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Lean, Mean Family Machine: 2019 Chevrolet Traverse Review

With no shortage of competition in the three-row crossover segment, automakers are coming up with creative ways to stand out from the crowd. For Chevrolet and its second-generation Traverse, one easy way to stay ahead of rivals like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and Volkswagen Atlas is a simple appearance package called the Redline Edition. Only available on the top-of-the-line 2019 Chevrolet Traverse Premier, this Redline Edition gives the mid-size CUV a distinct look that is surprisingly sport especially when painted white.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Exterior

The second-generation Traverse was all new for the 2018 model year, and Chevy gave its mid-size crossover a healthy dose of style with cues that were inspired by the sporty Camaro. Not much has changed for the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse, but this seat time did give us a closer look at the sport-inspired Redline package. Like the Equinox Redline we tested earlier in the year, this package adds hefty amount of dark accents starting with the black wheels with red stripes. The red and black theme was continue on the Traverse door badges, while the lower body trim, mirrors, bowtie emblems and liftgate trim were all covered in gloss black; even the taillights received a smoked treatment. All of these dark accents were a perfect contrast to this tester’s optional ($995) Iridescent Pearl Tricoat paint color.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Interior

While the exterior of this Redline Edition definitely stands out, the interior of this model is business as usual. As mentioned earlier, the Traverse Redline Edition is only available on the Premier trim level, which is loaded with luxury upgrades like perforated leather seats with heated and ventilated front seats, wireless charging for devices, power tilt and telescopic steering column, a heated steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control and hands-free power rear liftgate. The Dual Skyscape two-panel power sunroof is part of the Redline Edition package.

Proving how ready this crossover is for a family adventure, the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse comes with six USB ports (two in each row), 10 cup holders and plenty of space regardless of where you’re sitting. Speaking of the seats, all rows feature plenty of space, and the Premier trim adds a little extra space (at the expense of a seat) thanks to heated second-row captain’s chairs; lower Traverse trim levels can seat up to eight passengers. Despite being smaller than the original Traverse, the cabin definitely feels roomier and more accommodating. The third row, for example, is easy to access thanks to the smart slide second row seat – no more squeezing or contorting to make it to the rear-most seats – and there’s enough headroom and legroom for adults to fit comfortably back there.

When cargo capability becomes more important than passenger space, the Traverse can pack 58.1 cubic feet of cargo behind the second-row seats and the cavernous space with both rear rows folded flat accommodates 98.2 cubic feet – almost 4 cubic feet more than a full-size Chevrolet Tahoe! When you pack the Traverse full of passengers or cargo, GM’s innovative rear camera mirror comes in especially handy offering a clear view behind the vehicle with no obstructions.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Powertrain

The big news for the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is that this crossover no longer offers the smaller, turbocharged engine on the sporty-looking RS trim level, which means that all models now come with the 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6. This engine produces 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, and it mates to a nine-speed automatic transmission. This front-wheel drive tester had EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway*, and after a week of pure around-town driving, the trip computer showed just under 23 mpg.

Crossovers have become popular as much for their interior space as for their ride quality, and the 2019 Traverse is definitely one of the smoothest riding CUVs in this three-row segment. The chassis and suspension are setup for your typical family road trip, but even if you venture off the beaten path, the Traverse’s suspension setup has no problem returning a smooth, drama-free ride. The most surprising part about driving the Traverse is how maneuverable it is in tight spaces. The steering gives an urban-friendly turning radius, which also proves beneficial in parallel parking.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Safety

The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse carries a five-star overall crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but the optional Driver Confidence II package provides even more safety. This suite of driver assistance safety features is a no-brainer with a package price of just $475, and it adds forward collision alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, low speed forward automatic braking, front pedestrian braking and automatic high beam headlights.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Overall

Today’s mid-size three-row crossover market is a packed segment with customers that are equally diverse. People shopping for a vehicle like the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse are generally either downsizing from a full-size SUV or looking to upgrade to a larger family vehicle – that isn’t a minivan. Either way you look at it, the second-generation Traverse fits the bill with plenty of interior space and luxury as well as impressive styling and value.

In base form, the 2019 Traverse is priced starting at $29,930**, but if you’re looking to maximize the luxury and technology of this crossover, than the $46,695 Premier trim level is the way to go. Even better, if you’re looking for an added dose of flair in this segment, than the Traverse’s Redline model is an easy choice. The Traverse Redline Edition used for this review had an as-tested price of $50,660, which was only a little more than the slightly smaller 2019 Blazer Premier we tested back in the Spring.

Make sure to visit your local AutoNation Chevrolet dealership and test drive the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse today!

* Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

** MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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