This is an important facelift for an important crossover.
While the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is not an all-new model, the popular mid-size SUV has received a comprehensive facelift. The Traverse has been a hot seller for Chevy, with the American automaker moving 147,122 of them in 2019, marking the best sales year ever for the nameplate. But with new competitors like the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade emerging in the mid-size segment, Chevy is under pressure to keep the Traverse up to date.
The 2021 Traverse's drivetrain carries over unchanged, with a 3.6-liter V6 sending 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque out to a nine-speed automatic transmission. However, Chevy has dropped the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from last year's model. The engine may be the same but there are a lot of new improvements you should know about for 2021.
Chevy received a positive response from the reveal of the new Tahoe and Suburban, so it only made sense for the company to apply some of that styling to the smaller Traverse. The 2021 model has been facelifted with redesigned front and rear fascias, LED headlights and taillights (which are now standard), turn signals that are integrated into the daytime running lights, and a new front grille. Buyers can also choose from four new wheel designs, two of which have been shown in these photos. The overall styling hasn't changed too drastically but it's enough to keep the Traverse looking fresh.
Chevy has made changes to the Traverse's interior to give buyers more choice. 2021 models will have updated upholstery colors and trims and buyers can choose from different seating configurations. The photos show a seven-passenger configuration with captain's chairs in the second row but an eight-seater option with a second-row bench will also be available. As with last year's model, all three rows will have USB chargers so no one will be left with a depleted battery on their device.
Chevy's interior changes aren't just limited to the seating configuration. The 2021 Traverse also gets an updated infotainment system featuring wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto compatibility. Other tech upgrades include an eight-inch diagonal driver information display, available Dual SkyScape two-panel power sunroof, and a wireless charging pad.
Even lower trims of the Traverse will come well-equipped with safety features including automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, forward collision alert, IntelliBeam auto high beams, and a following distance indicator. These features were first made available on the Blazer and Equinox but have now moved up to the Traverse. Adaptive cruise control is also available on higher trim models including the 3LT, RS, and Premier.
All of these aforementioned upgrades should improve the Traverse but the model's greatest attribute is still its size. The Traverse measures 204 inches long, allowing for class-leading cargo capacity in the mid-size segment. Even with the third row in place, the Traverse provides a usable 23 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold down the third row and the area opens to 57.8 cubic feet. With both rows folded, owners will have 98.2 cubic feet of space, which is more than any of its competitors offer.