Introducing the All-New 2019 Chevrolet Traverse
What’s New in 2019 Traverse?
The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse boasts several changes from the 2019 model year, making an already impressive SUV an even smarter purchase option.
New models come with the option of a steering wheel that heats automatically (standard equipment on the High Country and Premier trim levels) and a 3.6L V6 on the RS all-wheel-drive model. A turbocharged four-cylinder is now also available for the RS.
The V6 on all other trims is packing an additional 29 horsepower, increased from 281 in 2018. When coupled with the Traverse’s nine-speed transmission, getting 21 mpg in your roomy SUV goes from dream to reality.
Chevy has also added another package to the Traverse’s trim lineup, the LT Premium Package. It is standard on RS models and available as an option on the LT leather model. Included in this luxurious package are 20-inch aluminum wheels, eight-inch navigation radio, a 110V outlet, surround vision, rear camera mirror, and Bose speakers.
Some things have remained the same for 2019, such as the lighter weight and larger cabin that engineers pioneered in 2018. The Traverse is widely recognized as one of the most comfortable three-row crossovers on the market, beating out competitors with extra legroom that is usually only found in a full-size SUV. The variety of trim levels that Traverse is known for is still available, so there’s something to suit every need.
Safety and technology have not been forgotten. The Traverse includes a range of safety features like blind spot monitoring, with adaptive cruise control available on the High Country trim. The Teen Driver system comes standard on all models, allowing parents to limit functions, receive accident notifications, and locate the car via GPS. A seven-inch touchscreen equipped with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, OnStar with 4G and Wi-Fi is included, with the option to upgrade to an eight-inch display.
Which Traverse is Right for You?
The Chevrolet Traverse in Purcell now boasts a whopping seven trim levels, ranging from a nicely equipped standard crossover to luxurious, high-end vehicle. All models have the V6 engine as standard except for the RS, which is fitted with the aforementioned turbo four.
For a base model vehicle, the Traverse L is very well turned out. It comes standard with xenon headlights, an engine stop-start system, OnStar with 4G LTE connection and Wi-Fi, a seven-inch touchscreen entertainment system with compatibility with Android and Apple, LED running lights, 18-inch wheels, tilting steering wheel, a rearview camera, and Chevy’s Teen Driver system. It sets eight comfortably. This particular model is build-to-order, so most options aren’t available, and four-wheel drive is the only format.
The LS trim is the base trim that one is most likely to encounter on a dealer’s lot. It comes with the same standard equipment as the L model, but all-wheel drive is available and there are a few extras that can be added, including a cargo management system and second-row tablet mounts with USB charging ports.
The LT Cloth model will net the buyer captain’s chairs in the second row instead of a bench seat (although the bench is still an option), mirror-integrated turn signals, roof rails, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.
Two package options exist for the LT Cloth, the Convenience and Driver Confidence Package and the Trailering Package. The former includes blind spot monitoring, a power liftgate, the eight-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, remote engine start, and a color driver information display. This package comes standard with the all-wheel-drive LT Cloth. The Trailering package adds functionality with a trailer hitch and an upgraded cooling system.
If you’re looking for a little more luxury, try the LT Leather. As the name implies, it comes with leather seats, plus the Convenience and Driver Confidence Package upgrades and a power-adjustable passenger seat. A sunroof is available for this trim.
For the 2019 model year, Chevy is introducing the Premium package with a navigation system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with built-in rearview camera display, 20-inch wheels, a Bose sound system with 10 speakers, a 120V power outlet, and a parking camera system.
The RS model stands out from the other options and is really the most unique of the lineup. It has the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine and front-wheel drive. It is outfitted similarly to the LT Leather and has Premium package features as standard equipment. It also has special styling accents, such as a blacked-out grille and bow tie badge.
The Premier trim includes auto-dimming side mirrors, ventilated front seats, power-adjustable steering column, driver-seat memory settings, LED headlights, hands-free liftgate operation, heated rear seats, and wireless device charging.
It can be supplemented with the Driver Confidence II Package or the Redline Edition Package. Driver Confidence II adds low-speed automatic braking, forward collision alert with pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning and intervention. Opting for all-wheel drive includes an automatic upgrade to the Driver Confidence II package, Trailering package, and adaptive headlights. The Redline Edition package includes a sunroof and special blacked-out chrome trim.
The High Country is the top of the Traverse’s range, and as such, it comes with everything the Premier offers plus a different all-wheel-drive system featuring auto-locking rear differential. It also gets the sunroof, a power-folding third-row seat, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and special leather upholstery. All-wheel drive is the only option available for this trim.
Safety, Safety, Safety
Although some of the safety features offered by the 2019 Traverse for sale have already been discussed, it’s worth devoting a little time to detail which trims offer which equipment, as not everything is standard on all models. On all models, airbags in the front on the sides cushion the driver and front passenger, and for all rows in outboard seating positions, there are driver inboard seat-mounted side-impact and head-curtain side-impact bags. The rearview camera system is standard on all models, and the RS, Premier, and High Country, and LT Premium Package include Surround Vision.
The Convenience and Driver Confidence Package adds features such as Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Park Assist and is standard on LT Leather, RS, Premier, High Country, and LT Cloth with all-wheel drive.
The Driver Confidence II Package adds Forward Collision Alert, Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Following Distance Indicator, IntelliBeam headlamps, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and Front Pedestrian Detection. This package is standard only on the High Country, as is Front Automatic Braking with Intelligent Brake Assist/Collision Avoidance Braking.