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2019 Chevrolet Traverse Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Last year Chevrolet shared their bold intentions by altering the rudimentary SUV DNA and creating something better. The second generation of the Traverse is bigger, more feature loaded, and shredded 350 pounds form the original Traverse. This Traverse strongly inherits the SUV gene with minimal deviation from last year's facelift.

Starting from the base price of $29,840, the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is a diverse family with 7 members. The standard powertrain of 3.6L V6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic is the heart of this SUV. There is one more engine option featuring a Turbocharged 2.0L Inline 4 engine. The standard engine musters 310 horsepower and 266-pound-feet of torque.

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Pros

Punchy V6

Spacious cabin and comfortable seats

Intuitive infotainment system

Generous cargo bay

Cons

Hard Plastic interior on the base trim

What's New?

8-inch infotainment screen


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29930

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

223 cu. in.

horsepower

305 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 2800 rpm

transmission

9-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

four wheel ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

120.9 in.

length

204.3 in.

width

78.6 in.

height

70.7 in.

curb weight

4362 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

40.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

41.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/27 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

no


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Styles

 2019 Chevrolet Traverse in Black Currant Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Traverse in Cajun Red Tintcoat color  2019 Chevrolet Traverse in Graphite Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Traverse in Havana Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Traverse in Iridescent Pearl Tricoat color  2019 Chevrolet Traverse in Mosaic Black Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Traverse in Pepperdust Metallic color
Black Currant Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.3

Engine

8.1

Interior

8.1

Comfort

6.0

Driving

7.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Chevrolet Traverse L

L

power
305 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$29,930


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
L 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $29,930 MSRP (18 mpg/21/27 mpg) 305 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 8   Summit White
  Mosaic Black Metallic

 2019 Chevrolet Traverse LS

LS

power
305 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$32,900 - $34,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $32,900 MSRP (18 mpg/21/27 mpg) 305 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 8
LS 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $34,900 MSRP (17 mpg/20/25 mpg) 305 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 8

 2019 Chevrolet Traverse LS Fleet

LS Fleet

power
305 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$33,500 - $35,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS Fleet 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $33,500 MSRP (18 mpg/21/27 mpg) 305 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive TBD
LS Fleet 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $35,500 MSRP (17 mpg/20/25 mpg) 305 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive TBD

 2019 Chevrolet Traverse LT Cloth

LT Cloth

power
305 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$35,400 - $39,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT Cloth 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $39,200 MSRP (17 mpg/20/25 mpg) 305 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7
LT Cloth 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $35,400 MSRP (18 mpg/21/27 mpg) 305 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7

 2019 Chevrolet Traverse LT Fleet

LT Fleet

power
305 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$35,900 - $37,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT Fleet 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $35,900 MSRP (18 mpg/21/27 mpg) 305 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive TBD
LT Fleet 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $37,900 MSRP (17 mpg/20/25 mpg) 305 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive TBD

 2019 Chevrolet Traverse LT Leather

LT Leather

power
305 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$39,100 - $41,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT Leather 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $41,100 MSRP (17 mpg/20/25 mpg) 305 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7
LT Leather 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $39,100 MSRP (18 mpg/21/27 mpg) 305 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7

 2019 Chevrolet Traverse RS

RS

power
257 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
22 combined

$43,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
RS 4dr SUV w/Prod. End 2/19 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $43,100 MSRP (20 mpg/22/26 mpg) 257 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7   Summit White
  Iridescent Pearl Tricoat
  Cajun Red Tintcoat
  Satin Steel Metallic
  Mosaic Black Metallic

 2019 Chevrolet Traverse Premier

Premier

power
305 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$45,500 - $48,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $48,400 MSRP (17 mpg/20/25 mpg) 305 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7
Premier 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $45,500 MSRP (18 mpg/21/27 mpg) 305 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7

 2019 Chevrolet Traverse RS 3.6

RS 3.6

power
305 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$45,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
RS 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $45,700 MSRP (17 mpg/20/25 mpg) 305 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7   Summit White
  Iridescent Pearl Tricoat
  Cajun Red Tintcoat
  Satin Steel Metallic
  Mosaic Black Metallic

 2019 Chevrolet Traverse High Country

High Country

power
305 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$50,900 - $53,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
High Country 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $53,200 MSRP (17 mpg/20/25 mpg) 305 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7   Summit White
  Iridescent Pearl Tricoat
  Cajun Red Tintcoat
  Satin Steel Metallic
  Havana Brown Metallic
High Country 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $50,900 MSRP (18 mpg/21/27 mpg) 305 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive TBD

