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Towing Capacity of a 2010 Chevy Traverse

by Justan Brandt

The Traverse is a crossover vehicle that was introduced by Chevrolet for the 2009 model year. The 2010 Chevy Traverse shares many of its underpinnings with the Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia. Towing power is supplied by one of two 3.6-liter V-6 engines. Towing capacities are identical for front-wheel and all-wheel drive Traverses.

Standard Towing and Payload Capacities

The 2010 Chevrolet Traverse has a standard towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. The standard payload capacity for front-wheel drive models is 1,621 pounds. All-wheel-drive models have a standard payload capacity of 1,393 pounds.

Maximum Towing and Payload Capacities

When properly equipped, each 2010 Chevrolet Traverse has a maximum towing capacity of 5,200 pounds. Payload capacities remain the same, regardless of how the Traverse is equipped.


The front-wheel-drive Traverse has a gross vehicle weight rating of 6,411 pounds. All-wheel-drive models have a GVWR of 6,459 pounds. The GVWR is the maximum allowable weight of the Traverse, passengers, cargo and tongue weight of the trailer.

Towing Power

The Traverse is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine. In most models the engine provides 281 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 266 ft.-lbs. of torque at 3,400 rpm. The LTZ trims have a more powerful variant of the engine, producing 288 horsepower and 270 ft.-lbs. torque. Towing capacities are not affected by the engine in the Traverse.

About the Author

Justan Brandt became a journalist and writer who specializes in automotive coverage in 2009. He has been a student at Bob Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in technology commerce.

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