Chevy Traverse Vs. Buick Enclave

By Justin Cupler | April 4th, 2019

The 2019 Chevy Traverse and 2019 Buick Enclave offer buyers loads of room and features for families of all sizes. That’s not all they share either, as these two GM-built models share underpinnings, running gear, and other components, making them surprisingly similar. Despite these similarities, they aim at different crossover buyers in the Bay City area. Find out which one fits you best below.

Exterior

A quick glance at the 2019 Chevy Traverse and 2019 Buick Enclave lets you in on their family secret. They are fraternal twins. A slightly longer look reveals the 2019 Buick Enclave has wider headlights a tighter grille, a more upscale-looking front bumper, a larger glasshouse, more rounded taillights with a connecting applique between them, and additional bright chrome work. This all adds up to a more upscale look and feel the Traverse cannot compete with.

The 2019 Chevy Traverse’s proportions are virtually identical to its platform-mate, but its body is more upright. This eliminates the luxurious look the Buick is going for and adds the more rugged feel SUV converts seek.

In terms of sizing, the 2019 Traverse and 2019 Enclave share many measurements, but the Traverse is 0.2 inches narrower, 0.8 inches taller, and weights up to a few hundred pounds less.

 

Measurement 2019 Chevy Traverse 2019 Buick Enclave Difference
Length 204.3 inches 204.3 inches
Width 78.6 inches 78.8 inches -0.2 inches
Height 70.7 inches 69.9 inches +0.8 inches
Wheelbase 120.9 inches 120.9 inches
Ground Clearance
Curb weight 4,362 to 4,403 pounds 4,359 to 4,685 pounds -282 to +3 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Traverse

  • Rugged SUV-like looks
  • Great value for its exterior features
  • Black-accented RS trim

Advantage: 2019 Buick Enclave

  • More premium look
  • Loads of upscale features

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave share the same basic structure, but most of the familial bonds are broken because of their target demographics. The 2019 Buick Enclave aims at upscale buyers who can’t quite (or simply refuse to) swing a BMW or Mercedes-Benz payment but still want luxurious amenities. The Enclave scratches that itch with a leather-wrapped dash, larger standard infotainment screen with widening air vents flanking it, a cleaner climate-control interface, and an electronic gear shifter, which is a staple in German luxury cars.

The Chevy Traverse is also stylish with its available leather on the dash, but its center stack is more truck-like with its vertical air vents and knobs. It also features a traditional gear shifter and exposed cup holders that interrupt the flow of the center console but make it easier to fit large cups in them.

In terms of standard features, the 2019 Traverse is well-equipped with its standard 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth audio streaming, tri-zone climate control, and more. The 2019 Buick Enclave is a near-luxury crossover, so its list of standard features is more robust and includes an 8-inch touchscreen, power front seats, a 4.2-inch driver-information center, six USB ports, and more.

 

Moving up the trim levels, the gap between these related General Motors crossovers narrows, but the Enclave always stays one step ahead.

 

Measurement 2019 Chevy Traverse 2019 Buick Enclave Difference
Front headroom 41.3 inches 42.6 inches -1.3 inches
Front legroom 41 inches 41.2 inches -0.2 inches
Front shoulder room 62.1 inches 62.4 inches -0.3 inches
Front hip room 58.1 inches 59.1 inches 1 inch
Second row headroom 40 inches 39.9 inches +0.1 inches
Second row legroom 38.4 inches 38.9 inches -0.5 inches
Second row shoulder room 62.2 inches 61.7 inches +0.5 inches
Second row hip room 56.9 inches 57.7 inches -0.8 inches
Third row headroom 38.2 inches 37.6 inches +0.6 inches
Third row legroom 33.5 inches 33.5 inches
Third row shoulder room 56.9 inches 57.3 inches -0.6 inches
Third row hip room 48.5 inches 48.5 inches
Cargo room behind third row 23 cubic feet 23.6 cubic feet -0.6 inches
Cargo room behind second row 58.1 cubic feet 58 cubic feet +0.1 inches
Cargo room behind first row 98.2 cubic feet 97.6 cubic feet +0.6 inches

