2020 Chevrolet Traverse

Rating7.5

Ranked #13 in Midsize Suv

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$34,095 - $54,395

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Key Spec of 2020 Chevrolet Traverse
fuel economy

18/21/27

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

305 hp @ 6800 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Punchy V6

Cheap interior feel

Turbo-4 engine discontinued

Spacious cabin and comfortable seats

Limited standard safety features

Infotainment 3 system replaces MyLink

Intuitive infotainment system

Not so engaging to drive

New buckle to drive feature in Teen Driver

Generous cargo bay

Top reliability ratings

2020 Chevrolet Traverse Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: April 22, 2022

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Available in seven trim levels, the 2020 Chevy Traverse is available for sale at a base MSRP of $29,800 for the Premier trim while the range-topping High Country trim is priced at $50,900. The main change for this year is the discontinuation of the turbo-4 engine. The standard 305-hp 3.5L V6 engine has a competitive towing capacity and a decent fuel economy. 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse three-quarter view

Another change in the Traverse's cabin is the replacement of Chevy's MyLink with the Infotainment 3 system. The cabin remains to be the most spacious and practical available with family-friendly features. The Traverse is also available with the best safety equipment. The top rivals competing with the Traverse are the Ford Explorer, the Honda Pilot, and the Toyota Highlander

2020 Chevrolet Traverse Latest Updates

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Over All Rating

7.5

Out of 10

6.00
7.00
8.20
7.00
6.50
7.80
7.30
9.90
7.00
Notable Rankings

#13 in Midsize Suv

#15 in Suv


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Trims

LS$34,095 onwards

  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Deep-Tinted glass
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Rear vision camera

LT Cloth$36,595 onwards

  • Trailer hitch
  • Upgraded cooling system

LT Leather$40,295 onwards

  • Navigation system
  • Top-Down parking camera system

Base$44,795 onwards

Premier$46,995 onwards

  • Hands-Free liftgate
  • Sunroof
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Wireless device charging

High Country$52,095 onwards

  • 1St row Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
  • 20-inch polished aluminum Wheels

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2019 Chevrolet TraverseHome Delivery
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Price Drop, $1100
Previous Price: $2599820 Jul 2022

2019 Chevrolet Traverse LT

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

$24,898
Est. $338/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,273 Below market
RMV: $31,171
Grand Island, NE
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Price Rise, $300
Previous Price: $2968426 Jul 2022

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Premier

Premier 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

$29,984
Est. $407/mo
Excellent Deal
$7,437 Below market
RMV: $37,421
Arcadia, FL
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2019 Chevrolet Traverse LT

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

$28,995
Est. $393/mo
Excellent Deal
$7,040 Below market
RMV: $36,035
Great Neck, NY
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2020 Chevrolet Traverse LT SUV

LT Cloth

$29,000
Est. $393/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,870 Below market
RMV: $35,870
Henderson, NV
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2019 Chevrolet Traverse
4
Price Drop, $2050
Previous Price: $3064515 Jul 2022

2019 Chevrolet Traverse LT

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

$28,595
Est. $388/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,749 Below market
RMV: $35,344
Hempstead, NY
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2019 Chevrolet TraverseHome Delivery
14
Price Drop, $495
Previous Price: $2599521 Jul 2022

2019 Chevrolet Traverse LT

LT Cloth 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

$25,500
Est. $346/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,911 Below market
RMV: $31,411
Tucson, AZ
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2020 Chevrolet Traverse SUV

RS

$36,600
Est. $496/mo
Excellent Deal
$8,387 Below market
RMV: $44,987
Henderson, NV
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2020 Chevrolet TraverseHome Delivery
23
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $3000006 Jul 2022

2020 Chevrolet Traverse LT

LT Leather 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

$29,000
Est. $393/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,645 Below market
RMV: $35,645
Jacksonville, FL
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2020 Chevrolet TraverseHome Delivery
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Price Drop, $1200
Previous Price: $2879516 Jul 2022

