2019 Chevrolet Traverse

MSRP $29,930 - $53,200

Ranked #13 in Midsize Suv

7.7

Overall Rating

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 17, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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With increasing time and technology, renowned carmakers like Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Jeep, and others have indulged themselves in a race striving to provide a cost-effective, family-friendly, and feature-packed SUV to the market. The one who packs more value, features, space, and a well-performing engine enjoys a lavish status in the market. The base model of the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse priced at $29,840 comes equipped with a 3.6L V6 engine. It offers enough grunt to cruise on the highways and can be used as a daily driver as well. 

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Pros

Brawny and Athletic Engine

Buffed shell and accommodating cabin

Large cargo space

User-friendly infotainment system

Cons

Sub-standard build quality

Limited access in third-row

Absence of height-adjustable shoulder belts

What's New?

Introduction of LT Premium Package that features an enhanced audio system, rearview camera, and other comfort and driver-assistance features.

Heated Steering wheel available with the Premium and High Country trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

223 cu.in.

horsepower

305 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 2800 rpm

transmission

9 speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

121 in.

length

204 in.

width

79 in.

height

71 in.

curb weight

4362 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

98.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/27 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

L$29,930 onwards

LS$32,900 onwards

LT Cloth$35,400 onwards

LT Leather$39,100 onwards

RS$43,100 onwards

Premier$45,500 onwards

RS 3.6$45,700 onwards

High Country$50,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 Chevrolet Traverse in Black Currant 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

Pricing and Features

8.3

Engine and Performance

8.1

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.1

Exterior

7.3

Safety

9.9

Competition

7.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


The 2019 Traverse arrives with a generous amount of features and comforts, the cabin is well-built and accommodating and the exterior looks muscular and massive. 2019 MY comes in a choice-set of 7 trims- L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country. This SUV from GM ranks 15th in the segment and rivals the likes of the 2019 Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, and Toyota Highlander.


8.1/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.1/10
Interior

7.3/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2019 Chevrolet Traverse Features

The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is offered in 7 trims: L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country. It can be availed in two engine configurations- the standard one is a 3.6L V6 and the other 2L Turbocharged Inline-4. The base trim is already sufficiently equipped with 18" Bright Silver-Painted Aluminum wheels, Dual-outlet exhaust with round tips, LED DRLs with HID Headlamps, 3.5-inch driver info display, Keyless Open and Start, Steering wheel-mounted controls, Tri-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver, front passenger, and rear seats, and many others.

Trim

L

LS

LT Cloth

LT Leather

RS

Premier

High Country

MSRP (FWD)

$29,930

$32,900

$35,400

$39,100

$43,100

$45,500

N/A

MSRP(AWD)

N/A

$34,900

$39,200

$41,100

$45,700

$48,400

$53,200

Key Features

7-inch touch LED

Adds or replaces features of L

Adds or replaces features of LS

Adds or replaces features of LT Cloth

Adds or replaces features of LT Leather

Adds or replaces features of RS

Adds or replaces features of Premier

 

Six USB Ports

Privacy Glass

Fog Lamps

8-inch touchscreen

2.0L turbocharged engine

Hands-free power liftgate

Aluminum Wheels

 

Keyless Entry and Ignition

Optional AWD system

Satellite Radio

Heated front seats

120-volt power outlet

Bi-functional projector beam headlamps

Bi-functional projector beam headlamps

 

Teen-driver system

Optional Entertainment System

Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel

Side Blind Zone Alert

Interior Black Accents

Body Color Moldings

Adaptive Cruise Control

 

Tri-zone Automatic Control

Cargo Management Package

Second-row captain seats

Rear Park Assist

Surround-view camera

Wireless Charging

Brake Assist

 

Bluetooth Connectivity

Second-row tablet mounts

Integrated Turn Signals

Leather Upholstery

10-speaker Bose Premium Sound System

Ventilated front seats

Locking Rear Differential

Apart from the above features, Chevy offers a few additional packages which can be availed during the car’s purchase. These include:

  • Convenience and Driver Confidence Package.
  • LT Premium Package.
  • Driver Confidence II Package.
  • Redline Edition.

Which Trim should you buy?

