2022 Chevrolet Traverse Review Update

Christian Wardlaw, Independent Expert | Aug 23, 2022

Introduction - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

Chevrolet sells seven different SUV models, ranging from the tiny Trax to the strapping Suburban. The 2022 Traverse is among the larger models in the lineup, slotting below the Tahoe and above the Blazer in size and price, and it is among the largest family-friendly crossover SUVs you can buy. The Traverse offers accommodations for up to eight people in three rows of seats, and cargo space measures 23 cubic feet behind the third-row seat, 57.8 cubic feet behind the second-row seat, and 98.2 cubic feet with both rear rows folded flat.

Last redesigned for the 2018 model year, the Traverse gets a freshening for 2022. Highlights include:

  • New front styling with restyled headlights, grille, and bumper
  • Revised roof rails and taillights
  • Redesigned aluminum wheels
  • Standard Chevy Safety Assist driver-assist technology
  • Expanded availability of other safety features
  • Upgraded instrumentation in top trim levels
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Power rear sunshade for optional dual-panel sunroof

For the 2022 model year, Chevrolet sells the Traverse in LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country trim levels. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard, with all-wheel drive (AWD) available as an option. They all have the same 310-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine and 9-speed automatic transmission.

Previously, J.D. Power reviewed the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse High Country. This review focuses on the Traverse's updates for 2022 and how they potentially impact its overall appeal to consumers.

What Owners Say About the Chevrolet Traverse - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

2022 Chevrolet Traverse RS Silver Front Quarter View

Photo: Christian Wardlaw

The Chevrolet Traverse competes in the Upper Midsize SUV market segment. According to data collected from verified new-vehicle buyers for the J.D. Power 2022 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, 51 percent of new Chevy Traverse buyers are female (vs. 48 percent for the segment), and the median age of a new Traverse buyer is 53 years (vs. 52).

As part of the APEAL Study, owners rated the Traverse in 10 primary categories. Listed below in descending order, you'll find their preferences, from their most favorite thing about the vehicle to their least favorite:

  • Exterior styling
  • Driving feel
  • Feeling of safety
  • Powertrain
  • Interior
  • Driving comfort (in a tie)
  • Getting in and out (in a tie)
  • Infotainment system
  • Setting up and starting
  • Fuel economy

In the 2022 APEAL Study, the Traverse ranks fourth out of 15 Upper Midsize SUV models.

What Our Independent Expert Says About the Chevrolet Traverse - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

In the sections that follow, our independent expert analyzes a Traverse RS equipped with AWD and a dual SkyScape sunroof. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of the test vehicle came to $48,895, including the $1,195 destination charge.

Freshened Styling Preserves Rather Than Alters the Traverse's Appeal

2022 Chevrolet Traverse RS Silver Rear Quarter View

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Traverse buyers told J.D. Power the exterior styling was their favorite thing about the SUV in 2020, and that's true again in 2022. That suggests the new headlights and taillights, restyled grille, redesigned wheels, and other changes aren't off-putting to Traverse owners.

You're forgiven if you look at photos of the 2022 Traverse and can't tell the difference between it and the 2018-2021 models. The modifications are subtle. The Traverse RS test vehicle had silver paint, dark gray lower body cladding, dark gray wheels, darkened exterior trim, and a black Chevy bowtie badge on its grille. Except for its red RS badges, red taillights and reflectors, and orange front side marker lights and reflectors, it was as monochromatic as an Ansel Adams print.

That treatment continued inside, where red contrast stitching and shiny pieces of trim were all that differed from the various shades of black and dark gray. Inside and out, the Traverse RS resembled a winter storm on wheels.

Nevertheless, the Traverse is a handsome SUV. Tautly drawn lines, excellent visual balance, elegantly flared fenders, and appealing details make the Traverse undeniably attractive. No matter the trim level, it doesn't resort to unnecessary or unwanted frippery in order to draw attention.

Chevy Safety Assist is Now Standard on All Trims

Another change for 2022 is that Chevy Safety Assist is now standard on all trim levels. It equips the Traverse with forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency brakinglane-departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, and automatic high-beam headlights. Choose LT Cloth trim and the SUV adds blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning systems.

Other safety features are more widely available for the 2022 Traverse. For example, the adaptive cruise control system is now optional on the LT Leather and standard starting with the RS trim. The Traverse RS also gets a rear pedestrian alert system, while the Premier and High Country add a standard Safety Alert Seat. This feature vibrates the driver's seat cushion to get their attention when a potential safety threat exists.

