okay, afterwards asked, “Didn’t we see a red light?”

“I did,” he said, “but we didn’t consider we would stop for it.”

While a front finish and engine retard of his comparison Grand Am were pushed behind toward a firewall, a Traverse showed usually slight repairs to a behind extraneous and had some teenager cessation issues. That spoke good of a constructional firmness of a Traverse, and we were means to expostulate it on home to Greeley.

The 2019 AWD Traverse with 3LT Leather trim turn carries a plaque cost of $45,090, with approximate prophesy camera, lane-change alert, behind park assist, energy behind liftgate, remote car start, leather seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and tri-zone meridian control. It competes with a Ford Flex, Subaru Ascent, Dodge Durango and other models.

— Bud Wells, a local of Wray, is a former Page 1 editor of a Denver Post and has reviewed automobiles for a past 40 years. He can be contacted at

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