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2020 Chevrolet Traverse Overview

The Chevrolet Traverse is one of the largest crossover SUVs you can buy, making it perfect for carrying both people and cargo. For 2020, the family hauler gets next-generation Chevrolet Infotainment 3 technology and loses the previously available turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. The 3.6-liter V6 now comes standard across the board. A handful of new colors also debut.

With a clean and balanced design, crisp detailing, and subtle fender flares, the 2020 Chevy Traverse is easy on the eyes.

Spanning from basic to luxurious, the lineup offers something for everyone. If you want cloth seats, look to the L, LS, or LT Cloth trims. For leather, look to LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country trims.

Each version of the Traverse includes a 3.6-liter V6, which makes 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. A 9-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive (AWD) is available as an option. When properly equipped, the Traverse tows up to 5,000 pounds. With its standard second-row bench seat, this 3-row crossover seats eight people. With the third row in use, the Traverse provides 23 cubic feet of cargo volume. Fold the third-row seat, and 58.1 cubic feet of space becomes available. With the second and third rows folded, cargo volume reaches 98.2 cubic feet. Fuel-economy returns are as high as 18 mpg city, 27 highway, and 21 combined.

Standard equipment includes 3-zone automatic climate control, keyless open, and heated front seats. Standard tech includes a 7-inch HD touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, and OnStar subscription services. Options include an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, a Bose premium sound system, and a surround-view camera.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Traverse a 5-star overall rating. Standard safety equipment includes a reversing camera, Teen Driver parental-monitoring technology, and a rear-seat reminder designed to prevent the driver from accidentally leaving a child or pet in the back seat. Additional safety options include forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.

The Traverse competes with the Ford Explorer, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, and Toyota Highlander.


Christian Wardlaw has nearly two decades of experience reviewing cars, and has served in editorial leadership roles with Edmunds, Autobytel, and J.D. Power and Associates. Chris prefers to focus on the cars people actually buy rather than the cars about which people dream, and emphasizes the importance of fuel economy and safety as much as how much fun a car is to drive. Chris is married to an automotive journalist, is the father of four daughters, and lives in Southern California.

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