What’s new in 2019 Chevy Traverse?
You will find many new features in the 2019 Chevy Traverse such as the sporty RS trim level equips an all-wheel-drive system and a V-6 motor. The Premier and High Country trim levels add an automated heated steering wheel. The LT Premium Package has 20-inch aluminum wheels, a 360-degree camera system, a rear camera mirror, a Bose stereo, navigation, and a household power outlet.
Chevy Traverse has always excelled at hauling both people and cargo, together. With this iteration, Chevy addressed what might be the Traverse’s most prominent negative aspect – its minivan-like appearance. The 2019 Traverse comes with a squared jaw and a truck-like look and retains its usefulness during the process.
It features the most modern and contemporary infotainment system, a well-refined cabin, and other high-end goodies which lands it at a better place in its segment. This three-row crossover borrows its looks from the truck division and is firmly focused on family details. Its interior is on the wash-and-ready side of durable vs designer debate. It is still handsome and remains in top trims that can be dressed in leather, but lacks premium looks.
The 2019 Chevy Traverse is a complete full-size crossover SUV which equips a standard 310 hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine, paired with a nine-speed auto transmission. The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse boasts is offered in seven trim levels: L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier and High Country. These trims run the gamut from being reasonably equipped to fully loaded. Most trims equip the V6 motor, but the sport-styled RS is an exception, which comes with a lively turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A 257-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder goes in the front-wheel-drive system of the RS trim level. The all-wheel-drive system is offered. The Chevy gets its competition from the Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, and Toyota Highlander.
Trims available in 2019 Chevy Traverse
#1 Chevy Traverse L
The Traverse L being a base model comes equipped with xenon headlights, LED running lights, a stop-start engine system, and 18-inch wheels. Inside you get seating for eight, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, OnStar communications with a 4G LTE connection, a rearview camera and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, a 7-inch MyLink touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity and Chevy’s Teen Driver system.
The L trim is only available in the front-wheel-drive system and lacks access to most optional equipment. It is a build-to-order trim, so it is rare to see a Traverse L on the dealership.
#2 Chevy Traverse LS
The LS trim is similarly loaded as the L, but it can have the all-wheel-drive system and a few optional dealer-sourced features, like the second-row tablet mounts with dedicated USB charging ports and a cargo management package.
#3 Chevy Traverse LT Cloth
Stepping up to the LT Cloth trim gets the second-row captain’s chairs in place of a bench, thereby reducing the seating capacity to seven but improving accessibility and comfort but keeps the bench as an option. The LT Cloth also gets mirror-integrated turn signals, roof rails, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.
Two notable optional packages available for the LT Cloth are the Convenience and Driver Confidence package that adds blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, rear cross-traffic alert, an upgraded 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, remote engine start, heated front seats, and a color driver information display.
The Trailering package comes with a trailer hitch and a heavy-duty cooling system. If you chose the LT Cloth with an all-wheel-drive system, the Convenience and Driver Confidence package comes standard.
#4 Chevy Traverse LT Leather
The LT Leather comes standard with a power-adjustable passenger seat, leather upholstery, and features from the Convenience and Driver Confidence Package. Optional Premium package adds a navigation system, 20-inch wheels, a 120-volt power outlet, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, a top-down parking camera system and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a built-in rearview camera display. A panoramic sunroof featured as a stand-alone upgrade.
#5 Chevy Traverse RS
The RS trim is a bit of an anomaly in the whole lineup. It is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 257 hp, 295 lb-ft of torque and only front-wheel-drive system. It is equipped much like the LT Leather and has unique styling cues & accents, a blacked-out grille and bow tie badge, including 20-inch wheels.
#6 Chevy Traverse Premier
The Premier trim adds auto-dimming side mirrors, LED headlights, ventilated front seats, hands-free operation for the liftgate, a power-adjustable steering column, heated rear seats, driver-seat memory settings, and wireless device charging.
Major packages for this trim include the Driver Confidence II package, which has low-speed automatic braking, forward collision alert with pedestrian detection as well as lane departure warning and intervention.
There is a Redline Edition package that is an appearance package which blacks out all the chrome trim and adds the panoramic sunroof. Adding an all-wheel-drive system to the Premier trim gets you the Driver Confidence II package, adaptive headlights and Trailering package.
#7 Chevy Traverse High Country
The range-topping High Country comes equipped with all the Premier’s goodies and adds a specialized all-wheel-drive system with the panoramic sunroof, an auto-locking rear differential, along with automatic high beams, a power-folding third-row seat, adaptive cruise control, and unique interior leather upholstery to the lists.
Which Chevy Traverse We Recommend?
The midrange Traverse LT Cloth is the best pick to choose as it equips all the necessary features required. This version comes with a V-6 engine, but the standard front-wheel-drive system can be switched to an all-wheel-drive system for an extra $3800. To this, there is an add on of the Convenience and Driver Confidence package for $1795, which features a power liftgate, remote start, heated front seats, and blind-spot monitoring.
Most Traverse trims feature a 310-hp V6 engine but the RS trim offers a 255-hp turbocharged four-cylinder. Both the motors are mated with a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission. The Traverse moves well and will not confine the driver to the slow lane.
The V-6 is a tried-and-tested motor from GM that makes 310 hp and 266 lb-ft. Its only partner is a smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission that works very well. The V-6 engine draws most of its power across a fat slice of the powerband. The nine-speed feels smooth while shifting in-between the gears. Chevy’s part-time all-wheel-drive is optional on all trims except in the High Country.
