Chevrolet made a big change in its SUV lineup and the most significant was the last year redesigned Traverse. This new version brings a number of welcome change, with more room for eight and plenty of cargo space and even 350 pounds lighter. This is definitely better-looking than the previous version, inside and out, and offers more power and more features. Chevy also introduced a new high-line version Traverse High Country. Available in standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive, the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is finally able to compete with the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, Volkswagen Atlas and other crossover SUVs.
The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse boasts seven trim levels: L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier and High Country. Put the Traverse at the top of your shopping list if you’re looking for three-row SUV with seating for up to eight, roomy cargo space, good power and solid fuel economy.
The base 2019 Chevrolet Traverse L model is respectably equipped, with such amenities as keyless ignition, a traction mode selection, a rearview camera, the 7-inch Chevy MyLink touchscreen, Teen Driver monitoring tech, six USB ports, and even Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Plenty more features are available as you step up to higher trim and up to the top-line High Country. There you’ll find standard features like a 360-degree surround-view parking camera and a suite of driver aids.
The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse offers two different powertrains, including the peppy turbocharged 4-cylinder in the RS trim. It boasts a better torque than the 3.6-liter V6 engine, but only available in front-wheel drive (FWD), so those who want all-wheel drive (AWD) should go for the bigger-displacement package. The V6 engine is paired with a new, smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission and has towing capacity from 1,500 to 5,000 pounds. For maximum traction, the Traverse High Country adds a dual-clutch transfer system, rather than the single-clutch unit on other AWD models.
3.6-liter V6 with 9-speed automatic
310 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
266 lb-ft of torque @ 2,800 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 18/27 mpg (FWD) and 17/25 mpg (AWD)
2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 9-speed automatic
255 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
295 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 20/26 mpg
The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. It has Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just under $30,900 for the base L model. The Traverse LS starts at $33,000. The LT Cloth models start at about $35,500, while the LT Leather start at just over $42,000. The Traverse RS starts around $43,000, while the Premier at $45,400. The range-topping High Country will cost $53,000.