Buyers looking for a family SUV that can seat eight passengers in three rows should take a good look at the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse. There’s plenty of room for passengers and their stuff, with 98.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Buyers at the Chevrolet dealer in Prescott enjoy the Traverse’s low starting price that gives the competition a run for their money.
The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is offered in seven trim levels at dealerships like the Prescott Chevrolet dealer. They’re listed as L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier and High Country. The Traverse employs a 3.6-liter V6 engine that’s good for 310 horses and 266 lb-ft of torque, joined to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
All trim levels get standard front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available across the lineup, with the exception of the base L trim. Drivers love the Traverse’s all-wheel-drive system, which provides grip when driving on snow, ice, and wet or slick roads. The top-level High Country comes with a dual-clutch transfer system that can automatically adjust the level of torque each rear wheel receives, for even greater traction.
Fuel economy for the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is estimated by the EPA at 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel-drive models return 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway.*
Edmunds wrote: “Size and style are the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse’s calling cards. Though it competes with three-row midsize SUVs, the handsome eight-passenger Traverse is significantly larger inside than most alternatives. That pays dividends in terms of passenger comfort and a maximum cargo volume measurement of 98.2 cubic feet.”
The Traverse L trim may be the base model, but it comes with a lot of standard features, including 18-inch alloy wheels, heated outside mirrors, tri-zone automatic climate control, keyless open and start, cloth upholstery, automatic headlights, cruise control, an HD rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Bluetooth.
The range-topping Traverse High Country trim includes a power-folding third-row seat, a panoramic sunroof, enhanced automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and a number of trailer enhancements.
The 2021 Traverse comes with a Smart Slide second-row seat that drivers with infants and small children will appreciate. Many SUV drivers install a safety seat in the second row, making it difficult for third-row passengers to get in and out. Smart Slide allows the right side of the bench or the right captain’s chair to slide and tilt forward, even when there’s an empty child-safety seat installed.
The NHTSA and IIHS haven’t released the results of their safety testing as of this writing. However, the results should be the same as last year. The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse received the highest rating of five stars by the NHTSA for overall safety. The IIHS gave the 2020 Traverse the top score of Good for all crash tests.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.