Engine & Transmission
While many vehicles in this segment offer just a single powertrain choice, Chevy Traverse opted to offer a choice. This includes the peppy turbocharged 4-cylinder and the massive 3.6L V6 motor. While the 2.0-litre feels peppy and zippy, the V6, on the other hand, feels powerful and a bit brutish. The former is only available with FWD, so those who want an AWD will go for the bigger-displacement motor.
The V6 also increases the towing capacity up from 1,500 to 5,000 pounds, which is a significant jump. That engine, along with the new 9-speed automatic transmission, offers a great experience to the driver.
The V6 engine’s acceleration is strong, with a nice bit of thrust off the line when you push the pedal down. The throttle needs a bit extra input when you’re going up the hills since the transmission prefers a higher gear for fuel economy.
Ride & Handling
Low-speed drivability is excellent, with smooth acceleration, control and the gear shifting feels smooth. The auto stop and start feature are one of the less intrusive systems present on the market, but unfortunately, it can’t be disabled. Compared to the class leaders, there is not a lot about the steering, but it didn’t fail to impress what most would expect in a big, comfy three-row crossover.
The on-center return mechanism in the steering wheel is a great feature as it assists a lot at low speeds. All thanks to its balanced chassis and soft suspension, the body roll is negligible. Though the drive feels composed, it still has room for improvement and the class leaders such as Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot do a better job.
While braking, the pedal feels light and smooth. During the quality tests, a simulated-emergency stop from 60 mph took 130 feet, a few feet more than average for the class.
2019 Chevy Traverse Fuel Economy (MPG)
In real-world testing, the Traverse offers 17 mpg in the city, 25 on the highway and 20 mpg when combined. Front-wheel-drive versions rated at 18/27/21 mpg. Opting for the turbo-4, which is front-drive only, results in 20/26/22 mpg.
2019 Chevy Traverse Interiors
The 2019 Chevy Traverse offers excellent visibility features with a relatively flat roofline that ensures headroom for passengers in the second and third rows. The back row is no longer a penalty box for the adults. The new cluster with its big infotainment screen is a step up. If the Chevy badges were pulled off and you’ll mistake the new Traverse for a more upscale brand. Adding to the ease of a long-distance trip: the latest infotainment technology Chevy offers, a 10-speaker Bose sound system includes an onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and active cruise control.
If you’re looking for comfort and quiet family transport, then the Traverse should be on the list. Its relatively hushed cabin has more enhanced appeal because of the top-notch ride quality and comfy seats in all three rows.
The driver’s seat comes bolstered with lots of lumbar support to make the driver feel comfortable during long drives. The necessary seat adjustments are perfect for getting comfy. The second- and third-row seat bottoms are a bit flatter but still gives the comfort for long rides. There’s sufficient legroom in all three rows for average adults.
The seats are well-suited for long drives. The specialized tires act as an additional cushion against small impacts while larger bumps are filtered by the suspension and the road noise is minimal. The V6 note is noticeable but the cabin filters out it impressively.
2019 Chevy Traverse Infotainment
A high-quality upgraded sound system, a standard Wi-Fi connection, and easy-to-use voice controls give the Traverse an edge in this category. The 10-speaker Bose audio system performs impressively. The touchscreen is vibrant, and the navigation system is accurate. Typically, at this price point satellite radio is included for the first three months of ownership.
Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth and USB integration is also present as standard features. Blind-spot monitoring and rear parking sensors plus the Driver Confidence II package add forward-collision warning and lane-keeping assist to the list.
How much will the 2019 Chevy Traverse cost?
The MSRP for the base trim, front-wheel-drive-only 2019 Chevy Traverse L is around $30,900 inclusive of $945 destination charge. Most buyers are expected to choose the better-equipped Traverse LS priced at around $33,000. LT models with cloth seats start at $35,500, and the LT trim with leather seating and other desirable features starts at $42,000. The sportier Traverse RS version starts at around $43,000, while the Traverse Premier trim is a bit costly but-placed around the competitive price of $45,400.
2019 Chevy Traverse Competition?
2019 Chevy Traverse VS 2019 Buick Enclave
The 2019 Buick Enclave and its Chevy cousin are almost identical in terms of cargo space, performance, and feature availability, but the Enclave’s interior is much more luxurious. The Traverse seats one more comfortable, and it has a significant low starting price. If the Enclave’s luxury feels doesn’t tempt you, the Traverse is an excellent option.
2019 Chevy Traverse VS 2019 Honda Pilot
The 2019 Honda Pilot is one of the few midsize SUVs that can compete with the Traverse for space. The Pilot’s third-row seat is the most spacious in its class and thus leads the pack. The Pilot feels a little more luxurious on the inside, while the Traverse’s infotainment system is intuitive. The Traverse also comes standard with technology like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which can only found in higher-trims of the Pilot.
What We Think about the 2019 Chevy Traverse?
With the 2019 Traverse, Chevrolet steps up its game and offers a great combination of power and comfort. The Traverse’s suspension provides a compliant ride while maintaining its composure at corners. The cabin is comfortable, spacious and has numerous cupholders and USB ports within the cabin, which increases its practicality quotient.
Unlike its predecessor, this latest-gen Traverse is more than just a minivan alternative. The 2019 Chevy Traverse is finally up to take on a competitive set which includes such stalwarts like the Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, Volkswagen Atlas, Ford Explorer and other crossovers in this segment.
Keshav Katyal is a person who is an admirer of everything with an engine, and especially when it comes to the American muscle and Japanese imports. He drives his ’10 Chevrolet Cobalt SS. During his leisure time, he loves playing with Legos or just reading about upcoming cars and bikes or just working on his ride in the garage.