2019 Chevrolet Traverse: Sporty Three Row People Mover

Published: Monday, June 3, 2019 | 11:03 PM

2019 Chevrolet Traverse RSLast year Chevrolet completely redesigned the Traverse crossover SUV and little changes from last year’s remodel. It still has the most legroom of any of its competitors and its lighter profile means better performance. This year Chevrolet eked out a bit more horsepower from its standard six-cylinder engine and added a turbocharged four-cylinder engine to its sport-styled RS.

The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is available in seven trim levels: L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country. The Premier Trim is the subject of this review.

With LED headlights, hands-free liftgate, wireless device charging, driver-seat memory, auto-dimming side mirros, and ventilated front seats, the Premium trim of the Traverse is the top of the heap (except for the High Country). It’s got every bell and whistle you could want even the 20-inch wheels and blacked-out grille of the sporty RS, but it still has the V6 engine. My model also came with all-wheel drive.

2019chevrolettraverseintAll models come with Chevrolet’s technology of OnStar communications with a 4G LTE connection and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, Chevy’s Teen Driver system, and a 8-inch MyLink touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

The 3.6-liter V6 produces 310 horses and 266 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Expect to get 17/city, 25/highway, and 20/combined mpg.

The interior of the Traverse is roomy enough for adults to sit in all three rows. So often the third row is something that is just jammed in. There was some thought put into the placement of the seating in the Traverse. It’s even easy to access the third row, making getting in and out child’s play.

Fit and finish are good and the center stack is easily accessible and simple to use. There are plenty of back-up redundancy in the knobs and buttons to the 8-inch touchscreen.

This is a great road-trip car. The seating is comfortable in all rows and with plenty of space for stretching. The cabin is quiet with minimal road noise so the Bose Premium 10-speaker sound system shines. Bumps large and small are smoothed out by the suspension and tires.

The Traverse is nice to drive if not exciting. It has plenty of low-end torque to get out of the way of oncoming traffic. The steering is accurate but not sharp and will get you through the worst of a windy road. It drives like the people-mover it is, not exciting but competent.

For families who have to move people or stuff with room and comfort, the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse should be on your list of possibilities.