2019 VW Passat R-Line Tourmaline Blue, 2012 Acadia SLT2 Quicksilver, Ebony, with Sunroof, Siderails,
I had a few different NMS Passats as well, btw....specifically 3 of them with the same 3.6 (VR6) that's in the Atlas. The Passat had a (awesome) DSG trans and was lighter, and was a great driving experience.
The slush box in the Atlas & the extra weight didn't give that same enjoyment though...I had to wring out that V6 to get it to move which = worse MPG's & slow.
The 2.0T is an option in the Atlas, but harder to find & I never got to drive one but has the low end torque and should get better mileage as well.
The 3.6 in the Traverse has plenty of power though, for what it is. The 9 speed automatic isn't terrible, but isn't the best either....it just does the job.
Our 2022 wasn't on the lot. I had to go to a couple of different dealers trying to find one that was available that had been ordered by the dealer(s) already & was coming in soon (aka built & in transit to the dealer).
We found it at the end February last year and it was just waiting for shipment, but then it got delayed due to an issue & the sales guy said he had no clue when it was going to show up. We had a deposit to hold it for us though.
Then, out of the blue, it showed up a couple days later & we took it.
I think most of the kinks/issues have been worked out now though and you should be able to order one and get it in a decent time frame (2-3 months?). Your dealer should be able to tell you though.
We want the tow option so we're not convinced the 2.0T is a good choice in that regard.
We took one for a test drive today. Handles the same as our Acadia, no surprise.
Took it to our house to see how it fit into the garage. The 2023 Traverse is 5" longer than the 2012 Acadia so definitely a tighter fit and not much clearance for the garage door.
It's a little bigger vehicle for our needs but it's a big step down into a Blazer or Equinox. Wife & I agreed we'd rather have the extra room.