It’s such a simple question when it comes to buying a new vehicle, right? How much can the sucker tow? Well, the question’s typically relevant with vehicles that are actually equipped to be able to tow, but we digress.
No doubt about it, the Chevy Traverse was designed to tow.
No, even at its maximum capacity, it’s not as if it’s going to be able to handle a massive RV, but this midsize SUV can get the job done in the towing area.
That begs the question. What’s the Chevy Traverse towing capacity?
It’s actually a fairly cut and dried question to answer, so there will be no doubt in your mind after today. Well, maybe a small doubt, but we’ll get to that later.
So, without further ado (as they say), here’s the answer….
What’s the towing capacity of the Chevy Traverse?
It all depends on the equipment that you choose to select for the Chevy Traverse, actually.
If you really want this bad boy to be able to tow a decent amount, you can get it to tow up to 5.000 pounds.
However, it’s also an option to limit the towing capacity to just 1500 pounds (which is still ideal for smaller equipment).
What gives? Why such a drastic difference in towing capacity values?
It’s all about the available trailering package as if you want the 5.000-pound Chevy Traverse towing capacity, you’re going to need to buy that package.
What’s also nice is with this package, the towing capacity can be obtained in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel drive.
What is the trailering package?
In general, the 2022 Chevy Traverse can come packed with some very helpful towing features (starting with the trailering package).
Virtually any online dealership website that details the 2022 Chevy Traverse towing capacity will also detail the helpful features that can come with the SUV.
Let’s also share that information as it’s very important to know for anyone interested in purchasing this car model.
The optional trailering package
It all starts here and it’s pretty simple what you get with this package.
This package is going to equip the Chevy Traverse with a trailering hitch.
Who would’ve thought, right? This will allow it to be ready to tow up to 5.000 pounds (and sometimes up to 7.500 pounds).
Trailer sway control
For towing, this is such a nice safety feature to have in the Traverse.
It’s obtained within the Electronic Stability Control System.
Basically, with this technology, the brakes will be applied if trailer sway is detected to help regain control of the vehicle. It’s all about that safety, right?
In the simplest of explanations, this here is just a dial within the Driver Mode Control in the Traverse.
It allows the vehicle to tow much more efficiently and safely. We could get into the details, but just know that this is the ideal mode for towing when driving the Traverse.
So, what can the 2022 Chevy Traverse tow?
Now that you have a clearer understanding of what the Chevy Traverse can handle, let’s now look at the practical side of the equation.
After all, 1.500 and 5.000 are just numbers, right? What does that mean you can tow?
Clearly, seasoned veterans in the towing world will already know what they can handle.
Still, we wanted to talk about some equipment (in general) that the 2022 Chevy Traverse towing capacity allows for.
Without the available trailering package
Remember that when equipped without the available trailering package, the 2022 Traverse will only handle up to 1500 pounds (while towing).
This means it won’t be able to handle a whole lot.
Some examples of what you can expect to tow would be motorcycles, small camper trailers, and lighter boats such as canoes and rowboats.
With the available trailering package
In the words of Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight…now we’re talkin’.
Maxing out the towing capacity at 5.000 pounds will give you much more flexibility about what you tow.
Some good examples of what the Traverse can handle with this package installed would be larger boats, mid-size camper trailers, a couple of snowmobiles and motorcycles, and maybe even a toy hauler!
Alright, so how much extra does it cost to install the trailering package?
We researched this for a good while and we really wanted to provide an easy and concise answer to this question for all you readers.
However, do you remember when we alluded to a potential small doubt earlier? Well, this is where we want to talk about that.
Okay, so here’s the deal. What we found on Chevy’s official website is their trailering package hitch for their 2022 Traverse model.
So…why do we say that there’s going to be doubt?
If you take a look at the accessory on their website, they clearly state that the hitch has a 1.500-pound capacity. We couldn’t find the same package with a stated 5.000-pound capacity anywhere on their site. In other words, this has to be it.
It’s stated in the description, though, that this hitch can allow you to tow whatever falls within the towing capacity of your vehicle and hitch.
Now, when buying the 2022 Traverse, you can purchase additional accessories such as a hitch ball mount that can handle up to 5.000 pounds.
Here’s the advice we have.
Talk to your Chevy dealership that you want to buy the Traverse through and ensure it comes with the available trailer package if you want it.
Also, ask them what the additional price will be.
That’s the best way to do it to ensure that you know exactly what to expect.
Might as well go straight to the source, we suppose.
At the end of the day, it almost feels like you might as well just get the trailering package installed to obtain the maximum Chevy Traverse towing capacity.
Even if you think you’ll never need more than 1.500 pounds of towing capacity, you just never know.
Then again, you could always get it installed later if you find you want the extra towing capacity down the road.
Speaking of towing capacity, have you ever wondered what the towing capacity of a Hyundai Tucson is? Wonder no more!
Come on, you know we had to add a plug in there!