See Why The Explorer Is Your Best Bet

If you're shopping for an SUV that can transport family, friends, and gear, the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer should be at the top of your list. Let's see how America's all-time best-selling SUV stacks up against the 2020 Chevy Traverse.

2020 Ford Explorer


2020 Chevy Traverse

300 - 400 HP


310 HP

310 - 415 lb-ft


269 - 480 lb-ft


Combined MPG



The Traverse and Explorer are similar in size and scope. Both crossovers measure about 200 inches from bumper to bumper with about 10 feet between the wheels. While the Explorer looks like a rugged, no-nonsense sport utility vehicle with design hints of its truck heritage, the Traverse comes off more of a minivan with its soft angles and dated headlights.


The Traverse allows for seating of up to 8 with an optional 2nd row bench, only the Explorer offers an E-Z Entry 2nd row and power-fold third-row seats. In addition to an available 10.0-inch touchscreen, the Explorer offers a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen with smartphone connectivity, an in-car wi-fi hotspot for up to 10 devices, four USB ports for the first two rows of seats, and active safety features such as automatic emergency braking.

Heated and cooled seats, leather upholstery, upgraded audio, and the like are also available.

The Traverse skips automatic emergency braking on base models (it's optional on higher trims, too) and makes standard a 7.0-inch touchscreen with smartphone compatibility. An 8.0-inch version is available on some trims, as is more USB ports and upgraded upholstery and audio.

Power & Performance

Explorer features Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System allowing you to choose between 7 different modes to help handle virtually any kind of terrain.

Chevy relies solely on a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 310 horsepower to drive a 9-speed automatic transmission that powers the front or all four wheels. Explorer on the other hand offers 3 engine choices: 2.3L EcoBoost I-4, 3.0L EcoBoost V6, or a 3.3L Hybrid.

The available 3.0L EcoBoost engine on the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer provides more horsepower and torque than Traverse - Max available 400 HP, Max 415 lb.-ft. of Torque

The Explorer also comes standard with Ford Co-Pilot360 - 5 Driver Assist Technologies STANDARD - Traverse offers these as available options on the higher priced trims.


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