The midsize SUV continues to be one of the most popular types of vehicles sold each year. Drivers enjoy the space, safety features and comfortable driving experience that is provided by this type of SUV. When you are in the market for a midsize SUV, a great option to consider is the Chevy Traverse. The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse offers many different amenities and features that will make it a great option for drivers and SUV buyers.
2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
The Traverse has continued to be one of the best selling Chevrolet vehicles for a long time. Each year, Chevrolet will come out with a few improvements to the Traverse that buyers will continue to enjoy. The 2021 Traverse has a few improvements to the exterior and interior and some amenities that were considered upgrades in prior model years are now included as standard features in the lower trim levels.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
When you are in the market for a new Traverse there are several trim options to consider. Starting with the base trim, your options available are the L, LS, LT, RS, Premier and High Country. All of the trim levels come the same V6 engine and can be upgraded from front-wheel to all-wheel drive. The main difference between the trims is the level of interior features that you can receive. The High Country and Premier trims come with virtually all features that are available.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
All drivers will receive the same engine option and can choose to upgrade to all-wheel drive. If you would like bucket second row seats as opposed to a second row bench, the LT or higher trims will be ideal. Those that want a Traverse that is close to fully loaded should consider the Premier or High Country trims. For many drivers, the L and LS trims offer a great set of standard features that make it fun, comfortable and safe to drive.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
If you are in the market for a SUV that offers a lot of impressive tech features, the 2021 Traverse could be a great option for you. The base trims for the Traverse come with many impressive tech features. Some of the standard features include a seven-inch touchscreen that is used to control the Chevy Infotainment system, connectivity to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, six different USB ports in the front and back, and a WiFi hotspot.
If you are interested in getting an even more powerful tech package, the upgraded trims also have a variety of options. Some of these features include an eight-inch touchscreen, a wireless charging system and an impressive Bose audio system. Anyone that is looking to upgrade their vehicle will find that these tech features rival features that are found in luxury SUVs.
How Does It Perform?
One of the selling points for the 2021 Traverse is the strong engine. The 2021 Traverse only has one engine option, which is a V6 engine that will produce just over 300 horsepower. While some midsize SUVs offer upgradeable engines that are more powerful, this is one of the most powerful standard engines in the class. This can be coupled with standard front-wheel drive or can be upgraded to all-wheel drive. It also comes standard with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Despite having a more powerful engine that other vehicles in the class, the Traverse continues to compare well in terms of fuel efficiency. With front wheel drive, you will receive around 22 MPG on a blended basis. This drops around ten percent if you upgrade to all-wheel drive.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
The Chevy Traverse continues to get great ratings from both the IIHS and the NHTSA. One of the reasons why is because it comes with a variety of standard safety features. The base trim packages will provide you with a rearview camera, lane departure warning, forward collision warning. These features get more impressive in the higher trims and can include rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control. Depending on where you live, you will also receive more traction and control in certain driving conditions if you choose to upgrade to the all-wheel drive version of the Traverse.
What's the Interior Like?
The 2021 Chevy Traverse is designed to be a comfortable SUV for up to eight passengers. The base trims of the Traverse will be able to sit eight passengers as the second row is a bench. Those that upgrade to the higher trims will receive captains chairs as opposed to a second row. This makes it easier to get back to the back row, but reduces capacity to seven passengers.
The standard trims for the Traverse will come with cloth upholstery, which is considered quite comfortable. Those that upgrade will enjoy leather seats, heated and ventilated seats in the front and power seats. There is also ample cargo space. With all rows up, cargo space is 24 cubic feet behind the third row. With the third row down, there is 54 cubic feet of space behind the second row. With the second and third row folded down, there is about 98 cubic feet of cargo space in total. This cargo capacity exceeds space availability of most other SUVs in this class.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?The midsize SUV market continues to be competitive with other options in the same class. While the Traverse is a leader when it comes to cabin and cargo space, engine performance and interior features, there are other options to consider as well. Some of the other popular midsize SUV options include the Toyota Highlander, the Hyundai Palisade and Ford Explorer.
Note: All Chevrolet Traverse lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.