Big on comfort. The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse gets everything right in terms of interior comfort. This crossover seats up to eight, although the third-row seat isn’t as roomy as the Volkswagen Atlas. It’s ideal for children, however.
The best configuration seats seven as the middle-row bench seat swaps out for a pair of comfortable captain’s chairs. This arrangement is standard with the LT trim, which follows the base LS model.
Six USB ports and 10 cup holders grace the cabin. Chevy offers a variety of heating and cooling options for the front seats, heated second-row seats, cloth- or leather-trimmed seats, and even an available cooler for the second row.
The standard storage space is larger than average, measuring 23 cubic feet behind the third row. Total cargo space measures 98.2 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded.
Ample power at the ready. Chevy offers just one powertrain combination with the Traverse, but that’s all you need. The 3.6-liter V6 delivers 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.
Fuel economy is right where we’d expect: 18 miles per gallon city, 27 mpg highway, and 21 combined, according to the EPA. The all-wheel-drive version nets 20 mpg combined.
Another benefit is towing. When properly equipped, the Traverse pulls up to 5,000 pounds. That’s more than the 3,500-pound rating of the Honda Pilot, but just behind the 6,000-pound rating of the Nissan Pathfinder.
Strong technology offerings. We like Chevy's infotainment system, with the standard 7-inch color touchscreen display. The system loads fast and is easy to use.
We mentioned the six USB ports, and Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility also come standard.
Advanced features such as an 8-inch display, wireless phone charging, and a Bose audio system are also available. They’re standard fare with the range-topping High Country trim, which starts at a pricey $52,095. Even a top-of-the-line Kia Telluride offers comparable features for about $10,000 less.
Safety is a mixed bag. The Traverse’s IIHS safety testing isn't complete, so we can’t say how it compares to a Top Safety Pick Plus model like the Mazda CX-9 just yet. The NHTSA gave the Traverse a five-star overall safety rating, although it earns four stars for frontal crash and rollover.
The base LS trim doesn’t offer all-wheel drive nor can you opt for automatic emergency braking. We recommend starting with the LT trim anyway, which brings in blind-spot monitoring and parking sensors, and makes automatic emergency braking an option.
Automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping assist are included in the top-trim models. On the other hand, these features are standard with the Toyota Highlander.
Final thoughts. The 2020 Chevy Traverse delivers most of the features we want in a family-friendly crossover. Its style isn’t especially inspiring, but its interior is clean and comfortable.
You’ll pay handsomely for a well-equipped model, which we’d expect in a Buick Enclave, but not in a Traverse. The Hyundai Palisade offers more premium features at a lower cost, so customers would do well to comparison shop.
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