Ford Explorer vs Chevy Traverse

If you’re looking to tackle the streets of Harvey, New Orleans, and Metairie, LA, in a spacious SUV capable of carrying your family from Point A to Point B, you’ll have a lot of options to consider. If you’ve browsed around and narrowed it down to the 2021 Ford Explorer vs. Chevy Traverse, you’ll want to check out how these vehicles differ.

Our team at Bohn Ford has put together this Explorer vs. Traverse guide so you can learn more about what each vehicle offers, how they differ, and which one is the better fit for your family adventures!

Explorer vs Traverse Engine Specs & Performance

Despite their similar sizes, they each come with very different engines at the base level. The Explorer features a 2.3L EcoBoost® 4-cylinder turbocharged, direct injection engine. The Traverse comes with a 3.6L V6. Both vehicles can breach 300 horsepower, but the Explorer leads in torque with 310 lb-ft vs. the 266 lb-ft put out by the Traverse.

The Explorer offers two additional engine options. The available 3.0L twin-turbocharged EcoBoost® V6 boasts an impressive 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque (ST trim). It even offers an available 3.3L Hybrid that generates 318 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque. The Traverse only comes with one engine for its drivers.


Cabin Space & Passenger Capacity


These spacious SUVs each come outfitted with three rows of seating that can accommodate up to seven passengers. However, there’s a bit of a difference in the amount of space. The front row of each vehicle offers more than 40 inches of headroom, but the Explorer includes 43 inches of front legroom, while the Traverse offers 41 inches of legroom.

The second row of the Explorer offers 40.5 inches of headroom and 39 inches of legroom, while the Traverse includes 40 inches of headroom and 38.4 inches of legroom in its middle row. The Explorer even provides more headroom in the third row with 38.9 inches vs. 38.2 inches in the Traverse.

Features & Technology

Each SUV comes equipped with some sophisticated features within their respective cabins. The Explorer and the Traverse both include touchscreen displays that provide access to an assortment of media options, from the AM/FM radio, USB-connected media device, and your Bluetooth®-paired smartphone. Both models provide a 3-month All Access Trial Subscription to SiriusXM®. However, it’s standard in the Explorer, while the Traverse only offers it as an upgrade.

The Ford Explorer also includes the standard Ford Co-Pilot360™ system, which is a collection of driver-assisting technology features. It includes Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane-Keeping System, BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert, Auto High-Beam Headlamps, and more. It also has the Reverse Sensing System. The Traverse doesn’t offer any standard driver-assistance features at the base level, so an upgrade is necessary to include them.

2021 Ford Explorer vs Chevy Traverse: Choosing Your SUV

At Bohn Ford, we hope this guide to the Explorer vs. Traverse has helped show you what these comparable SUVs offer. However, as you’ve seen, the 2021 Explorer seems to offer quite a bit more. Find out more by dropping by to take a closer look!

Schedule your test drive to see if the 2021 Ford Explorer is the right SUV for your adventures around Harvey, New Orleans, and Metairie, LA!

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