Chevy’s Expansive SUV Lineup
Chevy has a long and storied history with SUVs, going all the way back to 1935 with their first-generation Suburban. Today, that history continues, but in a modern time and age, and with a lot more competition. However, despite time and competition, Chevy SUVs are still as popular as ever, and their production doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
When it comes to SUVs, it’s not just a rugged alternative to a mini-van anymore. Yes, of course, for many, it is still the more fashionable choice when packing the family in for an adventure, but there’s a whole range of SUVs now for all different types of situations. Whether it’s you and the dog, you and a friend, a family of four, or even a family of nine (on certain Suburban models). Quite frankly, there’s an SUV for just about anyone, especially when it comes to Chevy’s lineup.
Chevy has six vehicles in its SUV lineup, which is quite a few, especially compared to Honda’s four and Ford’s (also) six. They are the Trax, Equinox, Blazer, Traverse, Tahoe, and Suburban. The price range starts at $21,300 for a standard-level 2020 Trax and ends up at $51,700 for a standard-level 2020 Suburban.
The Trax is Chevy’s compact SUV, geared for those in the market for a smaller, but still sporty enough, vehicle that’s not a car. With seating for up to five people, All-Wheel Drive availability, and a decent amount of cargo space (48.4 cu.ft. with rear seats folded flat), the Trax is adventure-ready. Of course, it will make more than a viable commuter vehicle as well. On the Front-Wheel Drive models, you’ll see EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. That’s not too shabby considering Chevy’s 2020 full-size car option (the Impala) has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
You’ll find three trim levels on the Trax: the LS, LT, and Premier. Each trim level is available in FWD or AWD. Some of the major differences between trim levels include finding remote start standard on the LT and Premier models, but not LS. Also, some of the advanced safety features, like forward collision alert and lane departure warning, are standard on the Premier, but not the LS or LT. It is nice to see that all models come standard with StabiliTrak (electronic stability control system with traction control) and flat-folding front passenger seatback (for easier passenger and cargo-carrying configurations).
The Equinox is also considered a small SUV, but not quite as small as the Trax. It also has room for up to five passengers and AWD capability (except on L models), but you’ll find quite a bit more cargo space (63.9 cu.ft. with rear seats folded flat). Also, on the LT and Premier models (with 2.0L engine), you can trailer up to 3,500 lbs. For FWD models (with 1.5L engine), you’ll see an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is exactly the same as the smaller Trax.
The Equinox comes in four different trim levels the L, LS, LT, and the Premier. The L, the Equinox’s base, starts at an MSRP of $23,800.
All Equinox models come standard with certain safety features, like forward collision alert and front pedestrian braking, which is not the case with the Trax. As you move up to the Premier level, you’ll also have standard features like lane change alert with side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, and rear park assist. These features are also available on the LT, but not the L or LS.
The 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder engine is available on the LT and Premier models, although the standard is a 1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder engine. This engine offers 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
The Blazer is considered a midsize SUV, which normally means it will be slightly larger and pack a bit more power than its compact counterparts. There’s room for up to five passengers, AWD capability (on 2LT, 3LT, RS, and Premier models), and slightly more cargo space (64.2 cu.ft. with rear seats folded flat) than the Equinox. The max available towing capacity is also higher at 4,500 lbs, although this requires the 3.6L engine, Trailering Package, and AWD, so you can’t expect that much capacity on the lower models.
The Blazer comes in six different trim levels: the L ($28,800), 1LT ($32,300), 2LT ($32,800), 3LT ($37,000), RS ($40,600), and Premier ($42,700). The biggest differences between trim levels, other than general convenience factors, will be the additional safety features as you move up models, but also the 3.6L V6 engine, which gets 308 p and 270 lb-ft of torque (standard on the RS and Premier models).
The Traverse is still considered a midsize SUV, but it’s now bordering on the larger SUVs because we can see some dramatic changes in size here. There’s room for up to eight passengers (on certain models), AWD capability (on all trims except the L), and a lot more cargo space (98.2 cu.ft. with second and third-row seats folded flat). The max available towing capacity also raises a bit at 5,000 lbs.
The Traverse comes in seven different trims levels: the L ($29,800), LS ($32,900), LT Cloth ($35,400), LT Leather ($39,100), RS ($43,600), Premier ($45,800), and High Country ($50,900).
The basic model Traverse L will have traction mode select and a rear vision camera, but as you move up the models, you’ll find HID headlamps (LS), roof rails (LT Cloth), lane change alert with side blind zone alert (LT Leather), heated driver and front passenger seats (RS), heated steering wheel (Premier), and Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking (High Country). You’ll also have a 3.6L V6 engine capable of 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque standard on all trims.
The Tahoe is quite the vehicle. It’s hard not to feel like you’re in something special when you drive a Tahoe. There’s room for up to a whopping nine passengers (only on LS models with front-row split-bench seat) and 94.7 cu.ft. of max cargo space (with second and third-row seats folded flat). Also, a 6.2L V8 engine is available on certain models. However, you’ll find the standard 5.3L V8 is more than capable with up to 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. It can tow up to 8,600 lbs when it is properly equipped, which is more than many smaller pickup trucks.
You’ll find the Tahoe in three trim levels: the LS ($49,000), LT ($53,800), and Premier ($62,700). The standard LS model comes with a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine and tri-zone automatic climate controls. The LT model comes with leather-appointed seats, lane keep assist with lane departure warning and heated front bucket seats. The Premier model can be equipped with the available 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine and comes standard with Front and Rear Park Assist, 20-inch wheels, and lane change alert with side blind zone alert.
Imagine having a Tahoe and then adding some more space, and you’d be close to what a Suburban is. This luxurious and large SUV has room for up to nine passengers (only on LS models with front-row split-bench seat) and a hefty 121.7 cu.ft. of max cargo space (with second and third-row seats folded flat). Just like the Tahoe, you can also find 6.2L V8 engine configurations available on certain models.
You’ll find the Suburban in three trim levels: the LS ($51,700), LT ($56,500), and Premier ($65,500). The standard LS model comes with a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine and has available seating for up to nine. The LT model comes with leather-appointed seats, lane keep assist with lane departure warning and heated front bucket seats. The Premier model is available with a 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine.
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