2021 Chevrolet Traverse

MSRP range: $29,800 - $53,100
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MSRP$30,995
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2021 Chevrolet Traverse Review

  • Passenger room is generous in all three rows
  • Loads of space for any combination of passengers and cargo
  • Feature-rich infotainment system comes with standard Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Some safety features are only available on top trims
  • Quality of some interior panels and controls seems low-rent for this class
  • Chevy Safety Assist replaces Driver Confidence II package
  • Otherwise, the 2021 Traverse has no significant changes
  • Part of the second Traverse generation introduced for 2018

Size and style are the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse's calling cards. Though it competes with three-row midsize SUVs, the handsome eight-passenger Traverse is significantly larger inside than most alternatives. That pays dividends in terms of passenger comfort and a maximum cargo volume measurement of 98.2 cubic feet. A standard 310-horsepower V6 engine supplies robust acceleration and up to 5,000 pounds of towing capacity.

There are downsides, however. It can't match many rivals in interior quality, and Chevrolet restricts important advanced driver safety features to the Traverse's higher trim levels. A planned refresh of the Traverse arrives for the 2022 model year, with updated styling, an upgraded infotainment system, and standard rather than optional safety features. But for more details and in-depth analysis of the 2021 Traverse, be sure to examine our Expert Rating.

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The Traverse is one of the largest three-row SUVs in the midsize class and provides plenty of passenger and cargo space. A quiet cabin, soft ride and impressive infotainment tech add to its appeal. On the downside, budget-grade interior materials and a lack of standard safety features can make it hard to justify paying Chevy's price. Overall, the Traverse is worth a look if maximum space is a priority, but there are better choices overall.
The Traverse's V6 engine provides strong acceleration when you really ask for it, but in general it tends to select a higher gear for fuel economy, which sometimes makes it feel less punchy. It took 7.1 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph in our testing, which is relatively quick for the three-row SUV class. The transmission's quick shifts are well suited to low-speed city driving, and the brakes have good stopping power despite a lack of pedal feel.

Handling isn't the Traverse's strong suit, and there's moderate body roll in turns due to its size and soft suspension. Class rivals such as the Honda Pilot and Mazda CX-9 feel more composed. But the steering feels good, with plenty of assist at low parking-lot speeds and hefty weight at highway speeds.
If you're looking for comfortable and quiet family transport above all else, the Traverse should be on your short list. The seats are supportive enough for long rides, and there's enough legroom in all three rows for adults of average size. The ride is top-notch, with tall-sidewall tires and a soft suspension soaking up bumps and impacts. At highway speeds, the cabin stays relatively hushed, with just the slightest hint of wind noise over the side mirrors.

The Traverse's air conditioning cools the big cabin quickly, but the controls are a jumbled mess and some functions are buried in touchscreen menus. The heated seats and steering wheel could use more intensity.
Despite its height, the Traverse is easy to get into and out of. There's not a significant step-up height, and the wide door openings make it easy for average-size adults to slide in and out. A tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and multiple seat adjustments offer a commanding driving position, but some of our staff found the awkward placement of the driver's footrest uncomfortable.

There's a lot of room ― for heads, legs, elbows and shoulders ― in all three rows. This is one of the biggest cabins among three-row SUVs. But it's also one of the hardest to see around. The seats and giant pillars block the view to the rear sides, so it's helpful to have the Traverse's blind-spot monitoring, rearview camera and rear parking sensors.
A standard Wi-Fi connection, a high-quality upgraded sound system and easy-to-use voice controls give the Traverse an edge among three-row SUVs. The navigation display is clear and detailed, if somewhat small compared to the size of the screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard. Up to seven devices can connect to the onboard Wi-Fi, which should keep passengers happy on long drives.

