2020 Chevy Traverse vs the 2020 Dodge Durango

2020 Chevy Traverse vs the 2020 Dodge Durango

Crossovers are one of the top vehicles our customers have been looking for and it\s an especially great time to look into the options Betley Chevy has available. The 2020 Chevy Traverse and 2020 Dodge Durango are crossovers that featured rugged good looks and tight performance of SUVs. Both feature modern interiors offering comfortable rides and the agile handling of a sedan. While both of these new SUVs share a lot in common, they also have significant differences that we want to highlight to keep our customers informed. If you are looking for a new SUV in the Derry, NH area check out our online inventory today.

Exterior Features and Design

The Chevy Traverse features sporty styling and bold lines from its upright body panels, defined shoulders, and bold grille. It looks like an SUV, feels like an SUV, and handles like an SUV. Does that make the Traverse an SUV? It’s still technically a crossover but this vehicle will definitely appeal to the traditional SUV crowd. If you\re looking for a variety of styles and add-ons suiting an active lifestyle, shopping for a new Traverse will be a delight.

The Dodge Durango is also an SUV-like crossover, featuring a more rugged-looking body and boxy exterior. In fact, the only thing keeping it from being a true SUV is its lack of a body-on-frame construction. Setting the Durango apart from the Traverse — and pretty much every other crossover — are the exterior upgrades to their performance models, R/T and SRT, and the resulting body that makes them look right at home on any trail.

In terms of size, the Traverse is a little larger in most dimensions. It comes in at 204 inches in length and nearly 79 inches in width, with a height of almost 71 inches. Durango is a taller, heavier, and provides a little higher ground clearance at 8.1 inches. The Durango is 201 inches long, nearly 76 inches wide, and about 71 to 73 inches tall depending on the package you select.

Pros for the 2020 Traverse

  • Spacious interior with lots of available upgrades
  • Newer design
  • Lighter than the Durango

Pros for the 2020 Durango

  • Sporty looks
  • Performance models offer a unique selection
  • More ground clearance

Interior Design and Technology

When Chevy redesigned the Traverse, they also enhanced the interior with a variety of upgrades. Inside, the 2020 Chevy Traverse has some SUV-like touches with its streamlined console,, vertical air vents, and upright dash. You can add a touch of luxury with a variety of enhancements like the LS Leather trim that adds streaks of leather to the dash and ventilated leather seats in the cabin. Standard technology features in the Traverse include Chevrolet’s Infotainment 3 system with a 7-inch touch screen, six USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.Available upgrades include a rear-seat entertainment system, wireless device charging, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, and satellite radio.

The Durango has a simpler interior, but it has a design similar to the brand’s modern-day muscle cars with a three-spoke steering wheel, T-handle gear shift, relatively feature-free dash, and dark interior coloring. The outcome is a simple and sporty look that matches the sturdy exterior. While the performance trims get a lot of looks, the Durango Citadel Anodized Platinum trim hits the luxury mark with leather seating, a leather-wrapped dash, and some upgrades to the dash.

Because of its larger body, the 2020 Traverse gives you more room for your passengers and more cargo room all around. You get an extra inch of headroom, 3 to 6 more inches of shoulder room depending on where you’re sitting, and over a foot of cargo room per row. Plus, the Chevy comes standard with a third row, whereas the Durango’s third row is an optional add-on starting with its base SXT trim.

Pros for the 2020 Traverse

  • Comes standard with three rows
  • More room for passengers
  • Has more cargo room across the board

Pros for the 2020 Durango

  • Features a more compact design
  • Citadel Anodized Platinum trim offers leather upgrades
  • Sporty features on R/T and SRT models

Performance and Handling

Crossovers generally offer limited performance, but the Chevy Traverse and Dodge Durango are here to change that trend. We were pleasantly surprised to see both crossovers deliver performance similar to many full-size SUVs.. The 2020 Traverse’s standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine cranks out 310 horsepower and pushes it to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds. In the RS trim, it swaps in a 257-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four-pot that zips it to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available with the V-6 engine.

The Durango delivers especially sporty crossover performance, starting with the somewhat modest 3.6-liter V-6 engine that can put out 295 horsepower. This pushes the Durango to 60 mph in a respectable 7.4 seconds. In the R/T trim, which uses a 360-horsepower 5.7-liter V-8, things get exciting with its 6.2-second 0-to-60 sprint time. The SRT model drops in a 475-horsepower 6.4-liter V-8 that zips it to 60 mph in a neck-breaking 4.7 seconds.

Towing is not a huge deal in the crossover segment, but the Traverse cranks out an impressive 5,000-pound rating with its V-6 engine. The Durango is a towing master, ranging from its 6,200-pound base towing capacity all the way up a 8,200-pound capacity with the 6.4-liter engine.

Pros for the 2020 Traverse

  • Base Traverse is quicker than base Durango
  • Huge fuel economy advantage
  • Delivers a smoother, quieter ride

Pros for the 2020 Durango

  • Strong and fast with the available V-8 engines
  • Performance suspension in SRT model
  • Lots of towing power

Chevy Traverse Pricing and Features

There are seven Chevy Traverse trim levels and one special edition to choose from on the 2020 Traverse and you can find nearly all of them at our New Hampshire Chevy dealership. MSRP for new Chevy Traverse SUVs ranges from $29,800 to over $50,000 for the top trim with add-ons or custom features. We do a good amount of custom orders and regularly get shipments of new and CPO Chevrolet vehicles in to our dealership. If you want to know more about Chevy Traverse trim levels keep reading to see the highlights or check out our detailed blog post detailing what you get with each package.

L Trim Level

The base trim level for the 2020 model year offers an affordable starting price that grants you access to modern safety and technology features.Offering the performance and versatility you expect from a new Chevy SUV, the 2020 Traverse gives you a compelling base model to jump in with. If you’re looking for more safety features or luxury options for your family vehicle, read on to see what all you can add to the Traverse.

LS Trim Level

The next level up from the base Traverse model is the LS, featuring the same highlights as the L trim but with a few attractive upgrades including:

  • Optional all-wheel drive
  • Second-row tablet mounts
  • Dedicated USB charging ports
  • And more

LT Trim Level

There are two versions of the Traverse LT trim, cloth and leather. Nashua drivers that opt for the LT Cloth trim can get an available added seat so you can carry 8 total passengers. You get additional interior amenities and safety options when you choose the LT, with interior style depending on whether you select the cloth or leather trim.There are also two available packages for the LT trim. The safety package offers several additional driver assistance features and an upgraded infotainment system. The trailering package gets you an upgraded cooling system and trailer hitch.

RS Trim Level

The RS is the start of the higher end Chevrolet Traverse trim levels. Eye catching exterior upgrades like gloss black window trim, a black ice grille, and black Chevy bowtie logos, as well as 20-inch Dark Android-painted aluminum wheels are sure to turn heads from Nashua to Lancaster, NH. You will also be treated to several great interior upgrades, such as the HD Surround Vision Rear Camera Mirror and heated front seats.

Premier Trim Level

The Premier Traverse entices drivers with premium amenities that are on-par with luxury SUVs from the Dealers like Audi and Volvo, minus the luxury price tag. With this trim level you will be able to enjoy high-end upgrades and every driver assistance feature.

High Country Trim Level

At the very top of the list is the luxurious 2020 Chevy Traverse High Country. This model takes luxury to the next level and provides you with everything on the previous trims plus so much more. Give us a call or view our inventory for more details.