Typically prices go up yearly. Not in these cases.
Crossover SUVs are undeniably hot sellers these days and are putting a significant dent into the sales figures of traditional family sedans. General Motors has no intention of missing the party. According to Cars Direct, GM will lower the prices on at least 6 SUVs for 2019. The price cuts are reportedly worth up to $2,300 on vehicles from Chevrolet, Buick and GMC. So, what’s the catch? Nothing really, but it should be noted the price cuts will mainly involve mid-level trims and not the entire range.
Starting with Chevrolet, the 2019 Equinox 3LT, the mid-range trim, is set to receive a $1,200 price reduction, beginning at $30,495 including destination. Its previous MSRP was $31,695, however it should be noted that the Driver Confidence Package, consisting of blind spot warning, lane departure warning, and parking sensors no longer comes standard. If you want those features, you’ll have to opt for the $1,545 Confidence and Convenience Package, which also comes with remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated seats, among other things.
Another interesting thing about the Equinox, specifically the difference between FWD and AWD versions, is that certain trims of the latter come standard with some driver assistance features, resulting in $3,700 price gap between the two versions. That equipment will be optional come 2019, resulting in a price drop of $1,700. The larger Traverse, specifically the LT Leather, will be priced from $39,995, down from $42,695. The $3,095 Premium Package, however, will now be extra. The 2019 GMC Terrain also benefits here, with a $500 price cut on SLT trims. There are no packaging changes, but rather the gasoline and diesel-engined versions are slightly less expensive.
The 2019 Acadia SLT-1 price will drop by $500 ($38,995) with no packaging changes. As for Buick, both the Encore and Enclave are involved, with the top trim Premium for the former being dropped, thus cutting the base price for the priciest encore from $33,095 to $31,795. The Enclave Essence trim MSRP has been reduced to $42,295, down from $45,995, with no strings attached as there are no changes in equipment offerings.