Few automakers have a lineup of sport utility vehicles as diverse and comprehensive as those offered by Chevrolet. These Chevy SUVs are built with comfort, dependability, and performance in mind while being priced to make them affordable for most drivers. With six different models to choose from, there is sure to be a Chevy SUV to fit your needs and lifestyle. The models break down into three categories: compact SUVs, midsize SUVs, and full-size SUVs. Each of these different categories has something different to offer. So today, we are going to take a look at the current models in each size category, as well as the future models that are set to be introduced in the 2021 and 2022 vehicle years.
Compact SUVs and Crossovers
If you are in the market for a compact SUV or crossover, then you really need to look no further than Chevrolet. There are currently two small SUVs being offered in the Chevy lineup. These two options are the Trax and the Equinox – both are viable options.
The Chevy Trax is an excellent choice for a compact SUV. This model features a peppy 1.4-liter turbo EcoTec 4-cylinder gas engine that gives you up to 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. The Trax is also front-wheel drive standard with all-wheel drive available as an upgrade. The base MSRP is $21,300, and there are three available trims, including the fully loaded Trax Premier. The Trax has been rated to give great fuel efficiency, with up to 26 MPG in city driving and 31 MPG on the highway. If you need some room for cargo, then the Trax is the SUV for you, with up to 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space available with the second row of seats folded down.
The third of the Chevy crossovers is the Equinox. With a base MSRP of $23,800, the Equinox can easily fit your budget. There are four trims available, as well as two engines to choose from. The 1.5-liter turbo engine produces 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque while also providing great fuel efficiency. The 2.0-liter turbo engine gives you 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, enough to enable the Equinox to tow up to 3,500 pounds of trailer. The Equinox LS, LT, and Premier trims have the option of switchable all-wheel drive, allowing you to get the fuel efficiency of front-wheel drive mode on the highway, and the control and traction of all-wheel drive when driving through snow, sleet, and rain.
For the 2021 model year, the Chevy Trailblazer will be making a come back. Starting at only $19,000 MSRP, this small SUV will be a steal on the market. There will be two engine options, a 1.3L turbo engine, and a 1.2L turbo engine. The sleek design and excellent performance are bound to make an impact on the market. But we will have to wait and see.
Chevrolet offers two models of midsize SUVs, the Blazer, and the Traverse. The Blazer is a two-row model that sits up to five passengers and has room for up to 64.2 cubic feet of cargo space. With six trims on offer and a base MSRP of $28,800, there is sure to be a Blazer model for even the most discriminating driver. The Blazer is equipped with one of three engines. The EcoTec 2.5L engine utilizes variable valve timing to improve the efficiency of its four cylinders, providing up to 27 MPG in highway driving. The 3.6-liter V6 is incredibly powerful, with up to 308 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, allowing the Blazer to tow up to 4,500 pounds of trailer. This engine is also surprisingly efficient considering its size and has been rated to provide up to 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. The final engine option on the Blazer is a 2.0-liter turbo, which can produce 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be available on Blazers later this year.
The Chevy Traverse is a three-row midsize SUV that can seat up to 8 passengers, with room for up to 98.2 cubic feet of cargo with the middle and rear rows of seats folded down. That gives the Traverse the versatility you desire, making it the Swiss Army Knife of midsize SUVs as it can be used to efficiently move cargo or transport passengers. The Traverse features a powerful and efficient 3.6-liter V6 engine that is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission that can provide up to 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. If you also want to tow a trailer, then the Traverse may be your best bet as it has been rated to be able to tow up to 5,000 pounds of trailer. There are six different trims of the Traverse, including the top-of-the-line High Country that comes with just about any feature you could imagine. The starting MSRP on the Traverse is $29,800.
Chevrolet has announced that it will be introducing an all-new Traverse for the 2022 model year. This will feature six standard safety features on all Traverse trims and an improved interior design that will give it the most cargo space for midsize SUVs. The 2022 Traverse will also feature redesigned front and rear fascias, and standard LED headlamps and taillamps.
Future of the Full-Size Division
The two full-size, three-row SUVs in Chevy’s lineup, the Tahoe and Suburban, are going to be all-new for the 2021 model year, and Chevrolet has just released some new specs. Both were outstanding in 2020, but today’s focus will be on the upcoming models because there is just so much to cover. Each will continue to seat up to 7 or 8 passengers depending on trim, as the higher trims on both models feature two separate seats in the second row in place of a three-passenger bench seat. But let’s take a look at the two individually.
The 2021 Tahoe will be available in four trims. Starting with an MSRP of $53,800, the trims are the LT, the Z71, the Premier, and High Country. Depending on which trim you choose, you will have the option of adding either magnetic ride control or air ride adaptive suspension to improve the comfort of your passengers and the ride of your vehicle. There are three engines to be offered in the Tahoe as well. There will be the 5.3L V8 engine with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque and a 6.2L V8 engine with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Last but not least, there will be a diesel option, a 3.0L Duramax with 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. This is a strong SUV, and the 2021 model is checking all of the boxes.
The other full-size SUV, the 2021 Suburban, is also not too shabby. Starting with an MSRP of $56,500, the four available trims are the LT, the Z71, the Premier, and High Country – all the same names as the Tahoe’s trims. Also, like the Tahoe, the Suburban will have the option of magnetic ride control or air ride adaptive suspension. The 2021 Suburban will also offer the same 5.3L V8, 6.2L V8, and 3.0L Duramax engines as the Tahoe. These two SUVs are very similar, and they are both going to be great 2021 models.
There is no denying the fact that Chevy has been producing high-quality and low-cost SUVs for years. The new models are not going to be any different. The current and new models provide power, space, and efficiency that other manufacturers just can’t. The Chevy SUV lineup is truly fantastic.