Looking for a mid-size SUV that offers comfort and style at an affordable price? If so, the 2022 Dodge Durango and 2022 Chevy Traverse are two great options to explore. Here, we discuss how these two vehicles compare so you can decide which car is best for you and your family. We break down these vehicles’ key features and offerings and explore how they stack up regarding interior space, performance and handling, fuel efficiency, and more.
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The 2022 Chevy Traverse is big on comfort. With seating for up to eight and convenient access to hidden storage and best-in-class cargo space, you’ll love the spaciousness of the Traverse. This SUV maximizes efficiency and includes a host of intuitive features for drivers who frequently fill their passenger seats. USB charging ports in every row provide convenient connectivity for riders. Smart Slide second-row seats provide easy access to the third row, while tri-zone climate controls ensure maximum comfort. With 98.2 cubic feet of cargo space, you don’t need to worry about packing light.
The 2022 Dodge Durango, meanwhile, has seating for seven and offers versatile seating configurations for maximum cargo space customization. You can arrange the interior to fit the number of passengers and the amount of cargo you’re carrying. The Durango also has a smart solution to third-row seat access — its fold and tumble second row collapses at the push of a button, so third-row passengers can easily exit the vehicle. It offers slightly less cargo space than the Durango, at 85.1 cubic feet. Customization is another bonus: with 13 interior color options, you can outfit your Durango however you desire.
It’s important that your vehicle handles well in varying weather conditions. Those wanting increased handling on the Traverse can opt for all-wheel drive models, which come with useful drive modes. You can turn the dial to select the option that best suits your driving needs, whether that’s off-road capability, increased traction, or rear-power for driving in snow. A nine-speed automatic transmission makes for smooth rides in the Traverse. The trailering package and trailering drive mode offer added confidence when towing heavy loads.
The Durango offers a rear drive axle and has near-perfect weight distribution for increased handling and performance. Available paddle shifters and trailer sway control further increase the vehicle’s handling capabilities. All-wheel drive is also available on the Durango to help drivers traverse hazardous road conditions safely. The SUV’s eight-speed automatic transmission delivers smooth shifting, though the ride might not be as seamless as the 2022 Chevy Traverse. Unlike the Traverse, however, the Durango offers three engine options, giving drivers more control over the power and performance offerings of their SUV.
The 2022 Chevy Traverse has a 3.6-liter V6 engine that can tow up to 5,000 pounds with the available trailer package. It features an automatic start-stop, and its direct injection engine allows fuel to enter the engine directly to maximize efficiency and performance. It delivers 310 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. Engine options for the Durango are more varied, with three engine offers available for ultimate customization.
The base engine on the Durango has less horsepower than the Traverse, but it can pull a higher load. The standard 3.6-liter V6 engine offers 294 horsepower and up to 6,200 pounds of towing capacity. Next is the 5.7-liter V8 engine that outperforms the Traverse’s engine in both horsepower and towing. Drivers can expect up to 360 horsepower and an 8,700-pound towing capacity. The top engine option for the Durango delivers the highest performance level. The model’s 6.4-liter V8 engine provides an impressive 475 horsepower and 8,700 pounds of towing capacity.
The 2022 Chevy Traverse primarily relies on front-wheel drive to maximize efficiency. In FWD models, the SUV achieves about 27 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg in the city. The all-wheel-drive Traverse has a slightly lower gas mileage, with 25 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city.
In comparison, the Durango’s rear-wheel drive model with the base-level engine achieves 26 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city. That’s slightly less than the Chevy Traverse’s two-wheel drive offering. The all-wheel-drive Durango reaches 25 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city. That’s a relatively equivalent if not slightly better fuel efficiency than the Traverse’s 3.6-liter engine all-wheel drive.
Safety is a top priority in the 2022 Traverse. Advanced, top-of-the-line safety features such as lane assist, automatic braking, and blind spot monitoring come standard on all Traverse models. Also standard in the Traverse is Chevy’s teen driving technology, which allows car owners to monitor driving habits, set speed limits, and even control the volume within the vehicle. Additional safety features include seat alerts to keep you focused and in control on the road. Trailer packages make towing large loads extra safe in this SUV.
Many features that come standard on the Traverse can be added to the Dodge Durango for an additional cost. Features such as blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and brake assist aren’t included in the base-level offering for the Durango. However, those wanting more safety features still benefit from Dodge’s safety technology. Drivers can opt for features such as rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane departure warnings, and forward collision warnings to enhance the safety and security of their vehicle.
The 2022 Chevy Traverse and the 2022 Dodge Durango have much to offer drivers searching for a reliable and high-performing SUV. The Traverse’s standard and comprehensive safety features help you feel confident while driving, and its impressive cargo space and seating mean you can carry your passengers and cargo comfortably and safely. The Durango is another excellent SUV that is perfect for those wanting to maximize their SUV’s performance and access best-in-class power.
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