North Georgia Ford Compares 2018 Ford Explorer VS 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Near Calhoun, GA

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2018 Ford Explorer

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Explorer are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Traverse doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The middle row seatbelts optional on the Explorer inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Traverse doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the Explorer and the Traverse have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Explorer’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Traverse’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

The Explorer has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Traverse doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Explorer’s reliability 11 points higher than the Traverse.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

The Explorer has more powerful engines than the Traverse:




Explorer 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

280 HP

310 lbs.-ft.

Explorer 3.5 DOHC V6

290 HP

255 lbs.-ft.

Explorer Sport/Platinum 3.5 turbo V6

365 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Traverse RS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

255 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Traverse 3.6 DOHC V6

310 HP

266 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Explorer Sport/Platinum is faster than the Chevrolet Traverse V6:




Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

6.5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10 sec

10.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.8 sec

17.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.3 sec

6.8 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3 sec

3.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.4 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Explorer has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Traverse doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Explorer’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Traverse are solid, not vented.

The Explorer stops much shorter than the Traverse:





70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Explorer Base/XLT’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Traverse’s standard 65 series tires. The Explorer’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Traverse LT Leather/RS/Premier/High Country’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Explorer has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Traverse’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Explorer’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55.1% to 44.9%) than the Traverse’s (56.6% to 43.4%). This gives the Explorer more stable handling and braking.

The Explorer Limited 4WD handles at .80 G’s, while the Traverse Premier AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Explorer is 5.6 inches shorter than the Traverse, making the Explorer easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Explorer Sport 4WD is quieter than the Traverse High Country AWD:




At idle

37 dB

41 dB


73 dB

76 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Explorer has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more rear headroom and 1.1 inches more rear legroom than the Traverse.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Explorer has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Traverse doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Explorer Sport/Platinum’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Traverse doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Explorer. The Traverse doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Explorer’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Traverse’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. The Traverse LT/RS/Premier/High Country’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

On a hot day the Explorer’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Traverse can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Explorer’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Traverse’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Explorer’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Explorer (except Base/XLT/Sport)’s optional Enhanced Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Traverse doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Explorer owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Explorer with a number “8” insurance rate while the Traverse is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The Explorer will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Explorer will retain 48.52% to 53.39% of its original price after five years, while the Traverse only retains 43.81% to 46.45%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Explorer is less expensive to operate than the Traverse because it costs $297 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Explorer than the Traverse, including $126 less for front brake pads, $15 less for fuel injection and $340 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Explorer outsold the Chevrolet Traverse by over two to one during 2017.

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