Optional safety equipment delivers an acceptable experience, but you need to spring for the mid- to high-level trims for access. Given the Traverse's compromised rearward visibility, some of these systems (blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors) should be standard.
The Traverse offers abundant space for adults, child seats, water bottles and whatever else you can think of. There's a 23 cubic feet of luggage space behind the upright third row, which is more than what most rivals offer. Fold both the second- and third-row seats and you have a massive 98.2 cubes. This goes for small-item storage as well, with big door pockets, a big center console and good-size cupholders offering plenty of nooks for your items. Child safety seats are also afforded plenty of room and easy to install with easily accessible anchor and tether points in the second-row captain's chairs and the third row.

Fitted with its optional trailering equipment, the Traverse can tow up to 5,000 pounds. That's right in line with most three-row rivals.
The EPA estimates that a front-wheel-drive Traverse will return 21 mpg combined (18 city/27 highway). That's right about in the middle of the averages for three-row crossovers. On our highway-heavy 115-mile evaluation route, the Traverse returned 21.8 mpg, slightly below expectations.
The Traverse's scheduled maintenance and warranties are about average for the class. Complimentary roadside assistance stretches for five years/60,000 miles, which is better than what some rivals offer. That’s impressive support, but the Chevy's build quality feels only average, and even a little low-rent, for its price.
The Traverse isn't the go-to three-row SUV if you're looking for a fun, lively driving experience. For that, you might look to the Mazda CX-9 or Ford Explorer. What the Chevy does excel at, however, is spacious six-adult-passenger transportation with a soft, comfortable and confident ride. You get the Traverse for carpooling, not canyon carving.

And while the Traverse does have some style, it's fairly bland compared to its rivals, which tend to have a more commanding road presence. There are a few available trim packages that give the Traverse a bit of a brutish look, but it's not the sleek or attractive choice in the segment.

Which Traverse does Edmunds recommend?

Chevrolet packages the 2021 Traverse in multiple trim levels ranging from basic to luxurious, but we recommend the LT Cloth or LT Leather, which provide the greatest array of standard and available equipment at a reasonable price. Whether you want the Chevy Safety Assist technologies, a set of 20-inch aluminum wheels, eight-passenger capacity or a rear-seat entertainment system, you'll find them available with the LT trim.

Chevrolet Traverse models

The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is available in seven trim levels: L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier and High Country. All trims include a 3.6-liter V6 (310 horsepower, 266 lb-ft of torque), a nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is an option for all but the base Traverse L.

L
The least expensive Traverse includes:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Heated outside mirrors
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Second-row bench seat for eight-passenger seating
  • Triple-zone climate control
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Onboard Wi-Fi
  • 7-inch touchscreen

LS
Mainly, choosing LS trim buys access to optional equipment. It builds on the L trim with:

  •  Dark-tinted rear privacy glass

LT Cloth
In addition to the LS trim features, the LT Cloth is offered in more colors and includes:

  • Foglights
  • Roof rails
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Second-row captain's chairs
  • Satellite radio

LT Leather
Besides leather seats, the LT Leather equips the Traverse with:

  • Heated front seats
  • Power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • Remote engine start
  • 8-inch high-definition touchscreen
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Power liftgate

A few option packages are available for the LT trims, including:

Chevy Safety Assist

  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the Traverse back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)

LT Premium package (LT Leather only):

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Integrated navigation system
  • 10-speaker premium audio system
  • Digital rearview mirror (allows you to see out the back even with a fully loaded cargo area)
  • 360-degree camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Traverse and its surroundings for tight parking situations)

RS
Equipped like the LT Leather with the Premium and Chevy Safety Assist packages, the sporty RS also includes:

  • 20-inch dark-finish wheels
  • Blacked-out styling cues and accents
  • Heated steering wheel

Premier
Includes the safety and comfort features of the RS, plus:

  • LED headlights
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Wireless device charging

High Country
This is the top-of-the-line version of the Traverse, featuring:

  • Trailering enhancements (trailer hitch, upgraded system and touchscreen-based hitch guidance)
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Power-folding third-row seat
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Traverse and the car in front)
  • Enhanced automatic emergency braking (works at higher vehicle speeds)
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse.