2020 Chevrolet Traverse LT

LT Cloth 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

$27,595
Est. $374/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,274 Below market
RMV: $33,869
Roslyn, NY
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Colors and Styles

2020 Chevrolet Traverse in Black Currant Metallic color
Black Currant Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse is a compelling option for families seeking a versatile three-row crossover- MotorTrend

The Chevy Traverse is one of the top-ranking SUVs in its class. This family hauler has spacious and comfortable seats and has outstanding cargo room. The infotainment system is also one of the best in the class but the interior feels somewhat cheap. With the standard V6 engine, the Traverse delivers decent mileage and rides smoothly but isn't thrilling to drive. While its rivals offer many standard driver aids, the Traverse offers very limited standard safety features. 

Despite all these, the Travers comes out to be one of the top contenders in its segment. That's because of its top reliability ratings. It scored 82 out of 100 in the J.D. Power reliability test and ranks second on the list below the Highlander. Coming to ownership costs, the Traverse isn't much expensive to maintain. The true cost to own it is nearly $8,600 per year which includes repair, fuel, maintenance, depreciation, etc. 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse SUV front angle view
2020 Chevrolet Traverse SUV rear angle view

Buying Advice

While all seven trims look appealing, we recommend you go with the LT Cloth trim. This trim paired with the Convenience and Driver Confidence package is the perfect combo for your Traverse. This trim adds an 8-way power driver's seat, second-row captain chairs, satellite radio, 18-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, and roof rails. 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse side angle view
Features
8.2/10

Inside, you’ll find loads of amenities ranging from advanced driver assists to the latest in Wi-Fi and onboard connectivity- Autotrader

Similar to the outgoing model, the Chevrolet Traverse is offered in seven trims, L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country. Each trim is competitively priced to the next one. The base L trim retail as low as $29,800 while the top-end High Country trim has a starting price of $50,900. Except for the L trim level, FWD and AWD configurations are available on all models. 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse three-quarter view

Every trim level comes with a unique feature list. Besides this, Chevy also offers a few optional packages to upgrade the comfort and technological features according to the buyer's needs. The $1,795 Convenience and Driver Confidence package add an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, power tailgate, heated front seats, remote start, rear park assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. 

Trim

L

LS

LT Cloth

LT Leather

RS

Premier

High Country

MSRP (FWD)

$29,800

$32,900

$35,400

$39,100

$43,600

$45,800

$50,900

MSRP (AWD) N/A $34,900 $39,200 $41,100 $45,700 $48,400 $53,200

Key Features

6-speaker stereo

Adds/Upgrades to L trim

Adds/Upgrades to LS trim

Adds/Upgrades to LT Cloth trim

Adds/Upgrades to LT Leather trim

Adds/Upgrades to RS trim

Adds/Upgrades to Premier trim
 

7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

18-inch silver-painted wheels

8-way power driver's seat

Heated front leather seats

Black accents on the exterior

Wireless charging

Trailering equipment

 

HID headlights

Traction mode select Second-row captain chairs 9-inch touchscreen display 10-speaker Bose premium audio system

Hands-free power rear liftgate

Power-folding third-row seat

  Wi-Fi hotspot Tinted privacy glass 18-inch aluminum wheels 6-way power passenger's seat Navigation system

Ventilated front leather seats

Upgraded leather interior
  Tri-zone automatic climate control   Fog lamps Power tailgate 20-inch dark-painted wheels

Heated second-row seats

20-inch polished-aluminum wheels

  18-inch painted aluminum wheels   Roof rails Remote engine start Surround-view camera

Chrome door handles and Chrome roof rails

Adaptive cruise control

  Rearview camera   Satellite radio Rear park assist

Driver Confidence II package

Heated steering wheel

Panoramic sunroof

  Cloth upholstery     Rear cross-traffic alert   Power adjustable steering column Forward automatic emergency braking
  Keyless entry     Blind-spot monitoring    

 

        Driver & Confidence package    

 


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Engine and Performance
7.0/10

The ride is top-notch, with tall-sidewall tires and a soft suspension soaking up bumps and impacts- Edmunds

