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There are a lot of different SUVs and crossovers on the market, so why should you choose a Chevrolet over any other vehicle? It all comes down to the pedigree of Chevrolet: what the brand means and how nearly 100 years of SUV history has occurred within the company. Chevy SUVs are ranked highly for customer satisfaction, safety, and reliability year after year, all of which mean that you can purchase and drive these vehicles with the highest level of confidence. And while many of these SUVs speak for themselves, the more you know and learn about Chevrolet and the vehicles they offer, the harder they become to resist.
Although the lineup of Chevy SUVs and crossovers may fluctuate and change from one year to another, the high level of quality and impressive performance of these vehicles does not. When you choose a Chevrolet, you know you are a part of automotive history, with a vehicle founded on generations of automotive design and innovation. Here at Frank Kent Chevrolet in Ennis, TX, we are proud to be a part of that legacy and we stand behind every Chevy SUV we sell. Call or come visit us today to learn more and find the perfect vehicle for your needs.
Believe it or not, Chevy actually invented the SUV all the way back in 1935. Long before anyone had coined the phrase, “Sport Utility Vehicle,” the 1935 Chevy Suburban Carryall rolled onto American roads and made its place in history. The original Chevy SUV was an eight-passenger vehicle that was built on a half-ton commercial truck chassis, not altogether unlike modern Chevy SUVs. It had a starting price of $675 (that is about $12,500 today), and that did not include an optional heater or a rear bumper!
Needless to say, a lot has changed in the auto industry, and modern Chevy SUVs have certainly come a long way from where they started. And yet, the Suburban lives on with new models still being produced. It is, in fact, the longest-running continuous-use automotive nameplate still in production. The next time you see a Chevy Suburban, keep that in mind and impress your friends with a small piece of automotive trivia.
Just as important in terms of Chevy SUVs was the introduction of the Chevy K5 Blazer in 1969, which was initially a short wheelbase, two-door truck, and eventually evolved into a small, full-size SUV. It was followed by the Chevy Tahoe, which replaced it in 1991 and has gone on to become one of the most impressive and popular full-size SUVs on the market. A variety of other models have been introduced over the years, and more are sure to come, but names like “Suburban,” “Blazer,” and “Trailblazer” have a way of sticking around and coming back every so often.
Chevy SUVs are among the most impressive and safest vehicles on the road. Different models offer different levels of power and performance, as you might expect, and the full lineup of Chevy SUVs really does have something for everyone. Whether you need a full-size vehicle to handle a large family or prefer a small SUV that can fit into a modest lifestyle, there is an option that will work for you. Many of these vehicles have a wide range of trim levels and different engine options available, which gives you a lot of freedom in finding the right level of performance for your needs.
In terms of reliability, Chevy SUVs routinely receive numerous awards from critics and evaluators, commending their long-term performance and quality. When properly cared for, Chevy SUVs are among the most reliable vehicles you will find, which makes them a great investment for yourself and your family. Not only are used models often sold at high values, but they retain their long-term value so you know they can be resold or gifted without worry.
Safety ratings for Chevy SUVs are also routinely among the highest in the industry. While they do vary from one year to another and can be different for various models, overall they are well-rated in terms of safety. Each year, as new safety features and technology are introduced, they only become even safer, so you can drive a Chevy SUV with total peace of mind.
Chevy offers an excellent warranty on their new Chevy SUVs, which means you can be confident in the knowledge that your vehicle will remain in great shape for a long time. It starts with a bumper-to-bumper limited warranty that lasts for 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. Any eligible repairs needed under warranty can be completed at a licensed Chevy dealership with absolutely no deductible. There is also the option to extend this warranty to 5 years or 60,000 miles, which is available at the time of purchase.
Additional coverage includes a limited powertrain warranty that is valid for 5 years or 60,000 miles, as well as a limited emission control system warranty for 2 years or 24,000 miles. Your first maintenance visit within 1 year or 12,000 miles at a certified Chevy dealership is covered with a new Chevy, as is a multi-point vehicle inspection and a 4-wheel tire rotation. Additional warranty coverage and further options are also available on Certified Pre-Owned vehicles from Chevrolet, which means some used Chevy SUVs offer tremendous peace of mind and warranty coverage that rivals many new vehicles.
As you look at different Chevy SUVs and models at a dealership, you will probably see the terms “SUV” and “crossover” and wonder if there is a difference between them. The answer is yes; there is a difference between the two though you might not always be able to spot the difference just by looking at them. In general, both SUVs and crossovers look pretty similar with very comparable designs and overall shapes.
The difference is in how they are constructed. SUVs are built on the platform of a pickup truck, which means they are usually built with a body on a separate frame. Crossovers, on the other hand, are built on a car platform, which means they typically have a single-piece body and frame design, much like a sedan. When you see a full-size model, it is typically an SUV, rather than a crossover, and SUVs tend to offer more power and greater options for towing capacity due to their truck-like design.
Chevrolet has some fantastic SUVs to offer, so check out the 2020 lineup of Chevy SUVs:
The Trax is the smallest option among Chevy SUVs, but that small size does not mean it lacks power or impressive options. Despite its compact size, it comes with a 1.4L Turbocharged engine with available all-wheel drive, so you can get excellent power and performance packed into this beauty. That small size also helps it boast an estimated 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
The LS is the starting trim, with standard features that include 10 airbags, an 8-inch infotainment display, and more than 40 inches of front leg room. From there, you can choose the Trax LT, which includes a roof rack, deluxe seating, and remote vehicle start. The Premier is the highest trim level, offering 18-inch wheels, a power sunroof, and available safety features that include a side blind zone alert and lane departure warning.
