The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is a family-friendly midsize crossover SUV that has more room for passengers than just about every competitor in its class. Ask the folks at Chevrolet dealerships serving Saint Maries and they’ll tell you the Traverse provides a smooth, comfortable ride, along with an amazing amount of cargo space. Buyers appreciate the Traverse’s excellent safety scores, too.
The 2019 Buick Enclave is a midsize crossover that competes with the Traverse. If you’re in the market for either of these vehicles or you’re curious to discover which model is the best, read our comparison review to see which one comes out on top.
A vehicle’s price is an important factor for most buyers. Buyers who choose the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse will save money compared with 2019 Enclave buyers. The Traverse has a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) that starts at $29,300 at dealers like the Saint Maries Chevrolet dealerships. The Enclave’s starting MSRP is $40,000, a difference of over $10,000. We should note here that we use the MSRP for comparison. The MSRP isn’t the actual price you’ll pay at the dealer.
The Traverse comes in seven trim levels, offering buyers a wealth of different configurations. The Enclave is only offered in four trim levels.
The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse gives owners a choice of two engines. The base engine is a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. The Buick Enclave has a sole engine, a 3.6-liter V6 that puts out 302 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
The Traverse’s base 3.6-liter V6 engine is front-wheel-drive only. This unit delivers an EPA-rated 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway. The Buick Enclave’s 3.6-liter V6 only gets 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive models get 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway.
Buyers who need to transport a large family or lots of passengers should choose the 2019 Traverse, which can seat eight. The 2019 Enclave only seats seven.
Those looking for a crossover with plenty of room for cargo will prefer the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse, as it has more cargo space than the 2019 Buick Enclave. With the seats folded, the Traverse offers 98.2 cubic feet of cargo space. The 2019 Buick Traverse has 97.6 cubic feet of cargo space.
According to Repair Pal, the 2019 Traverse is more reliable than the 2019 Enclave. The Traverse was rated 19th out of 26 for midsize SUVs, while the Enclave was ranked 24th. The Enclave costs more to repair, with an annual estimate of $703, compared with $642 for the Traverse. Furthermore, the website reports the frequency and severity of repairs for the Enclave is higher than normal, while the Traverse was rated average.
The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse and the 2019 Buick Enclave are both outstanding crossovers. But when you look at important categories such as price, trim levels, engine fuel economy and reliability, it’s easy to see that the Traverse edges out the Enclave.