A little over ten years ago, Chevy would unveil the Traverse to the world, and it would comfortably sit within its lineup for years to come. Performance, versatility, and reliability are just three of the facets that ultimately create the experience of driving this midsize SUV. Drivers who are looking forward to purchasing a new vehicle this year should heavily consider the 2022 Chevy Traverse, as we feel it's one of the best midsize SUVs on the market.
Following over a decade of production, this latest Traverse is the next evolutionary step in its lineup, and it's accompanied by other new Chevy vehicles on the market, many of which have either met or exceeded expectations. Why would somebody be interested in a midsize SUV? Likely a few reasons, most notably are performance, safety, and a respectable amount of space, while not being as large or expensive as a full-size SUV. The 2022 Traverse has a little bit of everything, and we don't see many drivers leaving the dealership lot disappointed.
Chevy has made quite a few changes to the 2022 Traverse, but nothing too significant over the preceding model. The most noticeable at first glance will be the newly-designed exterior that resembles those that came before it, but with a few tweaks to the grille and fascia that may turn some heads to anyone familiar with the Traverse's signature design. Like last year's Traverse, the 2022 model offers a variety of premium trims. The RS makes its way over again with its large 20-inch wheels and sleek and stunning black accents around the exterior, while the top two trims remain the Premier and High Country. Those looking for a luxurious experience take notice; these two trims are the ones to consider.
Those concerned about power need not fret with the 2022 Traverse. There is one standard powertrain for the Traverse, and it is a capable and reliable 3.6L V6 engine. That means that every Traverse model will be equipped with a V6. Offer such a solid engine standard is nothing but a monumental benefit for those who purchase a lower-tier trim. On top of that, this V6 is one of the more performant ones we've seen, as is usually the case with 3.6L engines.
With this engine, the Traverse is locked to 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, but as we've mentioned, this is an exceptional level of performance at the base level. Driving the Traverse feels smooth yet powerful, and this is thanks to a 9-speed automatic transmission that comes with every trim. Additionally, a properly equipped Traverse can tow 5,000 lbs, so it will do the trick for nearly any hobbyist activity you can think of and even some smaller work tasks.
When an engine is as powerful as this V6, you know that you won't receive the best fuel efficiency in the market, but that's not what Traverse buyers expect. However, this doesn't mean that the Traverse isn't fuel-efficient. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive numbers are slightly different, but the former earns ratings of 18 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, while the latter receives 17 MPG city and 25 MPG highway. Considering the capabilities and size of the vehicle, we're quite pleased with the fuel ratings of this vehicle, and we suspect most people will be too.
For the most part, the interior of the Traverse is identically sized to last year's model. This means you'll have 42.8 inches of headroom up front, 40 inches in the second row, and 38.2 inches in the back. Rarely are we treated to a midsize SUV that has nearly the same amount of headroom for each of its occupants, and the same can mostly be said for legroom. In the front row, there are 41 inches of space, the second row gets 38.4 inches, and the third row offers 33.5 inches of leg space. Even with a smaller amount of leg space in the third row, it's quite adequate for all passengers, even your taller friends.
The 2022 Traverse can seat either seven or eight passengers, depending on the seating arrangement that you choose. Best of all, the Traverse can also feature heated seats in the second row should you opt for it. Combined with Dual Automatic Climate Control features, the Traverse will not only be cozy to sit in, but different parts of the cabin can have their temperature set depending on the occupant's preference. Midsize SUVs are praised for their comfort, and this is because they're fantastic vehicles for families, and the same can be said for the Traverse.
Another monumental achievement that Chevy has accomplished is technological prowess. What this means is that Chevy vehicles such as the Traverse are fitted with the latest tech, and some of these features are still missing on flagship offerings from other manufacturers. The infotainment center inside of your Traverse will be either 7 or 8 inches depending on the system that you opt for. An additional feature that comes included with this infotainment center is Bluetooth, so if you aren't interested in connecting your smartphone with a USB or Aux cable, you can still access your favorite playlists and listen to them through your speakers. A cable also isn't necessary to activate Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, both of which are available wirelessly in the Traverse.
Chevy Safety Assist is standard on every Traverse trim, and while some base models on the market may not include many or even any safety features, the Traverse is built with safety in mind. The features that come with this package include some assistive enhancements such as Automatic Emergency Braking, which will immediately apply the brakes on your vehicle to prevent an accident. The same concept is found with Front Pedestrian Braking, which stops for unseen pedestrians, and both of these features are complemented by Forward Collision Warning. This feature will give you a heads-up of sorts, which should allow you a brief window of time to hit the brakes yourself before the automatic system takes over.
Driving on the freeway is something that many drivers are accustomed to doing, some daily if commuting is in the equation. Of course, one of the most important things to do on the highway is to stay in your designated lane, but sometimes deviations can occur for one reason or another. With features such as Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist, staying in your lane should be both easier to do and harder to get distracted from. Lane Departure Warning is exactly as it sounds, a system that will signal a warning should your vehicle unintentionally leave its intended lane. Lane Keep Assist is then activated to give a subtle adjustment to your steering wheel to re-correct your alignment with your lane.
The last two features that come standard with the Traverse are IntelliBeam automatic headlights and a Following Distance Indicator. The automatic headlights are best considered a quality-of-life improvement as they ultimately make the driving experience simpler and slightly more automated. What we mean by this is that the motion of adjusting the brightness of your headlamps is no longer made by the driver but rather by the vehicle itself, and it intelligently can switch between the high and low beams.
As we mentioned, a Following Distance Indicator is also standard on the Traverse. This indicator measures how much distance there is between the vehicle in front of you and your car and tells you this info in the form of the number of seconds it'd take to catch up to the other vehicle. The reason why this is important is to assist in preventing traffic from being too close together when traveling on the freeway.
Should you opt for a trim level that features Adaptive Cruise Control, the vehicle will use the info from the indicator to adjust your speed according to traffic flow. Lastly, certain trim levels also feature a Safety Alert Seat and Rear Pedestrian Alert. The seat will vibrate in different areas regarding whether there is potential danger on either your right or left side. Rear Pedestrian Alert is used whenever you're reversing into a busy area such as a parking lot; this system will allow your vehicle to stop automatically and avoid hitting any pedestrians.