“Award after award, year after year…”
Approaching the 2018 model year, Chevrolet continues to serve up a beautifully-realized line of award-winning offerings in the highly-competitive SUV class. This is no small feat, and speaks to Chevy’s commitment to design with the American driver in mind.
Made for everybody, everywhere – Chevy meets their own challenge by offering drivers from all walks of life vehicles that fit their unique driving needs, and trim packages guaranteed to meet their driving “wants.”
Starting at an MSRP of $21,000, the Trax is an affordable inroad to Chevrolet’s SUV offerings. Enhanced by a slight redesign, the new Trax shows off a sportier front-end that matches its spirit. Despite this subcompact crossover being Chevy’s most diminutive SUV offering, its adaptable seating design appeals equally to the practical and adventurous. A 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission yield 138hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. Available as front -or- all-wheel drive (regardless of trim) and serving up 33 mpg (Highway, 25 City) the Trax is an ideal SUV for daily driving and impromptu adventure.
The (basic) LS Trim comes Bluetooth-enabled, and includes both USB ports and an auxiliary audio jack standard, along with a 7-inch touchscreen and rear camera. Drivers and passengers alike will find comfort in the inclusion of optional OnStar services, while passengers will be especially pleased that these services can double as a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
The LT trim upgrades the lighting, interior accents and upholstery, as well as adding Satellite radio. Additional packages can upgrade the six-speaker sound to a seven-speaker BOSE audio system, the interior to a premium leatherette vinyl and/or improve driver-safety features.
The (loaded) Premier comes with each of these upgrades standard, with the option of further enhancing the safety features. Regardless of the trim-level, the Trax provides great value thanks to the amount of features and equipment that comes standard.
The Equinox further evolves Chevy’s answer to demands of the SUV class. Even as a more established model, this versatile crossover remains a buyer-favorite whose classic design remains relatively unchanged – if you’re judging on looks alone.
Starting at $23,580 MSRP, the standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder serves up 182hp, 172 lb-ft of torque and delivers 32mpg (Highway, 26 City). An optional 3.6-liter V6 turns the dial up to 301hp and 272 lb-ft while increasing the towing capacity to 3,500 LBS (a 2,000 LB jump) when properly-equipped.
The (basic) L trim is equipped comparably to the Trax, including Bluetooth compatibility and OnStar / WiFi (although the former is phone connective only). The LT trim includes an upgraded infotainment system (including Bluetooth audio). The (loaded) Premier receives some enhancement in the form of 18-inch alloy wheels and chrome accents. Drivers are offered programmable settings and the comfort of heated seats, as well.
Additional packages can further enhance the driving experience but, any way you cut it, the Chevy Equinox is a unchallenged classic.
Of all Chevy’s offerings, the Traverse is the perfect blend of features and performance you’d find on any SUV wish list. Starting at $28,700 MSRP, the Traverse boasts spacious design, easily modifiable seating (for up to 8), and a wealth of cargo space. Courtesy of a 3.6-liter V6 engine, the Traverse delivers 22 mpg (Highway, 15 City) and the Traverse has more comprehensive trim options to ensure there’s something for everyone. As far as SUVs go, what’s not to love?
As with most of Chevy’s line the (basic) LS-1SM trim serves up Bluetooth phone connectivity, OnStar (with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot), USB ports, and a rearview camera viewable on the 6.5-inch touch screen. Step up to the LS-1LS and gain AWD and satellite radio, as well.
The 2LT offers the enthusiastically-advertised power lift gate, enhanced seating options, and improved climate control contributing to both ease and comfort. The infotainment package is also enhanced to include voice controls, internet radio accessibility, and an immersive 10-speaker BOSE audio system.
With the Premier trim, you’re doing more than swapping out 17” alloy wheels for 20.” Ventilated leather seats, navigation system, and programmable driver settings are luxuries, but expanded safety features contribute to a driving experience suitable for everyone.
Factor in the ability to tow up to 5,200 LBS (when properly equipped) and it’s easy to see why the Traverse is heavily-favored among the SUV class.
For those in search of a more durable and spacious SUV with a “truck-feel” to it, the Tahoe steps up to the plate. Consistently named America’s best-selling full-size SUV, the Tahoe has a reputation of assured capability and bold performance. With an MSRP starting at $47,215, the Tahoe seats up to 9 passengers, and balances a luxury feel with rugged resilience. It is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 delivering 355hp, 383 lb-ft of torque and 23mpg (highway, 16 city).
The (basic) LS trim is Bluetooth compatible and comes standard with OnStar (doubling as 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot) and USB connectivity, in addition to an 8-inch touchscreen and rear camera.
Upgrading to the LT trim adds leather upholstery, heated front-seat with programmable driver settings and a 9-speaker BOSE system.
The Premier trim includes all of these luxury features standard. Further upgrades include 20” alloy wheels, a 10-speaker sound system and real-time navigation. Additional enhancement packages can favor offroad driving, towing or in-vehicle entertainment but, no matter what, the Tahoe remains the Most Dependable Large SUV on the roads.
Whatever you need in terms of utility and versatility, you can rest assured that the Suburban is designed with it in mind. Add refined design into the mix and you get America’s best-selling full-size SUV’s, starting at $49,915 MSRP.
Like the Tahoe, the Suburban houses a 5.3-liter V8 delivering 355hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Despite its truck-like build, it offers impressive acceleration and best-in-class fuel economy of 23mph (highway, 16 city). Seating 9, the Suburban is ideal for drivers who prioritize room and/or towing capacity. With rear-wheel drive it can pull up to 6,300 LBS (+ an additional 2,000 with the Max Trailering Package).
Seating 9, the interior is designed with an eye on luxury at all trim levels. The (basic) LS comes with infotainment amenities that you would expect: Bluetooth-enabled phone and audio, OnStar, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, HD & Satellite radio, CD, USB and auxiliary ports – and even a household-rated power outlet.
Step up to the LT trim, and leather upholstery is joined by heated front seats and a 9-speaker BOSE sound system. The (loaded) Premier trim includes “all-of-the-above,” in addition to 20-inch alloy wheels and an immersive 10-speaker sound system. Further upgrades include sunroof, navigation systems, and a rear-seat DVD as part of an enhanced driving experience.
Whether you’re looking for a daily driver that can accommodate an active lifestyle, trying to accommodate the needs of your family, or find yourself in need of a rugged performance vehicle, Chevy has the perfect SUV for you.