Compare the Ford Explorer and Chevy Traverse in Fall River, MA

When it was first introduced, the Ford Explorer was one of the first vehicles to help usher in the modern era of family-focused SUVs. Nearly 30 years later, it remains one of the industry's most popular models. Now in its sixth generation, the Explorer received a complete redesign for the 2020 model year. With its seamless blend of comfortable accommodations, robust performance, and a generous list of features, the Explorer remains a compelling three-row option for Somerset and New Bedford families. As one of the segments leading vehicles, it naturally draws comparisons, particularly to the Chevrolet Traverse. While the Traverse has its strong points, a head-to-head comparison with the Explorer reveals a few shortcomings.

Ford Explorer vs. Chevy Traverse: Performance

Standard Power

The Ford Explorer finds its motivation in a standard turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The Traverse's 3.6-liter V-6 makes slightly more horsepower (305) but much less torque (266 pound-feet). When it comes to on-demand acceleration for highway merging or passing, the Explorer is the more capable option.

Fuel Efficiency

Not only does the Explorer deliver better performance, but it also gets slightly better fuel economy. Equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission, the Explorer achieves an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. The Chevy Traverse equips a 9-speed automatic transmission and falls behind at an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.

Engine Options

If you're seeking even more power for your drives around Somerset or New Bedford, the Ford Explorer has you covered. In addition to the base engine, the Explorer offers three additional engine options. The Limited Hybrid trim features a 318-horsepower 3.3-liter hybrid V-6. The Platinum trim is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that generates 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Finally, the ST trim boasts a higher-output version of the turbocharged V-6 that produces 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. The Chevy Traverse doesn't offer additional engine options.

Ford Explorer vs. Chevy Traverse: Features


The Ford Explorer comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. The available Premium Technology package equips a 10.1-inch display and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system. Conversely, the Traverse comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen, while an 8-inch touchscreen is available. For premium audio, the Traverse offers an available 10-speaker Bose system.

Safety and Driver Aids

Somerset and New Bedford families are sure to appreciate the Ford Explorer's inclusion of Co-Pilot360 Driver-Assistance Technologies as standard equipment. The package includes Automatic High Beams, Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Mitigation, and Blind-Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. You can get these on the Chevy Traverse, but only on higher trim levels.

Adaptive Cruise Control

The Ford Explorer makes adaptive cruise control available on XLT models and standard on all higher trims. To get this desirable feature on the Chevy Traverse, you have to select the highest trim level.

Ford Explorer vs. Chevy Traverse: Design

While style and attractiveness are subjective traits, the Explorer boasts a brand-new redesign with clean lines, a dynamic and assertive front fascia, and an aerodynamic swept-back profile. The Explorer's interior features high-quality materials, an intuitive control layout, and superior visibility.

By comparison, the Chevy Traverse appears dated and not as refined as the Explorer. Additionally, the Traverse suffers from poor visibility due to seats and pillars that obstruct the rear-side views. Blind-Spot Monitoring can assist with this, but it's only available on higher trim levels.

Test Drive the New Ford Explorer

If you'd like more information about the Ford Explorer and its available options and financing offers, contact First Ford of Fall River, MA. When you're ready to experience the amenities, accommodations, and performance for yourself, we invite you to schedule a test drive. We would love to give you a tour.

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