The availability of all-wheel drive is one of the reasons that SUVs are the most popular type of vehicle at the moment. But not all AWD systems are created equal, or SUVs that use them. According to U.S. News & World Report, a few stand out above the others — including the new Chevrolet Traverse, which it featured in its list of the 12 Best All-Wheel-Drive SUVs in 2021.
The midsize Chevy Traverse is a three-row SUV with room for up to eight people. Under the hood, it has a 310-horsepower V6 engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. On all but the base L trim, AWD is an available option, giving the vehicle enhanced traction when accelerating in low-grip conditions.
When AWD is equipped, the Traverse also comes with a Drive Mode Selector that lets the driver choose between FWD and AWD. This makes it possible to enjoy AWD capability when you need it while still getting the enhanced fuel economy of FWD when extra traction isn’t necessary. The AWD system also comes with an Off-Road setting.
According to U.S. News editor Jim Gorzelany, the Traverse’s suspension “delivers a pleasingly smooth ride over all but the most pockmarked pavement.” In other words, it’s a great SUV regardless of whether it has AWD or not…but it does have AWD if you want it. Learn more about the Chevy Traverse by paying a visit to Jupiter Chevrolet in Garland, Texas!