How Much Can You Tow With A Chevy Traverse?

A capable SUV like the Chevy Traverse should be on your list of options when looking for a comfortable ride that also comes with decent towing capabilities. Whether you want to hitch-up a boat or cargo trailer, you'll want to know the towing capacity of Chevy Traverse. We've researched the lastest Traverse models to get the answer for you. 

The Chevy 2020 Traverse has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds when equipped with the 3.6 6v engine and a trailering package. This set up is only available with specific trim levels. 

The following Traverse trims come with the trailering package as the standard -

  • Traverse Premier (AWD)
  • Traverse High Country (AWD and FWD versions)

With the following trim levels, the trailering package is optional (you can choose to add it for an added fee) -

  • Traverse LT (AWD and FWD versions)
  • Traverse RS (AWD and FWD versions)
  • Traverse Premier (FWD)

The following Trim levels aren't available with the trailering package -

  • Traverse L (FWD)
  • Traverse LS (FWD and AWD)

Without the tow package, you would need to install a hitch on the Traverse and it would only have a maximum tow rating of up to 2,500 lbs. 

We've just specified the maximum towing capacity for Chevy Traverse; however, as with most vehicles, the towing capacity does vary depending on the trim level you choose. Keep reading, and we'll discuss Traverse towing capacity at a minimum, and what trailering package is available to optimize the towing capability on this SUV.

A 2020 Chevrolet Traverse at a dealership in Halifax's North End, How Much Can You Tow With A Chevy Traverse?

Chevy Traverse Towing Features

According to Chevrolet's website, the 2020 Traverse, towing capacity is affected by the trim level and drivetrain options. Maximize your towing capabilities by selecting either the Premier (AWD) or High Country trim level to reach a 5,000 lb towing capacity. On the High Country model, AWD and tow package comes as the model standard.

Towing capacity is reduced to 1,500 lbs when equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine for Traverse in the following trim levels: L (FWD only), LS, RT, RS, and Premier (FWD). Because this is a significant difference, you will want first to determine how you intend to use Traverse when selecting the trim to guarantee that your towing needs are met. 

Chevy's driving modes on Traverse assist for ultimate traction control, especially while towing. Select the best traction control mode for your driving style and road conditions from front-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive, off-road, snow, and tow/haul. (Note: availability of snow and tow/haul modes is dependent on year and trim level for each Traverse model). 

What Is the Chevy Trailering Package (And What Does It Include)?

Chevy offers an optional trailering package, specific to each model, to equip vehicles with heavy-duty gear to optimize towing capability. On the Chevy Traverse, the trailering package includes -

  • a factory-installed hitch
  • heavy-duty cooling system
  • towing assist features, including Hill Start Assist and Tow/Haul Mode.

Some models also include Hitch Guidance with Hitch View. 

Keep in mind that the increased towing capability of 5,000 lbs means that the engine and gears are adjusted to pull the additional weight. That's why your maximum tow capability will be limited with a Traverse that doesn't have the system. Simply installing a hitch won't be enough, and will only allow you to tow 1,500-2500lbs (depending on your engine).

How Do I Know If My (Pre-Owned) Traverse Has A Tow Package?

Obviously, a hitch on the rear of your vehicle is a giveaway that there is probably a tow package, but to be sure that your Traverse model is equipped with a factory-installed tow package, look inside the glove box for a sticker indicating a three-digit code "V92." This factory issued code indicates that the Traverse is equipped with a trailer hitch and heavy-duty cooling system. If you do not see the code, your Traverse could be equipped with an after-market tow package or none at all. Consult a qualified mechanic to determine whether your model has the proper components to tow safely.  

How to tell if your Chevrolet Traverse has a towing hitch

Check the back of your Chevy Traverse and look for a plastic panel where a hitch should be. Reach out under the panel and find the two clips that hold it in place. After you turn the clips, you should be able to easily remove the panel and see whether or not your vehicle has a hitch.

How to install a hitch in a Chevrolet Traverse

Installing a hitch in a Traverse is a fairly technical procedure that can take two to three hours to complete. You would need to remove the bumper and user a variety of tools including a drill, a ratchet, and several screwdrivers. If you're not a DIY type, your best solution would be to get a professional to install the hitch for you. 

Getting a hitch installed on a Chevy Traverse should cost you o$200-$300, depending on the exact type of hitch. 

If you want to take on installing a hitch on your own, here's a great video by U-haul that takes you through the installation process, step by step - 

Can You Tow A Travel Trailer With Chevy Traverse?

Lightweight travel trailers, such as teardrops and pop-ups, are easily towed with Traverse that has the trailering package. When pairing a travel trailer, make sure to consider the fully-loaded weight of the trailer so as not to exceed the Traverse's maximum towing capacity. Forest River's Rockwood pop-up is a camper that this SUV can tow for a weekend getaway. Or you could go with simplistic comfort towing the Papa Bear teardrop to your next destination.

Can You Tow A Boat With Chevy Traverse?

Towing a boat using Chevy Traverse (with the trailering package) is possible, particularly for small bowriders like Glastron 205 GTS and fishing boats like Scout 195 Sportfish. Again, consider the weight of the trailer and of the fully-loaded boat, and make sure not to exceed the Traverse's towing capacity when hitching up to head toward the water. 

Can You Tow An ATV With Chevy Traverse?

Most utility 4x4 ATVs weigh between 500 and 900 lbs, whereas sport ATVs are slightly lighter, weighing roughly 750 lbs. You'll want to calculate the total weight of the trailer plus fully-loaded ATV to make sure not to exceed the Traverse's maximum towing capacity. A typical utility trailer, dry weight, is approximately 700 lbs, so it seems likely that you will not overload the Traverse with an ATV.

To Conclude

A 2020 Chevrolet Traverse at a dealership in Halifax's North End, How Much Can You Tow With A Chevy Traverse?

Properly equipped, the Chevy Traverse is a versatile tow vehicle that, when un-hitched, you can use to comfortably and reliably commute. Getaway on either weekend excursions or long-term journeys when you pair this SUV with a travel trailer, boat, or ATV. 

Get ready to tow, by reading our other blogs before you hit the road:

15 Travel Trailer Towing Tips Every Driver Should Know

Should You Buy A Used Pickup For Towing?

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