If you want a good test on the 2018 Traverse please go to Caranddriver.com for the most updated Traverse reviews and full comparaison with other SUV's in the same class. Very interesting and impressing.
"With its all-new-for-2018 redesign, Chevrolet addressed what might have been the Traverse’s biggest negative: its minivan-esque appearance. The new Traverse is square-jawed and trucklike and loses none of its usefulness in the makeover."
CLEARLY written by a man. We got our first Traverse (OK, the 2nd one, too) over an Acadia because my wife did NOT want anything "trucklike."
Given the number of women I see driving Traverses and Enclaves, I'm guessing GM has just disappointed about 50% of their clientele.
May not have cared too much about frontal air flow older gens including pre '18 Traverse designs. GM definitely made changes in the newer generations of their models besides keeping the curved nose designs.......my new gens '16 Malibu 2.0T and '18 Traverse both contain motorized temperature and speed controlled "aero shutters" behind their grilles which rotate closed at higher speeds and redirect un-needed air flow toward the sides of the vehicle instead of into the drag causing engine compartment.Agree. Newer models now no matter the make dont seem to care anymore about airflow frontal shape.
Sloped hoods were not brought about by fashion, manufacturers couldn't slope hoods before the 80's....likely wanted to but weren't able to do it before then. Before the 80's you had long stroke inline 6s, bulky iron V8s with carbs and top mounted air cleaners, control arms instead of struts RWD with a high body tunnel to accommodate all that bulk plus the inline tranny and driveshaft which needed height to accommodate the engines. That plus the requirement for large sealed beams instead of slender headlight pods containing peanut sized halogens made sloping hoods impossible.Wait in about 6-7 years. All the manufacturers will return back to sloped hoods, sloped grilles and windshields. The fashion changes all the time with the years. This squared frontals started with Mitsubishi followed by Mazda and now all the manufactures are in the same boats. Reminds me the thick black glasses frames from the early 6i0's that was the high fashion those years and now are back now specially with the young generation.
A nice car - one of my neighbors had one around that year I believe it had a Chevy engine with a mechanical tachymeter. The whole hood didn't slope only the two ends of the hood sloped but the center was high and wide to accommodate the height of the engine/carb/air cleaner and both front fenders were high and wide to accommodate the large sealed beams. It was a good looking vehicle but with the high wide fenders, high center of the hood large wide grille and a standard sloped windshield, it was hardly what would be considered a modern aerodynamic design.Tomcat. Do you remember the Studebaker 1953 and the Citroen ID/ DS models from the 50's and the french Dyna Panhard. Sloped hoods to make the vehicules aerodynamic were born long time ago way before the 1980's. And they were able to install a V8 under the hood. The Studebaker was one of the most aerodynamic on the road compared to most other cars . Even in 1934 Chrysler started to work on aerodynamic with their Chrysler Airflow.
My '16 Malibu's been through 2 Winters and run through a few snowstorms with no shutter problems. Shutters cycle during driving being open at low speeds and close at higher speeds. If they fail, they fail open, same as not having them.I wonder how the fancy "aero shutters" are going to perform in the winter when slush and snow freeze them open or shut? One more gimmick to get recalled. Remember the heated windshield washer fluid systems of the early Lambda' and how after a couple fires GM sent checks to original owners in order to disconnect the systems?
No offense intended, but when I'm thinking new car....my next to last choice would be a Yugo....and the last would be:You mentionned the 2 cv Citroen and this is the car I always wanted in my life but it never happened. There were some Charleston models that were imported and rebuilt in Toronto for resale but I never got a chance to grab one. It it too late now.