Plenty of room. As a three-row midsize crossover SUV that can seat up to eight, the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse offers plenty of interior space for the entire family. With 157.3 cubic feet of passenger volume, the Traverse is one of the larger vehicles in its class. There’s 33.5 inches of third-row leg room, which is good enough for adults on short trips.

In addition to having a spacious cabin, the Traverse’s seats are also supremely comfortable. The front thrones offer plenty of room for adults of all sizes, while the second row is best when equipped with captain’s chairs. Second-row captain’s chairs are standard with the LT trim.

Beyond being able to fit everyone reasonably comfortably, the Traverse is also one of the best in the class at hauling cargo. Behind the third row, it has 23 cubic feet of cargo space. There's 57.8 cubic feet with the third row folded, and a total of 98.2 behind the front seats.

Capable V6 engine.Chevy only offers one engine with the Traverse. Luckily, it’s a powerful one that provides plenty of grunt. It comes with a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. When properly equipped, the engine helps the Traverse tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Fuel economy isn’t anything to brag about, but it’s not terrible for the class. With front-wheel drive, the Traverse is EPA rated to get 21 miles per gallon combined. All-wheel drive drops the figure to 20 mpg combined.

Intuitive infotainment system. Chevy’s latest Infotainment 3 system is one of the better ones on the market. It’s easy to use, organized, and responsive. Some functions can be controlled through buttons and knobs, making it even easier to use.

The base Traverse comes with a 7-inch touchscreen, a wi-fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and six USB ports. The Traverse LT and up come with a larger 8-inch screen that we highly recommend upgrading to.

Other optional tech features include a 10-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, and satellite radio. These aren’t that special compared to what others in the segment can be fitted with, but they’re still nice to have.

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Lacking safety features. While others in the class come with an extensive suite of advanced safety features, the Traverse only has a few standard safety features and none of them are advanced, driver assist ones. The entry-level model only comes with a rearview camera, a teen driver system, and a rear-seat reminder.

Even the LS, which is the next step in the lineup from the L, doesn’t come with any standard safety features. You have to move up to the LT, which is the third trim in line, to get things like rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and rear parking sensors as standard. Automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, and lane keeping assist are also available through a $625 package.

Many of the features that Chevy charges extra for are standard on a lot of the Traverse’s rivals.

Final thoughts. The 2021 Chevy Traverse has everything families are looking for in a midsize crossover SUV. It manages to stand out in the segment thanks to its spacious cabin and standard V6 engine. The Traverse certainly won’t blow you away, it’s more of a mid-tier option, but consumers that prioritize space and horsepower will find it to be an agreeable choice.

We hate to be those people, but the Traverse isn’t the most good-looking option in the segment. Chevy’s decision to not offer any advanced safety features as standard is a major blow, too. Nearly every one of its competitors comes with more standard safety features, so it’s a little old school for 2021. Plus, there are other midsize crossovers that look more upscale, feel more upscale, and offer more tech features.

The Kia Telluride is the current king of the class. It’s far more upscale than the Traverse, offered with more high-end convenience features, and is a more high-tech option. It also looks better than the Chevy and is more capable off-road.

The Mazda CX-9 is the athlete in the group. It’s not as powerful or as spacious as the Traverse, but it’s more luxurious, has more tech features, and is offered with more safety features. This is the three-row vehicle for consumers that enjoy driving.

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