Once you start a family, it would be no exaggeration to say that everything changes. Your routine (or, let’s face it – your child free lack of routine) has suddenly been replaced with a stringent regiment of nap times, snack times, and play times. Your once immaculate home is now covered in a thin layer of drool, apple juice, and snot. And your adorable little sedan? Yeah. That’s not exactly coming in handy as you attempt to wedge multiple kids into car seats and cram strollers into the trunk. If there is one thing to know about kids, it’s that they come with a lot of stuff. However, lest you think that becoming a parent means trading in everything that once made your life feel awesome, you need to know that you’re about to embark on the most fun adventure of your life. And not only that, thanks to the well-rounded family of Chevy SUVs, you’ll be embarking on that journey of a lifetime in true style. So before you trade in your Mini for a minivan, check out the Chevy family of SUVs and find the one that’s just right for your growing crew.
The Chevy Trax
The baby of the family, the Chevy Trax offers families the most affordable entry point with its starting MSRP of just $21,000. However, that’s not to say that the Trax can’t hang with it’s older siblings, like the Tahoe. All it means is that the Trax is economically priced and economically sized, making it perfect for city-dwelling families – especially those just starting to grow their families. The Trax only seats five passengers, as opposed to some of the other models in the Chevy family of SUVs that can seat up to 8 passengers. However, you can easily fit two car seats into the backseat of the Trax using the LATCH car-seat connectors, so you don’t have to worry about running out of space anytime soon.
The Trax is available in three trim levels – LS, LT and Premier and while the LS is certainly a pretty bare-bones standard SUV, the LT trim, with it’s starting MSRP of $22,900 comes standard with nice features such as satellite radio, cruise control, and a remote start. There are also several packages you can add to the LT trim that will give it even more sophistication but will keep it below the Premier price point of $27,300. For those who need a safe, reliable SUV that offers excellent handling and the ability to dash in and out of tight city parking lots, the Chevy Trax is the ideal SUV.
The Chevy Equinox
One of the most popular models in the Chevy family, the Chevy Equinox still has a maximum five-person seating capacity, but, despite being a member of the compact SUV class, it offers ample leg room and space for every passenger. Additionally, the cargo hold is generous at 29.9 cubic feet with the rear seats in use. Fold down the rear seats, and expand your cargo hold to 63.5 cubic feet. You won’t have to worry about fitting in backpacks, baseball equipment, and ballet bags when you’re loading your little athletes into the Equinox.
Nor will you have to worry about gas mileage. The Chevy Equinox gets 26 miles per gallon in the city and 32 mpg on the highway when you opt to drive the base model, which is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and gets 170 horsepower. We all know that once you have a family and college to fund, every penny counts, so driving a fuel-efficient SUV is absolutely critical.
The Chevy Traverse
The Chevy Traverse marks the entry point into Chevy SUVs with room for additional passengers. In fact, the Traverse can be configured to seat either seven or eight passengers. Best of all, thanks to the ample amount of in-cabin storage and the cavernous cargo hold, you won’t even have to worry about where to put all of your passengers belongings. There is certainly more than enough room for everybody and everything when you cruise in the Chevy Traverse.
Before you start to think that the Chevy Traverse sounds more like a glorified minivan than a powerful SUV, let us quickly mention that the Traverse is powered by a V6 engine that gets up to 310-horsepower and has better than average fuel economy compared to the rest of its class, thanks to its EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. There’s no minivan on the market that’s keeping up with this SUV. And if that wasn’t enough to sell you on the Traverse, keep in mind that the Traverse also boasts a brag-worthy 4 out of 5 reliability rating from J.D. Power & Associate, which is above-average, and a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Roomy, spacious, powerful, reliable and safe: it’s tough to find a flaw with the Chevy Traverse – especially if you’re planning on driving a car full of your kids and their friends around all summer.
The Chevy Tahoe
If you’re looking to seat extra passengers and think that the Traverse might be missing a little something, the next logical step is to check out the Chevy Tahoe – one of Kelly Blue Book’s 12 Best Family Cars of 2017 and Winner of the 2018 Edmunds Buyers Most Wanted Large SUV award.
Powered by a beastly V8 engine, the Chevy Tahoe is the SUV that will take you from “dad” to “cool dad.” With a starting MSRP of $47,450, the Chevy Tahoe doesn’t skimp on the amenities, even its most standard form – the LS trim. Buyers who opt for the 2018 Chevy Tahoe LS will enjoy great features such as 4G LTE Wifi, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, satellite radio, rear parking sensors, keyless entry, Chevy MyLink and an eight-inch touchscreen display. Of course, moving up to the top-of-the-line Premier will net you even more awesome amenities like a 10-speaker Bose sound system, heated front and second-row seats, navigation and power-adjustable and power-folding seats, so if you have $62,130 to spare, go big or go home in the Chevy Tahoe Premier.
The Chevy Suburban
Speaking of going big, the Chevy Suburban is the mack daddy of all of the Chevy SUVs. With a storied history that began in 1935, the Chevy Suburban has only grown in size and ability as it’s matured. In its current iteration, the Suburban can seat up to 8 passengers and is, simply put, a behemoth. With over 39 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, you’d be hard pressed to find something that you couldn’t haul in the Suburban… especially once you put those third and second row seats down and realize you have 120 cubic feet of space to fill.
Thanks to its luxurious interiors and extraordinary spacious cargo hold, the Chevy Suburban is the SUV you want to be driving when you drop your child off at college. The SUV is so nice you’ll want to road trip to visit all of the time and you won’t have to worry about cramming in all of her belongings when it’s time for her to move out of her dorm room and into the real world.
Chevy – For Families, For Life
Of course, right now, the idea of college may seem like light years away, but as all parents know, time flies. One day you are buckling your baby into their car seat in the Chevy Trax, the next, you’re unloading a twin-sized mattress and a year’s supply of Ramen Noodles out of the back of your Suburban. Let Chevy help you make the most of your time with your family by providing you with space, comfort, convenience, and safety you need to get out there and make memories that will last a lifetime.