Top Chevrolet Cars

2018 Chevrolet Traverse
8.2/10

Engine: 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L V6

MPG: 21 combined

2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid
8.0/10

Engine: 101 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.5 L I4

MPG: 42 combined

2017 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid Sedan
9.3/10

Engine: 124 hp @ 5000 rpm, 1.8 L I4

MPG: 46 combined

2018 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
8.0/10

Engine: 275 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 23 combined

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
8.4/10

Engine: 455 hp @ 6000 rpm, 6.2 L V8

MPG: 19 combined

2018 Chevrolet Camaro
8.0/10

Engine: 275 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 23 combined

2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric
8.5/10

MPG: 119 combined

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
8.4/10

Engine: 650 hp @ 6400 rpm, 6.2 L V8

MPG: 18 combined

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible
8.4/10

Engine: 460 hp @ 6000 rpm, 6.2 L V8

MPG: 19 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial February 28, 2019

7.5

Overall Rating


The change was not limited to the GM factory, other brands have their eyes set on the mid-size SUV market. Buyers have an army of choices with popular SUVs like the king Ford Explorer, the Japanese Sumo Subaru Ascent, the Traverse's cousin GMC Acadia, the American muscle Dodge Durango and more.


8.3/10
Features

 

8.1/10
Engine

 
 

8.1/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Features

8.3/10

Similar to the last year’s model the Chevrolet Traverse is offered in 5 trims, L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country. Each trim is competitively priced to the next one except for the High Country who is in a league of its own. A 3.6L V6 engine is mated to an 9-speed automatic transmission is standard on all trims. Only the RS trim is Turbocharged 2.0L Inline-4 cylinder engine and is offered only with a front-wheel-drive.

Every trim level comes with its unique feature list starting with the entry-level Traverse L trim. You get the basic feature list with the standard powertrain, Front-Wheel-Drive is the only drive train option on the L trim. The LS trim is same as the L trim plus with the AWD option and additions to the standard feature list. The LT Cloth trim swaps the 2nd row bench with a second row captain’s chair, this reduces the passenger capacity to 7 but opens up more space for cabin utility. The LT leather trim adds leather upholstery and features from the Driver Convenience and Driver Configuration Package. Premium expands the feature list even further and the top of the line High country trim features upscale equipment and is only offered in All-Wheel-Drive mode.

Trim

L

LS

LT Cloth

LT Leather

RS

Premier

High Country

MSRP

$29,930

$32,800

$35,300

$39,000

$42,900

$35,300

$53,000

Key Features

LED running lights

Second-row tablet mounts with dedicated USB charging ports

Roof rails

20-inch wheels

20-inch wheels

LED D-Optic bi-function projector-beam headlamps

All-wheel-drive system with automatic locking rear differential with twin clutch

 

7-inch MyLink touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity

Deep-tinted glass

Power-adjustable driver's seat

Navigation system

Blacked-out grille

20" Argent Metallic machined-face aluminum wheels

Trailering equipment: Heavy-duty cooling system and trailer hitch

 

Xenon headlights

Cargo management package

Mirror-integrated turn signals

10-speaker Bose sound system

Bow tie badge

Hands-free power rear liftgate

Power-folding third-row 60/40 split-bench seat

 

Chevy's Teen Driver system

   

120-volt power outlet

Black roof rails

 

Front Pedestrian Braking

 

OnStar communications with a 4G LTE connection and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot

   

Auto-dimming rearview mirror with a built-in rearview camera display

 

Body-color moldings with chrome inserts

SkyScape power tilt-sliding sunroof and fixed rear skylight with sunscreen

 

Tilt-adjustable steering wheel

   

Panoramic sunroof is also available as a stand-alone upgrade

 

Chrome door handles and Chrome roof rails

Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking

 

18-inch wheels and an engine stop-start system

   

Top-down parking camera system

 

Dual-outlet exhaust with rectangular tips

20" polished-aluminum wheels

           

Outside heated power-adjustable manual-folding body-color mirrors with turn signal indicators and auto-dimming feature

Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning

             

IntelliBeam automatic high beam assist

             

Forward Collision Alert and Following Distance Indicator

We Recommend-

While all seven trim looks appealing, we recommend you to go with the LT Cloth trim. This trim paired with the Convenience and Driver Confidence package is the perfect combo for your Traverse.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Engine

8.1/10

The Traverse feels decidedly average. It has sufficient power, but it's no speed demon. The brakes have good stopping power but without much pedal feel. Handling is acceptable. It's not a standpoint in the class in terms of performance”- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Traverse remains unchanged for 2019 but under the hood its standard 3.6L V6 engine feels like something new. The engine is capable of mustering 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The torquey V6 feels sturdy and is paired to a slick 9-speed automatic transmission. This powerplant remains identical for all trims expect for the RS which is backed with a Turbocharged 2.0L Inline-4 engine mated to the same 9-speed automatic transmission.

