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2015 Ford Explorer vs. Chevrolet Traverse

2015 Ford Explorer vs Chevy Traverse


2015 Ford Explorer

Engine Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.5 L
Gas Mileage 17 mpg city/24 mg hwy MPG
Engine Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.5 L
Horsepower 290 @ 6500

2015 Chevy Traverse

Engine Regular Unleaded I-4, 3.6 L
Gas Mileage 17 mpg city/24 mpg hwy MPG
Engine V6
Horsepower 281 @ 3400

2015 Ford Explorer vs Chevy Traverse

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Once the province of truck-based entries, the mid-size SUV segment is now populated almost exclusively by vehicles built on car platforms. Ride quality, handling and fuel efficiency in these vehicles are much closer to those of a sedan than those of a truck. Not surprisingly, buyers who have flocked to crossovers for their more-rugged-than-a-car appearance and versatility see them as alternatives to the traditional family vehicle. Though not the first four-door sport-utility vehicle, the Ford Explorer is the SUV that started the craze. With a first rate interior, room to spare and excellent power and performance, it's arguably the most successful product of its kind. Arch rival Chevrolet has tried to keep pace with its Traverse crossover, and while the two have many similarities, the Explorer has the edge in a few key areas.

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Power and Performance

Both front- drive vehicles offer all-wheel-drive as an option, and both come with a standard V-6 and 6-speed automatic transmission. The 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that comes standard in the Explorer outperforms the 281-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 that's the only engine available in the Traverse. Explorer buyers can also opt for a 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder for increased fuel efficiency or a 365-horsepower turbocharged V6 that comes on its new Sport model.

Room and Comfort


Explorer offers a quiet cabin that somehow feels larger than it is. While the Traverse the longer of the two vehicles, that doesn't translate into more seating apace. Both seat seven, but Explorer beats Traverse in headroom and legroom for all three rows of seating, an important considerations for the buyer of a family vehicle who expects to transport numerous occupants. Explorer has a highly refined, premium interior ergonomically designed to deploy an array of comfort and convenience technology in a user friendly manner. The tasteful materials used throughout feel both refined and durable at the same time. Also noteworthy is the soundproofing that isolates the occupants from engine and wind noise. While it seems like power seats would be a standard feature on a vehicle at this price point, they are optional on the Traverse. Ford's Sync voice-command system and MyFord Touch electronic interface are, with a little experience, easy to operate.



Safety Technology


Because Ford realized a big part of feeling comfortable is feeling safe, the Explorer offers adaptive control, a lane-departure warning system, lane-keeping assist and active parking assist. The 2015 Ford Explorer offers a variety of active safety and technology features: adaptive cruise control, the pre-collision system, and lane departure alert with blind spot monitor rely on sensors to anticipate danger, and react to it, before a driver can. These highly-sophisticated systems are triggered automatically by driving conditions. Hill descent control, automatic high beams, rain sensing wipers, a rear view camera, and active park assist, among other features, help create a safer and more intelligent vehicle.


The Traverse lacks many of these features.  The Traverse tries hard to keep up with the Explorer. Pricing is very similar for both vehicles, and fuel economy and safety ratings are also a wash. When factoring in power and performance, roominess and comfort, and advanced technology, however, Explorer comes out on top. Come on in for a test drive. We think you'll agree that while the 2015 Ford Explorer has an historic name, it's a more up-to-date, comfortable and road-worthy vehicle than the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse.

Be sure to stop by your local Ford dealer in the Nashville area to test drive the 2015 Ford F-150. Our friendly staff at Crown Ford is eager to assist you!

*EPA Estimates. Actual MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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