Both the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse and 2022 Volkswagen Atlas offer plenty of room for people and their gear. This is how they compare.
Chevrolet Traverse 2022
2022 Chevrolet Traverse Starting Price: $33,700 | Your price or See listings near you
Above average: Seating for seven or eight passengers; good standard safety features; cargo capacity.
Below average: Adaptive cruise control costs extra; higher trims can be expensive.
Consensus: A member of the larger midsize SUV class, the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse offers ample space for seven or eight passengers as well as ample cargo space. It offers only one engine choice, and features like adaptive cruise control are an additional cost option.
2022 Volkswagen Atlas
Volkswagen Atlas 2022 Initial Price: $33.475 | Your price or See listings near you
Above average: Room for taller drivers; lots of interior space; flexible powertrain options.
Below average: Not the best fuel economy; there is no option for seating 8 passengers.
Consensus: The Volkswagen Atlas 2022 offers solid features and technology for its class, as well as ample interior space and a good selection of engines and drivetrains.
Traverse vs. Atlas: Space for People and Their Goods
Although still classified as a midsize SUV, the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse is one of the largest members in its class. This means plenty of room for seven or eight passengers as well as nearly 100 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.
A 3.6-liter V6 makes over 300 horsepower, which gives the Traverse enough grunt to get around. Front-wheel drive is the basic layout, although all-wheel drive is available for around $2,000 more (depending on trim). With a towing package, Traverse can withdraw 5,000 pounds. We wouldn’t say the Traverse is particularly exciting to drive, but most people don’t buy a 3-row family SUV to take it to the track.
The optional second row captain’s seat reduces passenger capacity to seven. The interior isn’t particularly fresh and eye-catching, but it’s comfortable and equipped with buttons and knobs for controlling climate and audio controls, rather than using the touchscreen for everything.
Standard features include USB ports on all three rows and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also includes a full suite of safety features as well as GM’s OnStar service.
The top trim adds things like leather upholstery, an upgraded audio system, and a rear-view camera. Adaptive cruise control is also available, but only on higher trims.
The Volkswagen Atlas can be made in several different passenger configurations with a six seater, passenger style, with a pair of captain’s seats in the second row, or bench seats in the second row for up to seven seats.
The recently updated front and rear styling gives the Atlas a more handsome and fresh look, and the length is increased by 3 inches. That means a little more interior space for passengers. We also like the standard Atlas safety features, which include a forward collision warning system, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and rear traffic warning on all models. You can choose to equip your Atlas with all-wheel drive (AWD) instead of standard front-wheel drive (FWD) and expect to get the same EPA combined fuel rating of 22 mpg.
On the road, the Atlas is comfortable and gives drivers and passengers a reassuring view. Since the SUV is built specifically for the American market, interior space is plentiful, and everything is well thought out in terms of ergonomics.
The base engine, a 235-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder, may seem a bit small for a 4,000-pound vehicle, but Atlas makes up for it with strong low-end torque and smart gears. You can also opt for the 276-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 if you want a little more power, but you’ll lose a bit of efficiency.
Passenger capacity is seven or eight people; the base engine puts out about 300 hp.
Advantages of the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse
Either 7 or 8 passengers capacity; strength; cargo capacity; a little more space in the third row.
Advantages of Volkswagen Atlas 2022
Two different engine options.
Which is Right for Me?
The 2022 Chevrolet Traverse is a comfortable, family-sized 3-row SUV with plenty of room and lots of power from its V6 engine.
The Volkswagen Atlas 2022 is spacious, handsome and comfortable, with seating for six or seven passengers and AWD is available.
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|Chevrolet Traverse 2022||2022 Volkswagen Atlas|
|Machine||3.6 liter V6||2.0 liter turbo I4|
|Horsepower||310 hp @ 6,800 rpm||235 hp @ 4,500 rpm|
|torque||266 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm||258 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm|
|Transmission||9-spd auto||8-spd automatic|
|Fuel Economy||21 mpg (18 city/27 hwy)||22 mpg (21 cities/24 hours)|
|Also available||AWD||3.6 liter V6; AWD|
|Guarantee||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Security||there isn’t any||5 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||8||7|
|Wheelbase||120.9 inches||117.3 inches|
|Overall length||205.9 inch||198.3 inches|
|Wide||78.6 inches||78.3 inches|
|Tall||70.7 inches||70.0 inch|
|Swivel diameter||39.0 feet||38.1 feet|
|Headroom, Front||42.8 inches||41.3 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||41.5 inches||40.4 inches|
|Headroom, Third Row||38.2 inches||38.3 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41.0 inch||41.5 inches|
|Legroom, Back||44.5 inches||37. 6 inches|
|Legroom, Third Row||33.5 inches||33.7 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||61.9 inches||61.5 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Back||62.2 inches||60.8 inch|
|Shoulder Room, Third Row||57.5 inches||54.9 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||157.1 cubic feet||154 cubic feet|
|EPA Cargo Volume||98.2 cubic feet||55.5/96.8 cubic feet|