2009 Chevy Traverse Towing Capacity

If you’re searching for a capable midsize SUV with plenty of cargo and passenger space, the Chevy Traverse is an excellent choice. The Traverse was introduced into Chevy’s lineup in 2009 and is still made today. But what is the towing capacity of a 2009 Chevy Traverse?

The 2009 Chevy Traverse has a maximum towing capacity of 5,200 pounds.

The 2009 Chevy Traverse tow capacity can vary based on a few different factors such as engine size, drivetrain, trim level, and others which we’ll cover in this guide.

How Much Can The 2009 Chevy Traverse Tow?

The 2009 Chevy Traverse has a towing capacity of 5,200 pounds.

The 2009 Chevy Traverse tow capacity is affected by other factors like engine type, drivetrain, the weight of cargo and passengers, and whether your vehicle has a towing package equipped or not.

You can always reach out to your local Chevy dealership for details to confirm how much your Traverse can tow.

2009 Chevy Traverse Towing Capacity Chart
2009 Chevy Traverse Towing Capacity Chart

You can also read our guide on what makes a vehicle towing capacity to learn all the aspects that go into it.

2009 Traverse Towing Capacity By Trim Level

There are many trim levels for the 2009 Traverse. Some engines and features are not available on certain configurations, so they can each have different max towing limits.

Here’s the max tow capacity broken down for each package on the 2009 Chevy Traverse:

2009 Chevy Traverse Trim LevelTowing Capacity
2009 Chevy Traverse LS5,200 pounds
2009 Chevy Traverse 1LT5,200 pounds
2009 Chevy Traverse 2LT5,200 pounds
2009 Chevy Traverse LTZ5,200 pounds
2009 Chevy Traverse Towing Capacity by Trim Level Chart

Towing Capacity By Engine Size & Drivetrain

2009 Chevy Traverse Engine Towing Specs

There is one engine option for the 2009 Traverse which is a 3.6 Liter V6 engine that produces 288 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque.

2009 Chevy Traverse 1.5L Turbo Engine Towing Capacity: 5,200 pounds

2009 Chevy Traverse Drivetrain Towing Specs

The 2009 Chevy Traverse comes standard with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive optional on most trims.

2009 Chevy Traverse FWD Tow Capacity: 5,200 pounds

2009 Chevy Traverse AWD Tow Capacity: 5,200 pounds

Note that these are the max towing limits for each 2009 Chevy Traverse engine. Your Chevy Traverse may have a lower towing capacity based on the drivetrain, axle ratio, and if your vehicle has a towing package installed.

2009 Chevy Traverse Payload Capacity

The maximum payload capacity of the 2009 Chevy Traverse is 1,621 pounds.

This means that the 2009 Traverse can carry up to 1,621 pounds worth of passenger and cargo weight in the vehicle, which makes it great for road trips and hauling heavier items.

Note that the max payload capacity of your 2009 Traverse will vary based on factors like the engine type, drivetrain and whether or not a towing package that includes other features like an engine oil cooler or transmission oil cooler is installed.

You can always contact your local dealership for extra details if you’re unsure of your vehicle’s payload capability.

2009 Chevy Traverse Tow Package

Chevy offers an optional factory-installed towing package for the Traverse which includes a hitch receiver and wiring harness.

We definitely recommend getting the towing package if you plan on towing anything with your 2009 Traverse.

chevy traverse towing a travel trailer
The 2009 Chevy Traverse can pull up to 5,200 pounds, making it capable of handling medium-duty loads.

2009 Chevy Traverse Towing Capacity Vs Competitors

The 2009 Chevy Traverse has a maximum tow rating of 5200 lbs, which makes it capable of medium duty towing.

The 2009 Traverse’s tow capability is similar to its main competitors which are the 2009 Toyota Highlander and the 2009 Honda Pilot.

Here are some similar vehicles to the 2009 Chevy Traverse and their towing capacities below:

2009 Ford Explorer: 5,000 pounds

2009 Honda Pilot: 4,500 pounds

2009 Toyota Highlander: 5,000 pounds

2009 Chevy Models Towing Capacity Chart

2009 Chevy ModelTowing Capacity
2009 Chevy Suburban8,300 pounds
2009 Chevy Tahoe8,500 pounds
2009 Chevy Traverse5,200 pounds
2009 Chevy Equinox3,500 pounds
2009 Chevy Vehicles Towing Capacity Chart

Data Accuracy

We’ve gathered all data represented here from the official 2009 Chevy Traverse Owner’s Manual on Chevy’s site and have checked all data thoroughly for accuracy.

Having said that, we still recommend you refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual yourself before towing with a 2009 Chevy Traverse.

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