Comparison: 2017 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2017 Ford Explorer

Comparison: 2017 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2017 Ford Explorer

Comparing full-size SUVs is no easy task. It's a highly competitive segment, which means that there are often more similarities than differences between models.  

At first glance, the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse and the 2017 Ford Explorer are difficult to choose between. But when you look a little closer at specs and safety ratings, some differentiators are apparent.

Richmond area drivers looking for a spacious SUV with top safety ratings may want to go with the Traverse, and here’s why:

Cargo

Chevrolet Traverse

When looking at the Traverse and Explorer side by side, you might guess that the latter has more interior space because of its boxy shape. However, Chevy designers have cleverly made a ute with ample space in a compact package. Both SUVs seat seven or eight passengers, depending on the trim and layout you choose, but the Traverse bests the Explorer in cargo room.

With the second and third row folded, the Traverse has 116.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Behind the second row, there’s 70.3 cubes and with all seats upright you still have 24.4 cubic feet of room for luggage, groceries, or equipment.

Ford Explorer

In comparison, the Explorer has 81.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third rows folded. Behind the second row, it has 43.9 cubes of cargo volume and with all seats up there’s 21 cubic feet of stowage. Those are substantial differences if cargo and hauling are important factors to you. Additionally, where the Explorer has an impressive maximum towing capability of 5,000 pounds, the Traverse edges it out at 5,200 pounds.

Safety

Chevrolet Traverse

The 2017 Chevy Traverse earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, it made best possible scores in tests for moderate front overlap impact, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It was not evaluated for small front overlap impact.

The Traverse is available with Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Vision Camera, Rear Park Assist, and an industry-first front center side-impact air bag.

Ford Explorer

The 2017 Explorer also earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA. While it received top scores in tests for moderate front overlap impact, side impact, and roof strength, it earned a marginal rating for small front overlap impact and was not rated for rear crash protection.

The Explorer is available with Forward Collision Warning with brake support, Park Assist System, Forward and Reverse Sensing System, Blind Spot Information System, and Lane Keeping System.

Pricing

Chevrolet Traverse

Starting at $28,700 MSRP

Ford Explorer

Starting at $31,660 MSRP

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