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The large 3-row Traverse crossover SUV just had a redesign last year. It arrived in showrooms heavier and with more legroom for backseat passengers in both the second and third row, which put it ahead of its closest competitors and marked it as a class leader in roomy 3-row crossovers. Drivers across the Lewistown and Bellefonte areas, and indeed all over the State College region, appreciate the combination of utility, style, and performance it offers.
This year’s model keeps the same formula in place and arrives with a powerful engine that delivers more horsepower than ever, and solid fuel economy, for an SUV this size. Let’s look at the full range of features, performance, and driving experience you’ll get in this review of the 2019 Chevy Traverse, and then see where to go to get behind the wheel yourself.
This year the 2019 Chevy Traverse arrives on the scene with a more powerful engine and an available 8-inch touchscreen to drive the Chevy MyLink® infotainment system. The base V6 engine this year kicks out 310 horsepower and is matched up to a 9-speed transmission to control its 266 lb-ft of torque. It achieves an EPA-estimated 18 miles per gallon in the city, and 27 on the highway, for a combined 21 MPG.
The only other engine option is unique to the RS sport trim. It’s a 2.0-liter inline turbo-4 that gets 257 horsepower and puts out 295 lb-ft of torque.
The “Utility” part of this SUV offers you 23 cubic feet of space behind the third row, which expands to a maximum, class-leading 98 cubic feet of cargo space. When you add on the trailing package and properly equip the vehicle, you can tow up to 5,000 pounds of trailer, which puts it right in line with its closest rivals. In short, the Traverse is a class-leading crossover in terms of performance, utility, towing, and cargo capacity.
It’s also a class leader in passenger space, offering 41.3 inches of headroom, 41 inches of legroom, and 62 inches of shoulder space in the front row. The second row nets 40 inches of headroom, 38.4 inches of legroom, and 62.2 inches of shoulder room. All the way back in the third row, you get 38.2 inches of headroom, 33.5 inches of legroom, and 57.5 inches of shoulder space.
There are seven different trim levels on the new Traverse. These include the entry level L trim, the LS and two LT levels (Cloth and Leather), the RS sport trim, and the high-end Premier and High Country trims. Spread among these are a wide variety of technology and driver aid features. The front-wheel-drive-only L trim is a special order model, so the practical entry level model is the LS, which offers optional all-wheel drive.
With so many options available, you can be sure that just about every possible technology, convenience, and safety feature is available. Even at the base level you get features like Teen Driver monitoring, OnStar®, a 4G Wi-Fi® LTE hotspot, and the full MyLink® infotainment system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ functionality.
It only gets better from there. The Convenience and Driver Confidence package delivers outstanding safety features. These include parking sensors, cross-traffic alerts, blind-spot monitoring, power liftgate, remote start, and more.
If you’d like to check out the 2019 Chevy Traverse for yourself, you can test drive it on the State College area roads and from Bellefonte to Lewistown. Just stop by The Lake Dealerships and ask about getting behind the wheel today!