Minivans were once the only practical option for growing families who needed a spacious vehicle to fit kids, adults, pets, and cargo. Fortunately, minivans aren’t the only family-haulers available these days, thanks to three-row SUVs like the 2022 Chevy Traverse. The Traverse is one of Chevy’s best-selling models, and it’s easy to see why with its spacious cabin, responsive handling, and exceptional efficiency. For 2022, Chevy capitalizes on these attractive features with an updated SUV that will certainly impress.
Every trim in the lineup now boasts a fresh new appearance with an updated front fascia and grille, as well as a new headlamp configuration that gives the Traverse a more modern and athletic appearance. The Traverse also sees the addition of LED headlamps and daytime running lamps, plus updated LED tail lamps and a redesigned roof rail. Chevy’s changes to the Traverse prove that the automaker didn’t hold anything back when it set out to deliver a modern minivan alternative. So, what else can you expect from the 2022 Traverse? Here’s a closer look at the features you’ll find on the spacious and capable midsize SUV from Chevy.
Why change a good thing? The 2022 Traverse carries the same 3.6-liter V6 engine that’s under the hood of the 2021 model. Paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission, this engine delivers 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque to make the Traverse quick to accelerate and incredibly responsive whether you’re commuting to work, navigating errands around town, or cruising at highway speeds. The Traverse has all the power you need right when you need it.
The Traverse’s impressive engine also contributes to its towing capability of up to 5,000 pounds. This means that, along with seating for up to eight and a cargo volume of 98.2 cubic feet, the Traverse can easily tow a small trailer. You’ll find towing is made even easier with the Driver Mode Selector that allows you to adjust the Traverse’s performance with the turn of the dial to Tow/Haul, Off-Road, Front-Wheel Drive, or All-Wheel Drive. The Off-Road mode improves traction by providing additional torque to the rear wheels, the Front-Wheel Drive mode optimizes fuel efficiency, and the All-Wheel Drive mode provides additional traction when traveling across slippery roads like snow and ice.
As far as efficiency, Chevy hasn’t yet released data on the 2022 Traverse’s EPA-estimated fuel economy. However, since the Traverse is equipped with the same engine and transmission as the 2021 model, there’s a good chance that the 2022 model will offer a similar fuel economy. This means you’ll likely average around 18 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway, which makes the Traverse one of the more efficient three-row SUVs on the road. While opting for all-wheel drive will reduce those numbers slightly, the difference is not a large one.
The Traverse sees plenty of upgrades for 2022, with several new design features that give it a more modern and athletic aesthetic. Offering four new wheel designs, Chevy also updated the Traverse’s front grille and fascia in addition to reconfiguring the LED headlamps and daytime running lamps, both of which are now standard across the lineup. The rear of the Traverse sees a few modifications, including a new LED tail lamp design as well a redesigned roof rail. The outside mirrors are now power-folding and heated on the RS, Premier, and High Country trims. Drivers also have the option of adding the Midnight or Sport Edition package to the LS and LT along with choosing from several new exterior colors like Silver Sage Metallic, Cherry Red Tintcoat, and Northsky Blue Metallic.
The interior offers spacious seating for eight and plenty of cargo space. Passengers in the second row have 40 inches of headroom and 38.4 inches of legroom, with third-row passengers enjoying 38.2 inches of headroom and 33.5 inches of legroom. With the third row folded, you can easily stow items behind the second row with 57.8 cubic feet of cargo space. However, if you’re hauling a lot of gear and don’t need the seating room, you’ll enjoy 98.2 cubic feet of cargo space with both the second and third rows folded, which is great when you’re hauling larger items.
The 2022 Traverse is loaded with safety and driver-assist tools that work for you behind the scenes to minimize the potential for collision and enhance your visibility. These tools are centralized in the Chevy Safety Assist suite, which is standard on every Traverse trim. The suite includes:
When a pedestrian or another car is in the path of your Traverse, Automatic Emergency Braking can enhance your braking or provide hard emergency braking to bring the SUV to a complete stop. Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning keeps the Traverse centered in its lane, while the Following Distance Indicator minimizes instances of tailgating or following too closely.
You’ll also find the Traverse is equipped with a standard rear vision camera and Teen Driver Technology, the latter of which allows you to set parameters for your teen driver to optimize their safety and performance behind the wheel.
Depending on the trim level, you’ll find several other available safety and driver-assist tools. The RS, Premier, and High Country trims are equipped with Rear Pedestrian Alert, which notifies you of pedestrians behind you. Adaptive Cruise Control is available on the LT with the leather package and comes standard on the RS, Premier, and High Country. This tool is one of the most remarkable features available because it replaces traditional cruise control with an intuitive system that constantly monitors the flow of traffic to adjust the Traverse’s speed to maintain a safe distance from the traffic ahead.
For a wider and less obstructed view while you’re driving, be sure to add the Rear Camera Mirror to the traditional rearview mirror. Other available tools include Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, and HD Surround Vision that gives you a 360-degree view around the Traverse.
Chevy equips the 2022 Traverse with the latest technology and infotainment so that you and your passengers can stay connected wherever the road takes you. This technology is centralized in a 7-inch or 8-inch touchscreen display that’s home to the Chevy Infotainment System. From the system, you can wirelessly sync your smartphone using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, listen to SiriusXM satellite radio, or access a variety of in-vehicle apps.
To ensure your eyes and your focus stay on the road, Chevy not only makes it easy to sync your smartphone but also transforms the Traverse’s center display into a smart-hub that’s home to apps like The Weather Channel, USA Today, Fox Sports, Spotify, Pandora, Marketplace, and the myChevrolet app. You can use a simple voice command, and Alexa Built-In will stream your favorite music, turn on a podcast, navigate the quickest route, or add items to your Amazon shopping list.
You’ll certainly want to check out the myChevrolet app and Marketplace, the latter of which allows you to make reservations at your favorite restaurant, order take-out, pay for fuel, find parking, or book a hotel. This is a great convenience when you’re traveling and want to quickly find parking or pay for fuel at the nearest Exxon Mobil or Shell station. You can even pay for your food at McDonald’s, Applebees, or IHOP from the in-vehicle app.
The myChevrolet app is a great tool to have both on the Traverse and on your smartphone. The app turns your smartphone into a remote command center for the Traverse. You can use the app to remotely lock and unlock the doors, start and stop the engine, flash the lights, access vehicle diagnostics, and more.