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Chevrolet Traverse vs. Ford Explorer

In comparing the Chevrolet Traverse to the Ford Explorer, the Chevrolet Traverse has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, interior volume and base engine power. The Ford Explorer has the advantage in the area of overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Chevrolet Traverse versus the Ford Explorer, the Chevrolet Traverse is a better car than the Ford Explorer.

Chevrolet Traverse versus Ford Explorer Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Chevrolet Traverse ranges from $31,855 to $48,990 while a used Ford Explorer from the same model year range is priced between $34,452 to $54,990. For a new model, the Chevrolet Traverse's price is between $34,390 and $52,761, with the Ford Explorer priced between $36,442 and $59,358.

Chevrolet Traverse versus Ford Explorer Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Chevrolet Traverse is 7.9 out of 10 while the Ford Explorer's quality rating is 8.5 out of 10. This results in the Chevrolet Traverse being ranked 13 out of 25 Best Midsize SUVs and the Ford Explorer being ranked 5 out of 25. Out of 31 Best SUVs with 3 Rows, the Chevrolet Traverse is ranked 31 and the Ford Explorer is ranked 7. The Chevrolet Traverse is also ranked 24 out of 61 Best Crossover SUVs while the Ford Explorer is ranked 7 out of 61.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Chevrolet Traverse’s base engine makes 310 horsepower, and the Ford Explorer base engine makes 300 horsepower.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Chevrolet Traverse has the advantage of offering more front head room, front shoulder room, rear shoulder room, and trunk space. The Ford Explorer has the advantage in the areas of front leg room, rear head room and rear leg room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Ford Explorer has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance and payload capacity than the Chevrolet Traverse.

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2023 Chevrolet Traverse

2023 Ford Explorer

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$34,390 - $52,761

Used Asking Price:

$31,855 - $48,990

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

51.3%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$36,442 - $59,358

Used Asking Price:

$34,452 - $54,990

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.2%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.9 / 10

Reliability:

7.8 / 10

Retained Value:

6.9 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.4 / 10

Retained Value:

7.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

13 / 25
13 / 25
16 / 61
16 / 31
17 / 31
17 / 31
18 / 25
20 / 31
20 / 25
24 / 61
37 / 61
55 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 25
5 / 31
5 / 25
6 / 61
6 / 25
7 / 61
7 / 61
7 / 31
7 / 25
9 / 31
13 / 31
43 / 61

Summary Review

The Chevy Traverse is a roomy three-row crossover SUV with room for up to eight passengers. The Traverse is Chevrolet’s third most popular model and a top seller in the segment.

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Summary Review

The Ford Explorer is one of the defining vehicles of its segment. This three-row SUV is big, tough, and versatile. Ford redesigned its Explorer for 2020, switching it back to a rear-wheel-drive-based vehicle with a more rugged foundation.

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Pros and Cons

  • Roomy for the segment
  • High NHTSA safety rating
  • Powerful V6 engine

  • Older model years may lack safety systems taken for granted in this segment
  • Adaptive Cruise Control remains an option
  • No green powertrain available

Pros and Cons

  • Passenger Space
  • Advanced 4X4 all-wheel-drive system available
  • Class-leading engines on many trims, including a hybrid

  • Older models lack some basic advanced safety systems common for their model years
  • No 8-passenger seating option for 2021

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Flex Fuel, Gasoline

Trim Levels

LT Cloth, LS, High Country, Premier, LT, RS, LT Leather

Trim Levels

XLT, Base, Police Interceptor Utility, Platinum, ST, Limited, King Ranch, ST-Line, Timberline

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

310 hp @ 6800 rpm

Torque:

266 foot-lbs @ 2800 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.072 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

300 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque:

310 foot-lbs @ 3500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.069 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.6 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / 4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

18 / 27 / 21

Range (city/hwy):

349 / 524 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.3 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not yet available

Range (city/hwy):

Not yet available

Recommended Fuel Type:

Not yet available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

42.8 inches

Front Leg Room:

41 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

61.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

40 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

62.2 inches

Cargo Space:

23 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

98.2 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

180.1 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

43 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

61.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

40.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

61.9 inches

Cargo Space:

18.2 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

87.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

170.9 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4310 lbs

Width:

88.6 inches

Height:

70.7 inches

Length:

205.9 inches

Wheelbase:

121 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.5 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4345 lbs

Width:

89.3 inches

Height:

69.9 inches

Length:

198.8 inches

Wheelbase:

119.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.9 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

P255/65R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

255/65R18