Always excellent at hauling cargoes and carrying passengers, the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse Premier AWD RS continues this tradition. With its all-new look launched in 2018, Chevrolet addressed one of the weakest points of the earlier Traverse: its minivan look. With a bigger bowtie in the middle of its taller grill, it stands more upright, with strongly contoured shoulders and slim taillights that temper its rather boxy look. Generously sized to carry eight, its relatively flat roofline offers plenty of headroom for passengers, with generous legroom and easy access, even for the second and third rows.
This truck-like new version offers great visibility through its massive windows, standing square and solid, while losing none of its charm in the makeover. With a contemporary infotainment system that includes an eight-inch colour touchscreen and a ten-speaker Bose sound system, its cabin is a more refined, with available high-end features that drive it into the big three-row crossover category. Having shed 350 pounds, it looks more upmarket and runs more efficiently than its predecessor.
Here are some of the reasons why this family-friendly model rarely spends long on the Laneway Auto used car lot.:
- More power – from a peppy turbocharged engine;
- More features – a power tailgate and innovative navigation aids;
- More safety – with fog lights and active cruise control;
- More storage – in a massive storage area hidden under the cargo floor, and a nifty compartment tucked behind the infotainment screen; and
- More comfort – with heated front seats, plenty of USB ports and cupholders, all within easy reach for all passengers.
Sporty to Drive, Comfortable to Ride
Previously available only with a four-cylinder engine and a front-wheel drive, the sporty RS trim comes with an all-wheel drive and a 3.6 litre V6 engine. Standard on all Traverse trims, it delivers a solid 310 HP at 6,800 rpm and 266 lb-ft. of torque at 2,800 RPM that easily justifies its 5000 kg towing capacity. Paired with to a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic that always slips into just the right gear, its easy downshifts ensure problem-fee overtaking and joining high-speed freeway traffic flows.
Both gutsy and fuel efficient, it powers a smooth ride on a supple MacPhersons up front, with a five-link rear suspension setup that smothers bumps, it keeps its cool on the roughest roads, even while cornering. Credit for this goes largely to a well-tuned electric power-assist steering system that ensures an even balance between easy handling and riding comfort. with just the right amount of road feel. The cabin is so quiet at stoplights that it’s hard to be sure that the engine of this big crossover is actually running.
Safe on the Road with the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse Premier AWD RS
Standard safety features on the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse include OnStar key fob services, an advanced airbag system, a rear-view camera, and a tyre pressure monitoring system. Ensuring peace of mind for parents, the Teen Driver app provides performance reports, while a rear seat reminder ensures that no child is ever forgotten in the back.
With an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, the sporty Chevrolet Traverse Premier AWD RS is packed with state-of-the-art safety features that include:
- Automatic emergency braking;
- HD surround vision camera;
- Following distance indicator;
Whether running errands in the ‘burbs or cruising the open road, the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse Premier AWD RS is a family-friendly hauler with the flexibility you need and the comfort you deserve.