Tahoe or Traverse: Which 2022 Chevrolet SUV Is Right for You?

  • The Chevrolet Tahoe comes at a higher price
  • More rear-seat legroom is foud in the Chevrolet Traverse
  • You can tow more with the Chevrolet Tahoe

Siblings in the Chevy family but extremely different in many ways, the Tahoe and Traverse are two three-row SUVs that can carry your family. One is a full-size truck-like SUV, while the other is considered a midsize crossover. Which one of these 2022 Chevrolet SUVs should you drive?

2022 Chevrolet Tahoe2022 Chevrolet Traverse
Price Range$49,700 to $80,000$33,700 to $51,200
Engine Options5.3-liter V8/6.2-liter V8/3.0-liter turbodiesel six-cylinder3.6-liter V6
Horsepower 355 horsepower/420 horsepower/277 horsepower310 horsepower
Torque383 lb.-ft./460 lb.-ft./460 lb.-ft.266 lb.-ft.
Transmission10-speed automatic9-speed automatic
MPG Rating16/20 mpg/15/20 mpg/21/28 mpg18/27 mpg
Data Source: U. S. News and World Report

Interior cabin room compared

Angled view of interior cabin of the 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe
Cabin of 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe | Chevrolet

If you opt for a 2022 Chevrolet Traverse without the sunroof, you’ll have 41.3 inches of headroom in the front, according to AutoGuide.com. Legroom is typically the main factor when comparing three-row SUVs, and the Traverse gives you 41.0 inches in the front, 38.4 inches for the middle row, and only 33.5 inches in the rear.

The large size of the 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe translates to a massive interior cabin. You’ll find comfortable seating with 44.5 inches of legroom for the front seat, 42.0 inches for the center row, and 34.9 inches in the rear. Unfortunately for the Tahoe, the rear seat is tighter than the rear area of the Traverse. The headroom in the Tahoe is 1.5 inches greater than that of the Traverse, giving a more spacious feeling.

How much cargo can you carry with these Chevrolet SUVs?

2022 Chevrolet Traverse showing rear cargo area
Cargo Hold 2022 Chevrolet Traverse | Chevrolet

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The Chevy Traverse is more than adequate at carrying the cargo you need to take with you. Behind the third row, you’ll find 23.0 cubic feet of space, which expands to 58.1 cubic feet when the rearmost seats are folded flat. Fold down the middle row, and you’ve got 98.2 cubic feet of cargo room to carry as much luggage as you need.

The tow rating of the Traverse maxes out at 5,000 pounds.

Moving to the larger Tahoe, you’ll find this Chevrolet SUV offers 25.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row of seats. With this row folded, you can load up as much as 72.6 cubic feet of gear or have 122.9 cubic feet of room for your stuff with both of the rear rows folded down.

Towing for the Chevy Tahoe comes in at 8,400 pounds.

What is the Chevy infotainment package?

You expect the Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Traverse to have nearly identical infotainment systems for you to use. The items you’ll find in the Traverse include a 7.0-inch touchscreen in the base models that upgrades to an 8.0-inch screen in higher trims, tri-zone climate controls, wireless charging on higher trims, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Tahoe includes more tech in the dashboard. This full-size SUV brings a 10.2-inch screen to the dashboard’s center and offers a 15.0-inch head-up display on higher trims. The controls are virtually the same as what you find in the Traverse, giving the consistency expected of two SUVs from the same brand.

Which Chevrolet SUV has the style you desire?

Green 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country driving
2022 Chevrolet Tahoe | Chevrolet

The Tahoe and Traverse are extremely different in the styling you’ll see. These two should be different; they don’t occupy the same space in the market. The Traverse is a crossover SUV on the larger size of the midsize market. It offers curves and rounded lines that give it a shapely design that has become attractive to many drivers.

If you like a large, brutish SUV with a boxy build, the Tahoe has that in spades. While built with a relatively traditional look, you’ll admire the modern features of the lighting elements and grille when you see this big full-size SUV. It might be hard to select a leader when it comes to style since these two SUVs are so different.

Which Chevrolet SUV should you drive? 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe or 2022 Chevrolet Traverse

Both of these Chevy SUV models can handle a large family. Each model has eight seats, and both can be optioned with captain’s chairs in the middle to give you more comfort when you only need seven seats.

If you want to spend less, have better fuel mileage, and still benefit from ample cargo and towing capabilities, the Chevrolet Traverse should be the SUV you drive.

On the other hand, when you need a full-size SUV that can tow a heavy load, provide a larger cabin for your cargo, and offer more tech in the dashboard, the Chevrolet Tahoe will be the right SUV for you.

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