Chevrolet redesigned the Traverse SUV last year. With a weight of 400 pounds lighter than the previous version, an additional 3 inches of legroom for second-row, and more third-row legroom than its competitors the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot, the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse establishes its position as one of the roomiest three-row crossover on the market. For more space, you have to take a minivan or a full-size SUV like the Chevrolet Suburban.
For this year, the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse returns with the same formula. The Traverse still carries the same V6 engine from the last model, but with an additional 29 horsepower. Paired with a nine-speed transmission, this combination helps the Traverse achieve up to 21 mpg of combined driving. There is also a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but it is only available in the sport-theme RS trim.
The Traverse wide range trim levels remain a major force. With features and amenities that cover everything from basic utilities to sporty to luxurious, the Traverse not only challenges traditional rivals such as the Mazda CX-9, Highlander and Pilot, but also luxury SUVs such as the Volvo XC90 and Acura MDX. Still, the Traverse doesn’t deliver the engaging drive like its competitors, it’s also a little too slow and the handling is a bit sloppy. But when it comes to comfortable highway ride and roomy space to spread out or carry your stuff, no one beats the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse.
For 2019, the Chevrolet Traverse receives an optional 8-inch touchscreen. Otherwise, the Traverse is unchanged.
Trim levels and features
The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is a large crossover SUV with seating for seven or eight passengers, depending on the second-row seating configuration. There are seven trim levels available: L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier and High Country.
The base L is well-equipped, but it’s a build-to-order trim, so you’re unlikely to ever even see a Traverse L on a dealer lot. Standard features include 18-inch wheels, xenon headlights, LED running lights, an engine stop-start system, seating for eight, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a 7-inch MyLink touchscreen infotainment system, OnStar communications with an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, 4G LTE connection and Chevy’s Teen Driver system.
The Traverse LS is similar to the L trim, but it can be equipped with all-wheel drive and some optional dealer-sourced extras, such as a cargo management package and second-row tablet mounts with USB charging ports.
Moving up to the LT Cloth and you’ll get mirror-integrated turn signals, roof rails, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and a second-row captain’s chairs, which reduce seating capacity to seven but improving comfort and accessibility.
The LT Cloth also offers several optional packages. The Convenience and Driver Confidence package adds blind-spot monitoring, a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, remote engine start, heated front seats, a color driver information display, and an upgraded 8-inch infotainment touchscreen. The Trailering package adds a trailer hitch and heavy-duty cooling system. The AWD LT Cloth get the Convenience and Driver Confidence package as standard equipment.
The Traverse LT Leather include the Convenience and Driver Confidence package content plus a power-adjustable passenger seat and leather upholstery. The optional Premium package adds 20-inch wheels, top-down parking camera system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a built-in rearview camera display, a navigation system, a 120-volt power outlet, and a 10-speaker Bose sound system. A panoramic sunroof is also available as stand-alone options.
The RS trim is a bit different in the Traverse lineup. It has the LT Leather and Premium package features plus unique stylings such as a blacked-out grille, 20-inch wheels and bow tie badge. The RS offers a little bit of extra low-end power, but it’s actually no sportier than other trims despite its looks.
The Traverse Premier trim adds LED headlights, auto-hands-free liftgate, dimming side mirrors, a power-adjustable steering column, driver-seat memory settings, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and wireless device charging.
Optional packages for the Premier is the Driver Confidence II package, which adds lane departure warning and intervention, forward collision alert with low-speed automatic braking and pedestrian detection. The Redline Edition package adds the panoramic sunroof and blacks out all the chrome trim. The Premier AWD gets you adaptive headlights, the Driver Confidence II package and Trailering package.
The Traverse High Country include the Premier feature plus a special all-wheel-drive system with an auto-locking rear differential, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, the panoramic sunroof, unique interior leather upholstery and a power-folding third-row seat.
While many competitors in this segment offer only one powertrain option, Chevy chooses to give two. The standard engine for the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is a 3.6-liter V6 that generates 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with a smooth-shifting new nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The L is only available in FWD version. For maximum traction, the Traverse High Country adds a dual-clutch transfer system, rather than the single-clutch unit on other AWD models.
In performance testing, the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse High Country accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, which is average for the class. The Premier FWD took 7.1 seconds on the same test. EPA estimated for fuel economy at 21 mpg combined (18 city/27 highway) for the FWD model and 20 mpg combined (17 city/25 highway) for the AWD. Towing capacity up to 5,000 pounds.
The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse RS comes exclusively with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 257 hp and boasts better torque (295). It also matched with nine-speed automatic and only available in front-drive, so those who want all-wheel drive (AWD) will go for the bigger-displacement package. In track testing, the Traverse RS completed the 0 to 60 run in 7.1 seconds. EPA fuel economy rating at 22 mpg combined (20 city/26 highway).
Release Date and Price
The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting from $30,900 (include $945 destination fee) for the base L model. The LS starts at 33,000. The LT Cloth begins at $35,500 and the LT Leather starts at just over $42,000. The Traverse RS starts around $43,000, while the Premier at $45,400. The range-topping High Country models cost $53,000.