Family SUV Comparison Test:2019 Chevrolet Traverse vs. 2019 Subaru Ascent vs. 2019 Volkswagen Atlas
You met the love of your life. You got married. You added some kids to your household.
Now those kids are getting bigger, and they’re involved with athletics or music or art or any number of extra-curricular activities that involve going places with lots of stuff in order to do lots of things. And oftentimes, their friends are tagging along for the adventure.
The time to buy a bigger car has arrived, and you don’t want a minivan. You want an SUV. Something with three rows of seats and lots of interior space, preferably a crossover with a lower price and better fuel economy than truck-based behemoths. It should have the latest infotainment, driver-assistance, and collision-avoidance technologies, too.
For 2019, three of the newest family-sized crossover SUVs you can buy are the Chevrolet Traverse (redesigned for 2018), Subaru Ascent (new for 2019), and the Volkswagen Atlas (new for 2018). For this comparison test, we grabbed top-trim examples of each and spent the day driving them back-to-back, assessing their layout and design, comfort and utility, safety and technology, and driving dynamics.
Here are the details of the midsize SUVs we compared:
- 2019 Chevrolet Traverse High Country with extra-cost paint: $54,990 including the $995 destination charge
- 2019 Subaru Ascent Touring with a rear bumper cover and third-row USB charging ports: $46,020 including the $975 destination charge
- 2019 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium with no options: $49,735 including the $995 destination charge
Each vehicle was provided by the automaker for use during a media ride-and-drive event.