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Ford Explorer vs. Chevrolet Traverse

What's the Difference Between the Ford Explorer and Chevrolet Traverse?

explorer vs. traverse

Eide Ford shows you the facts!

Apples to apples and oranges to oranges, we all wish it was that simple when finding the best SUV in Bismarck. Between the choices and trim levels you quite frankly have to many choices. To help find the perfect SUV for you the SUV experts at Eide Ford have put together a side by side comparison of the Ford Explorer and Chevrolet Traverse. We’re not slinging mud or bashing the competition (that’s not our style). We’re here to show you the simple and honest differences between the Ford Explorer and Chevrolet Traverse. You’ll notice one list is a bit longer than the other one, take a guess to see which one came on top.


Check out the side-by-side comparison of the Ford Explorer vs. Chevrolet Traverse

Ford Explorer - FACTS

Technology - the long list

  • Enhanced Active Park Assist* - The self parking technology that allows you to parallel park with ease.
  • SecuriCode™ Invisible Keypad.
  • SYNC Connect and SYNC 3:
    • Lock, unlock and start your Explorer.
    • Make calls, return missed calls, read and send text messages.
    • Listen to your music and playlists.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity for up to 10 devices.
  • Three USB ports.
  • SiriusXM® and Pandora® streaming.
  • Navigation system.
  • Inflatable rear safety belts, second row outboard seating positions.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Safety Features - the long list

  • Industry first inflatable rear safety belts, second row outboard seating positions.
  • Rear view camera that includes washer system.
  • Front-center-side airbag.
  • Side blind zone alert.
  • Rear cross-traffic alert.
  • Forward collision and lane departure warnings.
  • Front-passenger knee airbag.

Performance - the long list

  • Under the Hood with 3 Different Engine Choices:
    • 3.5L EcoBoost V6 gives:
      • More horsepower with a 365 horsepower engine.
      • More torque with 350 lb.-ft of torque.
    • 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 gives:
      • More horsepower with a 280 horsepower engine.
      • More torque with 310 lb.-ft of torque.
    • 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 gives:
      • 290 horsepower.
      • 255 lb.-ft of torque.
  • More Control:
    • The Explorer TMS moves automatically between Front Wheel Drive and All-Wheel Drive.
    • Terrain Management System™ give more functionality for the driver (you).
  • Added Driving Modes for Better Driving and Handling:
    • Normal.
    • Mud/Ruts.
    • Sand.
    • Snow/Gravel/Grass.

Chevrolet Traverse - Jabber Jargon

Technology - the short list

  • Three USB ports.
  • SiriusXM® and Pandora® streaming.
  • MyLink.
  • Navigation system.
  • Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 7 devices.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Safety Features - the short list

  • Front-center-side airbag.
  • Side blind zone alert.
  • Rear cross-traffic alert.
  • Forward collision and lane departure warnings.
  • Rear view camera.

Performance - the short list

  • Under the Hood with only Two Engine Choices:
    • 3.6L V6
      • Less horsepower with a 310 horsepower engine.
      • Less torque with 266 lb-ft. of torque.
    • 2.0L Turbo I-4:
      • Less horsepower with a 257 horsepower engine.
      • Less torque with 296 lb-ft. of torque.
  • Less Control:
    • The Traverse requires you to manually switch to All-Wheel Drive.
  • Tricky Traction Modes:
    • Front Wheel Drive.
    • All-Wheel Drive / Snow Front Wheel Drive.
    • Off-Road All-Wheel Drive.
    • Tow/Haul.


Eide Ford doesn’t like to brag but the Ford Escape is the best SUV on the market with several more features than the competitors. The side-by-side comparison makes it crystal clear and simple. The Ford Explorer has MORE TECHNOLOGY, MORE SAFETY, and MORE PERFORMANCE.

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2018 Ford Explorer

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