Jacksonville Chevrolet Shoppers Get Answers When Comparing The 2019 Chevy Traverse to the 209 GMC Acadia

2019 Chevy Traverse and the 2019 GMC Acadia are both modern, full-size, three-row crossover SUVs, but a Jacksonville Chevrolet dealer will tell you the Traverse is the one you should buy. To find out if they’re correct, here we put the 2019 Traverse and 2019 Acadia to the test in a head-to-head comparison.


Both models are available with either a four-cylinder or a V6 engine under the hood, but the four-cylinder available for the 2019 Traverse you can check out at Jacksonville Chevrolet dealerships is a much more powerful turbocharged unit. The Traverse has a 2.0-liter turbo-four that puts out an impressive 257 horsepower, while the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-pot in the Acadia produces just 193 hp.


Perhaps a little surprisingly these days for such a contemporary model, both engines for the GMC Acadia come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It's a pretty decent six-speed, but the Chevy Traverse utilizes a much more up-to-date nine-speed automatic, which is generally regarded as one of the best of its kind.

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While the Traverse has grown a little with its last redesign just a year ago, the Acadia has gone in the complete opposite direction by going smaller. Both are still three-row models, but the Traverse can seat up to eight people while the Acadia can only seat six. Also, the third-row in the 2019 GMC Acadia is best thought of as most suitable only for occasional use, while those in the Traverse are much more usable.  There are 33.5 inches of legroom for those sitting in the third row of the Traverse, but those in the back of the Acadia only get 31.1 inches.

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The base Acadia SL might be a little more affordable than the entry-level Traverse LS, but the Traverse gives the buyer quite a bit more for their money than they get with the Acadia SL. The interior features and equipment are very similar, such as a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, but the base Traverse gets a V6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission.

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Trim Levels


If you like a wide range of trim levels to choose from when shopping for a new vehicle, the 2019 Traverse has the advantage over the 2019 Acadia. The Traverse range is offered in six trim levels: L, LS, LT, RS, Premier and High Country. There are just four trim levels in the 2019 GMC Acadia lineup: SL, SLE, SLT and Denali.


Fuel economy


There isn’t a great deal between these two when it comes to fuel economy, but the Traverse has the slight advantage of a best EPA rating for highway driving of 27mpg, which is 1mpg better than the most frugal version of the Acadia can muster.


In The End


The 2019 GMC Acadia is closer to the 2019 Chevy Traverse than many of the other contenders in the segment, but with a more powerful engine, more room inside, more seats and a standard V6 engine, the Traverse is definitely the one to go for here.