Both engine feels gutsy and eager to pump power, but it’s the 9-speed automatic gearbox takes the center stage. The downshifts come easy and maintains a lower gear while passing highways to generate more efficiency.

Models

Chevrolet Traverse

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

MSRP

$29,840

$32,800

$31,695

$31,450

$32,365

$31,995

$31,330

$29,995

Engine

3.6L V6

2.5 Liter Inline-4

3.6 Liter V6

3.5-liter V6

3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6

2.4-liter turbocharged Subaru Boxer 4-cylinder

2.7-liter 4-cylinder

3.6 Liter V6

Transmission

9-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed automatic

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

Gas engine

Horsepower

310 hp @ 6800

193 @ 6300

295 @ 6400

280hp @ 6000

288 @ 6500

260 hp @ 5,600

185 hp @ 5800

8-speed automatic

Torque

266 lb. ft. @ 2800 rpm

188 @ 4400

260 @ 4000

262 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

254 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

277 lb-ft. @ 2,000 rpm

184 lb.-ft. @ 4200 rpm

293 hp @ 6400 rpm

The Traverse is the most powerful SUV in the segment with its V6 engine. Other cars for the price don’t justify the low power figure. The Explorer and the Ascent are close when it comes to the power but the output is less than that of the Traverse.

Acceleration

The fact that GM was able to cut 350 pounds open new possibilities for the Traverse. However, its still a heavy mid-size SUV, you will feel the engine’s thrust but the transmission calibrated for economy is hesitant to unlock the full potential. From a standstill, the Traverse takes 6.7 seconds to hot the 60mph mark. Its slower than the Tahoe but GM built the Traverse to be more comfortable than sport, so that’s fine.

Models

Chevrolet Traverse

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

0-60 MPH

 6.7sec*

6.8 sec*

N/A

6.2 sec

8.2 sec

6.9 sec

-

7.6 sec

Quarter mile

 15.2sec*

15 sec*

N/A

14.8 sec

16.3 sec

15.5 sec

-

15.8 sec

Engine

3.6L

2.5 Liter Inline-4

3.6 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

2.4 Liter Boxer-4

2.7-liter Inline-4

3.6 Liter V6

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.4*

8.4

7.7

       

8.4

This Chevy is not that quick and aggressive, other cars like the Ford Explorer manage to overshadow the Traverse and accomplish it with the 5.8second acceleration. The Subaru is a tad slower than the Traverse.

Ride and Handling

Chevy lovers will immediately recognize the steering which is straight out from the Colorado minus the sharp instincts. There is no road communication, if we quote the steering it seems like you are driving a normal sized car and not an SUV, though it shows a good on-center return. As a SUV buyer sportiness might not be at the summit of you priorities. Engineers crafted the suspension for comfort so it feels soft rather than being laser focused on driving.

The Traverse is nimble, but suffers from a little body lean around the corners, but its acceptable for a car weighing over 4000 pounds. Its more capable of cruising on the highway than maneuvering in city’s traffic. The larger bumps are soaked up with ease through the softer suspension and the small bumps are backed by the seats lateral support.

Braking

There is little effort while braking, the pedal feel is light and manageable and won’ font pain your foot in the city’s constant on and off braking. Being a heavyweight, the car weighs 4362 pounds which takes away its edge during the panic brake test. The SUV halts from the speed of 60 mph in 126 feet.

Model

Chevrolet Traverse

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

Brake Front (in.)

TBD

12.6

13

12.6

12.8

13.1

12.9

13.0

Brake Rear (in.)

TBD

12.4

13

13

12.8

13

12.2

13.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4362

3956

4513

4036

4458

4430

4134

4680

60-0 MPH (ft.)

126

N/A

N/A

117 (est.)

108 (With optional tires)

119

126 (est.)

121

It might be average but there are SUVs with better braking prowess. The Subaru Ascent despite of the higher weight performs better.

Towing Capacity

 It might be a big SUV but its pretty underpowered when it comes to trailering. The Traverse and tow up to 1500 pounds to its max which isn’t very impressive when you look at the competition.

