Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Explorer VS 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Near Surprise, AZ

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2017 Ford Explorer

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2017 Chevrolet Traverse

Safety Comparison

The middle row seatbelts optional on the Explorer inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Traverse doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Explorer 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Traverse doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Explorer XLT/Limited/Sport/Platinum has standard Reverse Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Traverse doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Explorer and the Traverse have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Explorer is safer than the Chevrolet Traverse:

 

Explorer

Traverse

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

214 lbs.

318 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Explorer’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Traverse’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Engine Comparison

The Explorer has more powerful engines than the Traverse:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Explorer 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

280 HP

310 lbs.-ft.

Explorer 3.5 DOHC V6

290 HP

255 lbs.-ft.

Explorer Sport/Platinum 3.5 turbo V6

365 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Traverse LS/LT 3.6 DOHC V6

281 HP

266 lbs.-ft.

Traverse Premier 3.6 DOHC V6

288 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Explorer Sport/Platinum 3.5 turbo V6 is faster than the Traverse LS/LT:

 

Explorer

Traverse

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

7.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.8 sec

20.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.3 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3 sec

3.7 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.4 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

88 MPH

Top Speed

123 MPH

113 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Explorer gets better fuel mileage than the Traverse:

 

 

Explorer

Traverse

 

2WD

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

 

 

3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

17 city/24 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

18 city/25 hwy

n/a

 

 

3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

16 city/23 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

 

3.5 turbo V6/6-spd. Auto

16 city/22 hwy

n/a

 

The Explorer has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Traverse doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Explorer’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Traverse:

 

Explorer

Traverse

Front Rotors

13.85 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

13 inches

The Explorer stops much shorter than the Traverse:

 

Explorer

Traverse

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Explorer Base/XLT’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Traverse LS’ standard 70 series tires. The Explorer’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Traverse’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Explorer Base/XLT has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Traverse LS.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Explorer has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Traverse’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Explorer has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Explorer flat and controlled during cornering. The Traverse’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Explorer Sport 4WD handles at .83 G’s, while the Traverse LT AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Explorer Base/XLT/Limited’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the Traverse’s (38.9 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The Explorer Sport’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Traverse’s (40 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Explorer has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Traverse (7.8 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Explorer to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Explorer may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 250 pounds less than the Chevrolet Traverse.

The Explorer is 5.4 inches shorter than the Traverse, making the Explorer easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Explorer uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Traverse doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Explorer Sport 4WD is quieter than the Traverse LT AWD:

 

Explorer

Traverse

At idle

37 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

70 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Explorer has 1 inch more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 2.7 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more third row legroom than the Traverse.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Explorer has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Traverse doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Explorer Sport/Platinum’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Traverse doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Explorer’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Traverse doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Explorer’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Traverse’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. The Traverse’s optional windows’ front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

On a hot day the Explorer’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Traverse can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Explorer XLT/Limited/Sport/Platinum’s exterior keypad. The Traverse doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Intelligent Access standard on the Explorer XLT/Limited/Sport/Platinum allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Traverse doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Explorer’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Traverse’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Explorer’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Explorer has a standard rear variable intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Traverse only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Explorer (except Base/XLT/Sport) detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Traverse doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Explorer and the Traverse offer available heated front seats. The Explorer also offers optional heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Traverse.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Explorer’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Traverse doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Explorer (except Base/XLT) offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Traverse doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Explorer (except Base/XLT/Sport)’s optional Enhanced Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Traverse doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Explorer owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Explorer with a number “5” insurance rate while the Traverse is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Explorer is less expensive to operate than the Traverse because it costs $297 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Explorer than the Traverse, including $127 less for front brake pads, $15 less for fuel injection and $341 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Explorer outsold the Chevrolet Traverse by over two to one during the 2016 model year.

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