2019 Chevrolet Traverse vs. 2019 Subaru Ascent Comparison
2019 Chevrolet Traverse
Starting Price: $30,925 | Price yours
Above Average: Three row seating for as many as 8 people, much improved looks over previous generation, decent fuel economy, tons of optional family-friendly features.
Below Average: Max tow capacity of just 5000 pounds, if you want to step up to the top trim and get features like adaptive cruise control it will cost you a pretty penny
Consensus: The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse has dropped 350-pounds, gained a ton of useable passenger and cargo space inside and hustles a bit faster than the previous generation.
2019 Subaru Ascent
Starting Price: $32,970 | Price yours
Above Average: Upscale, roomy enough for 8 people, tech loaded and sportier than most midsize SUVs.
Below Average: Only one engine option and no hybrid.
Consensus: The 2019 Subaru Ascent has pretty much everything you could want including, comfort, safety, practicality and sportiness. If you only need to use the third row for tiny humans, it’s a great buy.
The Chevrolet Traverse is the largest 3-row crossover in the automakers line-up and it gets just a light refresh for 2019, following its more substantial makeover in 2018. That remake brought more space, less weight, and more power thanks to the peppy 3.6L V6 engine and a 9-speed automatic transmission that never hunts for the right gear. Chevy has cleverly added some hidden storage beneath the infotainment screen and upped its interior game with a sliding second row seat that makes getting to the third row that much easier. If you yanked the badges off the interior you might think you were in a higher priced vehicle.
While you can get the Traverse in a FWD version as well as AWD (for a price), the 2019 Subaru Ascent comes standard with AWD in all trims. Its Subaru’s first foray into the 3-row melee and they’ve got the right recipe: A combination of sportiness thanks to the 260 horsepower 4-cylinder engine, comfort, safety (EyeSight comes standard), and versatility. While the lack of variety of engines leaves something to be desired it’s still a decent bet for the price.
Three-row midsize SUVs packed with plenty of creature comforts to make the longest haul pleasant, they both have a maximum tow rating of 5000 pounds and come with available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Chevrolet Traverse Advantages
A range of engines and trim levels can get you pretty much anything you want for this 3-row crossover SUV.
Subaru Ascent Advantages
USB ports for every row and 19 (19!) cup holders make the cabin of the Subaru a very comfortable place to be.
The Chevrolet Traverse is our pick in this head-to-head. It’s combination of tech features, upscale interior, clever storage, spacious cabin and family friendly features make it a good buy.
|2019 Chevrolet Traverse||2019 Subaru Ascent|
|Engine||3.6-liter V6||2.4-liter, 4-cylinder, Turbo|
|Horsepower||310 hp @ 6800 rpm||260 hp @ 5600 rpm|
|Torque||266 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm||277 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm|
|Transmission||Automatic, 9-speed||Automatic, CVT|
|Fuel Economy||21 mpg (18 city, 27 hwy)||23 mpg (21 city, 27 hwy)|
|Also Available||2.0-liter turbo I4||NA|
|Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||5 Stars||NA|
|Max Seating Capacity||8 passengers||8 passengers|
|Wheelbase||120.9 inches||113.8 inches|
|Overall Length||204.3 inches||196.8 inches|
|Width||78.6 inches||76 inches|
|Height||70.7 inches||71.6 inches|
|Turning Diameter||39.0 feet||38.0 feet|
|Headroom, Front||41.3 inches||41.3 inches|
|Headroom, 2nd row||40.0 inches||40.0 inches|
|Headroom, 3rd row||38.2 inches||36.3 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41.0 inches||42.2 inches|
|Legroom, 2nd row||38.4 inches||38.6 inches|
|Legroom, 3rd row||33.5 inches||31.7 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||62.1 inches||61.1 inches|
|Shoulder Room, 2nd row||62.2 inches||60.3 inches|
|Shoulder Room, 3rd row||57.5 inches||57.2 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||157.3 cu. ft.||153.5 cu. ft.|
|EPA Cargo Volume||98.2 cu. ft.||72.6 cu. ft.|