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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-11-2018, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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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.

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Nice job Mike. Keep us updated. Have not made my decision on a 2019 yet but need reviews like yours and others before going ahead.

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My wife and I aren't ones to have to trade in regularly, but lately we've been trying to find a vehicle that really met our needs. She had an old Pilot and loved it. However, after a bad experience test driving the newer (previous generation) ones we went with a Highlander. Dumped it like a hot potato after a year and went back to the Pilot. Kept that a couple of years, but the build quality just plan sucked and the technology was subpar, so we went with a 15 Pathfinder, fully loaded. We liked it, but there were just a few things we didn't like and with it being hot and miserable most of the time in Florida, we wanted cold ac and air vents that could hit a rear facing car seat. Enter the Traverse.


We've only had it for a month and put about 3000 miles on it, but so far it's one of our best vehicles we've owned. The ride is smooth, but not numb. The interior is spacious and quiet. The seats are firm, but not uncomfortable. And yes, the technology equipment is great. I will admit that, though I work in IT, I'm not one to usually learn all the features of the vehicle so I didn't realize the extent of the voice commands. However, I'm really digging the MyLink system. The first thing I noticed is how quick and responsive the system is. If you've ever had a car where you tried to manually enter a destination in, it can be cumbersome. With the Traverse, it's very fast.


I'm also not a fan of the auto stop-start, but it's how everything is going in today's world trying to hit government mileage standards. And yes, the L9 trick works great. And yes, it does idle high during the hotter days but man, the AC on this thing rocks.
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Thanks so much for the reviews. Really makes me comfortable moving ahead with our decision!
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Thanks so much for the reviews. Really makes me comfortable moving ahead with our decision!

Glad to share. If it's one thing I've learned about shopping for anything, people with a negative experience want to blast it everywhere so you see those reviews the most. People are less sharing of something positive.



Also, car publications are about as biased as they come despite stating otherwise.
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Looking to buy a 2019 Traverse

My wife and I love the Traverse and we are looking forward to making our purchase In Dec 2018 ...Ive noticed a few negative reviews about the 2018 year model and transmission problems we are planning to purchase the front wheel drive version so not sure if most issues were because of the AWD and perhaps misuse?

I would really love to hear some good news perhaps an imporvment for 2019 maybe a repair or resolution to any transmission issues

I will continue to read the threads and thanks in advance for any great advice
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This is day 3 of having our Traverse … and already I can tell there are many things I like about this vehicle compared to the Pacifica we traded (I hated driving a VAN! - lol).

The fact that the liftgate can be lifted 3/4 of the way makes it able to be opened in the garage … The 2nd row seats being able to be moved makes it easy to haul things … the Bose sound system is much improved over the Pacifica … tonight was the first I've driven at night - the headlamps are SO bright - I found I really didn't even need the high beams. I put in one of our grandbabies' car seats today and it was super easy (MUCH easier than the van!) … easy access to the 3rd row even with the car seat …

We purchased a Red Tintcoat 3LT with a few big options added on - I've had tons of compliments … so far I'm a very happy camper!!
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One year and one month of ownership and I still feel that this is about as near perfectly designed vehicle compared to the three dozen or so purchased and driven over the past 50 years. A dramatic difference from the gen1 '15 Traverse I traded which in itself was a decent vehicle, but there is no getting away from the refinements and new options that take the '18+ from good to great.



Over 10,000 mi. and no problems or defects, only been back to the dealer once for the yearly State inspection sticker. Only point they missed was using halogen fog lights instead of LEDs like the headlamps. Easily rectified by adding plug-in aftermarkets as first tried by G.Frog in his post:


https://www.traverseforum.com/36-int...bulb-size.html


Color match perfect, dramatically brighter that I was afraid they'd blind oncoming drivers, but never been flashed.....and recent inspection confirmed the pattern/brightness was acceptable.
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One year and one month of ownership and I still feel that this is about as near perfectly designed vehicle compared to the three dozen or so purchased and driven over the past 50 years. A dramatic difference from the gen1 '15 Traverse I traded which in itself was a decent vehicle, but there is no getting away from the refinements and new options that take the '18+ from good to great.



Over 10,000 mi. and no problems or defects, only been back to the dealer once for the yearly State inspection sticker. Only point they missed was using halogen fog lights instead of LEDs like the headlamps. Easily rectified by adding plug-in aftermarkets as first tried by G.Frog in his post:


https://www.traverseforum.com/36-int...bulb-size.html


Color match perfect, dramatically brighter that I was afraid they'd blind oncoming drivers, but never been flashed.....and recent inspection confirmed the pattern/brightness was acceptable.
Great to hear that it's been such a positive experience! We've had our share of bad experiences with the last 3 vehicles in a row - so I'm ready for a good vehicle that will provide me with peace of mind!
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GmaJill. Can you name us the 3 vehicules that you had bad experience. Just curius. Thanks.

Traverse 2017, chevy Uplander 2009 LT short wheelbase, Impala 2003, jeep cherokee Laredo 1990, chevy citation 1984 2.8 v6, vauxhall Firenza1972, rambler american 1964 model 330, vauxhall velox 1956 rebuilt, NSU Prinz 1961 2 cylinder micro car rebuilt, Renault Dauphine 1960 rebuilt, ford prefect 1952 ( english car with non hydrolic brakes rebuilt. Honda 1986 motorcycle in new condition and 13 travel trailers from a Boler 1300 to a Rockwood mini lite 20 feet.
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