If you are looking for a practical three-row SUV that doesn’t compromise on style or convenience, check out the new 2020 Chevy Traverse. With seating for up to eight passengers, this model is perfect for large families. It also earned a solid 5-star safety score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, so you can rest assured that your loved ones will be as safe as possible.
Even though this SUV has a maximum cargo area of 98.2 cubic feet, it is still technically classed as a mid-size vehicle. With all the seats in use, it offers 23 cubic feet of space behind the back row, which is ample for luggage or groceries.
The hands-free liftgate makes it easy to load up the back, and the extra storage compartments located behind the infotainment interface and underneath the back floor allow for the concealment of valuables. Getting into the third row has never been easier with the addition of the SmartSide seats that glide forward. There are tons of great features and components in the Traverse that make this SUV stand out from the others.
To know whether or not the new 2020 Chevy Traverse is the right ride for your lifestyle, let’s take a closer look at the model’s performance, interior, and exterior.
There is only one engine that comes with the 2020 Chevy Traverse, but with how well it performs, one option is all you need. Under the hood rests a 3.6L V6 that utilizes direct injection to generates 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive (AWD is optional), this beast has a fuel economy set at 22 mpg combined (18 city/27 highway). It can even haul up to 5,000 pounds, which is perfect for towing a boat or trailer.
For extra torque when going over rough terrain, you can use the available Traction Mode Select feature to activate the Off-Road feature. The tool also allows you to switch between front-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive, tow/haul, and off-road modes to optimize performance in different driving conditions.
When it comes to the exterior of the 2020 Chevy Traverse, there are many visible differences between the trim levels.
The L rides on 18-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels and features dual-outlet exhaust. Black beltline moldings, rocker moldings, and mirror caps give a sleek look, while body-colored door handles and front fascia give a more uniformed appearance. LED daytime running lights and taillamps provide enhanced visibility.
The LS trim level offers rear privacy windows to prevent passersby from peeking inside. It also features HID headlights for optimized visibility.
Stepping up to the LT Cloth model will get you added foglights and body-colored mirror caps. Heated side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators are also included, as well as roof rails for additional storage. You can bring along oddly shaped items or extra luggage that won’t fit in the cabin. Similarly, the LT Leather trim level adds a programmable power liftgate that opens three different ways and has a memory function to program how you want it to open.
Rolling on 20-inch dark gray-painted aluminum wheels, the RS model features all-season tires and signature black accents on the roof rails, window trim, and grille. This version even comes with the previously mentioned IntelliBeam high beam headlamps that will automatically turn off when approaching traffic comes into view.
The Premier trim level adds chrome door handles and the hands-free gesture liftgate that can open four ways. This nifty feature can sense when the key fob is near. Simply extend your foot under the left-hand side of the rear bumper, and the liftgate will open. This is perfect for when your arms are full. LED headlights and heated, auto-dimming side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators have also been added.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the top-tier High Country rolls in on 20-inch polished alloy wheels and boasts body-colored side moldings and a dual-panel sunroof.
The 2020 Chevy Traverse is also available in the Redline special edition. This is an appearance package that adds 20-inch high-gloss black wheel with red accents and blacked-out exterior styling elements for a sportier look.
There are 10 paint colors that you can choose from on the Traverse as well. The options include Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, Summit White, Silver Ice Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, Stone Gray Metallic, Graphite Metallic, Mosaic Black Metallic, Black Cherry Metallic, Midnight Blue Metallic, and Cajun Red Tintcoat.
There are a whopping seven trim levels to choose from on the 2020 Chevy Traverse. Each one is unique in its interior features. With many standard safety and entertainment features, the entire family gets an enjoyable and comfortable ride.
The base L trim features premium cloth upholstery on the bucket seats and carpeted floors with mats. A grand total of 10 cupholders are located throughout the cabin, and you can easily store your umbrellas in the slender compartments made specifically for them. Active noise cancellation provides a quieter experience on the road, and the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System is displayed on a 7-in touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity. It even comes with its own 4G LTE Wifi hotspot to keep you connected everywhere you go. Safety features include cruise control, a rearview camera, a tire pressure monitoring system, and OnStar capability. For people with older kids, Teen Driver is also included across all trims, which provides a report card on the young driver’s habits while operating the vehicle. It also mutes the audio system and prevents the vehicle from shifting into gear if the seatbelt is not fastened.
As for the Chevy Traverse LS, it offers all of the same features as the L plus optional add-ons like a universal tablet holder, all-weather floor mats, protective seat covers, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and more. You can even add the highway safety kit that includes jumper cables, gloves, bungee tie-downs, and other emergency items.
Stepping up to the LT Cloth model will get you an 8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar control, a stylish leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a SiriusXM Radio trial subscription. The LT Leather version adds a larger 4.2-inch driver information center, an 8-point digital compass, and, of course, leather seating. This model also comes with the upgraded Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System that is displayed on an 8-inch HD touchscreen. It also comes with the Convenience and Driver Confidence Package that includes remote start, heated front seats, and additional safety features such as blindspot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-change assist, and rear park assist.
Next is the RS model. It comes with a 120-volt power outlet, a heated steering wheel, and a premium 10-speaker Bose stereo system for high-quality audio. Displayed on an 8-inch HD touchscreen is the updated Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium System with Navigation so that you will never be lost in a new city again. This vehicle also includes the Driver Confidence II Package that includes a slew of safety features such as forward collision alert, keep-departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and more. These systems all work in unison to help prevent accidents on the road. HD Surround Vision has also been added to give you a look at what outside your vehicle.
The 2020 Chevy Traverse Premier boasts heated and cooled perforated leather seating with heating elements in the steering wheel and throughout the second row of seating. Wireless charging is also included as well as all of the aforementioned safety features.
The top-of-the-line High Country model is the cream of the crop. The third row is a 60/40 split-bench seat with power-folding technology to easily configure the back to suit your needs. It also comes with a tilt-sliding power sunroof known as SkyScrape and a fixed rear skylight with a sunscreen. Adaptive cruise control, enhanced automatic emergency braking, and IntelliBeam automatic high beams provide you with better visibility and a more relaxing driving experience.