2019 Chevrolet Traverse vs. GMC Acadia

December 10th, 2018 by

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse and the GMC Acadia are both popular selections for the market for midsize sport utility vehicles that can haul the entire family and its cargo comfortably and in style.

Engine and Performance

Both the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse and the GMC Acadia are powerful large vehicles that will exceed expectations in power and performance in their vehicle class.

The Chevrolet Traverse is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out a horsepower of 305 running at 6,800 revolutions per minute and pulls a hefty torque of 260 pounds per foot running at 2,800 revolutions per minute.

On the other hand, the GMC Acadia utilizes a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that puts out just 193 horsepower running at 6,300 revolutions per minute (or 208 horsepower running at 6,800 revolutions per minute for comparison). It pulls torque of 188 pounds per foot running at 4,400 revolutions per minute (or 120 pounds per foot running at 2,800 revolutions per minute for comparison).

Similar to each other in size, the GMC Acadia has a turning circle of 38.7 feet and the Chevrolet Traverse has a turning circle of 39 feet. Both sport utility vehicles have a double overhead cam type (DOHC) and variable valve timing. The Chevrolet Traverse has 24 valves and a nine-speed shiftable automatic transmission, and the GMC Acadia has 16 valves with a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission.

Both sport utility vehicles feature front-wheel drives on their base model trim levels and both also run on regular unleaded gasoline as fuel. The Chevrolet Traverse generously provides enough seating for eight people and a maximum cargo capacity of 98.2 cubic feet, while the GMC Acadia provides enough seating for seven people in total and has a maximum cargo capacity of 79.0 cubic feet.

Safety Features and Systems

Both Chevrolet and GMC want to keep you and your crew safe when you are enjoying a trek in their sport utility vehicles. They have implemented a number of safety features and systems to deliver on this promise. Numerous of these are common between the Chevrolet Traverse and the GMC Acadia, such as the two front and two rear headrests, engine immobilizer, four-wheel ABS system, stability control, post-collision safety system, passenger airbags equipped with occupant sensing deactivation, front side-mounted airbags on both sides, monitoring of tire pressure, child safety locks on the rear doors, three-point belts in the rear center seats, and child seat anchors.

In addition, both sport utility vehicles are also equipped with rear height adjustable headrests, anti-theft remote alarm systems, an auto delay off function of the headlamps, ventilated disc brakes on both the front and rear wheels, headlamps with a dusk-sensing function, daytime running lights, traction control, and head airbags for the front, rear, and third row.

The Chevrolet Traverse base model also has xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps. The GMC Acadia base model does not currently have this equipment.

Comfort and Convenience Features and Entertainment Systems

Not only do Chevrolet and GMC have your safety in mind, but they also want to ensure that your ride is convenient and enjoyable. To accomplish this they have built in a number of features and systems to benefit you and your crew.

Standard in both the Chevrolet Traverse and the GMC Acadia base models are an electric power steering system, cruise control, keyless ignition, rearview camera for backing up, tilt adjusting steering wheel, audio controls and cruise controls built into the steering wheel, vanity mirrors that are illuminated on both sides, climate control for all three zones of the interior, cup holders in the front, rear and third rows, a sun sensor, storage on the front seat backs, and front and rear door pocket storage.

The Chevrolet Traverse base model is also equipped with an interior air filtration system; the GMC Acadia base model is not equipped with this at this time.

When it comes down to entertainment systems, both the Chevrolet Traverse and the GMC Acadia are entirely equally equipped at their base trim levels. In both sport utility vehicles you will find a standard AM and FM stereo radio, six speakers in total with speed sensitive volume controls, and auxiliary audio input, a USB connection input, and external media control functionality with both the auxiliary and USB inputs.

Likewise, the power features of both sport utility vehicles are the exact same on their respective base trim levels. Hands-free entry, heated mirrors, and two one-touch power windows. Dash instrumentation on both sport utility vehicle base models include a trip computer, compass, digital clock, tachometer, and an external temperature display.

Exterior Features

The GMC Acadia is equipped with all season P245/65R H tires that are mounted on 17-inch by 7.5-inch alloy wheels. The Chevrolet Traverse features all season P255/65R18 tires that are mounted on 18-inch painted alloy wheels.

The Chevrolet Traverse also includes a temporary spare tire that is mounted on its underbody. The base model of the GMC Acadia does not include this feature at this point in time.

Both sport utility vehicles are equipped with an independent suspension for all four-wheels and stabilizer bars in both the front and rear of the vehicle.

When it comes to color options on the base model of these two sport utility vehicles, both makes only offer you two color choices. The Chevrolet Traverse is offered in Summit White and Mosaic Black Metallic colors, and the GMC Acadia is offered in Quicksilver Metallic and Summit White colors.

Warranty Information

The Chevrolet Traverse and the GMC Acadia are tied when it comes to extended protection beyond the dealer’s lot after the sale. You can expect to have the following warranties after your purchase with both of these sport utility vehicles:

  • Basic warranty of up to three years or a maximum of 36,000 miles
  • Drivetrain warranty of up to five years or a maximum of 60,000 miles
  • Roadside warranty of up to five years or a maximum of 60,000 miles
  • Rust warranty of up to six years or a maximum of 100,000 miles
  • Free Maintenance Warranty of up to two years or a maximum of 24,000 miles

Though somewhat similar on paper, the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse packs a much more powerful punch under the hood. The engine of the new Traverse is miles better than that of the Acadia’s engine and it is the principal reason one would choose the Traverse over the Acadia. The Traverse also trumps the Acadia by offering a number of features unavailable on the GMC model.

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