As of writing this, the 2022 Chevy Traverse has only graced our phone and computer screens but has yet to hit dealership lots. That doesn’t mean we don’t have an idea of what’s coming our way, as Chevy has been kind enough to release just enough details to pique our interests. Unfortunately, the information available is a bit limited, so we can only guess as to everything that Chevy has in store for us.
Since we have limited details as to what the 2022 model has in store, let’s take a look at the things we do know. The vehicle’s trim levels start with the essential elements we’ve come to expect over the last few years, and the features increase in complexity, aesthetics, and performance as you look at higher trims. And, from what we know, the Traverse is going to have one hell of a top-level trim. While we expect some changes and possibly a refreshed trim lineup, the core remains the same as the 2021 model. We know we’ll still see familiar trims like the LS, LT, RS, Premier, and High Country, but we expect 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT options as well. The 1LT and 2LT could instead be the LT Cloth and LT Leather, but we do not have confirmation at this time.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the 2022 lineup and what we know so far.
LS, LT, and RS
The LS – As of 2022, this is the base model. The starting model is the lowest-priced version of the Traverse and has only the bare necessities. This is the lowest base model of the Chevy Traverse for 2022 because Chevy has eliminated the “L” model manufactured in previous years.
As this is the base model for 2022, you will find the basic standard features like the rearview camera that assists you in parking and leaving a crowded location safely. The vehicle seats eight comfortably, and it has Chevy’s own Teen Driver system that helps teen drivers learn to be better drivers and increases parental confidence in the new drivers of the family.
In addition to the standard rearview camera and Teen Driver, you’ll have other features like a rear window defroster, innovative tire pressure monitoring, power locks, and windows, and heated mirrors. While considered the bare-bones model, the LS is anything but basic.
The LT – For 2021, the LT came in two separate variations: the LT Cloth and the LT Leather. These variations just denote what type of seat covering you would have (leather or cloth). Now, this is where things get a little complicated because Chevy has yet to release all of the details so far. In the second row, we are expecting to see two comfortable captains chairs for your passengers. The seat change does reduce the amount of seating available, but on the other hand, it increases the amount of comfort and personal space each passenger has. This is a simple luxury that makes a big difference.
We believe that roof rails are going to be standard equipment on this trim, and the driver seat should be power-adjustable for your convenience. The turn signals are mirror integrated, so they are more visible to drivers around you.
As we stated earlier, for 2022, we expect that the LT will be available in 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT variations. We know for sure that the 3LT will have power-folding, heated outside mirrors available but not standard.
The RS – This trim is a step above the LT trims and comes with increased safety features and performance capabilities. The majority of the features of this trim level are very similar to the ones on the 3LT. There are a few things, such as sportier trim and wheels and accents, the LT does not possess. These accents are primarily aesthetic instead of functional changes. However, you’ll have standard features like rear pedestrian alert, power-folding, heated exterior mirrors, and adaptive cruise control.
The Premier – is a step above the RS, and it incorporates a lot of fabulous features that make the vehicle easier to operate under certain conditions. Its expective to have features like ventilated front seats, heated seats in the back and front, and a driver’s seat that has memory settings, so when you change drivers, a simple push of a button will adjust the seat height and distance perfectly for the new driver.
The High Country – This is a vehicle that has all of the bells and whistles included. Features that will be on the High Country include a moonroof, an 8-inch infotainment system equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and second-row captain’s chairs. We expect the High Country to be as comfortable and luxurious as ever.
With all of this talk of the trims, it would be a mistake if we didn’t at least look at the engine option. Under the hood of all Traverse trims is a 3.6L V6 engine that can produce 310 horsepower. The engine is paired with a 9-speed transmission and can be had in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
Since this is a three-row SUV, you might be thinking that this engine isn’t going to get you far between stops at the pump, but you’d be mistaken. Front-wheel drive models can get up to 18 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway (not bad if you have a decent daily commute). If you require all-wheel drive (and let’s be honest, we all do nowadays with the amount of potholes on the road), you can get up to 17 MPG in the city and up to 25 MPG on the highway. Of course, these are just estimates, and your driving style can change this a bit, but 25 MPG is not bad for a three-row SUV. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get more with your driving.
Let’s talk about two more things before we wrap up, though. One thing worth considering is cargo space. If you are anything like the rest of the world, stuff is going to come up, and you are going to need lots of trunk space. When you have all three rows of seats up, you’ll have only 23 cubic feet of cargo space available. Now, I say that loosely. 23 cubic feet is a lot when you consider that most sedans sit between 14-16 cubic feet. But, put that row of seats down, and you’ll have 57.8 cubic feet available. Need more space? With both rows of passenger seats down, you’ll have up to 98.2 cubic feet available for you to take advantage of. And finally, if that wasn’t enough, you can add a trailer and tow up to 5,000 lbs of whatever you need. You’ll never hurt for space again.
Is 2022 the Year of the Traverse?
While our information is limited, there is a lot to say about this incredible model so far. From great standard safety features to lightly refreshed trims, we’re sure you will find the things you are looking for in a model. The only problem? Chevy has yet to release the full model, so we have to wait for more updates. I guess if we’re going to wait, at least it’s for something as feature-packed and stylish as the Traverse.