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I’ve 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 SUV’s I’d 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 – heated seats, climate control, fancy SXM radio...

My new Traverse gets 21MPG for work traveling – not my Altima’s 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 I’m still in the break-in period I haven’t pushed it yet but for lane changing it’s been impressive.

Also way more impressed with the 8” infotainment system than I thought I’d 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 – perfect. Then I was able to fit a 2’x4’ 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. I’m not use to having a car payment, but, the $ I saved on that vanity took care of almost the first two months.

Can’t wait to take a few road trips and try out the AWD this winter – I’m in the Chicago area. I’m thankful my wife pushed hard for me to get it.

Mike
 

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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!

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-interior-electrical/16561-2018-traverse-foglight-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-interior-electrical/16561-2018-traverse-foglight-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.
 

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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!!

Very interesting. We went from a Pathfinder to Traverse because of our 18 month old daughter. Getting her in and out of the vehicle was a big factor, plus most vehicles have air vents mounted behind the front seat armrests, which are pointless if you have a rear facing car seat. We looked at the Pacifica as well and to be honest, on paper it has more to offer than a Traverse for the price. However, my wife just couldn't get into the idea of a van. We love the ease of a carseat as well, plus the air in the Traverse is awesome and the vents are placed perfectly. Like Thomcat, my biggest gripe may be the fog lights. LED would've looked better and I do plan to upgrade them, but at the same time I've noticed that the headlights are bright enough that the fog lights aren't all that necessary. Other vehicles I've had, you NEED the fog lights.
 

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Great SUV

I have owned the Traverse about two months so far and I can attest that this is my favorite vehicle yet from GM. I have owned many GM vehicles in the past, including Equinox, malibu's, Tahoes and this has been my favorite. Great interior layout, I think the exterior is very aggressive looking and the ride quality has been great. One thing to note are the OEM Bridgestone's that come with this have not done well for me in the snow. I switched out to some Cooper snow tires and this thing has been a beast. Living in Northwest Montana I can attest to how well this does in the snow.

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Many people talk about the stop-start.

An easier way to manipulate it is, when it's stopped, simply lift your foot slightly off the brake, and press it again, and it will keep running.

I had a 2009 2Lt.......meh.

The 2019 Premier is much improved.
 

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Gen 2 is much improved over my gen 1 with one exception.......they're no good for gopher control. Exterminators were charging one neighbor $100/gopher to trap them humanely and relocate to another area. Spent over $500 so far......told her to mark the trapped ones with paint when caught or they could be releasing them nearby and you're paying again for the same gopher or worse it's resettling in my yard.



My gen2 with rectangular finishers set in the bumper......ditto with my Malibu..... are no good for gopher hunting like my gen1 which had a single round tailpipe. Now I'm forced to carefully squeeze the Silverado (no overhead camera view like the Traverse) past the gate into the backyard, fit the shop vac hose over the tailpipe and stuff the other end down one gopher hole while blocking the other holes. Takes about 20 minutes of idling to assure no more heads will be popping up later......simply fill the holes and no inconvenience for disposal.


Rats in the shed are another matter....start the lawn tractor, close the door, block the vents and simply wait for the engine to oxygen starve and die, just like the rats.
 

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Gen 2 is much improved over my gen 1 with one exception.......they're no good for gopher control. Exterminators were charging one neighbor $100/gopher to trap them humanely and relocate to another area. Spent over $500 so far......told her to mark the trapped ones with paint when caught or they could be releasing them nearby and you're paying again for the same gopher or worse it's resettling in my yard.



My gen2 with rectangular finishers set in the bumper......ditto with my Malibu..... are no good for gopher hunting like my gen1 which had a single round tailpipe. Now I'm forced to carefully squeeze the Silverado (no overhead camera view like the Traverse) past the gate into the backyard, fit the shop vac hose over the tailpipe and stuff the other end down one gopher hole while blocking the other holes. Takes about 20 minutes of idling to assure no more heads will be popping up later......simply fill the holes and no inconvenience for disposal.


Rats in the shed are another matter....start the lawn tractor, close the door, block the vents and simply wait for the engine to oxygen starve and die, just like the rats.
It took a while for the story to get there, I was wondering how the heck a Gen 1 could make a difference with gophers... I'm assuming you didn't have an LTZ with the dual exhaust for Gen 1...
 

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With upcoming July/August/September/October road trips, we felt it was time to step into a new Traverse after nine and a half years and 135K miles. Nearly a month in with our 2019 Premier AWD and we're extremely happy with it.

The 3.6 has noticeable improvement in low end torque, but we've only driven in FWD mode so far. AWD behavior may be different, but I'm really enjoying the better fuel mileage since we can use FWD mode most of the year in Colorado.

The interior seems to have quite a bit more headroom and is at least as comfortable as our previous Traverse. I like the seat bottom cushioning much better already. The dash is laid out well, but it took a few drives to get used to where everything is. I had to read the manual for some other settings, but we've got things dialed in the way we like.

The only nit for me to pick is the suspension. Our 2010 LTZ was a little "sportier" in how it handled bumps (but was never a rough ride) while the 2019 (also with 20" wheels) is a bit softer. In some cases the back end gets a bit lighter than I would like when crossing familiar road imperfections. Perhaps the shocks/springs/struts were spec'd different (lighter duty) with the 700 pound (or so) weight reduction in the new generation. I'll mention it to my dealer when I go in for the free oil change/tire rotation to see what they tell me, but I suspect we'll just have to approach bumps in the road with a bit more caution.

All that said, our 2010 LTZ NEVER left us stranded driving through all weather extremes and road conditions. Sure, it had some items that needed attention, but the dealer and GM always took care of us. Buying a new one was an easy decision for us.
 

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Many people talk about the stop-start.

An easier way to manipulate it is, when it's stopped, simply lift your foot slightly off the brake, and press it again, and it will keep running.

I had a 2009 2Lt.......meh.

The 2019 Premier is much improved.
Or drive it in manual mode...which is what I typically do and just put the transmission in 9th gear. Same result. YMMV.
 

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Or drive it in manual mode...which is what I typically do and just put the transmission in 9th gear. Same result. YMMV.



L9 works just fine......."I don't need no stinking dash button"
 
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