A guide to the brand’s latest crossovers and sport utility vehicles
Chevrolet has firmly planted its flag in the SUV market with a wide and varied lineup. Hawking everything from small crossovers to full-size behemoths, the Bowtie aims to meet the needs of every consumer. If the brand’s jam-packed stable seems overwhelming, here’s a handy guide to the latest Chevy SUVs.
Buyers looking for a subcompact SUV might start with the Trax, Chevy’s smallest SUV. It’s also the most affordable, starting at $21,700. Equipped with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 155 horsepower, it offers solid performance.
Granted, you won’t be tearing up the drag strip from this little crossover, but the Trax offers a firm ride and responsive steering. You’ll also get respectable gas mileage: 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
Surprisingly, the Trax also offers enough space for tall drivers. Plus, expect an all-wheel-drive option and a well-designed infotainment system. It’s worth upgrading to the LT trim for features like cruise control and remote start.
Chevrolet previously killed the Trax but revived it for the 2024 model year.
Looking for a small SUV, but the Trax is too small? Try the Trailblazer, the largest subcompact crossover among Chevy SUVs, starting at $22,100. You’ll only pay $400 more than the Trax before upgrades, taxes and fees. But you will get an arguably more attractive design and more features.
Car and driver reviewers note that neither the 2023 Trailblazer’s 137-hp 1.2-liter engine nor the 155-hp 1.3-liter Turbo-3 are particularly powerful. But like the Trax, the Trailblazer offers responsive steering and solid handling.
The Trailblazer also offers an AWD option and many advanced safety features in option packs. Like the Trax, the Trailblazer has a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen, but buyers can upgrade to an 8.0-inch screen on higher trims. Integration of Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Sirius XM is standard.
Chevrolet Bolt EUV
For the eco-conscious, there’s the Bolt EUV 2023. The abbreviation stands for “electric utility vehicle” and the Bolt is a solid subcompact electric vehicle.
Chevy lists the Bolt EUV 2023 at an attractive starting price of $26,595. It packs a 65.0kWh battery that generates 200hp and 247 miles of range on a full charge. The Bolt EUV also gets 115 MPGe.
Plus, this small electric crossover has a host of attractive features that make it a compelling EV option. If you buy the Bolt EUV, you’ll find a vehicle with one-pedal steering, generous cargo space, and a 10.2-inch infotainment screen. Additionally, the Premier version has Super Cruise. And an app displays nearby charging networks.
Starting at $26,600, the Chevy Equinox is one of the most popular compact crossovers. With its 170-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, the latest model offers a weaker powertrain than its predecessor. Yet it sports hallmark Chevrolet handling and performance. Still, Car and Driver testers warn that you might experience jolts on rough roads and struggle to push the Equinox confidently over long stretches of freeway.
Getting 26/31 mpg city/highway, the Equinox also retains the decent fuel economy of its siblings. And it offers drivers a spacious cabin and well-designed storage spaces.
The Equinox has the same touchscreen options and tech features as the Trailblazer. But even if you don’t get a Tesla-sized screen, amenities such as standard 46G LTE Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming are not to be overlooked.
Not to be confused with the Trailblazer, the Chevy Blazer costs $35,100 and falls between the Equinox and Traverse in size. It offers the choice between a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine developing 228 horsepower or a 308 horsepower naturally aspirated V6. Front-wheel drive or AWD is available for both.
The Blazer sports attractive exterior styling, and whether you choose the inline-four or the V6, you’ll get a Chevy SUV that performs well on city streets and highways. It also boasts respectable fuel economy numbers, with a city highway of 22/29 mpg for the inline-four and 19/27 mpg for the V6.
Plus, you’ll have plenty of cargo space, with 30.5 cubic feet behind the back row. Despite its larger size, the Blazer still only offers an 8.0-inch touchscreen. But it packs plenty of technical features for riders to enjoy.
Starting at $34,520, the 2023 Traverse is Chevy’s smallest three-row SUV. But it packs a powerful powertrain. Its 310-horsepower V6 and nine-speed automatic transmission help this midsize crossover accelerate quickly and handle confidently.
If you’re looking for features, the Traverse offers them in abundance. Expect amenities like second-row captain’s chairs and heated exterior mirrors on the LT trim. Optional packages offer even more goodies, including heated front seats and a power tailgate.
The Traverse also features an intuitive infotainment system, multiple USB ports and a Wi-Fi hotspot. You’ll get automated emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane keeping assistance as standard. Still, you’ll need to purchase a higher-level trim or package for more than just these advanced security features.
Starting at $54,200, the full-size 2023 Chevy Tahoe offers significantly more room and power than the Traverse. The Tahoe’s engines include a 5.3-liter V8 with 355 horsepower and a 6.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower. There’s even a 277-hp 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-six. All paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, and either rear- or four-wheel-drive is available.
Tahoe’s cabin offers up to eight passengers with plenty of space, including generous head and leg room in all three rows. Cargo capacity is 25.5 cubic feet behind the rear row, 72.6 cubic feet with the rear row folded, and 122.9 cubic feet with the third and second rows folded.
As for infotainment features, expect a 10.2-inch touchscreen and a standard nine-speaker audio system. The base model provides a 4.2-inch information display and gauges, but LT trims and above feature a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel.
Finally, consumers who need maximum space should consider Chevy’s largest SUV, the Suburban. Starting at $56,900, this beast has the same powertrain options as the Tahoe but even more space.
Behind the third row is 41.5 cubic feet for gear, luggage and groceries. Drop the back row down, and that increases to 93.8 cubes. And fold down the second and third rows for a maximum cargo capacity of 144.7 cubic feet.
The Suburban’s specs are mostly the same as the Tahoe’s. Expect a 12.3-inch digital dash on LT and above. As well as providing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, the Suburban also features Google Assistant, allowing drivers to control interior climate control and the infotainment system.
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