The main powertrain change for the Chevy Traverse this year is that the turbocharged four-cylinder engine has been discontinued. The 3.6L V6 is a standard set up under the hood that is capable of mustering 310 hp and 266 lb-ft. of torque. The torquey V6 feels sturdy and eager to pump power. It is paired with a slick 9-speed automatic transmission. The Traverse can tow up to 5,000 pounds, which is great for a midsize SUV. 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse engine

Driving the Traverse feels like a normal-sized car and not an SUV. The Traverse is nimble but suffers from a little body lean around the corners. It's acceptable for a car weighing over 4000 pounds. Engineers crafted the suspension for comfort so it feels soft rather than being laser-focused on driving. The larger bumps are soaked up with ease through the softer suspension and the small bumps are backed by the seat lateral support.

2020 Chevrolet Traverse front driving view

From a standstill, the Traverse takes 6.5 seconds to hit the 60 MPH mark. Now, considering the size and weight of the vehicle, acceleration is really good. It further covers a quarter of a mile in 15.1 seconds and has a top speed of 130 MPH. The Traverse manages to offer decent acceleration but its heavy curb weight pays a toll on the braking performance. During the brake test, the Traverse took 126 feet to come to a smooth rest from 60 MPH. 

Models

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Toyota Highlander

MSRP

$29,800

$31,550

$32,765

$34,600

Engine

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

2.3L Turbo Inline-4

3.5L V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

RWD

FWD

Transmission

9-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

305 hp @ 6,800 RPM

280 hp @ 6,000 RPM

300 hp @ 5,500 RPM

295 hp @ 6,600 RPM

Torque

260 lb-ft. @ 2,800 RPM

262 lb-ft. @ 4,700 RPM

310 lb-ft. @ 3,500 RPM

263 lb-ft. @ 4,700 RPM

0-60 MPH

6.5 sec

6.2 sec

6.8 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

14.7 sec

15.3 sec

15.6 sec

Top Speed

130 MPH

130 MPH

130 MPH

130 MPH

Towing Capacity

5,000 lbs

5,000 lbs

5,600 lbs

5,000 lbs

The Traverse is the most powerful SUV in the segment with its V6 engine but it's the Honda Pilot with the best performance stats thanks to its low stance and less curb weight. The Ford Explorer is a pinch slower than the Traverse but its towing capacity is the best in this competition. The Toyota Highlander's V6 isn't athletic enough and hence, shows slow acceleration. 


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Fuel Economy
6.5/10

Among three-row crossovers, the 2020 Traverse keeps pace with its fuel economy- The Car Connection

Fuel economy for a mid-sized SUV has always been a mix-bag, still, the Chevy Traverse delivers pretty fair numbers when it comes to mileage. The MPG numbers for FWD models include 18 MPG in the city, 27 MPG on a highway, and 21 MPG combined. The combined gas mileage drops down by 1 MPG in the case of AWD models. 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse side driving review

 The Traverse gets different tank sizes depending on the drivetrain selected. Models with an FWD drivetrain get a 19.4-gallon fuel tank fitted while the AWD models substitute it for a larger 21.7 gallon. Therefore, a combined range of 407 miles is available in standard drivetrain whereas AWD models deliver 434 miles, owing to the large fuel tank. 

Models

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Toyota Highlander

MPG (City)

18

19

21

21

MPG (Highway)

27

27

28

29

MPG (Combined)

21

22

24

24

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallon)

19.4

19.5 17.9 17.9
Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles) 349/524/407 371/527/429 376/501/430 376/519/430

Both the Ford Explorer and the Toyota Highlander display excellent fuel efficiency and deliver the same combined range. The Honda Pilot is slightly more efficient than the Traverse leaving behind the Traverse to the last place. The Traverse also has the least mileage but 407 miles should be enough for commuting on a weekend trip. 