Average user rating: 4.5 stars
8 total reviews
5 star reviews: 75%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 25%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • value
  • fuel efficiency
  • spaciousness
  • road noise
  • appearance

Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Big, comfortable, reasonably fast highway cruiser
Den,
Premier 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)
If you are looking for a comfortable ride, this is it. I just love Chevy internal ergonomics, to me it looks clean and properly placed. Its a big crossover though, it could barely fit in my garage. 😁
5/5 stars, I Love This SUV!!
NorCalMom44,
LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)
I previously had a 2012 Traverse that I loved but decided I wanted something smaller and more fuel efficient so I bought a new Honda CRV in 2018 (which was small but did not get the great gas mileage it claimed). I hated that car pretty much the entire time I had it and finally traded it in on a new 2021 Traverse. I love my new Traverse! It’s so comfortable and safe feeling and has nice features that I didn’t have on my CRV like Apple Car Play, WiFi and heated mirrors. There is so much space inside and it’s beautiful on the outside! I wish I had bought this a long time ago. I think this might be my favorite vehicle I’ve ever owned.
5/5 stars, Excellent vehicle. Spacious and not to big
Jorge Sanchez,
LT Cloth 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)
Traverse is spacious inside and not to big as other suvs. Very convenient to drive. Leased a 2018 and now a 2021..
5/5 stars, Outstanding SUV !!!!
Tom,
LT Leather 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)
Just got our new 2021 Chevy Traverse. My Traverse is far superior to medium SUVs made by foreign companies. Envisioned, designed, and engineered in Detroit the Traverse was then assembled in Lansing. This vehicle is an American model that surpasses its competitors with a great price and impressive mileage. This is an awesome vehicle - you have to check this beauty out.

