If you’re shopping for a 3-row crossover sport utility vehicle, the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse should be on your list. This was set to be a 2021 model but the updated version is ultimately set for the 2022 model year but will show up in calendar year 2021. As a result, some of the specs are estimates. Regardless of towing capacity and horsepower, the Traverse is a popular choice for busy families. It competes with other midsize SUVs, such as the Ford Explorer, the Honda Pilot, the Toyota Highlander and the Kia Telluride.
The Traverse has an advantage over competitors in size. It is larger, which means best-in-class interior room. The Traverse can seat either seven or eight passengers depending on which configuration you choose. Features such as the Smart Slide seat that allows easier access to the third-row point to this SUV’s family friendly nature.
The Chevrolet Traverse also appeals with a standard V6, the ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds and a starting price that has traditionally undercut its rivals.
For 2022 the Traverse has addressed some of its former shortcomings. Most significantly, it now comes with active safety features such as lane-keeping assist and automatic emergency braking, just like its rivals. Also new are a freshened design and the ability to disable the engine start/stop system.
With these updates, the 2022 Traverse is now more competitive than ever and will appeal to families seeking a versatile SUV that offers a lot of metal for the money.
The 2022 gets a standard suite of active safety systems such as forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and automatic high beams. Also new are front and rear fascias, LED headlight design and the ability to disable the idle start/stop. There may be more changes as the on-sale dates gets closer. Look for the 2022 Traverse to go on sale in 2021.
What We Like
- Standard V6 engine
- Standard safety features
- Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration
- Seating for seven or eight passengers
- Larger than other midsize SUVs
What We Don’t
- Adaptive cruise control requires higher trim
- No hybrid option
$30,000 to $57,000 (est.)
The Traverse uses a 3.6-liter V6 that makes a robust 310 horsepower. We’d like to see a hybrid option but we think the V6 is it for now. All grades come with front-wheel drive. Optional is all-wheel drive. A 9-speed automatic is standard on every Traverse.
While 2022 fuel economy figures are still to be announced, past Chevy Traverse models with this same engine earned an Environmental Protection Agency estimate of 18 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway with FWD, and 17 mpg city/25 mpg hwy with AWD.
As before, the Chevrolet Traverse uses an engine start/stop system that cuts power at idle, such as at stoplights. For 2022, there is a button to disable this, located below the transmission lever near the drive-mode dial.
Standard Features & Options
The 2022 Chevrolet Traverse is expected to again be offered in seven trims: L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier and High Country.
The base Traverse L (estimated around $30,000, plus destination fee) includes a V6 engine, tri-zone automatic climate control, six USB ports, LED headlamps and MyLink infotainment system with touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. For 2022, even base Traverse models include a suite of active safety features.
The LS (est. $33,000, FWD; $35,000, AWD) adds features such as traction-mode select, deep tinted windows and the ability to add more options.
The LT Cloth (est. sub-$36,000, FWD; over $39,000, AWD) builds on the LS with second-row captain’s chair seating (a bench is optional), power-adjustable driver’s seat and heated outside mirrors. Options are likely to include heated front seats, remote start, power rear lift gate, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking assist.
The LT Leather (est. over $39,100, FWD; est. over $41,000, AWD) has leather interior, blind-spot monitoring, power lift gate and 8-in touchscreen display. Adaptive cruise control is optional starting on this trim.
The RS (est. over $43,000, FWD; around $46,000, AWD) has a sportier look with 20-in dark painted wheels and signature black accents, including roof fails, a grille bow tie badge and window trim. The RS is expected to also include 10-speaker Bose audio, navigation, rear camera mirror and HD Surround Vision.
The Premier (est. $46,000, FWD; est. over $48,000, AWD) comes with a hands-free lift gate, power adjustable steering column, heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, wireless phone charger and heated second-row seats. Available is the Safety Alert Seat that vibrates the driver’s seat to warn of danger, such as backing up too close to an object.
The High Country (est. over $51,000, FWD: over $53,000, AWD) adds a power-folding third-row seat, upgraded leather interior, 8-in digital instrument cluster and power rear sunshade.
Safety is the big news for 2022. Now, all Chevrolet Traverse models include a new suite of active safety features. This includes forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and IntelliBeam, the name for GM’s automatic high-beam control.
Crash-test results are still forthcoming, but past Traverse models scored a perfect 5-star government rating, as well as a top score of Good in crashworthiness from the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Behind the Wheel
The Traverse we drove has ample power and works well with the 9-speed automatic transmission. We found it to be a good partner for both around-town duties and longer slogs with family in tow.
The Traverse we drove doesn’t feel as athletic as the Ford Explorer or the Mazda CX-9, but most drivers will appreciate its priority on comfort over cornering dynamics. This is a family SUV, after all.
In that regard, a plus for parents is the Traverse’s ease of use in simply getting everyone aboard. Thanks to the Smart Slide system, it’s far easier to access the third row, even when using a convertible child seat in the second row via the LATCH system. But it’s not just the SmartSlide system, the new Traverse offers captain’s seats without a center console in the second row – this allows free access to the third row. This alone is VERY family-friendly.
AWD models have a multi-mode dial that can be configured for different settings and tasks, including mountainous driving and trailering. Speaking of, the Traverse is rated to tow up to 5,000 pounds, good for this class.
The Chevy Traverse is stylish, efficient, and offers loads of room for kids and cargo. The Traverse we drove is every bit as capable as a midsize minivan but much cooler looking, especially with the updated look for 2022.
Other Cars to Consider
2022 Kia Telluride – The Telluride is one of the freshest and most impressive 3-row SUVs available. It has almost as much room as the Traverse and includes a strong set of safety and driver-assistance features as standard. It also has a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
2022 Hyundai Palisade – The Palisade, another newcomer and corporate cousin to the Telluride, comes standard with a V6, and it has a full complement of safety systems, a roomy interior and the same class-leading warranty.
2022 Toyota Highlander — The Highlander offers good interior room, excellent fuel economy from its hybrid powertrain option and outstanding marks for resale and reliability. It matches the Traverse for towing, but not rear cargo space.
Used Chevrolet Tahoe — The 2014 to 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe models offer more power for towing and hauling, robust V8 engines and better performance off-road. However, they can be thirstier at the gas pump, and their third-row seat and cargo volume are not as generous as the Traverse.
Questions You May Ask
Is the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse a full-size SUV?
The Traverse is classified as a midsize SUV. However, at over 204 inches long, it is among the largest in its class.
Is the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse a good vehicle?
Yes. The Traverse is larger and more spacious than competing midsize SUVs, and it now includes key active safety features as standard.
Does the 2022 Traverse have three rows?
Yes, all new Chevy Traverse models have three rows. There is total seating for eight passengers when configured with a second-row bench, or seven-passenger seating when the second row is configured with captain’s chairs.
Where is the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse made?
The Traverse is made in America, specifically at GM’s factory in Lansing, Michigan.
With its 2022 updates bringing an impressive suite of active safety features, the Chevrolet Traverse is now far more appealing and competitive. LT trims or above remain the most attractive for families, but all models boast class-above size and interior space. Find a Chevrolet Traverse for sale