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Interior
7.8/10

If you're looking for comfortable and quiet family transport above all else, the Traverse should be on your short list- Edmunds

The interior quality of the Chevy Traverse looks upscale, there is a lot of soft textures and the Premium and High Country trim get the best of it. You get seating for 8 but Chevy gave the captain chairs option which makes that 7. The front row seats are the most comfortable as the mammoth-like boxy design delivers more cabin space than necessary. They come with heated and power adjustability on higher trims. 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse dashboard

Stepping in and out of the cabin is easy. The second-row seats are also comfortable with sufficient head and legroom to endure long trips. Replacing the second bench row with captain chairs opens up space in the middle which gives easy access to the third row. The third-row seats are not a pain either, a six-footer can easily squeeze back into the seats, but he won’t enjoy a long ride due to low legroom space.

2020 Chevrolet Traverse infotainment screen

The 7-inch touchscreen on lower trims and an 8-inch touchscreen on higher models is mounted at the center of the dash. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard features even for the entry-level Traverse. There is no noticeable delay with any menu either. However, you may have too, extend your reach to actually use the touch screen. The system is paired to a 10-speaker Bose premium audio system on the RS trim and up otherwise six speakers are standard. 

Models

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Toyota Highlander

Passenger Capacity

8

8

7

8

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.3/62.1/41.0

40.1/62.0/40.9

40.7/61.8/43.0

41.2/59.0/42.0

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.0/62.2/38.4

40.2/62.0/38.4

40.5/61.9/39.0

39.4/58.7/41.0

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.2/57.5/33.5

38.9/57.6/31.9

38.9/54.6/32.2

36.1/55.0/27.7

Cargo Space (cu-ft.)

23.0

16.5

18.2

16.0

If you talk about core practicality, the Traverse is one of the best in the segment. Trunk space of 23 cu-ft. is offered, which is the best in its class. This space increases to 57.8 cu-ft. if the third-row seats are folded. Maximum cargo space of 98.2 cu-ft. is available once the second-row seats are also folded. Get all your clothes, bags, and extra supplies for the future, and still, there will be more space to use. Some main Traverse's cabin highlights are:

  • Power tilt & telescopic leather heated steering wheel
  • Power front leather, heated seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Second-row captain chairs
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Cloth & leather upholstery
  • Remote engine start
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • 7 & 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 10-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • Wireless charging
  • Rear-seat entertainment system
Exterior
7.3/10

Chevy got the Traverse’s styling exactly right- Kelly Blue Book

Chevrolet built a rugged beast in a gentleman’s skin, the Traverse’s design is true to its big and bold styling. The grille design looks simple with horizontal bars. The High Country trim has a special grille that has chrome on the inside bars whereas the other trims get a blacked-out grille. The fine lines on the hood and the sides look sharp shredding the bulky SUV looks. The body design delivers more headroom and compliments the humongous look, so that works out for the Traverse. Only the Premier and High Country trims feature LED headlamps whereas other trims settle for HID projector lamps.

2020 Chevrolet Traverse driving view

 Fog lamps are available from the LT Cloth trim onwards. As far as wheels are concerned, only the base two trims come with 18-inch alloys while the rest of the lineup gets 20-inch wheels. The longer wheelbase gives it a better chance to endure rocky pavements with ease. However, the wider turning radius makes it difficult to park in tight spaces. There is no other SUV in the mid-size segment bigger than the Traverse, henceforth no competition here. The rear design of the Traverse resembles the Tahoe and Equinox. A chrome strip runs in the middle and on either side are LED taillights.

Models

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Toyota Highlander

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,362

4,036

4,345

4,145

Length (in)

204.3

196.5

198.8

194.9

Width (in)

78.6

78.6

78.9

76.0

Height( in)

70.7

70.6

69.9

68.1

Ground Clearance (in)

8.0

7.3

7.9

8.0

Wheelbase (in)

120.9

111.0

119.1

112.2

The low ground clearance of the Honda Pilot equals better handling and agility. The Toyota Highlander's wheelbase is significantly shorter than the Traverse. This speaks for its cramped third row. The Ford Explorer's short overall length can be an advantage while parking in tight spaces. Some main Traverse's exterior features are given below:

  • LED automatic high-beam headlights
  • LED DRLs
  • LED taillights
  • Fog lamps
  • Door courtesy lights
  • Auto-dimming exterior mirrors
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Chrome grille with active grille shutters
  • Chrome door handles
  • Dual exhaust chrome tips
  • Rear roofline spoiler
  • Chrome window trim
  • 18 & 20-inch wheels
Safety
9.9/10

Unfortunately, most driver-assistance features are only available on the two highest-priced trims- CarAndDriver

The Chevy Traverse doesn't fall short in terms of safety. NHTSA gave the Traverse a full 5-star rating for its response in all crash tests. Similarly, in all six crash tests conducted by IIHS, the Traverse earned a 'Good' rating. It also received a 'Superior' rating for the front crash prevention but its headlights were rated 'Acceptable'. 

2020 Chevy Traverse IIHS crash test

As far as safety features are concerned, this year a new feature called buckle to drive was added to Chevy's Teen Driver. This feature gives a reminder to buckle up before heading on the road. The Traverse comes with limited driver-assist features but an optional Driver Confidence II package is available for $625 that adds some of them. These include:

  • Teen Driver
  • Rearview camera
  • Rear-seat reminder
  • Surround-view camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward automatic emergency braking
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning
Competition
7.0/10

2020 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2020 Ford Explorer

Although similarly powered, the Traverse retails at a lesser price than the Ford Explorer. Both the SUVs are competitive in terms of performance but the Explorer leads with a better towing capacity and fuel efficiency. The Explorer feels roomier on the inside but it seats only seven people and its cargo space is also on the lower side. Safety-conscious buyers will prefer the Explorer as it bundles more standard driver aids than the Traverse.

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2020 Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot has a higher initial price than the Traverse. Despite making less power, its agility is really good and delivers a laid-back driving experience. The Pilot is also slightly better in matters of fuel economy. Both the SUVs are spacious but the Pilot's cabin feels a bit more classy. The Pilot also has an edge in terms of cargo capacity but losses to the Traverse with regards to infotainment equipment. The Pilot takes a bold step by offering more standard active safety features. 

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2020 Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander is considerably expensive than the Traverse. The Highlander's V6 isn't punchier in terms of performance but is more efficient than the Traverse. One of the main drawbacks of the Highlander is its cramped third-row while its cargo room is also less than the Traverse. However, the key winning point of the Highlander is its long list of standard driver-assist features. On the other hand, the traverse offers just three standard safety features. 

2020 Toyota Highlander
Final Verdict

The bigger it is the better it gets; seems like GM truly believes in the notion with the Chevy Traverse. Being the roomiest SUV in the midsize segment, the  Traverse is one hell of a buy. You get a sonorous V6 engine as standard, acceptable efficiency, and more space than you can make use of. Some would appreciate the sweet simplistic body along with the upscale interior but would like more trailering and ergonomic numbers. Overall, the Traverse competes well and is a more sensible choice when you consider the price and the amounts of features you get.

2020 Chevrolet Traverse side view

 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$49595

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

217 cu in

horse power

305 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 2800 rpm

transmission

9 speed Automatic

dimensions
length

67 in

wheelbase

120.9 in

width

78.6 in

curb weight

4362 lbs

Height

70.7 in

capacity
passenger volume

157.3 cu ft

cargo volume

98.2 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

18/21/27 mpg

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Chevrolet Traverse 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$32,814
5 Year Cost To Own
$51,596
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $51,596
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$6,329$2,594$2,460$2,894$2,778$17,055
Insurance$1,026$1,117$1,142$1,140$1,155$5,580
Fuel$2,281$2,332$2,362$2,498$2,555$12,028
Maintenance$512$828$696$1,974$2,410$6,420
Repairs$33$-21$173$354$532$1,071
Financing Interest$2,003$1,664$1,232$778$232$5,909
Taxes and Fees$2,728$227$194$215$169$3,533
Total Cost-To-Own$14,912$8,741$8,259$9,853$9,831$51,596
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