How Much Can a 2021 Chevy Traverse Tow?

January 10th, 2021 by

Many Jacksonville, Illinois, customers who choose a 2021 Chevy Traverse are looking for a mid-sized SUV capable of towing heavy loads. Whether it’s hauling a trailer across off-road terrain or transporting your boat or camper, you can rely on Chevy’s latest version of the Traverse to get the job done. And since this vehicle comes with industry-leading storage space inside the cabin, along with seats for seven people, you can tow whatever you require while you’re on the go with your family and friends. Let’s take a closer look at the 2021 Traverse’s towing capabilities.

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2021 Chevy Traverse Towing Capacity

The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse can pull up to 5,000 pounds. The vehicle is powered by a V-6 engine with a capacity of 3.6 liters and is capable of providing 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.

Unlike some models in previous years, the V-6 engine is used across all trims, giving you the same 310-horsepower performance whether you opt for the basic trim or upgrade to one of the premium trims, such as the High Country. Prior to the 2020 Traverse model, Chevy did away with the 2.0-liter V-4 turbo-charged engine that was standard for the basic trims. That engine was capable of producing 257 horsepower with 295 pound-feet of torque.

For the 2021 model, the amount of weight your Traverse can tow will depend on the trim you choose. For the Chevy Traverse L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, and RS trims with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and the Premium with front-wheel drive, your maximum towing capacity will be 1,500 pounds. You can upgrade to the maximum of 5,000 pounds by selecting the Chevy Traverse Premium with all-wheel drive or the High Country trim in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Powerful Engine

The Traverse’s 3.6-liter engine is linked up to GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission. This provides the midsize crossover with a strong powertrain, which makes it easier for drivers who are less familiar with handling a trailer to tow loads safely.

Tow/Haul Mode

Whether you’re towing a trailer or a camper, the experience is made a lot easier by the Chevy Traverse’s Tow/Haul Mode. This setting enables you to gain more traction in the front and back wheels of your vehicle, which will give you more control over the load you’re towing, especially on rough and uneven ground. This option is easy to activate with a control near the steering wheel.

The Tow/Haul Mode will come in particularly useful if you’re going off-road with your friends or family for a weekend trip. Even if you’re sticking to the highway in Illinois or further afield, the extra control you’ll enjoy as a driver will ensure you can feel confident about towing your load even when traffic gets heavy.

Rear Camera Mirror

Another major challenge when you’re towing is lining up the trailer when connecting it, maneuvering in small spaces, or parking. The 2021 Traverse provides you a helping hand here too with its rear camera mirror. Mounted in your rearview mirror, the camera gives you a broader perspective of what’s going on behind you so you’re not struggling to get everything lined up.

Hands-Free Lift

If you still have cargo to transport on top of the load you’re towing, you can use the hands-free lift at the back of the Chevy to safely stow heavy items in the storage space in the back. The storage space in the vehicle varies from an industry-leading 98.2 square feet, if the second and third rows of seating are folded down, to 23.0 square feet if both rows are in use.

This large amount of storage is ideal for transporting everything from your kids’ sports gear or musical instruments to camping equipment or outdoor gear. Even if you have a few passengers riding with you, you’ll have over 57 square feet of storage space with the third row of seats folded down and the second row in use, which gives you four passenger seats.

Internal Cargo Storage

You also have the luxury of having places where you can store cargo out of sight inside your Traverse. You’ll find space behind the 8-inch touch screen located next to the driver. In addition, you have an underfloor storage space in the rear so you can keep valuable items safely concealed. This will come in handy, for example, if you want to safely stow away small or delicate items when you go camping that you don’t want to leave in the camper while you’re on the move.

Towing Capability Supported by Strong Fuel Efficiency

The Traverse gets 17 miles to the gallon in the city, 26 miles to the gallon on the highway, and 20 miles combined. This level of fuel efficiency will assist you to complete your journey without having to worry about excessive fuel costs even when you’re towing a heavy load.

Heavy-Duty Cooling System

When you’re towing a heavy load, you want to be confident that your vehicle won’t overheat. With the 2021 Chevy Traverse, this is not something you need to worry about. Along with its strong powertrain, this crossover sports a powerful cooling system to keep the vehicle cool and in top working order even with the heaviest loads. On top of that, the hitch at the back of the vehicle has been singled out for its robust design. These features position the Traverse to be competitive among its peers in terms of towing.

So there you have it! Now you know all the features of the 2021 Chevy Traverse that will assist you when towing heavy loads and just how much you can tow depends on the trim you choose. If you still have questions about any of these features, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to contact us for more information or to set up a test drive.  If you’re ready to purchase the Chevy Traverse, take a look at our Traverse models to access prices and more information about the vehicle’s

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