2021 Chevy Traverse Towing Capacity | Midsize SUV Towing Capacity

May 18th, 2021 by

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If you’re looking for a vehicle that can operate as the family car and haul the camper for those weekend adventures, you’ve found the solution in the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse. First off, it’s a safe vehicle, as confirmed by the five-star overall safety rating it received from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Then, it adds a third-row seat to increase the seating capacity to eight people. The 2021 Chevy Traverse, a favorite all-American brand, also boasts a powerful engine for towing the family boat to the lake or hauling the mulch you need for landscaping your Youngstown, Ohio, home.

The team at Cochran Chevrolet is happy to help you find the right 2021 Chevrolet Traverse for your particular needs. We’ll take the time to discuss what you’re looking for, along with any specific amenities you want, such as high towing capacity. We’ve provided this brief guide so you can learn how to calculate the towing capacity of your 2021 Chevy Traverse and discover more about the remarkable towing features of this reliable family vehicle.

What Is Towing Capacity?

The towing capacity is the amount of weight that vehicle can safely tow when pulling a trailer. This includes all types of trailers such as open utility trailers, flatbed trailers, enclosed cargo trailers, pop-up campers, RVs, and more. That said, it’s important to know the towing capacity of your Chevy Traverse so you understand how the exact weight your vehicle can safely tow without adding undue stress on the engine. You may also risk your safety and your passengers’ if you go over the recommended towing capacity of the 2021 Chevy Traverse.

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How to Calculate the Towing Capacity of the 2021 Chevy Traverse

To calculate how much weight your 2021 Chevy Traverse can tow, you need to understand a few important terms:

  • The GVWR, which is the gross vehicle weight rating. Vehicle manufacturers use this number to show how much weight a vehicle can handle without a trailer.
  • The GVW. This is the gross vehicle weight of the vehicle plus all fluids, passengers, and cargo. This number can vary depending on the number of passengers and the amount of cargo in your vehicle.
  • The GCWR. This is the gross combined weight rating. It includes the estimated combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, cargo, and trailer with a load. This number is the maximum amount of weight your vehicle is allowed to tow.
  • The GAWR, which is the gross axle weight rating. It shows how much weight a single axle can manage safely.

To safely drive your 2021 Chevy Traverse when pulling a loaded trailer, you should ensure the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, cargo, and trailer does not exceed the GCWR. For example, if the GCWR of your 2021 Chevy Traverse is 5,000 pounds, then you cannot pull any trailer or haul any cargo that exceeds that amount.

If you like to camp, be sure to ask the RV salesman the weight of the RV or pop-up camper that you are looking to buy. If the weight of that camper plus the GVW rating of your 2021 Chevy Traverse will be more than the recommended GCWR, you should find a camper that weighs less.

How Much Can the Chevy Traverse Tow?

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Now that you know how to calculate the towing capacity of any vehicle, let’s discuss the towing capacity of the 2021 Chevy Traverse. This vehicle is one of America’s most popular SUV brands for families and offers several options when towing trailers or campers. Without the optional trailer package, a 2021 Chevrolet Traverse with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive can tow up to 1,500 pounds. If you are an avid camper or plan on using your 2021 Chevy Traverse for hauling items with a trailer, you will want to seriously consider the available trailer package. With this add-on, the 2021 Chevy Traverse can haul up to 5,000 pounds.

Engine and Towing Features of the 2021 Chevy Traverse

What makes the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse an ideal machine for towing is its engine and towing features. Its 3.6-liter V-6 engine produces 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The engine combines with a nine-speed automatic transmission for smooth shifts while towing a heavy load. For safer towing, the 2021 Chevy Traverse includes these features:

  • Additional trailer package. The available trailer package includes a hitch that is installed on the back of your Traverse, along with a heavy-duty cooling system that cools an engine in danger of overheating.
  • Tow/Haul mode. Tow your trailer with ease with the Tow/Haul mode. This mode automatically adjusts the transmission according to the amount of weight you are hauling, whether you are accelerating or traveling downhill.
  • Trailer sway control. This feature is part of the StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System. Trailer sway control can sense if the trailer you’re towing is beginning to sway and course-corrects by applying the brakes.

How to Safely Tow with Your 2021 Chevy Traverse

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At Cochran Chevrolet, we want you to be able to safely tow a boat, camper, or trailer with your new 2021 Chevy Traverse. Consider these tips for a safe journey while towing to your destination:

  • Be sure to check local and state laws on towing. If you plan to travel out of Ohio, check the laws of whatever state you’ll pass through or arrive in.
  • While hooking up your trailer or boat, take your time to confirm you haven’t missed any steps. Once it’s hooked up safely, double-check that everything is secure and connected properly.
  • Don’t exceed your recommended towing weight, even if the amount is a small increase. You risk damaging your Chevy Traverse and might compromise the safety of any passengers inside.

If you’re ready to test drive a 2021 Chevy Traverse, stop by our dealership or give us a call today. We are more than happy to help you find the best vehicle for your particular needs. We also have several discounts, rewards, and specials we offer to all of our customers. Check them out today!

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