Three-row midsize SUVs are quickly becoming some of the most popular vehicles on the road. These versatile vehicles are ideal for families or folks who need the flexibility provided by three rows of seats and the added cargo space afforded by a midsize SUV. One of the most popular models in this vehicle class is the 2022 Chevy Traverse, and it is easy to see why. Not only does it provide a roomy interior that is expected in a three-row midsize SUV, it also has great performance in a very affordable package.
The 2022 Traverse is the latest iteration of the second generation of Chevy’s entry in the increasingly crowded three-row midsize SUV field. This generation was first introduced for the 2018 model year, which is why Chevy continues to make modifications and improvements in an SUV that is already quite popular with drivers throughout the United States. The Chevy Traverse gives you great luxury features like the Chevy Infotainment 3 System on a 7 or 8-inch color touchscreen, so you and your passengers can stay connected wherever you go. Even so, the Traverse won’t hit you with premium prices despite these great features that you would expect on a more expensive SUV.
Every model of the 2022 Chevy Traverse comes equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 gas engine. This engine has 24 valves arranged in a double overhead camshaft arrangement, with direct fuel injection to boost performance and automatic stop/start to reduce fuel consumption. This engine produces 310 horsepower and generates 266 pound-feet of torque.
Chevy offers the Traverse in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The front-wheel drive models provide better fuel economy, while the all-wheel drive will give you better traction, particularly in inclement weather. If you choose front-wheel drive on your Traverse, you can expect to get an estimated 18 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon while driving on the highway. Opting for the available all-wheel drive on your Traverse will drop the fuel economy slightly, to 17 miles per gallon in city driving and 25 miles per gallon on the highway.
Chevy has paired the engine on the Traverse with a Hydra-Matic 9T65 9-speed automatic transmission. This will give you better control over your engine’s performance while enhancing engine efficiency with 9 different gear speeds. Chevy has also equipped this transmission with a manual shifting mode so you can get the enjoyment and control provided by a manual transmission without the hassle associated with working a clutch.
The engine on the 2022 Chevy Traverse is surprisingly peppy for a larger vehicle. The Traverse can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 130 miles per hour, making it one of the faster models in its vehicle class. This is the kind of acceleration you are going to want, especially getting onto busy highways.
The 2022 Chevy Traverse provides solid handling despite its rather long 120.9-inch wheelbase. The electric variable-effort power steering with Active Return Assist will give you great cornering of a surprising 39-foot turning diameter. Unlike many other power steering systems, the one on the Traverse will give you a really good feel for the road.
You and your passengers are going to find the ride on the 2022 Traverse very comfortable. This is a result of the use of MacPherson strut independent suspension in the front axle with hydraulic control arm ride bushing and a hollow stabilizer bar, which will give you a great feel for the road. Meanwhile, the rear suspension is a five-link independent style with auxiliary spring aids and a hollow stabilizer bar for a very smooth ride. The Traverse LS and LT models ride on 18-inch aluminum wheels, while the RS, Premier, and High Country feature 20-inch aluminum wheels. All models of the 2022 Traverse have all-season tires.
Yes, You Can Tow a Good Amount With the Traverse
One of the nice little perks of buying a 2022 Traverse is the ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds when appropriately equipped. This can come in handy if you need to rent a trailer for moving or want the ability to tow a recreation vehicle for some outdoor fun. It’s good knowing that the 2022 Traverse gives you this ability with the available trailering package.
The 2022 Chevy Traverse is a marvel of efficient interior space maximization. In the Traverse, you are getting a very roomy 157.1 cubic feet of space for up to 8 passengers. In addition, Chevy has done an excellent job of apportioning this space in such a way that all three rows of seats are roomy enough for all your passengers. This is because Chevy decided not to treat the third row as an afterthought, giving it a very comfortable 33.5 inches of legroom and 38.2 inches of headroom. This will ensure that the passengers sitting in the third row won’t feel cramped, a problem that often happens on other three-row midsize SUVs, where the third row is compromised by not giving it enough room.
The 2022 Traverse has something that many other three-row SUVs don’t have, and that is plenty of cargo space. Where other SUVs in its vehicle class feel the need to compromise between room for people and belongings, this is not the case with the Traverse. The hatchback entry to the trunk opens to a very spacious 23 cubic feet of cargo space. This will allow you to use all three rows of seats on road trips while still having room for everyone’s luggage. If you need more space, simply fold down the third row of seats to free up 57.8 cubic feet of space for your things. The second row of seats can also be easily folded down to give you a total of 98.2 cubic feet of space to work with, converting your Traverse into a cargo vehicle.
Chevrolet has made safety standard on all models of the 2022 Traverse. The LS and LT models of the Traverse come with a standard rear vision camera, while the RS, Premier, and High Country go a step further with an HD surround vision camera and a rear camera mirror, which will make backing out of tight spaces safer and easier than ever.
Every model of the 2022 Chevy Traverse features the Chevy Safety Assist suite of six different safety and active driver assistance features. This suite being standard on all trims is new for 2022, but we think it is a smart move on Chevy's part to include. Think suite has a lot of excellent features like IntelliBeam automatic high beam control that will make driving at night more convenient than ever before. The system will automatically turn your high beams on when it detects low light and then turn them off when it detects another vehicle to avoid distracting the other driver.
Forward Collision Alert will scan the road ahead and alert you if the system detects an imminent crash with a vehicle or object in your Traverse’s path, so you have time to take evasive action. This feature will also engage two other features depending on the circumstances of the situation: Automatic Emergency Braking and Front Pedestrian Braking. The Automatic Emergency Braking feature will engage the vehicle’s brakes to bring your Traverse to a stop before you have a collision, so you can either avoid the crash or reduce the damage caused by the impact. Front Pedestrian Braking works in a similar fashion but at slower speeds. If the system detects a pedestrian in your path, it will engage the emergency brakes so you can avoid hitting the pedestrian.
One cause of many accidents is not leaving enough distance between your car and the one in front of you. The Following Distance Indicator will let you know if you are getting too close to the car in front of you on the road. Another major cause of accidents is drifting into other lanes, especially on a highway. Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning will alert you if you are drifting into another lane and will actually use short steering adjustments to keep you and your Traverse on the proper path. Don't worry; this system does not try to kick in if it senses you are taking a deliberate action or if you use your turn signal.