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Chevrol suv comparison review

Inside, the Traverse High Country features Loft Brown leather over a Jet Black base, and it looks terrific. Other trim levels come in Jet Black or a couple of 2-tone treatments, one of which is a light gray over tan that just looks like a mistake.

Materials in the High Country look and feel good from the middle of the cabin up. Lower panels are made of glossy hard plastic, which really isn’t acceptable in a $55,000 vehicle.


You won’t need to consult an owner’s manual to use the Chevrolet Traverse’s controls or infotainment system. (Speedy Daddy Media, Inc.)


Within the Traverse, the controls are logically arranged and easy to see, understand, and use. I found the driver information screen between the gauges particularly helpful, and Chevrolet wisely separates primary stereo controls and the climate system from the infotainment display. 

Main storage spots are generously sized, including a slick hidden compartment behind the infotainment screen. There aren’t many nooks and crannies in this SUV, though.

Chevy’s infotainment system provides rapid response, clean graphics, and intuitive operation. The test vehicle had an 8-inch display and a navigation system, along with the features that come standard in every 2019 Traverse: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 1-month trial to OnStar services including a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and Teen Driver report card technology. Wireless device charging is reserved for Premier and High Country trims.

In order to access many of the Traverse’s available convenience and technology features, you must choose LT Leather trim at a minimum. That opens the door to a navigation system; a premium Bose sound system; a 360-degree surround view camera system; and a Rear Camera Mirror video feed of what’s behind the Traverse, depicted on the rearview mirror.


The Chevy Traverse offers plenty of interior room, for both passengers and cargo. Loft Brown leather is exclusively available with High Country trim. (Speedy Daddy Media, Inc.)


Undoubtedly, one of the Traverse’s biggest benefits is its cavernous interior, and a humidity sensing, triple-zone automatic climate control system is standard with every trim level, which is something everyone can agree is a benefit regardless of where they’re sitting.

Compare the Traverse side-by-side with Chevy’s own Tahoe, and you can make a credible case for going with the crossover, especially if second- and third-row passenger legroom and maximum cargo volume are key considerations for your family and you have no plans on towing a heavy trailer.

Up front, the Traverse has comfortable front seats. Especially in High Country trim, which has supple premium leather, heated and ventilated cushions, a heated steering wheel, and lots of soft places to rest arms and elbows, this SUV offers all-day levels of comfort and support.

If you get a Traverse with leather, you must get second-row captain’s chairs. A 3-person bench seat is not available for LT Leather, RS, Premier, or High Country trim levels. This, effectively, precludes a family of five from road tripping with the third-row seat folded in order to maximize this SUV’s substantial cargo capacity.

Heated second-row seats are standard with Premier and High Country trim. The chairs themselves feel a bit narrow and too low to the floor, but they slide to make extra room depending on requirements. For adults to ride in the third-row seat, the second-row needs to be moved forward. Even then, thigh support is lacking in the rearmost seat.

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