CR used both scores from its own road test reviews and owner survey data to determine the best new utility vehicles to buy for under $40,000. The 2022 Chevy Traverse received a strong road test score from CR editors of 95 out of 100, which was driven by a perfect braking performance score of 5 out of 5 and strong 4 out of 5 scores for its acceleration, transmission, front and rear seat comfort, ride quality, cabin noise, interior fit and finish and cargo space.
The Traverse showed room for improvement with regard to fuel economy and tailpipe emissions, however, as it only offers a naturally aspirated 3.6L LGX V6 engine. It received scores of 2 out of 5 for fuel economy and 4 out of 10 for greenhouse gas emissions.
Owners also reported positive experiences with previous model years of the Chevy Traverse. Owners gave the Chevy Traverse a score of 81 out of possible 100 for the drive experience and an even better score of 84 out of 100 for overall comfort. The Traverse showed room for improvement with regard to value, though, with owners only giving it a score of 54 out of 100 in this category.
The Traverse was docked points by CR for its simple two-way lumbar support adjustment on the front seats and manual sunshade for the optional sunroof. Chevy also only offers advanced active safety features on the pricy top trim levels, which netted it further criticism.
The 2022 Chevy Blazer is one of three GM crossovers that appeared on this list. As GM Authority reported earlier this week, the 2022 Buick Envision was also determined to be one of the best new crossovers for sale under $40k by CR, along with the 2022 Chevy Blazer.