One Month Ownership 2019 Traverse Review
Iíve had my 2019 Traverse for about a month now. When my company was owned by GM I was in the company car program where you changed out vehicles every three months so I drove many different models. Compared to all of those and my personal vehicles this Traverse is by far my all-time favorite.
There is a Chevy dealer I pass by every day I go to work. Several months back there was an all-black SUV out front that I was immediately attracted to. It was so different than any of their SUVís Iíd seen it the past I thought it was a new model. I was shocked when I found out it was a re-designed 2018 Traverse Redline.
We traded in our 2015 Suburban when I purchase a 2016 Altima. I really liked the Altima especially getting 28MPG vs 12MPG for the Suburban going to work. But, I really missed not having a vehicle that could haul my woodworking sheet goods, hold six passengers for family outings, and a few goodies my wife likes Ė heated seats, climate control, fancy SXM radio...
My new Traverse gets 21MPG for work traveling Ė not my Altimaís 28MPG but impressive for the size of the vehicle. My Altima had a four banger so I am so impressed with the get-up-and-go this 310Hp engine has. Since Iím still in the break-in period I havenít pushed it yet but for lane changing itís been impressive.
Also way more impressed with the 8Ē infotainment system than I thought Iíd be. I use it all the time. I especially like the Apple Play features. Only issue is my wife is visibly jealous of the navigation and voice texting features. She has a loaded 2016 Rogue that she loves but has problems getting the navigation system to accept her destination at times (typing in). When I brought my Traverse home for the first time she looked it over and then I said watch this - I voice commanded an address and in a couple seconds a map came up with the destination. She got out of the car and went in the house.
Cargo flexibility is a big bonus too. I like the way it is easy to fold the 3rd and 2nd row seats as needed. On our Suburban I had to struggle to lift that 80# or so rear seat out and then back in again. On our first six passenger baseball game tailgate trip I was smiling ear-to-ear. I put a towel in the bottom of the recessed cargo pan, laid in my cooler shock ice packs, loaded beverages on top of it, and placed another towel on top Ė perfect. Then I was able to fit a 2íx4í folding table, Coleman RoadTripLXE grill, 6-folding chairs, and several bags of food in the cargo area with the third row seats occupied.
Couple days after ownership I had to get a few screws/bolts from the big box store. I happen to see a bathroom vanity set marked down to 1/3 original price (we are currently remodeling our master bath). With my Altima I would have to pass on it but that day I folded the seats down, loaded up the vanity, and off I went.
Only dislikes so far are high idle speed on hot days, auto-stop (but, found out here this can be defeated by using L9 in low gear), and having a car payment. Iím not use to having a car payment, but, the $ I saved on that vanity took care of almost the first two months.
Canít wait to take a few road trips and try out the AWD this winter Ė Iím in the Chicago area. Iím thankful my wife pushed hard for me to get it.