They must have lowered the towing capacity on the basic without the towing package. Usually 2000 lbs is the norm for the Traverse. For a small boat or kayak you will be okay no problem there. If you have been travelling in Europe you would be amazed what they pull behind a regular 4 cylinders small car. If you compare the towing capacity on a big Chevy Impala rated at only 1000 lbs you can easily almost double this capacity on a medium 4 cylinders oversea.
Traverse 2017, chevy Uplander 2009 LT short wheelbase, Impala 2003, jeep cherokee Laredo 1990, chevy citation 1984 2.8 v6, vauxhall Firenza1972, rambler american 1964 model 330, vauxhall velox 1956 rebuilt, NSU Prinz 1961 2 cylinder micro car rebuilt, Renault Dauphine 1960 rebuilt, ford prefect 1952 ( english car with non hydrolic brakes rebuilt. Honda 1986 motorcycle in new condition and 13 travel trailers from a Boler 1300 to a Rockwood mini lite 20 feet.