The brawny SUV arrives in a total of 7 trims, with 2 engine options. Broad choice levels can be intimidating because of the plethora of features offered. Nevertheless, it is not an issue. In our opinion, the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse Premier trim with Driver Confidence II Package must be the best fit, as it adds a handful of creature comforts and the latest safety features. While the pricing does feel steep, the SUV provides the best value for money in the segment. 

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Engine and Performance

8.1/10

There are 2 engine options that the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is equipped with. While the standard 3.6L V6 is available from the base variant itself, a 2L Turbocharged Inline-4 unit is exclusive to the RS trim. The base engine option is a 3.6L V6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. This duo generates 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, sending power to the front wheels as standard. The V6 offers sufficient power to the SUV which aids it in performing daily tasks without any difficulty. 

It is capable of hitting 0 to 60MPH in just 6.7 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in a mere 15.2 seconds. The 3.6L V6 feels smooth and refined in the city traffic. As soon as you floor the pedal, the car starts to show its true potential. It is punchy and behaves like a tamed beast. The performance it shows on the highways is impeccable, credits to its optional AWD system.

The second engine option available with the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse RS is a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 unit and can churn out 257hp of power and 295lb.-ft of torque. Available both as an FWD and AWD variant, it makes use of a similar transmission setup which allows for similar and likable performance. 

Models

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Toyota Highlander

MSRP

$29,800

$32,570

$33,460

$33,880

Engine

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

9-speed automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

Power 

310hp @ 6800 rpm

280hp @ 6000 rpm

290hp @ 6500 rpm

295hp @ 6600 rpm

Torque

266lb-ft @ 2800 rpm

262lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

255lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

263lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.7

6.2

8.2

7.2

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.2

14.8

16.3

15.5

Top-Speed (MPH)

132

132

133

132

From the table, it’s evident that the 2019 Traverse offers the best performance despite being the least expensive. It also comes with a larger engine and a more refined 9-speed automatic gearbox when compared to its competitors. While all competitors make use of a V6 unit, the 2019 Honda Pilot is the quickest on the 0-60MPH run owing to its lightweight nature and is half a second quicker than Chevrolet clocking 6.2 seconds. Despite comparable power and torque outputs, the 2019 Ford Explorer is the slowest in the segment and lurks at the bottom of the table by being a second slower than the 2019 Toyota Highlander that takes 7.2 and 15.5 seconds in the 60mph and a quarter-mile sprints, respectively.

How well does the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse handle?

As one would think, with the massive 3.6L V6 engine’s power and the big hefty body, the 2019 Traverse might be difficult to handle. However, the answer is no. The vehicle comes blessed with light and responsive steering which makes it easy to manage. It has got less body roll considering its curb weight, and performs well in the curves. The SUV behaves well in city conditions. 

In the highways, as mentioned before, due to the presence of the mammoth engine, it behaves like a beast in open fields. However, it is well-maneuverable and offers a stabilized ride. The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is more inclined towards comfort than performance. The suspension absorbs any shocks from bumpy roads offering a comfortable and stabilized ride. The higher trims can be equipped with a 4x4 system which comes with Traction Mode as well that allows for all-terrain and all-season drivability. 

Braking Performance

Considering the hefty curb weight in mind, it's apparent that Chevy did ponder about it much. The 2019 Traverse comes fitted with a 12.6” brake rotor in the front and a 12.4 rotor in the rear. This works fine and smoothly slows down the car, leading to a safe stop. The brakes are further equipped with ABS, EBD, and Forward and Low-speed automatic braking, which comes crucial in any emergency.

Models

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Toyota Highlander

Front Brake Rotors (Inches)

12.6

12.6

12.8

12.9

Rear Brake Rotors (Inches)

12.4

13.0

12.8

12.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4362

4217

4443

4244

60-0MPH (feet)

120

120

127

126

The Honda Pilot is the lightest of the lot and comes equipped with a similar set of brakes as the Chevy. Despite that, Chevy and Honda stop at the same distance of 120 feet from 60-0MPH. The 2019 Ford Explorer sports proportionate brakes that measure 12.8-inch both at the front and rear. However, due to its hefty curb weight, it covers the maximum ground before coming to a halt taking 127ft and takes only a foot higher than the 2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2019 Traverse returns a decent fuel economy of 18 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. It also comes fitted with a large fuel tank of 19.4 gallons. Despite sporting a larger V6 engine, the fuel efficiency figures are adequate. The 2.0L Turbo inline-4 on the RS returns even better fuel economy in the city but it takes a hit in terms of highway economy.

