Growing families from Hicksville, OH and Auburn, IN will feel right at home in a three-row SUV, but this class of crossovers is competitive. Two mid-size, three-row SUVs that rise to the top are the Ford Explorer and the Chevrolet Traverse. You'll soon discover why the 2022 Ford Explorer should be your first choice. See how the new Ford Explorer from Jim Schmidt Ford in Hicksville, OH stacks up against the Chevy Traverse.

Ford Explorer vs. Chevy Traverse Performance

The Chevy Traverse only gives Paulding, OH drivers one powertrain option. The Chevy Traverse's 3.6-liter V6 engine produces 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, which lags behind the Ford Explorer. This new Ford SUV can pack an additional 90 ponies and nearly double the torque value while offering Hicksville, OH motorists a trio of powertrain options.

  • 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine: 300 horsepower, 310 pound-feet of torque
  • 3.3-liter V6 engine with electric motor: 318 horsepower, 322 pound-feet of torque
  • EcoBoost® 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine: 400 horsepower, 415 pound-feet of torque

As a result of these powerful engines, the new Ford Explorer has a higher towing capacity, helping New Haven, IN drivers tow 5,600 pounds. This surpasses the Chevy Traverse's maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

The new Ford Explorer is more fuel-efficient, earning 28 highway miles per gallon traveling between Hicksville and Paulding, OH, along with 27 miles per gallon for city driving. Despite earning 27 highway miles per gallon, the Chevy Traverse is less fuel-efficient for city driving through Hicksville, OH or Auburn, IN, with ratings of 18 miles per gallon.

While the Traverse only offers optional all-wheel drive, the Ford Explorer is equipped with Intelligent 4WD, giving Hicksville, OH drivers confidence wherever family adventures take them. This new Ford SUV also offers the Terrain Management System™ featuring Normal, Trail, Deep Snow/Sand, Slippery, Sport, Tow/Haul, and Eco drive modes. The Chevy Traverse only offers Off-Road, Tow/Haul, and Snow modes, giving Butler, IN motorists fewer performance options.

Ford Explorer vs. Chevy Traverse Space & Interior

Both SUVs offer three rows of seating. The Chevy Traverse seats eight passengers, while the Ford Explorer offers captain's chairs with room for seven passengers. The Chevy Traverse offers class-leading cargo space at 98 cubic feet, compared to 88 cubic feet in Ford's SUV.

Both SUVs have adjustable interiors. The Ford Explorer lets Auburn, IN families flex arrangements with the PowerFold® third-row seats, while the Chevy Traverse counters with 60/40 third-row split-folding seats. Each mid-size SUV offers cabin comforts like Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control and a twin-panel moonroof, but the Ford Explorer enhances comfort a step further for New Haven, IN families with Deep Cyprus ActiveX™ seating.

Ford Explorer vs. Chevy Traverse Technology

Ford's SYNC® 3 setup is similar to the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System in the Traverse. Each SUV comes with an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™ compatibility, navigation, and several USB ports.

The Ford Explorer does a better job of keeping Paulding, OH drivers engaged, thanks to a customizable 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The Ford Explorer also offers Enhanced Voice Recognition, which the Chevy Traverse can't match.

Chevy's mid-size SUV offers a Bose 10-speaker sound system, but there are four additional speakers for Butler, IN families to immerse themselves with, thanks to the Ford Explorer's Bang & Olufsen® sound system.

Ford Explorer vs. Chevy Traverse Safety

The Traverse includes the standard Chevy Safety Assist suite, which mirrors the Explorer's standard Ford Co-Pilot360™ safety suite. The Ford Explorer packages more advanced safety features with this suite, providing Paulding, OH families with additional peace of mind.

Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, a Rear View Camera, and the BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert give the Ford Explorer an enhanced safety presence. The Chevy Traverse does offer a Rear Vision Camera, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Adaptive Cruise Control, but these safety features aren't standard.

The Ford Explorer also offers Towing and Trailer Sway Control, which assists Auburn, IN drivers as they haul their boat or camper on a family trip.

Test Drive a New Ford Explorer Around Hicksville, OH

With enhanced performance capabilities, additional connectivity, and more standard safety features, the new Ford Explorer is a more suitable companion for family explorations across Ohio, Indiana, and the Great Lakes. If New Haven, IN families are intrigued by the Ford Explorer, they can visit our Hicksville, OH Ford dealership to test drive this new Ford SUV.

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