2021 Chevrolet Traverse vs. Its Competition

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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 an update on the way next year.
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     
17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
Sport Utility VehiclesStandard SUV 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 4WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door LBase RWDFWD 4-Door SLLX 2WDLX FWD8-Passenger
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility4 DoorSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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