Those looking for a three-row SUV have a lot of choice in today’s market. Traditional offerings from the likes of Jeep and Ford, for example, have faced stiff competition from relative newcomers like the Kia Telluride, and as a result, each manufacturer must do its utmost to attract buyers to its showrooms. Chevrolet’s Value-oriented three-row SUV is the Traverse, and for 2022 it has received a light refresh to keep up with the competition. The update was originally planned for the 2021 model year, but due to the global chip shortage and the ongoing Covid pandemic, it was pushed back to 2022.
In addition to the revised exterior styling, the 2022 Traverse also received a range of new driver assistance features, including Lane Keeping Assist and Pedestrian Detection. Combine that with its existing trusty powertrain and excellent interior space, and the Traverse seems to have a lot to offer at first glance. But is it worth the money compared to its many rivals? To find out, let’s take a closer look at ten of the Chevy’s best features and see how it compares to its competition.
10 A 310 hp V6 engine
There’s only one engine option available for the 2022 Traverse, and it’s a 310-horsepower V6 that’s shared with several other GM models. It has plenty of pulling power, even in the low rev range, and it shouldn’t feel sluggish even when fully loaded with passengers and cargo.
The engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, which runs smoothly during acceleration and deceleration. It’s not what anyone would call fast, but the Traverse is one of the more feisty SUVs in its class and should have no problem overtaking quickly on the highway.
9 Competent handling
No one who buys a three-row Chevy expects it to drive like a Corvette, and of course it doesn’t. It feels exactly as buyers would expect: big, heavy and not particularly agile at low speed.
That’s no different from many of its rivals, though, as the Subaru Ascent and Honda Pilot also struggle to disguise their high curb weight, and they both suffer from dull steering, too. At least the Traverse feels accurate to steer, even if there’s never much feedback from the road to the driver.
8 Functional, wear-resistant interior
Any family-oriented vehicle needs to be hard-wearing inside to withstand the abuse that kids put on it, and the Chevy feels set with that in mind. There are many hard plastic surfaces, but in the base model that is not a problem.
Some of the materials in the high-quality High Country finish are not completely up to scratch given the $17,000 premium over the base car, and it lets the Traverse down. Rivals like the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade do much better in this regard and manage to feel truly premium in their top-end specs.
7 Room for up to eight passengers
One of the main selling points of any three-row SUV has to be its passenger capacity, and the Traverse seats seven or eight passengers, depending on configuration. The second row of seats is available with two captain’s seats or a three-seater sofa.
Whichever option is configured, there’s plenty of room for all passengers and adults can sit in the third row, which is a bonus. It’s one of the most spacious cars in its class, with plenty of legroom in the first and second rows, and options to fold down individual seats to maximize space.
6 Lots of storage space
Even when the car is fully loaded with passengers, the Traverse can still carry a fair amount of cargo. But fold down the second and third rows and it creates a cavernous space that is one of the most generous in the segment.
There are also plenty of handy storage pockets hidden around the car, adding to its overall capacity and giving it an edge over its rivals. The front row storage space in particular is impressive, and arguably the best in its class.
5 Family-friendly infotainment
Chevy has made the Traverse’s infotainment system very user-friendly and it’s also packed with features, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard. For added convenience, a WiFi hotspot is also included.
USB ports are conveniently located throughout the vehicle so passengers can easily connect their devices. There’s even a hidden compartment behind the infotainment screen where valuables can be stored discreetly.
4 Good fuel economy
The official EPA ratings for the Traverse are good, but not exceptional, but field tests seem to show a different picture. The Traverse is officially rated at 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined.
However, real-world tests by car and driver passed an average of 27 mpg over their test route, well above the official rating. This impressive figure makes it one of the most fuel-efficient cars in its class, beating the Kia Telluride and Volkswagen Atlas by 3 mpg each.
3 Competitive Warranty
The limited warranty for the Traverse covers 3 years or 36,000 miles, and the powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles. That’s generally competitive with other rivals in the segment, with the majority of the competition offering an identical warranty period.
Traverse owners also see their first service visit for free. The Chevy isn’t the best in the segment, though, but that credit goes to the Hyundai Palisade, which has both an extended warranty period and three years of free maintenance.
2 Five trim options
The Traverse will be offered in five trim levels for 2022, starting with the base spec LS trim, which is available for approximately $35,000. Upgrading to the LT costs $37,000, then the more premium RS trim costs about $45,000.
Premier trim will then be offered for around $48,000, and the top-spec High Country trim comes in at $52,000. Buyers of this top trim will receive more luxurious interior materials and a variety of extras, including heated seats, a power tailgate and High Country logos embroidered into the headrests.
1 Low starting price
The Traverse’s $35,000 starting price is on the lower end of the class, although it’s not the cheapest, as both the GMC Acadia and Kia Sorento start at a fraction of over $30,000. Still, for the space and features the Traverse offers, its value is undeniable.
In peak performance, however, its appeal begins to fade when its rivals are taken into account. For $52,000, buyers can get a fully loaded Kia Telluride and save some cash, or go for a mid-spec Jeep Grand Cherokee L and get the added bonus of off-road capability. The Traverse makes the most sense when viewed as a low-cost alternative to its competition, but it lacks the unique selling points that really make it stand out in this crowded segment.
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