If size matters, then the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse AWD High Country is the SUV you want.
This three-row vehicle seats seven to eight, making it one of the larger mid-size SUVs on the market. But passengers aren’t packed in like the proverbial sardines in a can.
It has nice headroom and legroom in both the front and the back. The front headroom is 39.6 inches, with legroom of 41 inches. The rear headroom is 39 inches and the legroom is 38.4 inches. So coach can give his pep talk to his 8- to 10-year-old future major league baseball players in comfort and style while driving to the game.
The third row is power-folding with 60/40 split-bench seats, which makes it easy to transition to more cargo room if you need to lug all the bats, balls, bags, cleats, coolers, chairs, umbrellas and the like to the big game. It has also comes standard with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, so you can play the 3,000 variations of Take Me Out To the Ball Game from your phone.
The SkyScape power tilt-sliding sunroof and fixed rear skylight with sunscreen gives the vehicle a big and roomy feel even when it is full of chattering kids. I wish I had had one of these when I was coaching.
The starting price for this juggernaut is around $53,000. Even with all that cargo, it gets 18 miles to the gallon in the city and up to 27 mpg on the highway.
The 2021 Traverse AWD High Country gets you there on a standard 3.6-liter, V6 engine that generates 310 horsepower. The max towing capacity is 5,000 pounds even, which means your Girl and Boy Scouts camping trips can include a trailer easily. And if you are pulling some big weight, you can feel confident you will get there in once piece with help from both the hitch guidance and hitch view tools.
The 20-inch polished alloy wheels come standard with 20-inch all-season blackwall tires.
The body-color bodyside moldings and the body-color mirror caps are a nice touch, which give the car a top-to-bottom look that communicates that Chevy paid attention to styling details.
The High Country comes with adaptive cruise control and enhanced automatic emergency braking, and forward collision alert, giving you peace of mind when on the road.
This is an all-around sharp and comfortable vehicle that can tackle big and small tasks with ease.