The RS test vehicle had all these features except for the Safety Alert Seat (which I did not miss). Thanks to system configurability and the overall accuracy and refinement demonstrated by the technology, it is not a significant source of irritation. Moreover, if you don't want the lane-keeping functions active, they are easy to shut off. If, however, you're looking for an SUV with a semi-autonomous highway driving-assistance system, the Traverse doesn't offer one.

As this review is published, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not assessed the standard safety package or the Traverse's new headlights, so it did not carry over the 2021 model's Top Safety Pick rating to the 2022 model year.

Updated Instrumentation and Infotainment

2022 Chevrolet Traverse RS Interior Dashboard

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The 2022 Traverse's interior has no major changes. The only announced updates are wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the infotainment system and a new 8-inch color driver information center living between the analog gauges on the Premier and the High Country trims.

Simplicity is refreshing, and the Traverse offers it. In addition to the traditional gauges, this SUV has buttons and knobs galore, all well marked and finished to reduce reflection and glare. Some control groupings are tight, though, which can make it harder to find what you're seeking.

The test vehicle's 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system had a high-definition display, simultaneous Bluetooth connectivity for two devices, access to connected services including a Wi-Fi hotspot and Alexa Built-in, SiriusXM 360L satellite radio, a navigation system, and a 7-speaker Bose premium audio system.

While the Traverse RS's touchscreen size is smaller than what you'll find in some rivals, the underlying technology is excellent. Called Chevrolet Infotainment System 3, the third-generation infotainment system quickly responds to input, and the voice-recognition system is outstanding. I also had no trouble pairing my iPhone and streaming internet music, provided my device could get a signal.

It's too bad the Bose audio system isn't as impressive.

No Changes to the Powertrain

Now in its fifth year since its last redesign, the Traverse sticks with the tried-and-true 3.6-liter V6 engine and 9-speed automatic transmission. This drivetrain produces 310 hp and 266 pound-feet of torque, and is rated to tow as much as 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

Traverse owners rate fuel economy as their least favorite thing about the SUV, and this is a typical sentiment across a broad range of makes and models. According to official EPA fuel-economy estimates, a 2022 Traverse RS AWD should get 20 mpg in combined city/highway driving. I ran the SUV on my testing loop with the AWD system in Automatic mode and averaged 20.9 mpg.

At the other end of the spectrum, Traverse owners rank driving feel second only to styling on their list of favorite attributes. I can understand why, given the robust V6 engine, good ride quality, and flat cornering attitude. The ride and handling are predictable, making it easy for a driver to trust how the SUV will behave in a given situation.

However, on the highway, the Traverse is unusually loud inside. If you want a quieter SUV, consider the Buick Enclave, which is the same thing as this Chevy but in a different wrapper and with more stuff, like extra sound-deadening material.

Also, I find that the faster you're going, the softer the Traverse feels. So be careful when driving over speed humps, across water-drainage channels, or on uneven paved or dirt surfaces, or you'll likely scrape the SUV's low-hanging front air dam. Perhaps a sport-tuned suspension should be a part of the sporty-looking Traverse RS package.

Independent Expert Opinion - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

Priced at less than $50,000 and equipped with most of the features most people want most of the time, the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse RS is an appealing family-size SUV. Its primary selling points are its styling, cavernous interior, user-friendly tech, and overall simplicity. Its fourth-place showing in the 2022 APEAL Study demonstrates how happy Traverse owners are with their purchase.

However, there are many alternatives to the 2022 Traverse. This SUV's rivals often provide better value, more performance, added efficiency, greater off-roading capability, a more upscale interior, or a combination of these traits.

Christian Wardlaw is a veteran digital automotive journalist with nearly 30 years of experience in test-driving vehicles. He has held editorial leadership roles with Edmunds, J.D. Power, the New York Daily News, and others. In addition to JDPower.com, his work has appeared in numerous new- and used-car buying guides, newspapers, and automotive industry trade journals including Autotrader, Capital One Auto Navigator, CarGurus, Kelley Blue Book, WardsAuto, and more.

The opinions expressed in this review are the author’s own, not J.D. Power’s.

No portion of these reviews may be reproduced, distributed, publicly displayed, or used for a derivative work without J.D. Power’s written permission. © 2022 J.D. Power

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