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How Are the 2019 Chevy Traverse and Tahoe Different?

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At first glance, the 2019 Chevy Traverse and Tahoe appear to be similar models. A closer look reveals each one’s strengths, however. Here’s a brief comparison of these two SUVs to help you decide which one suits your needs and lifestyle the best.

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The Traverse and Tahoe are both popular choices for three-row family-haulers. However, cabin and cargo space differ with each model. The Traverse boasts an EPA-rated total passenger volume of 157.3 cubic feet. Front-row passengers get 41 inches of legroom, while second-row ones get 38.4 inches and third-row ones get 33.5 inches. It has a maximum cargo space of 98.2 cubic feet, when you collapse both back-row seats.

By contrast, the Tahoe boasts 120.8 cubic feet of total passenger volume. First-row passengers get an extra 1.5 more inches of legroom than in the Traverse, while second-row ones get 39 inches of space. Third-row passengers will feel more cramped in the Tahoe, however, with just 24.8 inches of legroom. It has a maximum cargo volume of 94.7 cubic feet.

Fuel economy

As you might expect, the smaller Traverse outshines the larger Tahoe when it comes to efficiency. It achieves 27 miles per gallon on the highway when equipped with a 3.6-liter engine and front-wheel drive.

The Tahoe achieves 4 mpg less on the highway, though it does churn out 420 horsepower when you opt for the 6.2-liter V8 engine. That’s 110 more horsepower than the most potent version of the Traverse gets.

Towing capacity

Both models are able to tow, however the Traverse has a lower tow rating than its stronger Tahoe sibling. The Traverse has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, when equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 engine.

The Tahoe, by contrast, can pull heavier trailers and campers than its smaller brother. When properly equipped, this model has an 8,600-pound maximum towing capacity.


Price point is another consideration when deciding between the Traverse and Tahoe. If you’re working with a tight budget, the Traverse will be the better option; it has a starting MSRP of $29,930. The base trim of the Tahoe, by contrast, starts at $48,000.

Conclusion: Go with the Traverse if you value affordability and efficiency, and want more legroom for third-row passengers. The Tahoe is the better choice if you want more engine potency and towing capacity, and want to have more legroom for second-row passengers.

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