2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Chevy Traverse
2020 Ford Explorer 2020 Chevy Traverse
  310 lb-ft 266 lb-ft
  10-speed shiftable automatic 9-speed shiftable automatic
MPG (City/Hwy)
  21/28 18/27

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Chevy Traverse

Serving Charlotte, NC

Three-row SUVs are wildly popular right now. They give families enough space to get both passengers and their gear where they need to go. Both Ford and Chevrolet offer popular models in this segment of the market. The Ford Explorer gets a complete redesign this year to kick off its sixth generation. Let's take a look at how it compares to the new 2020 Chevy Traverse.

Fuel Efficiency

When it comes to vehicles this size, every mile per gallon counts, the 2020 Ford Explorer gives drivers up to 21 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway. On the other hand, the Traverse tops out at only 18 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. The better fuel efficiency, particularly during city driving, really adds up over time. Plus, drivers can now look into the Explorer Hybrid model, makings its debut in 2020. This model can go up to 500 miles on a single tank of gas.

Torque & Towing

The Traverse does offer more horsepower than the Explorer, but not by much. For the Explorer, the power tops out at 300-hp. The Traverse can go up to 310. However, the Explorer leaves the Traverse in the dust when it comes to torque. The Explorer is capable of 310 lb-ft, way more than the Traverse's 266 lb-ft of torque. Higher torque translates into transferring power to the wheels more efficiently. This extra torque is part of why the Explorer can tow so much more than the Traverse. Depending on the model and equipment, the Explorer can tow between 5,000 and 5,600 pounds. Specific models of the Traverse, however, can only tow up to 1,500 pounds. The maximum towing capacity of any Traverse is 5,000 pounds.

Standard and Available Features

The Explorer is more convenient than the Traverse in many ways. The Explorer has four 12-volt outlets, for example, while the Traverse only has two. Coming standard inside all trims of the Explorer is a glove box light, something that may not seem important until it is needed. This is not available for the Traverse. Those who are interested in the most cutting-edge safety features should also know that adaptive cruise control is an available option on the Explorer but not on the Traverse. Adaptive cruise control is a feature that allows the Explorer to maintain a certain distance between it and the vehicle it is following.

* EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.