Models

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Toyota Highlander

MPG (City)

18

18

17

20

MPG (Highway)

27

26

24

27

MPG (Combined)

21

21

20

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19.4

19.5

18.6

19.2

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined, in Miles)

349.2/523.8/407

351/507/409

316.2/446.4/372

384/518/441

The 2019 Traverse comes with the best fuel capacity, but in terms of efficiency, the Highlander has an edge averaging 23 MPG. It offers the best fuel economy figures. Moreover, it comes with a similar-sized fuel tank as the Traverse and has a notable advantage in terms of range averaging 441 miles, combined. The Ford Explorer is the heaviest and offers the least mileage in the competition, but at 20 MPG it remains only a notch behind Chevrolet and Honda.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Interior

8.1/10

The 2019 Traverse being large in terms of size, merit in terms of interior spaciousness, and comfort. The cabin materials come in a variety, for example, the base trim comes wrapped with premium black cloth leather upholsteries and as you go up higher the quality of the materials gets a subtle upgrade. The High Country trim comes with a Loft Brown Premium Perforated Leather or Dark Galvanized Perforated Leather Upholsteries. The cabin can seat 8-people with adequate head and legroom. However, if you opt for the middle-row captain seats, the seating capacity falls to seven passengers. The seats are cushioned well, wide and upright, further. You also get 8-way power-adjustable front seats with lumbar support and 6-way power-adjustable seats for the front passenger. 

Moreover, the front seats come heated and with higher trims, ventilation can also be added. At the rear, the second and third-row seats can be folded 60/40 for additional trunk space. The cabin is well-engineered and provides all necessary comforts like a 4.2” driver information display, Tri-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Interior lighting with theater dimming, cargo light, reading lights for front seats, 10 cup holders, and many others. The SUV offers a generous amount of trunk space- 23 cubic feet. The seats as mentioned above can be folded in a 60/40 split for a colossal 98.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is adequate for your overnight camping trips or any weekend getaway. 

Models

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Toyota Highlander

Seating Capacity

8

8

7

8

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

41.3/62.1/41.0

40.1/62/40.9

41.4/61.5/42.9

40.7/59.3/44.2

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

40.0/62.2/38.4

40.2/62/38.4

40.6/61/39.5

39.9/59.6/38.4

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

38.2/57.5/33.5

38.9/57.6/31.9

37.8/50.8/32.0

35.9/55/27.7

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

23.0

16.5

21.0

13.8

All the cars, except the 2019 Ford Explorer come in an 8-person seating arrangement. The Chevrolet Traverse offers the most interior room, while the Highlander trails at the bottom. While Toyota’s front seats are immensely spacious, the third row is best suited for kids. In terms of cargo capacity, the Traverse ranks second in the segment at 21 cubic feet followed by the Pilot that offers 16.5 cu ft, while the least cargo capacity at 13.8 cubic feet is managed by the 2019 Highlander.

Standout interior features:

  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • 8-way power driver and 6-way power-adjustable passenger seats with power lumbar support
  • 7-passenger seating with second-row captain’s chairs
  • SkyScape power tilt-sliding sunroof and fixed rear skylight with sunscreen
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats

What’s there to keep you entertained?

2019 Traverse features a 7-inch touch LCD that supports AM/FM Radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The infotainment system also comes with a Wifi hotspot and SiriusXM with a 3-month trial. Apart from these, you also get an optional Premium 10-Speaker Sound System by Bose, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless device charging, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Standout infotainment features:

  • 8” High-resolution touch LCD
  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay Support
  • Handsfree Messaging Assistant
  • SiriusXM satellite radio and HD radio
  • Bose Premium 10-Speaker Sound System. (Optional)
  • In-built 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Wireless charging

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Exterior

7.3/10

The 2019 Traverse despite being bulky and a well-accommodating 8-seater SUV looks impressively sleek and muscular from the outside. Though not as appealing as its competitors, it comes blessed with a traditional SUV look. This shows how GM refers to practicality and function, rather than appeals. Talking about the materials and their quality, the chassis is mainly composed of galvanized steel sheets and hard plastics at some places. 

