The 2019 Chevy Traverse comes with a bevy of features that families want as standard equipment, but critically lacks one they need.
Like last year, the Traverse is available in L, LS, LT, RS, Premier, and High Country trim levels starting at $31,125, including destination.
Base models are modestly equipped but include a sharp 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. They also lack critical automatic emergency braking.
Starting from a base score, we give the Traverse points above average for its infotainment system and healthy options list, but take one away for an all-wheel-drive system stuck in 1996. It gets a 6. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The base Traverse L is equipped with seating for eight, cloth upholstery, power features, three-zone climate control and 18-inch wheels. They’re front-wheel drivers only, and rare sights on dealer lots.
We think shoppers should skip over LS models and head straight to the LT trim that costs about $36,500 to start. Those versions offer power-adjustable driver’s seat, second-row captain’s chairs, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded cloth seats, and 18-inch wheels.
There are several appearance packages available for the LT, but we’d opt instead for a comfort and convenience group that upgrades the touchscreen to an 8.0-inch display, adds heated front seats, a power liftgate, blind-spot monitors, and rear parking sensors for about $1,800. All-wheel drive doesn’t come cheaply on LT versions, it’s $3,800 more, but also includes the popular equipment package as standard.
If our belts weren’t too tight, and our pantry stocked with more than crackers and soup, we’d opt instead for a Traverse Premier, which starts at $46,495.
Those versions add 20-inch wheels, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, power liftgate, 8.0-inch touchscreen, heated second-row captain’s chairs, wireless smartphone chargers, navigation, Bose audio, heated and cooled front seats, and remote start.
Critically, advanced safety features like automatic emergency braking start near the top trims.
All-in, a Traverse High Country costs $54,195 and adds all-wheel drive, active lane control, automatic emergency braking, a panoramic sunroof, power-folding third row, and adaptive cruise control.
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