Changing class and body type years after launching is something that happens so rarely in the automotive industry. However, one Chevy model, in particular, made the jump from full-size SUV to mid-size a little under a decade after hitting the scene. Years later, we got the 2022 Chevy Traverse, and now that it’s had time to settle any growing pains, it’s well worth a look nowadays.
There have been two generations of the Traverse, and it was the first generation that was a full-size SUV. When the second generation launched in 2018, some adjustments were made, and this SUV now fits snugly into the lineup as something larger than the Blazer but still smaller than the Tahoe and Suburban. The 2022 model is part of this generation, but there are more changes than there appear at first glance. Many of the changes that have occurred this year aren’t visible to the naked eye but rather built into the driving experience itself, such as an array of safety features that now come with your Traverse standard.
Back when the Traverse was reintroduced as a mid-size SUV, there were two available engines. While one has since been discontinued, the 3.6L V6 that we first saw with the 2018 Traverse is still here and is the only engine. Performance has generally remained untouched since then, but that’s very much by design as this V6 is known to create an impressive level of performance. With the 2022 Traverse, this V6 comes paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission, and you can expect 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. For a mid-size SUV, this engine also allows for decent towing capabilities, with the 2022 Traverse offering a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 lbs.
With this performance level, one might expect fuel efficiency to dive because of it, but that isn’t the case. Although it doesn’t match the sort of efficiency that you’d find on a turbocharged engine, it’s quite impressive on the 2022 Traverse, with FWD models getting EPA-estimated ratings of 18 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. AWD models, on the other hand, will get an estimated 17 MPG city and 25 MPG highway, so you won’t be losing out by much if you opt for the more favorable AWD Traverse. This level of efficiency slates this SUV to be a perfect match for taking on a family vacation or just traveling around the city.
Even though the Traverse is a mid-size SUV nowadays, its full-size roots are still evident in the form of exceptional cargo space and more space for passengers to feel comfortable. Starting with the seating experience itself, there are three rows in this SUV, and there are two different seating configurations. The first seating configuration consists of bench-style seats in the second row, in addition to the third row. What will perhaps be the more popular choice, you can swap these for two captain’s chairs, and the three-seat bench in the third row will remain the same.
One of the benefits of driving an SUV of any kind is typically more head and legroom. This is especially the case with the 2022 Traverse, and starting with the headroom you’ll get, there are 42.8-inches in the front and then 40 and 38.2-inches of headroom in the second and third rows. Legroom is also quite good and in all three rows. In the front row, there are 41-inches of legroom, which can be extended to 44.5-inches. Second-row passengers will have 38.4-inches, and the third-row will get a surprisingly ample 33.5-inches.
Cargo capacity is another crucial component of what makes a stellar SUV, and drivers will be quite impressed with the Traverse. Like most SUVs, there are three different variations of cargo space in your vehicle, and it’s dependent on which seats are folded down. For example, if there are eight people in the Traverse at once, you’ll have 23 cubic feet of space, which is more than even the largest of sedans. If you have five passengers aboard and have the third row of seats folded downward, then the cargo space more than doubles to 57.8 cubic feet. Lastly, if it’s just you and one passenger in the front seats, you’ll have a vast 98.2 cubic feet of space for usage, which is more than triple what you’d get with every seat up.
In regards to the technological side of things, the 2022 Traverse is among the greats. It may not have the largest screen, but it has all of the most noteworthy features that people want. Higher-end trims such as the High Country and the Premier will get an 8-inch touchscreen, and trims below that will have a slightly smaller 7-inch screen. Traverse drivers can also choose to utilize the built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, which will emit a wireless internet signal that’s tied to your vehicle and wherever you go. This internet connection will supply you with more stability, so streaming media apps will buffer far less, and passengers can connect their favorite wireless devices to it as well.
With the 2022 Traverse, Chevy implemented Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the first time. While these two features were found in preceding models, this is the first time that Chevy is allowing a completely tetherless connection to your infotainment center. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto give you an array of new functions that normally aren’t part of your infotainment center, such as phone calls and messaging. Navigation is not only present regardless of which software you use, but you can even download the navigation apps that you use the most. There’s also plenty of room for customizability, nearly on the same level with the smartphone that the Traverse is connected to.
Out of the dozens of vehicle manufacturers that exist today, very few can match Chevy when it comes to safety. This is something that Chevy has been focusing on and investing plenty of time and resources into over the years, and the 2022 Traverse is one of their safest vehicles. Superb build quality aside, the 2022 Traverse includes Chevy Safety Assist, and higher-tier trims include even more features. With Chevy Safety Assist, you’ll get access to the Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, and so much more.
Starting with the features that are designed to help bring your vehicle to a halt when needed, and these are the trio of the Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, and Automatic Emergency Braking. When your vehicle is getting too close to another vehicle, a quick warning signal is sent to the driver, both visually and through sound. The idea is to get the driver to stop the vehicle themselves, but if they’re not able to, Automatic Emergency Braking attempts to do so. This also works with pedestrians, thanks to Front Pedestrian Braking.
Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning are both standard on the 2022 Traverse. When you’re traveling on the freeway, and if your vehicle begins to slowly steer away from the lane you’re traveling in, Lane Departure Warning will signal to you. If the signal doesn’t gather the attention of the driver, Lane Keep Assist will automatically adjust the steering, albeit subtly, to reposition the Traverse on the road in its intended lane. IntelliBeam headlamps also come standard, allowing the vehicle to dynamically shift its brightness in situations that call for it, such as obstructing weather conditions, other drivers on the road, and so on.
Lastly, a Following Distance Indicator is included, which will give you a time estimate between your vehicle and the one in front of you. The idea here is to allow yourself enough room between yourself and another driver to brake safely if needed. The Following Distance Indicator also works great with Adaptive Cruise Control, which is available to Traverse owners. Adaptive Cruise Control will use the information that the Following Distance Indicator finds and will shift your speed up and down rather than maintaining one set speed. Another feature that you can add to your Traverse is the Rear Pedestrian Alert, which will immediately stop your vehicle when it’s in reverse and a pedestrian walks by the rear side of your Traverse.