Disclosure: Chevrolet offered us a vehicle loan for the road trip to SoFabCon. No other compensation was given. All opinions are 100% my own.
Heading to a blog conference is always a rush of excitement for me. I get to see my online friends in real life, learn how to make my blog better, and network with the brands I write for. These are all essential to growing my own brand. Growing me. And that is what I did at SoFabCon last month.
2013 Chevy Traverse
This conference offered an element I had not yet experienced — a road trip. Not that I have not experienced a road trip before, but this was a road trip with my bloggy friends: Jamie at Roubinek Reality, Arena at The Nerd’s Wife, and Courtney at My Crazy Savings. It was the first time for me to take such a trip and we had a blast! The coolest part? Our ride to and from SoFabCon in Arkansas: a 2013 Chevy Traverse. This truck was made for comfort and all four of us rode without complaint. And, as a mom, I had to take note of the 12 cup holders found throughout the vehicle. Perfect for a large family such as my own.
The weather was crazy while we were in Arkansas and it actually snowed… in May. Thus, I can even tell you that the heated leather seats are amazing. Although the weather outside the Traverse was cold and wet, we were nice and warm inside. We were grateful for both the comfort and warmth found within the seats of the Traverse, for sure.
Plus, the 116.3 cubic feet of cargo space offered plenty of room for luggage for the four of us. By easily laying down the full-size third row, we even had plenty of space for the swag we brought back from the conference. In addition, the remote-powered liftgate made it super easy for us to load the 2013 Traverse all by ourself.
Gas was one of the easiest expenses during the conference. With 24 mpg on the highway, we only needed to stop once on the way up to Arkansas… and once on the way home to Texas. Split 4 ways, that made gas very affordable for the entire road trip. When we ran low, the Enhanced Driver Information center made sure to let us know. This dashboard information center also warns of low tire pressure, open doors, and more. Not to mention, the get-up-and-go on the crossover and acceleration was easy, plus the Traverse offered a smooth ride through the winding mountain roads of both Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Considering we were a group of tech savvy mom bloggers, we needed to stay connected. We had phones, tablets, and laptops that needed to stay powered up and going even while on the road. The power chargers in both the front and back kept each of us charged as we made sure to stay connected through the Verizon mobile hotspot on my phone. A road trip was not going to stop us from getting work done… and the Chevy Traverse made that easy. We had room to navigate and move, and the power we needed to keep power to our devices.
Plus, the SiriusXM Satellite Radio assured us a great playlist no matter where we are. Even as we drove to the top of the mountains or into the valleys, we always had music to listen to. Not to mention, had one of us wanted to play our own playlist, the built-in USB port allows you to access your music and stream Pandora. The Bluetooth wireless technology helps keep your hands on the wheel using the hands-free feature available in the vehicle.
Although we knew the general area we were headed, the 6.5″ diagonal color touch-screen offered a turn-by-turn navigation system that guided us there with ease. After inputting the address, the navigation system successfully led us straight to the conference center and hotel.
Here are a few of my favorite features of the 2013 Chevy Traverse:
- Rear Vision Camera
- Full-Size Third-Row Seating
- Chevrolet MyLink Radio
- Rear-Seat DVD Entertainment
- USB Port
- OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
- StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System
- Power to carry up to 8 people
What is your favorite feature when choosing a vehicle?
*Photo Credit: All photos courtesy of The Nerd’s Wife.