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The Ultimate Guide to Chevy SUVs

Two 2020 Chevy SUVs, a silver Suburban and grey Tahoe, are parked in front of a home.

 

It’s no secret that SUVs are the most popular family-friendly vehicles on the market. With the ability to carry five or more passengers, these practical models can handle hectic schedules and lifestyles. If you are interested in purchasing one for your family, consider taking a peek at the lineup of Chevy SUVs.

With six unique models to choose from, you can easily find the one that best suits your needs. Whether you need to get the kids to school and extracurricular activities or you like heading to the lake on the weekends; you can find the perfect set of wheels for you. Let’s jump right in to learn more about Chevy SUVs.

Chevy Trax

As the smallest SUV in the Chevy lineup, the Trax is available in three trims. Each one is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-L 4-cylinder engine that generates 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD, it has a fuel economy set at 28 mpg combined (26 city/31 highway). If you opt for AWD, the maximum towing capacity is capped at 1,500 pounds.

The base LS model features comforts such as a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a tilt-and-telescoping steering column. A 7-inch monitor displays the infotainment interface that operates with Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling. Also included in the well-equipped model are a 4G LTE Wifi hotspot and dual USB ports for charging your mobile devices. Stepping up to the LT will get you upgraded cloth upholstery, satellite radio, and a 110-volt household-style power outlet. Finally, the Premier includes luxurious features such as heated seats, a sunroof, a premium 7-speaker Bose stereo system, forward collision warning, and so much more.

Chevy EquinoxA side view of a white 2020 Chevy Equinox is parked next to a wooden shed.

Staying in the compact crossover category, the Chevy Equinox is another great choice for smaller families. Available in four trims and with two engine options, this model offers a bit more versatility than its little brother, the Trax. Its standard powertrain is a turbocharged 1.5-L 4-cylinder engine mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Together they put out 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque. For a bit more power, you can opt for the turbocharged 2.0-L engine coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission. This combo generates 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.

The Equinox is unique in its standard safety features. Equipped with lane-keeping assist, front pedestrian braking, lane-departure warning, automatic high beams, forward collision alert, emergency braking, and a rearview camera, you can rest assured that your family is safe on the roads. Higher trims are eligible for more advanced safety systems such as the surround-view camera system that gives you a birds-eye-view of your surroundings. Blindspot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alert can also be added. Trim levels range from L, LS, LT, and Premier and can be equipped with additional packages such as the Interior Enhancement Package and Interior Protection Package.

Chevy Blazer

The most recent addition to the Chevy SUVs family is the Blazer. Since returning in 2019 after a 14-year hiatus, this vehicle has made its name as the athlete of the family. Featuring driving modes such as Tour, AWD, Sport Mode, Off-Road, and Tow/Haul, this crossover can handle difficult roads and terrain with ease. You can even choose between three engines, depending on what you are looking for in an SUV. The standard 2.5-L 4-cylinder engine comes on the LT and 1LT models and generates 193 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque. The 2LT and 3LT versions are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-L 4-cylinder motor that produces 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the RS and Premier versions house a robust 3.6-L V6 under their hoods that generates 308 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque.

Across the four available trims, many of the differences can be seen on the exterior among fenders, roof rails, and grille styles. All of the Blazer models include the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System displayed on a large 8-inch touchscreen. The RS version adds navigation to that, and the top-tier Premier model pitches in voice recognition and an HD monitor.

Chevy Traverse

A black 2020 Chevy Traverse is parked in front of a restaurant at night.

Moving into full-size SUV territory, the Traverse comes in a wide range of trims. In fact, it comes in seven! Carrying eight passengers comfortably, this versatile model is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Together, they pump out 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque.

One cool highlight on the Traverse is the Rear Seat Reminder function. Once the back doors have been opened or closed with the vehicle running or within 10 minutes of starting the vehicle, this system will be activated. When you get to your destination, you will be alerted by an audible chime to remind you to look in the back. Customization is the name of the game with this SUV, and each trim comes with its own set of unique features. The top-of-the-line High Country includes luxury features like a SkyScape power tilt-sliding sunroof and a rear skylight that comes with a sunshade. It also features heated/ventilated seats, a wireless charging pad, and adaptive cruise control.

Chevy Tahoe

Need more seating? Take a peek at the Chevy Tahoe. This massive transport can hold nine passengers and has an array of hidden storage compartments to stash away valuables. Powered by one of two V8 engines, this beast is perfect for families who lead active lifestyles. The first is a 5.3-liter V8 mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission that puts out 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. The other option is a 6.2-liter V8 coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain pushes out a staggering 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.

The three available trims are the LS, LT, and Premier. A few standard features include seven USB ports located throughout the cabin, a wireless charging pad, and the Head-Up Display. This system allows you to keep your eyes on the road while monitoring vital vehicle information.

Chevy Suburban

A grey 2020 Chevy Suburban is parked with mountains in the distance.

If you thought things couldn’t get any bigger, the Chevy Suburban might come as a surprise. This massive vehicle is the largest in the Chevy SUV family and offers 14 charging ports throughout the interior. There is even a hidden storage compartment that is large enough to hide a laptop computer. Available in three trims, the Suburban also comes with two engine choices. The first is a 5.3-liter V8 engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission that generates 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. The other choice is a 6.2-liter V8 paired with a 10-speed automatic. This powertrain pumps out an impressive 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.

Highlights on this model include the programmable, hands-free liftgate, and the rear-seat entertainment system. Your kids will enjoy watching their favorite films on Blu-ray or DVD during long rides. Tri-zone climate control also enables temperature control for individual comfort. The Suburban can be found in LS, LT, and Premier trims.

Chevy SUVs

Now that we’ve gone over the list of available Chevy SUVs, there are a few that have not made the list just yet. Within the year, Chevy will be releasing the all-new Trailblazer. This SUV is said to be priced just under $20,000 and will come with all the features (and more) that you would expect out of a Chevy SUV. Also announced by Chevy is the complete redesign of the Tahoe and the Suburban, with models set to be released mid-2020.

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