2019 Chevrolet Traverse Prices: MSRP vs Dealer Invoice vs True Dealer Cost w/ Holdback
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The Traverse already saw its significant redesign last year, and the changes were substantial. For example, the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse sheds 400 pounds and gave second-row passengers three more inches of legroom. It also now has more third-row legroom than some of its competitors -- something that hindered the Traverse last year. The only way to get even more room at this point is to get a full-size SUV.
This year, Chevy brings the same exceptional Traverse back to the factory. It comes with the same V6 engine as before, but it's been retuned to eke out another 29 hp, for a grand total of 310. Paired with a nine-speed, you'll achieve a respectable 21 combined miles per gallon. This is the only engine you get unless you're willing to go to the sporty RS trim. There, you get a four-cylinder turbo engine.
Across all trims, the technology is generous. Most of the lineup gets access to OnStar with Wi-Fi hotspot and a 7-inch touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This year also gives you the option to upgrade to an 8-inch display. Also, you get the Teen Driver system by Chevy, which notifies you in case of accidents and lets you limit the speed.
Most of the lineup also get standard safety features like blind-spot monitoring. However, only the High Country model receives the ability to have adaptive cruise control. That's a feature that just about all three-row crossovers have at this point.
As previously mentioned, Chevy rehauled the Traverse last year. The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is part of that second generation. This year, it gains a new 8-inch touchscreen.
A midsize crossover, the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse comes with a wealth of configuration options.
Out of all seven trims, and out of all the packages, the best combination is likely the LT Cloth with both Driver Confidence and Convenience packages. It's not as expensive as going for the upper trims, but you still get all the essential safety features and upgrades. For that matter, the cloth interior looks nicer.
In all, there are seven trims for the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse: the L, the LS, the LT Cloth, the LT Leather, the RS, the Premier, and the High Country. No matter what you're looking for, there's likely a trim for you. Most come with a V6 engine, but the RS comes with a four-cylinder engine tuned for torque.
The V6 in question is a 3.6L capable of generating 310 horses and 266 pound-feet. All-wheel drive is optional, but the front-wheel drive is standard. Either way, you get a nine-speed auto.
The base L model offers plenty of equipment to begin. Inside, there's a rearview camera, room for eight passengers, smartphone integration, and the Chevy Teen Driver system. You don't get access to the optional extras, and you can only get the front-wheel drive.
The LS trim is the cheapest Traverse you will find on dealer lots because the L is built-to-order. The LS gets the same equipment, but with the option for all-wheel drive and other extras, like a cargo management package.
Getting the LT Cloth gives you more comfort but seats only seven. You can haul more cargo, though, especially with the roof rails.
The LT Leather has more luxury cabin materials, and the RS trim changes things up completely. This sporty trim gives you a 2.0L turbo engine good for 295 pounds-feet and 257 horses, but with no all-wheel-drive option.
Going further up brings you to the Premier, which adds heated rear seats, LED headlights, wireless device charging, and other bonuses. Finally, the top tier is the High County, which contains the best of the bottom levels and more. Here, you only get all-wheel drive, along with a panoramic sunroof, high auto beams, and unique leather upholstery in the cabin.
The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse has enough power, but it still feels average behind the wheel. It speeds up well enough, and the brakes are flimsy though effective. Handling is acceptable at best, but that doesn't help anyone stand out.
The acceleration from the V6 is strong, and you will feel thrust as you depress the gas pedal. The transmission wants a higher gear for fuel economy, though, so you'll need to apply some more input to assist the throttle uphill. It takes a hair over 7 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour from a standstill, which is good for the class.
You won't struggle to apply the brakes, and the travel distance is long. Once you get used to the feel, you will have perfect control of the Traverse's brakes around town. From 60 miles per hour, the Traverse comes to a complete stop in 130 feet, which is below average.
Compared to segment leaders, there's not much feedback in the Traverse steering, but it's not bad. The wheel has good on-center return, and there's plenty to grip. You'll also get assistance at low speeds, which helps tremendously in the parking lot.
The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse can turn the corners with only a moderate amount of body roll. The soft suspension and the bulk size are to blame for this motion. You wouldn't expect the Traverse to be a sporty vehicle, but it's also not the most composed for its segment.
LT: 18 city / 27 hwy
Premier: 18 city / 27 hwy
High Country: 17 city / 25 hwy
How to Calculate The Dealer Cost of a Chevrolet Traverse
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
- Example: Base Chevrolet Traverse invoice price + the dealer Invoice price of all the options + destination - Holdback = Total Dealer Cost.
- What is Holdback? A hidden amount that manufacturers give back to a dealer. It is a percentage of the MSRP or the Invoice price.
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here)
Note: All Chevrolet Traverse MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.