Mid-Size Family SUV: 2019 Chevrolet Traverse
Special thanks to Chevrolet, who loaned me the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse to test drive. All opinions are my own.
I need a vehicle that can adapt to my family’s needs, from carpool to beach vacations, and everything in-between. While there might be several SUV’s on the market that can accomplish that, the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse can do it with style. With plenty of cargo space, third row seating & tech at the touch of your fingers, we’ve fallen in love with everything offered in the Traverse.
2019 Chevrolet Traverse Review – Great For Families
Chevrolet believes “the journey is as important as the destination” and I couldn’t agree more. Before having kids, we solely looked at the luxury side of any vehicle. Now, we count cup holders and read the safety rating reports. I guess you could say we want it all: luxury, safety, tech features, cargo space and a smooth drive. The Traverse has the flexibility to meet all of our requirements.
2019 Chevrolet Traverse Configurations
We really enjoy the Traverse, but I also understand the importance of being thrifty. So to get the most bang for your buck, here’s the difference configurations for the 2019 Chevy traverse. It starts with a choice of seating for seven or eight and the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse cargo volume of 98.2 cu. ft.
The interiors boasts rich details with nothing forgotten. It starts with the leather wrapped steering wheel beneath your grip and continues throughout the vehicle – from the dashboard to the third row seating. The TRI ZONE auto climate control keeps everyone comfortable and the BOSE premium 10 speaker sound system let’s us rock out to the ABC’s song.
I oftentimes feel like manufacturers can’t balance the aesthetics of the interior with the exterior, but I’m happy to report that Chevrolet found feng shui between the two. Normally I think more about how the car fits our family and not so much the styling but the Traverse can turn heads.
I’ve had folks stop me in the grocery store parking lot, neighbors ask about it and even caught a guy checking it out in the Home Depot parking lot. It’s got to be the body color with aluminum accents. It’s definitely eye-catching – love the Silver Ice Metallic color.
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New For 2019 Chevrolet Traverse Features
It was only a few months ago when I bragged that the 2018 Traverse was the SUV that felt ‘Just Right,’ but Chevy found a way to take it to the next level. The LT Premium Package, which is available on the LT Leather trim and standard on RS, includes Surround Vision, 20-inch aluminum wheel, Rear Camera Mirror, 8-inch-diagonal navigation radio, Bose speakers and 110V outlet.
I stayed cozy with the new Automatic Heated Steering Wheel (standard on Premier and High Country). You don’t have to fumble for a button or switch when hopping in the vehicle to escape the cold.
The premium features include remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, Chevrolet MyLink® audio system with 8″ Diagonal Color touch-screen, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and heated front and passenger seats.
Unbeatable Tech Features
The myChevrolet App allows you to be in complete control of your vehicle at the touch of your phone. It includes impressive commands that allow you to: start and shut down your vehicle, lock and unlock your doors, active your car’s horn and lights and send parking reminders. Believe me, you’re going to want that, moms!
I love the phone to vehicle connection with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The phone integration features are available on select MyLink infotainment systems. Both applications enable phone users to display certain apps and functionality from their phone on the vehicle‘s infotainment display, allowing them to control those apps and functions via the vehicle‘s infotainment system touchscreen or voice commands. Just something else to help keep my eyes on the road.
Need Wi-Fi? The OnStar 4G LTE enables drivers to explore new features like a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot capable of pairing up to seven devices, as well as improved access to existing OnStar safety and security services. You’ll no longer hear back-seat whining about who gets to use the Wi-Fi – bless it.
If you have a teen, you’re going to really appreciate the Teen Driver Technology. Teen Driver, an available built-in system that helps you coach your new driver, has a number of safety features, from muting audio until front seat occupants are buckled, to automatically turning on available active safety technologies like Side Blind Zone Alert, Forward Collision Alert and Front Automatic Braking. The in-vehicle report card shows how your teen performs behind the wheel so you can identify potential problem areas and coach your new driver on improvements.
Putting The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse Cargo Space To The Test
While testing the Traverse, I had a secret mission: to pick up my Husband’s Valentines Day gift. It wasn’t just any gift, it was a brand new grill. I’m talking about a three-burner full size grill, in a box. I must admit, I drove the Traverse to the hardware store with some hesitation. It was truly the ultimate test of the cargo space.
It was easy to open the rear lift gate from the touch of a button and fold the back third row seating. However, it took two men to lift the grill – it was that big.
I’m happy to report that the grill slid in perfectly to the back of the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse. We even had a few extra inches of space on either side. To me, that really proves this SUV can handle our family’s comfort AND provide the cargo space we need for jobs.