Model

Chevrolet Traverse

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

 Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

Towing Capacity

1500

2000

2000

4,000

N/A

3500

5000

5000

1500

6200

The Traverse’s towing is not the best and possibly the worst in the lot. Compared to the likes of Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, and Subaru Ascent which can tow three times more than the Traverse.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Fuel Economy

Economy for a mid-sized SUV has always been a mix-bag, still the Traverse delivers pretty fair numbers when it comes to mileage. In city, the Traverse delivers 18 mpg and in the highway it can muster up to 27 mpg. However, that’s for the standard V6 powertrain, the inline-4 takes is cleaner with its 20 mpg city and 26 highway mileage. Also, takes one thing into consideration, RWD Traverse is more fuel efficient than the AWD variants, fewer the tires higher the economy.

Model

Chevrolet Traverse

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

 Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

MPG (city)

18

21

19

19

17

21

20

18

MPG (highway)

27

26

26

27

24

27

24

25

MPG (combined)

21

23

21

22

20

23

22

20

Fuel Tank (gallons)

 

19

24.6

         24.6

Fuel economy is average as the Subaru Ascent delivers a tad more mileage. The Ford Explorer’s 23 mpg highway mileage is lower than other SUVs in the lot.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Interior

8.1/10

The 2019 Chevy Traverse looks sharper and adapts the automaker’s truckier look to a family ride. At first glance, the 2019 Chevy Traverse appears to align more closely with the automaker’s big pickups and bulky SUVs”- The Car Connection

Design and Styling

Chevrolet built a rugged beast in a gentleman’s skin, Traverse’s designed is true to its “big and bold styling”. This year’s Traverse carry forward the yesteryears revamp with minor tweaks on the exterior, you have a taller grill and slim tail lights. The fine lines on the hood and the sides looks sharp shredding the bulky SUV looks. The looks may not look as good as the Explorer but GM favors functionality over design. The body design delivers more headroom and compliments the humongous look, so that works out for the Traverse.

Model

Chevrolet Traverse

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

Curb weight (lbs.)

4362

3956

4513

4036

4458

4430

4134

4680

Length(in)

201.4

193.6

189.8

196.5

198.3

196.8

192.5

201.2

Width(in)

78.9

75.4

63.9

78.6

78.9

76

75.8

75.8

Height(in)

70.7

66

69.3

70.6

70

71.6

68.1

70.9

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

7.2

8.6

7.3

7.8

8.7

8.0

8.1

Wheelbase (in)

120.9

112.5

114.8

111

112.8

113.8

109.8

119.8

Track width (in) F/R

67.3/67

64.5/64.5

64.1/63.9

66.3/66.3

67/67

64.4/ 64.2

64.4/64.2

63.9/64.1

Dimensions and Weight

Being 10 inches longer than an executive, the Chevrolet Traverse is 201 inches long and 79 inches wide. It’s quite a big SUV even for the mid-size norms. The height is rated at 70.7 inches and features a rather long wheelbase of 121 inches. The longer wheelbase gives it better chance to endure rocky pavements with ease. However, the wider turning radius makes it difficult to park in tight spaces. There is no other SUV in the mid-size segment bigger than the Traverse, henceforth no competition here.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Exterior

“There's lots of space inside the Traverse for adults in all three rows, getting in and out is a cinch, and center stack controls are easy to use. But some found the driver's footrest to be in an awkward position, and rear visibility is limited due to large rear pillars”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The mammoth like boxy design delivers more cabin space than necessary. The interior quality looks upscale, there is a lot of soft textures and the Premium and High Country Trim gets the best of it. However, you will find a lot of hard plastics but that’s in places you wont look or get in contact with much. Getting into the cabin is not an issue, stepping in and out of the cabin is easy. It doesn’t have an SUV like step-in, so children will not improvise much.

Replacing the 2nd bench row with captain’s chairs opens up space in the middle which gives an easy access to the 3rd row. As for the visibility, its average, you will not be enlightened by the niceties of the road from a distance. The A and B pillars are average sized so cross view is acceptable.

Model

Chevrolet Traverse

Ford Explorer

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

 Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

Passenger Capacity

8

7

7

5

8

7

8

8

7

Front Row (cu. ft) Head room

41.3

41.4

40.3

39.9

40.1

41.4

41.3

40.7

39.9

Front Row (cu. ft) Shoulder room

62.1

61.5

59.4

58.7

62

61.5

61.1

59.3

57

Front Row (cu. ft) Leg room

41

42.9

41

40.3

40.9

42.9

42.2

44.2

40.3

Second Row (cu. ft) Head room

40

40.6

39.6

39.2

40.2

40.6

40

40

39.8

Second Row (cu. ft) Shoulder room

62.2

61

58.7

58

62

61

60.3

60.3

42.8

Second Row (cu. ft) Leg room

38.4

39.5

39.7

38.6

38.4

39.5

38.6

38.6

38.6

Third Row (cu. ft) Head room

38.2

 

