The Chevy Traverse was introduced into Chevy’s lineup as a crossover SUV in 2009 and remains popular today. Chevy vehicles are known for their reliability and for having the features consumers expect from today’s SUVs, including towing. But what is the towing capacity of a Chevy Traverse?
The Chevy Traverse has a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds to 5,200 pounds depending on the model year and if it has Chevy’s V92 trailering package installed.
The Chevy Traverse with 2WD without the trailering package can tow 1,500 lbs.
The Chevy Traverse with 2WD with the trailering package can tow 5,000 lbs.
The Chevy Traverse with AWD without the trailering package can tow 1,500 lbs.
The Chevy Traverse with AWD with the trailering package can tow 5,000 lbs.
There’s a bit more to know about Chevy Traverse towing capabilities which we’ll cover in today’s guide.
2023 Chevy Traverse Towing Capacity
The Highlander has been in production from 2001, and we’ve listed out the maximum tow capacity by year below for reference.
Note that for each model year, there are many variables that affect the total towing capability of each vehicle year, so we recommend checking your specific Highlander model year below for an in-depth guide and to get the most accurate information.
Here’s the maximum Toyota Highlander towing capacity by year:
2023 Chevy Traverse Tow Capacity: 5,000 pounds
2022 Chevy Traverse Tow Capacity: 5,000 pounds
2021 Chevy Traverse Tow Capacity: 5,000 pounds
2020 Chevy Traverse Tow Capacity: 5,000 pounds
2019 Chevy Traverse Tow Capacity: 5,000 pounds
2018 Chevy Traverse Tow Capacity: 5,000 pounds
2017 Chevy Traverse Tow Capacity: 5,200 pounds
2016 Chevy Traverse Tow Capacity: 5,200 pounds
2015 Chevy Traverse Tow Capacity: 5,200 pounds
2014 Chevy Traverse Tow Capacity: 5,200 pounds
2013 Chevy Traverse Tow Capacity: 5,200 pounds
2012 Chevy Traverse Tow Capacity: 5,200 pounds
2011 Chevy Traverse Tow Capacity: 5,200 pounds
2010 Chevy Traverse Tow Capacity: 5,200 pounds
2009 Chevy Traverse Tow Capacity: 5,200 pounds
You can also read our guide on what makes a vehicle towing capacity to learn all the aspects that go into it.
Here’s a video showing the Chevy Traverse in a towing test:
Chevy Traverse Braked Vs. Unbraked Towing Capacity
All vehicles have different towing capacities based on whether or not you’re towing a trailer that has trailer brakes installed.
Trailer brakes allow the trailer to stop faster than if only the vehicle is using its brakes, allowing the vehicle to tow more weight, so braked towing capacity will always be higher than unbraked towing capacity.
Chevy Traverse Braked Towing Capacity: 1,500 lbs – 5,200 lbs.
Chevy Traverse Unbraked Towing Capacity: 1,000 lbs.
Chevy Traverse Towing Capacity Factors
There are a few factors that affect the Chevy Traverse tow capacity.
The main factor that determines how much weight a Chevy Traverse can tow is whether or not you’ve got Chevy’s factory-installed trailering package on it or not.
We’ll cover the specifics of the V92 package later in this guide.
The Traverse’s tow capability varied a bit by year and generation.
For example, the tow range for 2018-2023 models was 1,500 to 5,000 pounds, while the range for 2009 – 2017 models was 2,000 to 5,000 pounds.
While most Chevy Traverse trim levels offer the same engine and transmission specs, there are certain trim levels that cannot have the trailering package installed on them.
For example, in the most recent model years, you cannot have the trailering package installed on the Chevy Traverse LS, which limits how much it can tow.
Chevy Traverse Engine Specs
All model years and trims of the Chevy Traverse have the same engine.
3.6 Liter V6 Engine
The Chevy Traverse gas engine is a 3.6 Liter V6 Direct Injection engine.
This engine produces 310 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft of torque.
Chevy Traverse Tow Package Info
Does The Chevy Traverse Have A Tow Package?
Chevy offers a factory-installed Traverse tow package option called the V92 Trailering Package.