The LED DRLs with HIDs are now wider and hug the corners. It sits between the large chrome grille and fog lamps to make it look preserved. At the rear, the LED lamps wrap around the corners which makes it look smart and polite. Other unsung exterior features that generously add to Chevy’s further appeal include the Roof rails, Fog lamps, Signature Black accents, and Dual-outlet exhaust with rectangular chrome tips. The 2019 Traverse leads in wheelbase, length, and height measuring 120.9, 204.3, and 70.7 inches, respectively, making it the largest car in the competition

Models

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Toyota Highlander

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4362

4217

4443

4244

Length (inches)

204.3

196.5

198.3

192.5

Width (inches)

78.6

78.6

78.9

75.8

Height (inches)

70.7

70.6

70.0

68.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.0

7.3

7.8

8

Wheelbase (inches)

120.9

111.0

112.8

109.8

The Ford Explorer is the heaviest car in this comparison followed by the Chevy weighing 4,443 and 4,362 lbs, respectively. The hefty weight with the large wheelbase on the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse can be an advantage as it can enhance maneuverability and makes sure the car stays planted on the road. Finally, the Highlander gets an edge in ground clearance which makes it the most suitable for driving in bad road conditions and is similar to the Chevrolet Traverse at 8 inches. The Honda Pilot at 4,217 lbs is the lightest SUV in the segment, however, it is smaller in overall dimensions.

Standout exterior features:

  • LED D-Optic bi-function projector-beam headlamps and Fog lamps
  • 20" Polished-Aluminum Wheels
  • Deep-tinted glass
  • Roof rails
  • Signature Black accents
  • Dual-outlet exhaust with rectangular tips

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Safety

9.9/10

Being one of the most trusted and reliable car makers in the US, Chevrolet did consider safety before instigating the SUV in the market. The quality of the materials used is top-notch and uncompromised in terms of quality. 2019 Traverse received an overall rating of 5 stars from the NHTSA and ‘Good’ ratings from the IIHS. Most of the safety features can be equipped as you go up the trim ladder. Only a rearview camera and teen driver system are offered as standard across the lineup.

Standout standard and optional safety features include:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Forward Collision Warning with Following Distance Indicator
  • Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • Lane Change Alert
  • Blindspot Alert with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Rear Park Assist with Camera
  • Intellibeam HIDs

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Competition

7.0/10

2019 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2019 Honda Pilot

Both of the cars in the segment shine and are distinct in their own manners. But if we were to recommend, the Traverse seems to be the more preferable option. Starting with the pricing first, the Honda Pilot is priced $5000 more than the latter and it outperforms the Pilot in many attributes. The 3.6L V6 engine of the Traverse offers better performance than the Honda. 2019 Traverse offers better cabin volume, leg rooms, superior braking performance, and a better set of features.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2019 Ford Explorer

The Chevy’s 3.6L V6 performs better than the 3.5L V6 offered by Ford. The better cabin space, large fuel tank, and trunk give the Chevy an edge over the Explorer. However, Ford has some advantages too. The 2019 Ford Explorer comes with a better cabin build quality and packs more features and safety programs. The chassis build quality is far ahead of the Chevy, and even the base trim comes loaded with more standard features.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2019 Toyota Highlander

If we happen to have a look at the spec comparisons in the table constructed above, you’ll find the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse more preferable, because of its notable attributes. It performs exceptionally well and has a large trunk. However, a few things are in the Highlander’s favor. The SUV has a better cabin in terms of looks and quality and it packs better features in the base trim. Most importantly, the Toyota Highlander offers class-leading mileage.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Final Verdict

GM has given more thought to the practicality of the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse rather than appeal. That being said, it doesn’t compromise on the appeal anywhere. The car is nicely built with fine engineering which is evident in the powerful 3.6L V6 engine, the spacious and well-curated cabin, a fine fascia, a bunch of latest features, creature comforts, and safety programs. The 2019 Traverse is much preferred as a family car owing to its accommodating cabin with massive trunk space. Priced comfortably under $30,000, it’s definitely a fair deal.

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