37.5

-

38.9

37.8

36.3

36.3

37.8

Third Row (cu. ft) Shoulder room

37.3  

54.3

-

57.6

50.8

57.2

57.2

42.8

Third Row (cu. ft) Leg room

33.5  

31.1

-

31.9

32

31.7

31.7

31.5

You get a seating for 8 in the standard Traverse but Chevy gave the optional captain’s chair option which makes that 7. All seats are comfortable with suffice headroom and legroom to endure long trips. The front row seats are the most comfortable with the driver’s chair featuring power adjustment. Higher sweetens the mood with passenger adjustment and lumbar adjustment. The third row seats are not a pain either, a 6 footer can easy squeeze back into the seats, but he won’t enjoy a long ride due to low legroom space.

Infotainment System

The 7-inch infotainment screen is mounted high and is easy to use. There is no noticeable delay with any menu either. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard features even for the entry level Traverse. However, you may have too, extend your reach to actually use the touch screen.

Cargo volume

Get all your cloths, bags, and extra supplies for the future and still there will be more space to use. Inside the cabin, every door has big door pockets, space for water bottles, central console, and more. On the upper trim the infotainment screen could be shifted upwards for a cubby hole. If you talk about core practicality, Chevy is not far behind. The standard 23 cubic feet is decent, though you can fold the 3rd row seats to open up 57.8 inches of cargo. Still not satisfied? Fold the 2nd row to go SUV mode with its 98.2 cubic feet of cargo. 

Model

Chevrolet Traverse

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

Cargo Volume in trunk (ft.3)

23

12.8

36.3

16.5

21

17.8

13.8

17.2

Cargo Volume 3rd Row folded (ft.3)

57.8

41.7

-

83.9

43.8

47.5

TBD

47.7

Cargo Volume 2nd row folded (ft.3)

98.2

79

68.3

46.8

80.7

86.5

83.7

84.5

The big boxy design comes with a lot of perks. Most of its direct competitors are spacious but do not match Chevy’s generosity.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Safety

NHTSA gave the Traverse a full stellar rating on their crash test. The entire Traverse family share a rich standard safety list, a rearview camera, and traction control is staple throughout the trim family. Now for more features and you have to spend more. Higher trim levels get more features like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control. Automatic high beams and more. These come standard for the High Country trim but are optional for the Premier.

  • Rear Door Child Safety Locks
  • Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Front And Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes
  • Front Headrests
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • Auto Delay Off Headlamps
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Front, Rear And Third Row Head Airbags
  • Xenon High Intensity Discharge Headlamp
  • Rear Center 3-Point Belt

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Competition

Ford Explorer vs Chevrolet Traverse

Ford created a multitalented SUV with everything wrapped in a sensible manner. A true family hauler with decent fuel economy and cargo space. However, the third row passenger seats are cramped and not fit for long routes. Still, if you are looking for a mid-sized SUV then Explorer is not One to miss. Traverse on the other hand, pushed the envelope with more intensity. You get more cargo, power, comfort on a lesser price tag. The Explorer is more agile to drive but that not a buyer in the mis-size segment looks for.

So, frankly the Traverse outshines the Explorer on that level as well.

Subaru Ascent vs Chevrolet Traverse

Park a Ascent next to the Traverse and the difference the quite visible. Chevy is the king of the hill because of its humongous size. Then you have the a potent engine, more power, differing fuel economy and cargo volume. Subaru wins the battle when it comes to towing capacity. That pined next to the better fuel efficiency is the only upper hand Subaru has over Chevy.

Both the Ascent and the Traverse are logical buy in their own way, but as a package Traverse is the more savvy SUV to buy.

GMC Acadia vs Chevrolet Traverse

GM introduced Acadia and Traverse are the distant cousins from the GM’s branch family. In the past they both had size and style but then they were further divided when one inheriting style and other size. The Acadia boast suave interior styling and better cabin comfort minus the cargo while Traverse is more of a family SUV. But again, it can tow way more than the Traverse.

The similar price range, makes the choice entirely up to the buyer’s intensions for the SUV.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Final Verdict

“The bigger it is the better it gets” seems like GM truly believe in the notion with the Traverse. Being the roomiest SUV in the mi-sized segment Traverse is one hell of a buy. You get a sonorous V6 engine as standard, acceptable efficiency, and more space than you can make use of. The driving dynamics are like any other SUV, the suspension is soft and calibrated for comfort making it ideal for long routes.

Some would appreciate the sweet simplistic body along with the upscale interior but would like more trailering and ergonomic numbers. Overall, the Traverse competes well and is more sensible choice when you consider the price and the amounts of features you get.