2021 Chevrolet Traverse video

SPEAKER 1: We've been talking a lot about vehicles that are good for families with young children. The Honda Pilot comes to mind is one that's particularly baby friendly. But kids grow up, and families with teens have different car needs. The 2019 Chevy Traverse promises cargo space and a more grown up approach to the midsize SUV. Will it do its chores without being reminded seven times? Let's find out. First, a very important question. Does it do a burnout? No. A little bit. All right. The Traverse does a burnout if you start on gravel. Today's midsize SUV as are like minivans in flannel shirts-- they're trying to look more macho. The Traverse was redesigned in 2018, and I think Chevy did a good job. It's boxy, kind of aggressive, but not boring. I recently reviewed the Kia Sorento, and in the comments on that video, I got scolded by Kia Sorento for saying that the Kia wasn't sporty. That made me realize, OK, sportiness is subjective. I mean, it all depends on what you were driving before. So OK, mid-sized SUVs are sporty in the same way that bowling is sporty. And now, you can all be mad at me for dissing bowling. But what I mean is it's not the same as a Miata or a Corvette. It's specifically designed to be a softer ride, and to be more gentle and quiet. To me, that's not sporty. That said, the Traverse has a pretty zippy 3.6 liter V8, making 310 horsepower, and backed by a nine speed automatic transmission. It has noticeably more passing power than most of the crossovers I've been in. It's good the V6 is such a solid engine, because there really aren't any others that you can choose from. Well, that's not true. There is the RS trim, which comes with a turbo charged four cylinder, and it gets a little bit better gas mileage. But honestly, the V6 gets 20 miles per gallon, and that's right on par with the rest of the SUVs in this class. On the highway around town, the Traverse has an excellent ride. It's very comfortable, it's very predictable. And it's very quiet. For more spirit and driving like on this curvy mountain road, well, it's not the car I would choose for fun, but I feel perfectly safe. Like I said, this isn't what it's for. Safety is obviously a major consideration when you're buying a vehicle to haul your whole family around in. This Traverse, the High Country, has everything you'd need. Lane change assist, and lane keep assist, and pedestrian warning, emergency braking, adaptive cruise control. All the things, but you can't even option them up on the lower trim models. And I think when a lot of the competitors like Honda and Toyota and Kia are offering that stuff as standard all the way up and down the trim levels, Chevy ought to get with the program. Stop being so stingy. The Traverse isn't intended to be primarily an off road or tow vehicle, but it's capable of both if you option for the all wheel drive and tow package. The controls for that are in this mode dial down here by the shifter. And you can go two wheel drive, all wheel drive, the off road setting, and a tow setting, which I think changes shift points. The dial is a different approach to all wheel drive than some of the competitors in this sort of front wheel drive midsize segment, because usually, they do it as a sort of automatic all wheel drive. Like, it just senses if there's wheel slip, and moves from front wheel drive to all wheel drive for as long as you need it. But Chevy has sort of giving you more control as the driver. We tend to talk about the infotainment systems in these reviews while we're parked, which is fine if you think ahead, and are ready. But a lot of times, you're on the road, and then you're like, oh crap, did I plug my phone in. And I don't want to listen to this anymore. And it's always interesting to see how hard it is to figure out these systems while you're driving, which I guess you're not really supposed to be doing, but you know that you are. Anyhow, it's easy to plug a phone in. It doesn't matter which USB you plug into. Apple CarPlay or Android Auto will work from either one. And everything in the screen is reachable and visible while you're driving without having to look away from the road for very long. The steering wheel controls aren't quite as easy. I don't like the adaptive cruise control at all. I can barely figure out how to turn it on and I have a hard time knowing when it's on. It just doesn't show very much in the dash. It's great that the Traverse is so big and roomy on the inside, but it's also very big on the outside. And with some pretty substantial blind spots, that can make parking intimidating. Luckily, there's some tech that makes it easier. There's a rear view camera, and a 360 degree camera so you can see everything that surrounds you. There's also a pretty nifty little camera here in the rear view. Mirror and rear sensor to tell you when you're getting close to stuff. Let's see how it works. Going backwards in a straight line, not going to hit anything today. Parked. Success. OK, so Traverse is great at backing into spots. But what about pulling into a spot? You know, it's got a pretty long hood, and I can't really see the end of it. I can still use the camera, that's great. No parking sensors in the front? What the what? Earlier, I said that the Traverse was a really good choice for parents with teenage children. One of the reasons I said that is the Traverse has something called Teen Driver, a monitoring system for when your kid takes the car. It's not like valet mode, where it limits them to first gear or 30 miles an hour or something like that. I mean, you can drive normally. But it gives a report card at the end that you can go over with your kid, and talk about, Oh, what was their top speed, and did any of the traction aides come on. Was there any emergency braking. And so it can kind of help you help them to improve their driving without you having to be in the car. Oh, it also prevents them from turning on the radio until their seatbelts are on. The Traverse has a tough guy exterior, but inside, it's surprisingly soft. The steering wheel is pretty squishy, it has a lot of leather trim on most of the spots that you're going to touch. And overall, it's pretty luxurious. Now bear in mind, we're in the High Country trim, which is the top of the line Traverse. So as you go down in the trim levels, you won't have all of this luxury. Traverse come standard with a seven inch touchscreen, and we have the optional eight inch here. There are plenty of storage cubbies and a nice big console. And so many options for charging a phone. From front to back, I counted 10 different ways that you could plug-in and charge a phone, or a tablet, or something similar. And that's including USB ports 12 volts AC adapter. There's even a hidden charging spot behind the screen in case you're a spy, and you have like, a secret burner phone or something. I don't know. The point is, there are enough spots for everyone in the car to charge their phones and then some. Noticing all the places to charge your phone was sort of what made me think, man, this would be a really good vehicle for somebody with teenagers. Because you know, little kids might use the dropdown screen or whatever, but big kids tend to bring their entertainment with them. And I just feel like Chevy is thinking about that. You know, they have a lot of leg room, and there's a lot of charging spots. And there's sort of a lot of privacy. Like, they could sit all the way in the back and sort of feel like they weren't stuck right up with mom and dad. There's plenty of room in the front of the Traverse. There's a lot of space between the driver and the passenger, and between the driver and the door. The seats however, are a little bit narrow. And there's actually a big gap here. And if you are broader, you might feel a little bit cramped. They're also very firm. Which is fine. Some people like a firm seat. Me, if I'm driving in a big SUV, I kind of want to feel like I'm in a barcalounger. So I wouldn't mind if they were a little softer. They are heated though, and that makes up for it. One thing Chevy did really well in the Traverses give it this bright airy feeling. It's really nice and light all the way from the front to the back of the car. I hate it when you get into these SUV and it's just all black plastic and you feel like you're in sort of a terrible cave of misery. The Traverse doesn't feel like that. It's really bright. Some of that might be from the twin sunroof on this car, which is standard on the High Country, but you can option it on some of the lower levels. Hurray for second rows with plenty of space. There's foot room, there's knee room, there's plenty of room all around you. It's nice back here. Especially when you option up to the captain's chairs. Feel pretty important. My same complaints about the front seats apply to the back seats in that they aren't plush, they're a little bit firm. But they're totally comfortable. I'd be happy to sit back here. The best thing about the second and third rows in the Traverse is how easy it is to get from one to the other. I mean, you can just walk there, like it's a freaking airplane. Or if you're getting in from outside, the passenger seat tilts forward. You can even do it with a child seat in there and it's not a problem there's plenty of space to get into the back row. Take the baby out first. I've been in second rows that don't have as much room as the third row in the Traverse. I mean, it's pretty great back here. Plus, it has all of the creature comforts-- cup holders, USB ports, a vent for climate control. I mean, I wouldn't want to be the kid in the middle here on a long road trip, but for around town, totally fine. With 23 cubic feet behind the third row, and 98 cubic feet with it down, plus the ability to have just part of it down the Traverse winds the cargo space awards offering more room than the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, or Ford Explorer. Bonus points for how easy it is to put the seats down and bring them up again. Bonus, bonus points for bonus storage under the floor. Obviously, I don't play the cello, but maybe your kid does. Or maybe you find and refinish antiques on the weekend. Whether it's for your growing family or your outsize hobbies, the Chevy Traverse is big on interior space. It's not just big, it's useful. And isn't that the whole point of a midsize SUV? For reviews of the Chevy Traverse and other midsize SUV, visit Edmunds. For more videos like this, please subscribe and make sure you follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Review

