On the road 3/11: 2022 Chevrolet Traverse High Country

Written by Peter Perrotta

I’m a weekender sports card dealer.

I spend most weekends loading my car with five jewelry display cases, boxes of sports cards, and assorted other items needed for sports card presentations.

This usually happens around 4 am before I head to exotic locations like Plainview, Long Island; neck ponies; Wilmington, Delaware; Or Chantilly, Virginia, to do another show.

The car I test drive during the week usually determines how easy or difficult this task is.

A couple of weeks ago, when I was road-testing a Subaru BRZ, I had to be absolutely geeky to cram all this stuff into that car and navigate the Long Island Expressway.

But last week, with the spacious 2022 Chevrolet Traverse High Country, I was able to neatly stack my luggage in this three-row SUV (with the third row down) and still have room for extra cargo, if needed.

What a difference a week makes!

More importantly, one big advantage of this newly refurbished Traverse is that it’s best-in-class for the cargo compartment, measuring 98.2 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded.

Powered by a more than 3.6-liter, 310-horsepower V-6 engine, the all-wheel drive Traverse is very powerful enough to get you up and down the hills you might encounter in high country.

This engine is mated to a smooth nine-speed automatic transmission.

On top of that, with gas prices over $4 a gallon—and who knows where it’s headed—the Traverse gets some decent gas miles for an SUV of its size.

The EPA fuel economy rating for this Traverse is 25 mpg on the highway, 17 mpg in city driving and 20 mpg overall.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that it will cost, on average, about $1,750 per year for gasoline for this Traverse.

There are five different trim levels for the 2022 Traverse that start with the entry level LS with a base price of $34,895 and move up the High Country line, with a base price of $53,400.

The fully loaded High Country I that I tested for a week carries a minimum sticker price of $54,595. The only additional charges were $1,195 for the destination destination and delivery charges.

Some of the new features for the 2022 Traverse High Country include a new front fascia and grilles, new headlights with standard LED headlights and daytime running lenses.

This year’s model also has new LED taillights, a new roof rail design, and four new wheel options.

For the most part, I found the High Country extremely comfortable, easy to drive and most of all a very solid workhorse.

Ride the Traverse Slim. However, I feel this Traverse is coming off a bit in the handling department.

Most of the time I was driving it, it didn’t need to switch to 4WD, so it was in the default 2WD mode.

I’ve found that the Traverse offers quite a bit of front-end torque vectoring when you’re in 2-wheel drive, especially if you’re accelerating hard.

Other than that one drawback, I think overall, while the Traverse won’t “wow you,” it’s tough competition all around in the midsize, three-row SUV class.

People in the car and driver give the Traverse high marks for a spacious cabin, lively acceleration and a fuel-efficient powertrain.

They gave it low marks for having blind spots towards the back and a plastic interior.

Peter Perrotta’s “On the Way” column appears every two weeks.

On The Road is sponsored by Capital Motor Cars in Springfield, NJ

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