 

Advantage: 2019 Buick Enclave

  • More luxurious standard features
  • Higher luxury ceiling
  • Whisper-quiet cabin

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Traverse

  • More rugged appearance
  • Good standard features for its lower cost

Performance

Under the hood is where the 2019 Traverse and 2019 Enclave’s shared heritage comes into focus, as they share the same 3.6-liter V-6 engine. This engine injects 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque into a nine-speed automatic transmission and out to the front wheels for a 6.3-second 0-to-60 sprint in the Chevy and 6.6-second sprint in the heavier Enclave. With the V-6 engine, these crossovers come standard with front-wheel drive and have optional all-wheel drive.

The 2019 Chevy Traverse sets itself apart with its RS trim’s available 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 257 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque through a nine-speed automatic transmission. This setup is only available with front-wheel drive and delivers a 7.1-second sprint to 60 mph.

With the V-6 engine, these crossovers tow up to 5,000 pounds with the proper towing equipment, but that falls to 1,500 pounds in the Traverse RS.

 

2019 Chevy Traverse 2019 Buick Enclave Difference
Standard Engine 3.6-liter V-6 engine 3.6-liter V-6
Horsepower 310 hp at 6,800 rpm 310 hp at 6,800 rpm
Torque 266 lb-ft at 2,800 rpm 266 lb-ft at 2,800 rpm
Transmission 9-spd automatic 9-spd automatic
Driveline FWD (Std.)/AWD (opt.) FWD (std.)/AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 6.3 seconds 6.6 seconds -0.3 seconds
Towing capacity 5,000 pounds 5,000 pounds
MPG City 17 to 18 mpg 17 to 18 mpg
MPG Highway 25 to 27 mpg 25 to 26 mpg 0 to +1 mpg
MPG Combined 20 to 21 mpg 20 to 21 mpg
Optional Engine 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 257 hp at 5,500 rpm
-53 hp
Torque 295 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm
+29 lb-ft
Transmission 9-spd automatic
Driveline FWD
0-60 time 7.1 seconds
+0.5 seconds
Towing capacity 1,500 pounds
-3,500 pounds
MPG City 20 mpg
MPG Highway 26 mpg
MPG Combined 22 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Buick Enclave

  • Softer, quieter ride

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Traverse

  • Zippy-feeling four-cylinder engine
  • Same power, cheaper price
  • Quicker to 60 mph

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevy Traverse has seven trim levels — L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country — and its starting prices range from $31,125 to $54,395.

 

There are four trim levels in the 2019 Buick Enclave lineup: Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Avenir. Their starting prices range from $41,195 to $54,695

2019 Chevy Traverse Key Features and Pricing by Trim

L: $31,125

  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Automatic engine stop/start
  • HID headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Black-painted mirror caps
  • Heated, power outside mirrors
  • 18-inch bright-silver aluminum wheels
  • Rear intermittent wiper
  • Upper and lower active aero shutters
  • Digital compass
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • USB ports
  • Voice command
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Eight-passenger seating
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Power windows with one-touch-down front windows
  • Teen driver
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Chevrolet Connected Access capable
  • Rear-seat reminder
  • Rearview camera

 

LS: $34,095

  • All L features, plus
  • Deep-tinted glass

 

LT Cloth: $36,595

  • All LS features, plus
  • Body-color mirror caps
  • Black roof rails
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Fog lights
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • One-touch-up/down driver’s window

 

LT Leather: $40,295

  • All LT Cloth features, plus
  • Power liftgate
  • Remote ignition
  • Enhanced 4.2-inch multicolor driver information display
  • Six-way power passenger seat
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Universal home remote
  • Blind-zone alert
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensors

 