NOTE: This video is about the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse, but since the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$29,800
MPG & Fuel
18 City / 27 Hwy / 21 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: N/A capacity
Seating
8 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 9-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
V6 cylinder
Horsepower: 310 hp @ 6800 rpm
Torque: 266 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 204.3 in. / Height: 70.7 in. / Width: 78.6 in.
Curb Weight: 4362 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 23.0 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Traverse safety features:

Teen Driver Mode
Limits some systems, prevents the driver from deactivating safety features, and reports driving behavior to the Traverse's owner.
Side Blind Zone Alert
Alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot. Helps to prevent collisions.
Front Automatic Braking
Warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't respond in time.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover16.9%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good


Chevrolet Traverse vs. the competition

2021 Chevrolet Traverse

2021 Chevrolet Traverse

2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Ford Explorer

Chevrolet Traverse vs. Ford Explorer

The Explorer is an obvious alternative to the Traverse given their domestic origins. The Explorer is noticeably sportier, and especially so when you get it in the 400-horsepower ST trim. It's also better at towing and, unlike the Traverse, it comes standard with many advanced driver safety features. You still get more passenger and cargo space with the Traverse, however.

Compare Chevrolet Traverse & Ford Explorer features 

Chevrolet Traverse vs. Kia Telluride

Seemingly out of nowhere, and within the space of a year, Kia put purveyors of midsize three-row family SUVs on notice. The Telluride's appeal goes well beyond Kia's industry-leading warranty coverage. Upscale design, a powerful V6 engine, an accommodating cabin, and high-tech infotainment and safety features sell the Telluride all by themselves. Learn more about the Telluride in our long-term test review of the SUV.

