The Chevrolet Traverse has quickly become a very popular family SUV thanks to its roomy interior, towing ability, and standard safety features. It is considered a mid-size SUV, but it is rather large for the segment, which is great because that means more interior space. The 2021 Chevy Traverse is the perfect companion for all of your family travels, whether you are heading on vacation or just to drop the kids off at school.
The 2021 Chevy Traverse seats eight comfortably thanks to the third row of seats, and there is still plenty of room for all of your gear. You won’t be disappointed by the interior in terms of aesthetics and technology. The infotainment system is modern and user-friendly, and the interior is tasteful and polished. If you are in the market for an SUV that will fit the entire family for cruising and adventures, the Traverse is a great option.
Chevrolet understands that safety matters, so they offer the Traverse with plenty of safety features to keep you and your family safe on the road. A Rear Vision Camera comes standard on all Traverse models. This safety feature shows what is directly behind you and helps you avoid nearby objects, and comes in very handy when you have to back into a tight parking space. A Forward Collision Alert is available, and it will warn you when it detects the possibility of a front-end collision. This safety feature will also warn you when it senses that you are too close to the vehicle in front of you.
For those with teenagers ready to drive or close to it, you will appreciate that Chevy includes their Teen Driver feature standard on all models. This safety system is actually made up of several features that help keep younger drivers and their passengers safe. Buckle-To-Drive is a feature that prevents the driver from shifting from park for up to 20 seconds if it senses that the driver’s seat belt is unfastened. It will also mute the audio until all occupants in the front seat are buckled in. An in-vehicle report card is available, and it shows how well the driver performed on their trip.
Other available safety features include Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist With Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, which warns drivers when there is traffic behind you while in reverse. Adaptive Cruise Control is another great safety feature available with the Traverse. This feature automatically adjusts the vehicle’s speed, so you maintain the same gap between the Traverse and the vehicle in front, thus eliminating the need for the driver to brake and accelerate frequently.
Another handy tech feature is the hands-free power liftgate, an available option that will make loading and unloading the Traverse easier. The hands-free liftgate enables you to open the liftgate with just a kick of your foot. To open the liftgate, kick your foot straight up in one swift motion under the rear bumper. What is also nice about this feature is that you can adjust the liftgate according to the height of your garage.
The 2021 Chevy Traverse is powered with a 3.6-liter V6 with 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, and it is paired with a standard nine-speed automatic transmission. While this V6 doesn’t put out the power you will find in a V8, it is still a strong engine and perfectly capable of easily hauling around a load of passengers. It’s a good performing engine and packs enough power to easily pass slower traffic on the highway. And considering it is a V6, you can still expect decent fuel economy. In addition, the 2021 Traverse can tow up to 5,000 pounds, which is plenty of towing power for those with campers or have boats or other adult toys that need to be transported.
One of the biggest assets the Traverse offers is its spacious interior. The driver and passengers will appreciate the head and legroom; even the third-row seating offers plenty of room for teens. The front headroom is 41.3 inches, legroom offers 41 inches, and shoulder room is 62.1 inches. You enjoy 40 inches of headroom in the second row of seating, with 38.4 inches of legroom and 62.2 inches of shoulder room. The third row of seating offers 38.2 inches of headroom, 33.5 inches of legroom, and 57.5 inches of shoulder room. The Traverse also offers plenty of cargo space; as a matter of fact, its cargo volume, 98.2 cubic feet with the second and third row of seats folded down, is best-in-class.
The Traverse is a modern SUV and offers several tech features that make driving a unique and enjoyable experience. The Traverse is also a practical and versatile SUV, and this can be seen with the Smart Slide Second-Row Seat. Simply put, there is a latch on the second-row seat that, when engaged, the seat slides forward, and anyone can easily enter or exit the third-row seats. And when the passenger is in or out of the SUV, the seat slides back into its original position.
Perhaps one of the most unique features of the Traverse is the hidden storage area behind the infotainment screen. With the simple touch of a button, the screen rises to reveal a hidden compartment with enough room to fit sunglasses, cell phones, or whatever you feel like storing.
There was a time when you had to pay extra for a touch screen infotainment system with smartphone integration, but this is now standard in most vehicles, including the Chevy Traverse. The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System offers plenty of standard features. The primary point of interaction is the color touch screen, which is either 7-inches or 8-inches, depending on trim level. In addition to buttons on the steering wheel for control purposes, voice recognition is standard on most models. With the Chevrolet Infotainment System 3, you can connect your smartphone using Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or Bluetooth. This connection enables you to send text messages, make phone calls and play music hands-free.
The 2021 Traverse comes in several configurations, so no matter your lifestyle and needs in an SUV, there is a model that will suit you perfectly. At the base level, the Traverse L offers premium cloth seats, heated side mirrors, and 18-inch silver-painted wheels. You will also enjoy a 3.5-inch driver information center and a 7-inch touchscreen display.
The LS model offers everything on the L trim plus deep-tinted glass. There are several available options, including an interior enhancement package, a chrome essentials package, and a black accent package.
The LT Cloth trim comes with either cloth or leather seat choices. There are also several comfort features you enjoy at this level including, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and integrated turn signal indicators. The LT Leather level offers a few more goodies, including heated front seats, a remote start system, and an 8-inch touchscreen display.
Moving on to the RS trim, you will find several advanced safety features that will help keep you and the passengers safe. In addition to the standard safety features included with the previous trims, the RS model adds forward collision alert, following distance indicator, and automatic emergency braking to the list. For those who desire a sporty-looking SUV, the RS delivers with 20-inch Dark Android painted aluminum wheels and black roof-mounted side rails, which really gives the Traverse a sharp look.
For those seeking more comfort and convenience in their Traverse, the Premier trim is the answer. With the Premier trim, drivers enjoy driver memory settings, perforated leather-appointed front seats that are heated and ventilated, and wireless device charging, so there is no need to panic because you forgot to pack your smartphone charging cord.
The High Country trim is the top-of-the-line model and includes the amenities and features found in the most luxurious vehicles on the market. In a nutshell, you get everything in the previous models plus a few intriguing features including, a two-panel power sunroof, adaptive cruise control, and a heavy-duty cooling system, which allows the engine to work even harder without overheating, which is ideal for towing applications.