Chevrolet Sport Utility Vehicles

An Overview of the Chevrolet SUV and Crossover Family

2016 Chevrolet Suburban
2016 Chevrolet Suburban. Photo (c) Chevrolet

Chevrolet’s lineup of sport utility vehicles and crossovers is quite extensive. From the compact Trax all the way to the mammoth three-quarter ton Suburban, there’s something for every SUV driver’s need. All Chevy SUVs and crossovers get a 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty, a 5 year/100,000 mile transferrable powertrain warranty, a 6 year/100,000 mile rust warranty and 5 year/100,000 mile roadside assistance.

Trax

Trax is the newest addition to Chevy’s SUV lineup. Introduced in 2015, it is a compact two-row crossover vehicle that is sold globally. It is scheduled to get a cosmetic refresh for 2017. Trax comes with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder DOHC engine that produces 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. It is offered with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA estimates for fuel economy are 26 mpg city/34 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 24/31 with all-wheel drive. LS models start at $12,195; LT models start at $23,540; and LTZ models start at $26,125, plus options. Add $1,500 for all-wheel drive on all models.

Equinox

Equinox underwent a major makeover for 2010 and got a styling makeover for 2016. Introduced as a 2004 model, Equinox is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. All models arrive with a 2.4-liter direct injection engine that sends 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque through a 6-speed automatic.

An optional 3.0-liter direct injection V6 (301 hp/272 lb-ft) is available on the LT and LTZ with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Base prices start at $23,495 and go to $30,835, plus options. The EPA estimates Equinox’s fuel economy at 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway for the 2.4-liter with front-wheel drive; 20/29 for the 2.4-liter with AWD; 17/24 for the 3.0-liter with front-wheel drive; and 16/23 for the 3.0-liter with AWD.

2012 Chevrolet Equinox Test Drive and Review

2010 Chevrolet Equinox Test Drive and Review

2010 Chevrolet Equinox Photo Gallery

Traverse

Traverse is the fourth seven-passenger crossover to ride on General Motors’ Lambda platform, following the Saturn Outlook (now discontinued), Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia. Introduced in 2009, Chevy’s version is a mechanical clone of the other GM offerings, with cosmetic differences and slightly different trim. Available with one engine and transmission package, a 3.6 liter V6 and a 6-speed automatic, Traverse arrives in two levels of tune: 281 hp/266 lb-ft of torque for LS and 1LT; 288 hp/270 lb-ft of torque for 2LT models. Base prices start at $32,100 for the LS; $34,900 for 1LT; $37,400 for 2LT; and $43,040 for LTZ plus options. Add $2,000 for all-wheel drive. EPA estimates for the front-wheel drive Traverse are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway; 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway for the all-wheel drive.

2014 Chevrolet Traverse Test Drive and Review

2014 Chevrolet Traverse Photo Gallery

2010 Chevrolet Traverse Test Drive and Review

2010 Chevrolet Traverse Photo Gallery

2009 Chevrolet Traverse Test Drive and Review

2009 Chevrolet Traverse Photo Gallery

Tahoe

Tahoe evolved from the Chevy Blazer back in 1995 (a change of name from the same vehicle that had been on the road since 1992).

A second generation Tahoe hit the showroom floors for the 2000 model year, new Tahoe emerged for 2007. 2015 saw a revised Tahoe, which continues for 2016. Tahoe rides on the same platform that underlies the GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade, as well as the Chevy Suburban and GM’s full-size pickups. Tahoe comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine that produces 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque and a six-speed automatic transmission. Base prices start at $48,195 for LS models; $53,225 for LT models; and $62,935 for LTZ models, plus options. Add $3,000 for four-wheel drive. EPA estimates for the rear-wheel drive Tahoe are 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway; for the four-wheel drive Tahoe, expect 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway.

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Test Drive and Review

2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Test Drive and Review

2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Photo Gallery

2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Test Drive and Review

2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Photo Gallery

Suburban

There are times when only a full-size SUV will do, and Chevy’s Suburban fits the bill. Suburban has been around in one form or another since 1933. The current twelfth generation got a complete makeover in 2015, and can be set up to carry up to 9 passengers, each with distinct seating positions and seatbelts. Base prices start at $50,895 for LS; $55,925 for LT; and $65,635 for LTZ, plus options. Add another $3,000 for four-wheel drive. Suburban gets the same 5.3-liter V8 engine as Taho, tuned to put out 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA estimates that the Suburban can achieve 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive, 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway with four-wheel drive.

2015 Chevrolet Suburban Test Drive and Review

2015 Chevrolet Suburban Photo Gallery

2010 Chevrolet Suburban Test Drive and Review

2010 Chevrolet Suburban Photo Gallery

2007 Chevrolet Suburban Test Drive and Review

2007 Chevrolet Suburban Photo Gallery