2019 Chevy Traverse High Country Gets FWD, Lower Price

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At the moment, consumers interested in getting a Chevrolet Traverse in its most luxurious trim, High Country, are stuck with one configuration: a 3.6-liter V6 and all-wheel drive. According to data from order guides, that will change for the 2019 model year, as the American automaker is adding a front-wheel-drive variant for its most luxurious Traverse trim.

Doing so will lower the starting price of the Traverse High Country. An all-wheel-drive High Country starts at $54,395 (including the $1,195 destination fee). Pricing for the new front-wheel-drive version will start at $52,095, which is a price difference of $2,300.

This move, according to Chevrolet spokesperson Katie Minter, is to have a luxurious Traverse that appeals more to consumers living in warm climates. “Based on customer feedback, particularly feedback from those that live in warmer climates, we decided to make FWD an option on the 2019 Traverse High Country,” said Minter.

Key features on the High Country include: IntelliBeam headlights with automatic high-beam assist, forward collision alert, following distance indicator, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control with forward automatic braking, 20-inch wheels, as well as a sunroof and fixed rear skylight. The trim was added for 2018 as the model's range-topping style.

The Traverse High Country is one of the more expensive midsize SUVs on the market, so lowering the vehicle's price by adding a front-wheel-drive option makes plenty of sense. Other high-priced models in the segment include the Mazda CX-9 Signature ($46,410, AWD only), GMC Acadia Denali ($46,695 with FWD), Dodge Durango R/T ($48,090, AWD only), and Honda Pilot Elite ($49,065, AWD only).

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Pictured: 2019 Traverse High Country

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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