Since the 2009 model year, the Chevy Traverse has been a leader in U.S. born-and-bred SUVs. For over a decade, the Traverse has traveled from Delta Township, Michigan to you, one of the most popular eight-passenger SUVs with best-in-class cargo space and gas mileage to handle your everyday commute and family road trips. The 2021 Chevy Traverse lives up to its history and points the way to the future. Standard technology includes keyless access with push-button start, a hands-free tailgate is available, and the Teen Driver suite is up-to-date and ready for all of your family to use.
Whether you’re looking for front-wheel drive or the more versatile all-wheel drive for bad weather and off-roading, the Traverse is ready for the adventure. Available Chevy Safety Assist features mean you’re ready for an adventure, too - or just a busy highway or crowded parking lot. Whatever your needs, there is a Traverse to fit them. Once you take it for a test drive, you’ll see why the Traverse regularly comes in at the top of Best Mid-Size SUV lists. Traverse owners give their vehicles great ratings when it comes to quality, reliability, and driving experience.
The 2021 Chevy Traverse comes in seven trims: the L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country. You’ll find heated power side mirrors, capless fuel tanks, and no wheels smaller than 18” across the line. With some models, you can choose black accents, from the badging to the grille and mirror caps; chrome handles and mirror caps may also be an option. There can be a lot to sort through when it comes to the differences in trims, so let’s break them down.
The L is the base Traverse. It only comes in front-wheel drive and has black mirrors and body-color door handles. You have your choice of two body colors - Summit White and Mosaic Black Metallic - and the interior is Jet Black with cloth seats. With the LS, you have the option of choosing all-wheel drive over front-wheel drive. It has the same door handle and mirror cap setup as the L, but you could choose all chrome accents or the Midnight/Sport Edition all-black badging, including upgrading the silver wheels to a gloss black.
Two metallic shades of gray are added as color options: Satin Steel and Silver Ice. A cargo package begins to be available with the LS featuring a retractable cargo shade and vertical cargo net, as do molded assist steps to make entrances and exits easier for all your passengers. Deep-tinted glass on the rear side windows and liftgate is standard from here on out.
The LT Cloth and LT Leather are very similar, with the LT Leather obviously having leather trim. Another difference is that the LT Cloth has an available power programmable liftgate, a standard feature on the LT Leather. A dual-panel sunroof is available on the LT Leather. Four other exterior colors are optional, Black Cherry and Graphite metallics and Cherry Red and Iridescent Pearl topcoats. There are also two additional interior color schemes: a gray and a different black combination. The Midnight blackout edition accents are available here, too. A trailering package with hitch guidance becomes available on the LTs, as do roof-mounted rails for even more hauling capabilities. You will also find many of the available Chevy Safety Assist features as part of the LT Leather.
The sporty RS is known for its signature black accents. It has 20” wheels and Chevy Safety Assist standard and also has a power liftgate. The Premier and High Country trims come with a hands-free power liftgate, so you don’t even need to push a button when your hands are full. Other perks to these top-of-the-line models include heated power side mirrors with integrated turn signals and LED headlights to make it even safer. The Premier is also available in a Redline Edition with eye-catching black and red accents from the 20” glossy wheels to the badging. Chevy’s dual-panel power sunroof is available on the Premier and standard on the High Country.
The standard driver information center with your speed, mileage, etc., is 3.5”, upgradable to a color 4.2” on the LT Cloth, and the standard larger size on the rest of the line. A 7” touchscreen with Chevy’s Infotainment 3 system is standard. While the LT Cloth has an optional 8” screen, this size is standard on the LT Leather. Optional on the LT Leather is an upgraded system including navigation that comes standard on the Premier and High Country.
Connectivity in each 2021 Chevy Traverse includes not just Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility but also Amazon Alexa service, meaning you can add to your shopping list or control your home’s lights or locks all from your driver’s seat. In addition, each Traverse has 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability.
The driver’s seat gets an upgrade from the LT models on. Also, with the LT Cloth, you can choose to add heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. These are standard on the LT Leather RS, Premier, and High Country trims. Heated rear seats are also standard on the two upper trims, and the front seats get added ventilation. The L and LS have a bench seat in the middle row, which means seating for eight. This is available on the LTs, but mid-row captain’s chairs and seating for seven are standard at the top of the line. All second-row seats have SmartSlide technology to make accessing the third row of seats hassle-free.
Even with a full load of passengers, you’ll find 23 cubic feet of storage space behind the third row of seats. When the rear row of seats is folded flat, you’ll get well over twice that with up to 57.8 cubic feet, perfect to take your family of four or five on a road trip without needing a roof rack. With both sets of backseats folded, you’ll get a whopping 98.2 cubic feet of storage. With all this storage, you can get all your home renovation supplies, easily move a friend, or even take a long road trip with a friend.
The 2021 Chevy Traverse comes with a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. Standard safety features a Teen Driver package with Buckle-to-Drive, a feature that prevents the driver from shifting out of park for up to 20 seconds if their seat belt isn’t fastened. It also mutes the audio system until everyone in the front seat is buckled in and provides an in-vehicle report card to show where your teen driver is doing well or where some improvement is needed. Another standard feature is a rear vision camera, which can be upgraded to an HD model and a full HD surround vision system, giving you not just a rear view but a birds-eye view of the area around your Traverse.
Chevy Safety Assist is available on the 2021 Traverse beginning at the LT trims. It’s standard on the RS, Premier, and High Country. This package’s features include Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Front Pedestrian Braking to avoid rear-ending both cars and people. It also has Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and available Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert along with available Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Park Assist. Also a great help is Adaptive Cruise Control to help you keep not just a steady speed but a steady distance from the vehicle ahead of you.
All 2021 Chevy Traverses come with a 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with a smoothly shifting 9-speed automatic transmission. This engine brings 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, and it has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. This power means you can easily merge onto the highway, tackle curvy mountain ascents, and tow a medium-sized camper with ease. Whatever your SUV needs, the Traverse is here to meet them.
Thanks in part to fuel-efficient automatic start-stop technology kicking in at red lights, the 2021 Chevy Traverse gets up to an EPA-estimated 18 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available on all but the base L model. Whichever drivetrain you chose, you’re sure to find the Traverse has a comfortable suspension, tackling bumps and turns with ease.