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 2012 Chevy Traverse?
The 2012 Chevy Traverse has a maximum towing capacity of 5,200 pounds.
The 2012 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 2012 Chevy Traverse Tow?
The 2012 Chevy Traverse has a towing capacity of 5,200 pounds.
The 2012 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.
You can also read our guide on what makes a vehicle towing capacity to learn all the aspects that go into it.
2012 Traverse Towing Capacity By Trim Level
There are many trim levels for the 2012 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 2012 Chevy Traverse:
|2012 Chevy Traverse Trim Level||Towing Capacity|
|2012 Chevy Traverse LS||5,200 pounds|
|2012 Chevy Traverse 1LT||5,200 pounds|
|2012 Chevy Traverse 2LT||5,200 pounds|
|2012 Chevy Traverse LTZ||5,200 pounds|
Towing Capacity By Engine Size & Drivetrain
2012 Chevy Traverse Engine Towing Specs
There is one engine option for the 2012 Traverse which is a 3.6 Liter V6 engine that produces 281 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque.
2012 Chevy Traverse 1.5L Turbo Engine Towing Capacity: 5,200 pounds
2012 Chevy Traverse Drivetrain Towing Specs
The 2012 Chevy Traverse comes standard with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive optional on most trims.
2012 Chevy Traverse FWD Tow Capacity: 5,200 pounds
2012 Chevy Traverse AWD Tow Capacity: 5,200 pounds
Note that these are the max towing limits for each 2012 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.
2012 Chevy Traverse Payload Capacity
The maximum payload capacity of the 2012 Chevy Traverse is 1,753 pounds.
This means that the 2012 Traverse can carry up to 1,753 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 2012 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.
2012 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 2012 Traverse.
2012 Chevy Traverse Towing Capacity Vs Competitors
The 2012 Chevy Traverse has a maximum tow rating of 5200 lbs, which makes it capable of medium duty towing.
The 2012 Traverse’s tow capability is similar to its main competitors which are the 2012 Toyota Highlander and the 2012 Honda Pilot.
Here are some similar vehicles to the 2012 Chevy Traverse and their towing capacities below:
2012 Ford Explorer: 5,000 pounds
2012 Honda Pilot: 4,500 pounds
2012 Toyota Highlander: 5,000 pounds
2012 Chevy Models Towing Capacity Chart
|2012 Chevy Model||Towing Capacity|
|2012 Chevy Suburban||8,300 pounds|
|2012 Chevy Tahoe||8,500 pounds|
|2012 Chevy Traverse||5,200 pounds|
|2012 Chevy Equinox||3,500 pounds|
We’ve gathered all data represented here from the official 2012 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 2012 Chevy Traverse.