The Chevy Trailblazer is technically a 2021 model, but you will start seeing the all-new Trailblazer pretty early this year. This is a small model designed to fit neatly between the Trax and the Equinox, giving you even more options for great Chevy SUVs. Although a lot of information has not yet been revealed about the Trailblazer, what we do know offers plenty of reasons for this model to be on your radar.
One of the standout features of the new Trailblazer is the incredible array of standard safety features it has. All models come with automatic emergency braking, a forward collision alert, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist with a lane departure warning, and a following distance indicator. Additional available safety features include a lane change alert with side blind zone alert, a rear cross traffic alert, and rear park assist.
Five different trims will be offered for the 2021 Trailblazer, starting with the L, which features impressive standard active safety features and signature LED daytime running lamps. From there, you can choose the LS, which offers 17-inch wheels, additional safety features, and fold-flat passenger seating. Then there is the LT, which includes everything found in the lower trims, along with roof rails, heated seats, and remote start technology. The ACTIV trim is designed for those that like to brave the great outdoors, with rugged sport terrain tires and leatherette seating. Finally, the RS trim provides you with a dual exhaust, two-tone roof, 18-inch wheels, and a flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The Blazer is a midsize Chevy SUV with seating for up to five people, like the Equinox. You can get more overall power with the Blazer, making it a great option if you want a bit more than the Equinox, but you do not need something full-size.
There are three engines to choose from with the Blazer, giving you a lot of freedom to pick what you need. An EcoTec 2.5L engine gives you an estimated 27 mpg on the highway, while a powerful 3.6L V6 engine has the power to tow up to 4,500 lbs when properly equipped. There is also a 2.0L Turbo engine available on some models for a great balance of power and performance.
Blazer trims start with the L, which features 18-inch wheels, an 8-inch infotainment system, and the 2.5L engine. If you step up to the 1LT, then you get cloth seating with available heated front seats, available advanced safety features, and the same engine as the L. The 2LT starts off with the 2.0L Turbo engine instead, with available AWD and the option of choosing the 3.6L V6 engine. With the 3LT, you get the same features as the 2LT, plus perforated leather-appointed seating with heated front seats as standard.
The Blazer RS starts with the 3.6L V6 engine and available AWD. It has unique black exterior accents and interior black perforated leather-appointed seating, along with 20-inch wheels standard and available 21-inch wheels. Finally, the Premier features the 3.6L V6 engine, along with unique chrome trim and accents, and unique 20-inch wheels with 21-inch wheels available.
Of course, if you do not want to wait for the Trailblazer, or need a slightly larger small SUV, then the Equinox is a great choice. Even though the Equinox is a small Chevy SUV, it still has nearly 64 cu.ft. of cargo space behind the front seats. There are two different engines to choose from, so you can pick a 1.5L Turbo engine for an estimated 26/31 mpg in the city and on the highway, or pick the available 2.0L Turbo engine for up to 3,500 lbs of towing capacity.
The starting trim of the Equinox is the L, which features keyless open, 17-inch wheels, and a 7-inch infotainment display. Next up, you can choose the LS, which includes LED daytime running lamps, teen driver safety technology, and support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Equinox LT builds on that with heated driver and front passenger seats, high-intensity discharge headlamps, and a power driver seat with lumbar support. Finally, the Premier offers 18-inch wheels, leather-appointed heated front seats, and a hands-free power liftgate.
The Traverse is your second option for midsize Chevy SUVs, and is significantly larger than the Blazer, closer to a full-size model. This larger size gives it more than 98 cu.ft. of interior cargo space and seating for up to 8 people when properly configured. There is a single engine available for the Traverse: a 3.6L V6 that comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission and offers up to 5,000 lbs of towing capacity when properly configured.
The Traverse L starts off with dual-outlet exhaust, 18-inch silver-painted wheels, and a standard rear vision camera. The LS offers deep-tinted rear windows, HID headlamps, and LED daytime running lamps. From there, you can choose the LT trim with either Cloth or Leather. The LT has an 8-way power driver seat with power lumbar control, heated, power-adjustable side mirrors, and seating for either seven or eight people.
You can also choose the Traverse RS, which has signature black accents on the exterior, 20-inch painted aluminum wheels, HD surround vision, and heated front seats. The Premier features perforated leather-appointed seating, a heated steering wheel, and a wireless charging pad. Finally, the High Country gives you 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, a power tilt-sliding sunroof, and safety features, including adaptive cruise control.
The Tahoe is a full-size SUV that offers tremendous power and performance. It has seating for up to nine people, when properly configured, and offers more than 94 cu.ft. of interior cargo space. A powerful V8 engine gives the Tahoe up to 8,600 lbs of towing capacity when properly equipped.
If you choose the Tahoe LS, then you get the standard 5.3L V8 engine, an 8-inch infotainment display, and tri-zone automatic climate control. The LT features lane keep assist with lane departure warning, leather-appointed seats, and a power liftgate. Finally, the Tahoe Premier has an available 6.2L V8 engine, front and rear park assist, and 20-inch wheels.
Finally, there is the Suburban, which is the largest of all available Chevy SUVs. This incredible vehicle offers seating for up to nine people when properly configured, and gives you more than 121 cu.ft. of interior cargo space. When properly equipped, the Suburban has up to 8,300 lbs of towing capacity while offering 22/21 mpg in the city and highway.
The Suburban LS has a standard 5.3L V8 engine, available seating for up to nine people, and an 8-inch infotainment display. With the LT, you get leather-appointed seats, a programmable power liftgate, and advanced safety features, including lane keep assist with lane departure warning. Finally, the Premier has an available 6.2L V8 engine, 12-way power adjustable front seats, and additional safety features that include a lane change alert as well as both front and rear park assist.