2020 Ford Explorer vs. 2020 Chevy Traverse Comparison

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Chevrolet Traverse
2020 Ford Explorer 2020 Chevrolet Traverse
MPG (City/Hwy)
  21/28* 18/27*
Transmission
  10-Speed Shiftable Automatic 9-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Front Leg Room
  43 in. 41 in.

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Chevrolet Traverse

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Three-row SUVs are some of the most popular family vehicles on the market. While the segment is competitive, the redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer is destined to remain a best seller. Not only does the new Explorer provide greater passenger room, but it offers more technology. Let's see how the 2020 Ford Explorer stacks up against the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse.

Performance

Both of these SUVs come equipped with a strong base engine. However, only the 2020 Ford Explorer gives you some optional powertrains to choose from. Ford's EcoBoost V6 engine transforms the Explorer into an exceptionally quick performer. The Explorer ST is specially tuned to develop a thrilling 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. When accelerating from a stop, this high-performance trim can hit 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Along with the additional power comes a sports-tuned suspension, which you can't get on the Chevrolet Traverse.

A higher towing capacity gives the Explorer yet another advantage over the competition. You can use the Explorer's muscle to tow up to 5,600 pounds. This is about 600 pounds more than the Traverse can pull. Don't forget about the fuel-saving Explorer Hybrid. It's rated to return a combined 28 mpg. Expect the Traverse to yield a combined 21 mpg.

Features

The 2020 Ford Explorer offers an impressive list of features. Many of these features aren't offered on the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse. Technology lovers will be interested in the Explorer's newly available 10.1-inch touchscreen, which dwarfs the Traverse's 8.0-inch infotainment display. An automated Active Park Assist system makes the Explorer even more rewarding. It allows the SUV to park itself in suitable spaces essentially. You also can't get the Traverse with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster.

Safety

Like the 2020 Ford Explorer, the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse is engineered to provide outstanding impact protection. However, Chevy fails to equip the Traverse with a standard safety package. Meanwhile, Ford Co-Pilot360 comes standard on every new Explorer. It includes blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and automatic high beams. Ford also offers the Explorer with evasive steering assist, which helps you to maneuver around fast-approaching road hazards safely.

* EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary.

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