2020 Chevy Traverse vs 2020 GMC Acadia – Indianapolis, IN

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  • 2020 Chevy Traverse

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    2020 GMC Acadia

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    5,000Max Towing Capacity (lbs)4,000
    98.2Cargo Space (cu.ft)79.0
    310Max Horsepower (HP)310

    General Motors introduced updated versions of these two commonly compared SUVS, the 2020 Chevy Traverse vs 2020 GMC Acadia, for this model year. These two mid-size SUVs offer power, comfort, and convenience on the road for those who need the space but don’t want to settle for a minivan.

    Both the 2020 Chevy Traverse and the 2020 GMC Acadia have a lot to offer new buyers, but a quick look at the specs reveals that these two GM vehicles are not the same. In fact, for some buyers, the stronger engine, larger cabin and passenger capacity and lower starting price on the Chevy Traverse may make it a much better deal.

    Interested in learning more about the 2020 Chevy Traverse? Contact Blossom Chevrolet today to schedule a test drive and to discover how you can get into a 2020 Chevy Traverse today.

  • Performance

    A white 2020 Chevy Traverse, which wins when comparing the 2020 Chevy Traverse vs 2020 GMC Acadia, is driving on a city street in Indianapolis, IN.

    Comparing Performance

    Those who need a slightly better level of performance from the vehicle without having to pay extra for it should opt for the 2020 Chevy Traverse. At the base L trim level, the 2020 Chevy Traverse is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that offers 310 horsepower and 266-lb feet of torque. Comparatively, the 2020 GMC Acadia SLE is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 193 horsepower and 188-lb feet of torque.

    The differences in engine power for these two vehicles at the base level are fairly stark and more weighted in the direction of the 2020 Chevy Traverse. However, if you want more power out of the 2020 GMC Acadia, you can get it through the top-level Denali trim. At that level, you’ll get a similar engine, but at a much higher cost.

    Additionally, although the 2020 Chevy Traverse uses a larger V6 engine, both the Traverse and the Acadia deliver an EPA-estimated 27 MPG highway.

  • Exterior

    A family is next to a white 2020 Chevy Traverse outside a home with a view of hills.

    Comparing Exteriors

    At a base level, most full-sized SUVs offer a similar design metric. However, a side-by-side comparison of the 2020 Chevy Traverse and 2020 GMC Acadia shows how these two vehicles carry distinguishing features.

    The first thing some buyers may notice are the differences in size. The current-year Chevy Traverse is about 204.30 inches (17 feet) long, making it around one foot longer than the 193-inch-long GMC Acadia. That extra foot of length carries over into the much larger passenger volume and helps the 2020 Chevy Traverse fit the 8th passenger (versus the 7-passenger capacity of the GMC Acadia).

    Both vehicles a smooth exterior aesthetic. The available color options are also similar, although buyers who enjoy deeper, more rich blues will find the available Midnight Blue Metallic for the Chevy Traverse provides greater appeal than the Dark Sky Metallic available with the Acadia.

    Both vehicles offer a similar array of technology on the exterior, including heated power side mirrors and an optional power liftgate.

  • Safety and Interior

    The black dashboard and infotainment screen in a 2020 Chevy Traverse are shown.

    Comparing Safety

    The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates both the 2020 Chevy Traverse and 2020 GMC Acadia extremely well for safety. However, the Chevy Traverse received better ratings for in the driver injury measures for leg injuries following a crash. The 2020 Chevy Traverse also received a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

    You’ll find both vehicles offer a wide range of expected safety features, including driver and passenger airbags and modern safety belts. Both vehicles offer Rear Vision Cameras as standard, and both vehicles sensor-based safety measures, including StabiliTrak electronic stability control and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Chevrolet also offers Teen Driver Technology, which is an available built-in system that allows you to monitor the vehicle even when you’re not there. Set a speed limit, audio limit, and more through the available Chevrolet MyLink display system.

    Comparing Interior Designs

    Both the 2020 Chevy Traverse and the 2020 GMC Acadia were designed with the comfort of both driver and passengers in mind. As both are General Motors vehicles, you’ll find a similar array of technology, but with some notable variations in design for the front console and seat materials.

    Both vehicles offer a 4G LTE Wireless hotspot for passengers to enjoy full internet connectivity on the road. And both provide USB ports for charging. The Chevy Traverse offers an expanded option for charging, with 6 USB ports (2 in each row) compared to 5 USB ports in the GMC Acadia. Both vehicles also offer Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility.

    Premium cloth seating is available in both the Traverse and the Acadia, although leather-appointed seating is available as an upgrade or standard with every GMC Acadia model. Buyers can upgrade to leather-appointed seating in the Chevy Traverse starting at the RS trim level, or get leather trim standard with the LT Leather trim.

    You’ll also find both vehicles offer a center-console infotainment system for drivers, with Bluetooth connectivity. Additionally, both vehicles offer GM’s exclusive OnStar® Connected Services.

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