Ford Explorer vs Chevy Traverse

    By Autolist Staff | October 19, 2018

    2018 Ford Explorer

    2018 Chevrolet Traverse

    Automotive Website Analyzed


    91%

    The Best

    You should buy it

    88%

    Really Good

    You should buy it

    Our User's Take

    What owners think


    -%

    Would Buy Again

    - Ratings

    100%

    Would Buy Again

    1 Ratings


    What’s better about the Ford?

    More engine choices. The Explorer offers buyers one of three engine options to closely match their needs. The base model is a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower while a pair of turbocharged engines are available as options: a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with 280 horsepower and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with a stout 365 horsepower. The Chevy only has a 310-horsepower (non-turbo) 3.6-liter V6 on most models, with a lone sport model offering a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 257 horsepower.

    Sync 3. This is what Ford calls its proprietary infotainment system that controls nearly everything related to the stereo, navigation system (if equipped), phone connectivity and even many climate controls. Sync 3 is the latest version of this system and Ford has made significant improvements to it – it’s faster, more responsive and more intuitive.

    What’s better about the Chevy?

    More cargo room. The Traverse is among the larger crossovers in its three-row segment and this translates into plenty of room for your stuff. This Chevy has 58.1 cubic feet and 23 cubic feet of cargo space with the third row of seats folded/upright respectively while the Ford has 43.9 cubic feet and 21 cubic feet with the third row folded/upright respectively.

    It’s newer. 2018 marked the first year Chevy sold this generation of the Traverse. The Ford meanwhile has been around in this same basic form since the 2011 model year, with several big updates along the way (a new generation Explorer is expected for the 2020 model year). This means the Traverse will generally have more modern styling and amenities.

    Better road manners. Reviews of the Traverse praise it for its handling and road manners – particularly its refinement. The Ford earns less praise here.

    Autolist’s take:

    Ford’s Explorer is one of the original crossovers on the market and the brand’s experience has allowed it to create a compelling vehicle, especially given its age. But it’s the Traverse that’s newer and generally better all around: more room inside, a more modern design throughout the vehicle and better handling. This is an easy one for us: we say Buy the Traverse.


    Cost of Ownership

    2018 Ford Explorer

    2018 Chevrolet Traverse

    Annual Fuel Costs

    $1,651
    15k miles at $2.421/gal
    $1,729
    15k miles at $2.421/gal
    Fuel Economy

    19 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    18 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    27 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway
    27 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway

    Safety

    2018 Ford Explorer

    2018 Chevrolet Traverse

    NHTSA Crash Test Results

    5 stars
    Overall
    5 stars
    Overall
    Safety Features

    -
    Autonomous Braking
    Available
    Autonomous Braking
    Available
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Standard
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Available
    Lane-Keep Assist
    Available
    Lane-Keep Assist
    Available
    Cross-Traffic Alert
    Standard
    Cross-Traffic Alert

    Interior

    2018 Ford Explorer

    2018 Chevrolet Traverse

    Interior Features

    Available
    Leather
    -
    Leather
    Available
    Moonroof
    Available
    Moonroof
    Available
    Heated Seats
    Standard
    Heated Seats
    -
    Keyless Entry
    -
    Keyless Entry
    Available
    Climate Control
    Standard
    Climate Control
    Technology

    Available
    Apple Carplay
    Standard
    Apple Carplay
    Available
    Android Auto
    Standard
    Android Auto
    Standard
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Available
    Navigation System
    Standard
    Navigation System

    Under the Hood

    2018 Ford Explorer

    2018 Chevrolet Traverse

    Powertrain

    6-Speed Shiftable Automatic
    Transmission
    9-Speed Shiftable Automatic
    Transmission
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    Drivetrain

    290 HP @ 6500 RPM
    Horsepower
    310 HP @ 6800 RPM
    Horsepower
    255lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
    Torque
    266lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
    Torque
    V6
    Cylinders
    V6
    Cylinders