2021 Chevrolet Traverse vs. Its Competition

2021 Chevrolet Traverse
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Traverse competes among popular three-row crossovers that families crave.

The Ford Explorer was new for 2020, and it’s bigger, with an available hybrid version that nets up to 25 mpg.

The GMC Acadia shares a similar powertrain with the Traverse, but it’s a little blockier and offers Denali and AT4 trims that are tony or off-road-adjacent, respectively.

The Kia Telluride was our Best Car To Buy 2020 and we like it very much; the related Hyundai Palisade is also worth a look.

The Honda Pilot is also a Best Car To Buy winner, but it’s a little long in the tooth.

The 2020 Subaru Ascent has standard all-wheel drive with a turbo-4.

It’s capable and sharp, but not as spacious as the bunch.

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Quick Specs
The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is a big family mover with a sharper look and better safety features.
The 2020 Ford Explorer rediscovers its capable, outdoorsy side without becoming trucklike in any other respect.
The 2020 GMC Acadia gains a turbo-4, but falls behind new three-row rivals.
The 2020 Honda Pilot is a three-row family crossover at the top of its class.
There’s substance to the 2020 Kia Telluride’s style.
The 2020 Subaru Ascent is nearly as rational a family hauler as a minivan.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
N/AIntercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
N/AStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Style Name     
N/ABase RWDFWD 4-Door SLLX 2WDLX FWD8-Passenger
N/ARear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
N/ASport Utility4 DoorSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
N/AAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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