It is available on all trim levels besides the LS and includes the following enhancements (each sold separately):
- Chevy Traverse factory Class III trailer hitch
- Heavy-Duty Cooling System
- Hitch Guidance
- Hitch Guidance with Hitch View (with Convenience and Driver Confidence Package)
Can You Install A Trailer Hitch On a Chevy Traverse?
If you plan on towing anything with your Chevy Traverse, you’ll need a tow hitch and wiring harness.
Depending on what you’re towing, you’re going to need a ball mount (aka a trailer ball hitch) so you can attach items for towing.
Make sure to get the right trailer ball size that matches your hitch and trailer.
Chevy Traverse Tow Hitch
The Chevy Traverse uses a Class 3 hitch.
Here’s a great option for a Class II Chevy Traverse trailer hitch:
- designed to complement today's trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles, attach directly to the frame with no drilling or welding necessary
- 2 inch square receiver tube opening and solid all-welded construction for maximum strength and durability
- the a-coat base with black powder coat finish is resistant to adverse weather conditions and corrosion, ensures an attractive appearance for years to come
- computer-aided design and fatigue stress tested to ensure perfect fit and top towing performance, backed by draw-tite's nationwide limited lifetime warranty
- maximum rated capacity up to 750 pounds (tw) and 5, 000 pounds (gtw) weight carrying (wc), rated up to 750 pounds (tw) and 5, 000 pounds (gtw) weight distributing (wd)
Here’s a great ball mount option so you can hook up different types of trailers for towing with your Traverse:
- DEPENDABLE STRENGTH. Rated to tow 3,500 pounds gross trailer weight and 350 pounds tongue weight, this ball hitch offers dependability for your towing setup (weight capacity may change if trailer ball is removed).Fit Type: Universal Fit
- VERSATILE USE. This trailer hitch ball mount comes with a 1-1/4-inch shank to fit virtually any industry-standard 1-1/4-inch receiver. The ball mount has a 3-1/4-inch drop, 2-inch diameter ball, 1/2-inch hitch pin hole and 7-1/4-inch overall length
- READY TO TOW. Hitching up your trailer is easy with this ready-to-use trailer hitch ball mount. It comes with a pre-attached tow ball for ready coupling and a trailer hitch pin to securely mount onto your hitch receiver
- CORROSION-RESISTANT. For long-lasting use, this ball hitch is protected with a durable black powder coat finish, and the trailer ball has a polished chrome plating. These finishes resist damage from rain, dirt, road salt and other corrosive threats
- EASY TO INSTALL. To install the trailer hitch ball mount on your vehicle, simply insert the shank into your vehicle's 1-1/4-inch hitch receiver. The rounded shank makes installation easy
Chevy Traverse Trailer Hitch Installation
If you’re considering having a tow hitch added to your Traverse, expect to pay between $100 and $200 to have a tow package professionally installed (excluding the cost of the tow hitch and wiring harness).
If you’re handy and looking to save money, you can install the trailer hitch and wiring harness yourself.
Always follow the manufacturer’s directions and use proper safety precautions.
Here’s a great video walkthrough on a Chevy Traverse trailer hitch installation:
Hitch Receiver Vs Rear Step Bumper Towing
Some vehicles allow for bumper towing, which means you can mount a tow hitch ball directly on the bumper instead of installing a tow hitch to the vehicle’s frame.
Can I Bumper Tow With A Chevy Traverse?
The Chevy Traverse does not allow for bumper towing, so you’ll need to use a frame mounted hitch.
How Do I Know If My Chevy Traverse Has A Tow Package?
You can start by looking under the rear bumper of your Traverse to see if you notice a trailer hitch or trailer ball.
That will give you a good indication of if you have a tow hitch already installed on your Traverse.
Another way to research this is by checking the paperwork that came with your vehicle or taking it to a local dealer to see what’s installed.
Make sure to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) handy if you call the dealer so they can look up the exact specs and whether or not your vehicle has any towing packages or features installed on it.
We’ve gathered all data represented here from the official Chevy Traverse Owner’s Manuals 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 your Chevy Traverse.