RS: $44,295

  • All LT Leather features, plus
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • 20-inch dark Android-painted wheels
  • Black roof rails, bow tie emblems, and window trim
  • Black Ice front grille
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System with Navigation
  • Bose premium 10-speaker audio system
  • Rear camera mirror
  • 360-degree camera
  • 120-volt power outlet

 

Premier: $46,695

  • All LT Leather features, plus
  • Dual-outlet exhaust with rectangular tips
  • LED bi-function projector-beam headlights
  • Auto-dimming outside mirrors
  • Body-color moldings with chrome inserts
  • Chrome door handles and roof rails
  • 20-inch Argent Metallic machine-face aluminum wheels
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Two-position memory for driver’s seat, mirrors, and steering column
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Perforated leather seating
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row captain’s chairs
  • Wireless charging

 

High Country: $54,395

  • All Premier features, plus
  • All-wheel drive
  • Heavy-duty cooling
  • Trailer hitch
  • 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels
  • Rear skylight
  • 60/40 power-folding third row
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Forward collision alert
  • Following distance indicator
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian braking
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control

2019 Buick Enclave Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Preferred: $41,195

  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Electronic parking brakes
  • Electronic shifter
  • Dual-outlet stainless-steel exhaust
  • Premium-ride suspension
  • Electric power steering
  • 18-inch painted aluminum wheels
  • Automatic-on/off headlights
  • Body-color door handles with chrome strips
  • Deep-tinted rear glass
  • Hands-free power liftgate with LED projection logo
  • Heated, power outside mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Bright-chrome bodyside moldings
  • Rocker panel moldings
  • Roof-mounted side rails
  • Rear spoiler
  • Upper and lower grille shutters
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Cloth seating
  • 4.2-inch driver-information center
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Six-way power passenger’s seat
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Buick Connected Access capable
  • Buick Infotainment System
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Six USB ports (Two in each row)
  • Compass
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Floor mats in all three rows
  • Heated front seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Keyless open
  • Push-button ignition
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • OnStar
  • Power windows with driver’s one-touch-up/down and passenger’s one-touch down
  • Triple door seals
  • Rear cargo area cover
  • Rear climate controls
  • Bright-finish sill plates
  • SiriusXM
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Universal home remote
  • Rear parking sensors

 

Essence: $43,195

  • All Preferred features, plus
  • Perforated leather seating
  • In-vehicle air ionizer
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-change alert
  • Blind-zone alert

 

Premium: $49,295

  • All Essence features, plus
  • Auto-dimming driver’s side mirror
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Two-position memory for driver’s seat, mirrors, and steering wheel
  • 120-volt power outlet
  • Automatic heated steering wheel
  • Bose 10-speaker audio system
  • Heated second-row seats
  • 60/40 power-folding third-row seat
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking
  • Following-distance indicator
  • Forward collision alert
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Safety-alert rear seat

 

Avenir: $54,695

  • Avenir front grille
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels with Pearl Nickel finish
  • Power moonroof with rear skylight
  • 8-inch driver-information center
  • Avenir script sill plates
  • Buick Infotainment System with Navigation
  • Avenir embroidered head rests and floor mats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood accents
  • Rear camera mirror with surround vision
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Chestnut/Ebony or Ebony interior color including seat stitching and piping

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Traverse?

The 2019 Chevy Traverse is a great buy for those looking for a rugged-looking crossover that boasts more squared-off shoulders that are typically reserved for SUVs. With its lower base price and array of desirable features, it is also great for the value shopper.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Buick Enclave?

Buyers looking for a luxury crossover without a luxury price will find just that in the 2019 Buick Enclave with its premium features, upscale tech, and more at a relative value.

 

Ready to cruise the streets of the Linwood area in a rugged crossover with plenty of premium options? Head down to Garber Chevrolet Linwood serving the Bay City area today to check out and test drive the 2019 Traverse. Can’t make it to the Standish area for a test drive today? Navigate to our online inventory page to see what 2019 Traverse models we have in stock that fit your needs and set up a later test drive.