Which Chevrolet SUV is Best for My Family?
Are you searching for a crossover to meet the needs of your family? Chevrolet has a great selection of SUVs that provide many of the features that families prioritize in a new vehicle. Whether you require a large amount of storage space, three rows of seats to accommodate everyone, or modern infotainment options to keep your kids amused, Chevy’s lineup has you covered. Our team here at Boch Chevrolet has highlighted some of the most attractive utility vehicles for families on offer in our Norwood showroom.
Key Features of a Family-Friendly SUV
very family has its own specific needs depending on its size and what its members enjoy doing. If you’re part of a small family with one or two kids, you could be well suited to a compact crossover with two rows of seats. Larger families or those with older kids may prefer a more spacious cabin with room for up to seven or eight people.
Cargo storage is another important question. Whether your family needs space to carry bags for school or work on the daily commute, luggage for a weekend trip out of town, or equipment for an outdoor adventure, you’ll want to choose a vehicle with plenty of space behind the rear row. Alternatively, you may pick an SUV with a solid towing capacity.
Another important factor to consider is how suitable the vehicle’s infotainment and safety tech is for families. All families will want to know that the crossover they’re riding in has an extensive list of safety features to help avoid accidents on the road. Specific features designed to protect kids, such as a rear-seat reminder to prevent kids from being left behind when you get out of the vehicle, will also play an essential role in your decision.
If your kids are old enough to use infotainment technology themselves, you may want a vehicle with a rear-seat infotainment system so that they can select their own videos or music. You might also want plenty of connectivity options so people can use their phones or other mobile device while you’re on the go.
We’re confident that all of the Chevy SUVs we’ve shortlisted below offer many of these key family-friendly features. If you’d like to know more about any model or arrange a test drive in Norwood, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
The Equinox is a two-row crossover that can provide families with one or two kids more than enough room for their daily driving needs. There’s sufficient space for adults to ride in both rows, and the rear row is equipped with LATCH connectors so you can install kids’ car seats. Behind the rear row, you’ll find over 29 cubic feet of storage, which can be used for your kids’ school bags or a large load of groceries from the store.
The Equinox’s engine is an efficient 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit that can manage up to 31 mpg on the highway. This makes the Equinox an excellent choice for families looking to keep gas prices down at the pump. The engine combines fuel efficiency with solid power, which gives the Equinox a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds. So, if you want to pull a teardrop camper or small boat for a weekend getaway, the Equinox can handle that just fine.
The Equinox has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing you or your kids to link a phone to the infotainment system easily. With up to six USB ports on offer, you’ll also have plenty of locations to charge electronic devices while you’re on the go.
The Traverse may be the ideal choice if the Equinox is a little cramped for your family. This three-row Chevy can seat up to eight people, although the capacity drops to seven if you opt for captain’s chairs in the second row. There are two sets of LATCH connectors in the second row and tether anchors in the third row for installing kids’ seats. You’ll find over 23 cubic feet of storage behind the third row, giving you plenty of room to transport your daily cargo even with a full load of passengers.
Under the hood, the Traverse has a 3.6-liter engine that puts out 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. This engine achieves good fuel economy, managing up to 27 mpg on the highway in front-wheel drive. This SUV has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, which should be enough to tow a family-sized camper or trailer at the rear.
The Traverse has a broad range of infotainment features. A Wi-Fi hotspot comes standard, allowing you and your kids to stay connected wherever you go. Six USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto also come standard. The base infotainment screen measures 7 inches, but you can upgrade to an 8-inch display. A 10-speaker premium stereo is offered so you can all enjoy high-quality music or your favorite podcasts.
Chevy Suburban and Chevy Tahoe
The Suburban and Tahoe have a lot in common. These three-row SUVs can seat up to nine people across three rows, and there’s enough room for adult passengers to travel in all three rows. They also share the same engine lineup, which includes two V-8 options and a six-cylinder turbodiesel. Both SUVs have towing capacities of over 8,000 pounds, which gives them more than enough power to deal with a large trailer.
The main difference is the amount of interior space you’ll have. If your family requires maximum cargo capacity, you’ll want the Suburban’s 41 cubic feet of storage behind the third row. The Tahoe, which is about a foot shorter in length than the Suburban, offers up just over 25 cubic feet of space at the rear.
Would you like to learn more about any of our family-friendly SUVs? Do you have any questions about the features available with the Equinox or Traverse? If you want to talk to a Chevy expert about your next vehicle purchase, feel free to contact us today. Here at Boch Chevrolet, we’d be delighted to help your family find the perfect SUV in Norwood.
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