Compare Chevrolet Traverse & Kia Telluride features 

Chevrolet Traverse vs. Volkswagen Atlas

When it comes to sheer size, the Chevrolet Traverse faces just one serious competitor: the Volkswagen Atlas. Adults will find genuine comfort in all three rows of the Atlas' seats, and the VW nearly matches the Chevy when it comes to maximum cargo volume. The Atlas also offers more technology, though it's similar in interior quality to the Traverse. A thirsty and sluggish V6 engine is this Volkswagen's primary weakness. See what we thought of the Atlas during our long-term test review of the SUV.

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FAQ

Is the Chevrolet Traverse a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Traverse both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.4 out of 10. You probably care about Chevrolet Traverse fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Traverse gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg to 21 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Traverse has 23.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Chevrolet Traverse. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse:

  • Chevy Safety Assist replaces Driver Confidence II package
  • Otherwise, the 2021 Traverse has no significant changes
  • Part of the second Traverse generation introduced for 2018
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Is the Chevrolet Traverse reliable?

To determine whether the Chevrolet Traverse is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Traverse. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Traverse's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Traverse and gave it a 7.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Traverse is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Chevrolet Traverse?

The least-expensive 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse L 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $29,800.

Other versions include:

  • LT Cloth 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $39,200
  • LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $32,900
  • LT Cloth 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $35,400
  • LT Leather 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $41,100
  • Premier 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $48,400
  • Premier 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $45,800
  • RS 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $45,800
  • LS 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $34,900
  • RS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $43,700
  • LT Leather 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $39,100
  • High Country 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $53,100
  • L 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $29,800
  • High Country 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $50,900
  • LS Fleet 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $33,900
  • LS Fleet 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $35,900
  • LT Fleet 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $36,300
  • LT Fleet 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $38,300
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What are the different models of Chevrolet Traverse?

If you're interested in the Chevrolet Traverse, the next question is, which Traverse model is right for you? Traverse variants include LT Cloth 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A), LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), LT Cloth 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), and LT Leather 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A). For a full list of Traverse models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2021 Chevrolet Traverse Overview

The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is offered in the following submodels: Traverse SUV. Available styles include LT Cloth 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A), LT Cloth 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), LT Leather 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A), Premier 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A), RS 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A), Premier 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), LS 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A), RS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), LT Leather 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), High Country 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A), L 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), High Country 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), LS Fleet 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A), LS Fleet 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), LT Fleet 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), and LT Fleet 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A).

What do people think of the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Traverse 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Traverse.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Traverse featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Chevrolet Traverse?

2021 Chevrolet Traverse L 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse L 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,995. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Traverse L 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $1,384 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,384 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $29,611.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse L 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is 4.5% below the MSRP.

2021 Chevrolet Traverse LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,740. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Traverse LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $1,652 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,652 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $33,088.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is 4.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 20 2021 Chevrolet Traverse LS 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Chevrolet Traverse LT Cloth 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse LT Cloth 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41,710. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Traverse LT Cloth 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $2,181 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,181 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $39,529.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse LT Cloth 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is 5.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 22 2021 Chevrolet Traverse LT Cloth 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Chevrolet Traverse LT Leather 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse LT Leather 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,055. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Traverse LT Leather 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $2,401 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,401 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $43,654.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse LT Leather 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is 5.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 15 2021 Chevrolet Traverse LT Leather 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Chevrolet Traverse RS 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse RS 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $49,085. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Traverse RS 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $2,465 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,465 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $46,620.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse RS 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is 5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 18 2021 Chevrolet Traverse RS 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Chevrolet Traverse Premier 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse Premier 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $51,685. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Traverse Premier 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $2,550 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,550 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $49,135.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse Premier 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is 4.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 11 2021 Chevrolet Traverse Premier 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Chevrolet Traverse High Country 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse High Country 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $55,320. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Traverse High Country 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $2,672 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,672 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $52,648.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse High Country 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is 4.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 8 2021 Chevrolet Traverse High Country 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Chevrolet Traverse LT Fleet 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

2021 Chevrolet Traverse LS Fleet 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

Which 2021 Chevrolet Traverses are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Chevrolet Traverse?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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