The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse looks just like a little Chevy Tahoe.  That’s due to the Tahoe’s redesign as of the same model year.

And Traverse is a midsize SUV.  But here’s the thing.  It’s huge inside.  Best in class cargo room with up to 98.2 cubic feet of stuff space.

Plus it’s a -row SUV that seats up to eight.  And it can tow up to 5,000 lbs.  Additionally, it can deliver up to 27 mpg.  So yeah, families dig it – a lot.


  1. Interior – space!
  2. Versatility.
  3. Drive
2021 Chevy Traverse passenger profile w. sky

204.3-inches length & 70.7″ height

Chevrolet Traverse Review

It’s surprisingly quick.  And it’s long but agile.  No problem with u-turns or navigating tight spots.  And it’s a great-looking sport-ute.  But the show-stopper for the 2021 Traverse is inside.  In fact, it’s the entire interior.  Because there’s a huge amount of space and great use of it.  Finally, there’s the NHTSA 5-Star Overall safety rating.

Trims And Prices

There’s a Traverse trim for just about every need and budget.  So, without including Special Editions and options Traverse is offered in seven different trims.

2021 Chevy Traverse Trims & MSRPs:

  • L starting at $29,800
  • LS $32,900
  • LT Cloth $35,400
  • LT Leather $39,100
  • RS $43,700
  • Premier $45,800
  • High Country $50,900

As Chevy is known for, Traverse is offered in its Redline Edition.  And that’s what you see pictured in this article.  Premier w/ Redline and all-wheel drive.

Engines And Transmissions

Unlike its trim options, Chevy keeps the Traverse engine and transmission combos simple.  Because you only have one choice.  And that’s two-wheel (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD).

And that’s great because the engine and transmission combo delivers a fun and powerful driving experience.  So the engine is a 3.6-liter V6.  It delivers 310-horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.  And the transmission is a smartly geared 9-speed automatic.

2021 Chevy Traverse Redline wheel - black-alloy

Redline Edition wheel

So, with that little variation in engine and transmission Traverse’s fuel-economy is stable.  AWD will give you 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.  And FWD delivers 18/27mpg.

It’s highly-capable too.  Traverse has 5,000 lbs of towing capacity.  And a curb-weight of 4,236 lbs.

What’s the 2021 Chevy Traverse Look Like?

With Chevrolet’s redesign of Tahoe and Suburban, Traverse looks exactly like a scaled-down version of those.  And considering Suburban was basically the original sport utility vehicle, Traverse delivers that DNA impeccably.

2021 Chevy Traverse passenger rear - white Premier trim with Redline Special Edition package

NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating

What’s nice about having so many trim options is there’s a look for every taste.  From on-road sporty or off-road rugged, Traverse goes there without a struggle.

Class-Leading Space Interior Space

Sure, as a Dad I like to look cool.  And Traverse delivers that.  But, it’s all about my family.  And that’s why so many families are choosing Traverse.   Because the interior space is huge and very well designed.

2021 Chevy Traverse cockpit

Cockpit – Premier trim

My Premier trimmed Traverse had pinhole leather and surfaces that were quality to the touch.  One of my favorite features on any car is ventilated seats.  And Traverse has about the coolest I’ve tested in a long-time.

in-dash hidden compartment

Secret compartment in-dash

And there are two hidden compartments inside the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse.  One is behind the infotainment touchscreen.  And the other is below the cargo area floor.

cargo area hidden compartment

Under-floor hidden compartment

Both compartments are great additions to any SUV.  Because without a trunk it can be hard to tuck items away from the prying eyes of would-be thieves.

Interior Dimensions:

  • Headroom 41.3/40/38.2
  • Legroom 41/38.4/33.5
  • Shoulder room 62.1/62.2/57.5
  • Hip room 58.1/56.9/48.5

*All inches – front/middle/back rows

And beyond compartments, the Traverse is just huge inside.  With a class-leading passenger volume of 157.3 cu-ft.

2021 Chevy Traverse cargo area w. backseats partial down

Up to 98.2 cu-ft of cargo space

Plus, with both rows of backseats folded down, owners enjoy nearly 100 cubic-feet of cargo space.

Technology And Safety

With Chevrolet’s push toward technology, the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is loaded with plenty for both safety and convenience.   There’s either a 7 or 8-inch infotainment touchscreen.  Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot plus wireless charging.

8-inch infotainment touchscreen

8″ infotainment touchscreen

Also, standard Teen Driver safety tech makes Traverse a family favorite.  And that gives Mom and Dad a report card on the young driver’s performance.  Additionally, all the latest tech safety features that we’ve come to expect are available.

Above all, the 2021 Traverse receives top honors from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Notching a 5-star overall safety rating is no small feat.

2021 Chevy Traverse Top-3

So coming full-circle, my Top-3 for the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse clear.

  1. Interior – The space inside the Travers and the use of it are about as good as it gets for a non-luxury vehicle.
  2. Versatility – Partially due to its interior Traverse is highly versatile.  But night-on-the-town good looks and 5,000 lb of towing help round it out too.
  3. Drive – Traverse is powerful and quick.  It’s maneuverable while also giving you a potent seating position and command of the road.