Midsize SUV Showdown: Finding You the Ultimate Cruiser

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Chevy Traverse

Side by side 2020 Ford Explorer parked on boardwalk and 2020 Chevrolet Traverse parked in valley

CAPACITY

Seating

Doors

ENGINE

Liters/Type

Horsepower (hp)

Torque (lb-ft)

TRANSMISSION

Type

DRIVETRAIN

Type

FUEL CONSUMPTION

Estimated Fuel Economy (city / hwy)

STARTING MSRP

Price (USD)

2020 Ford Explorer XLT

2020 Ford Explorer XLT

CAPACITY

7 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE

2.3L EcoBoost® I4

300 hp @ 5,500 rpm

310 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm

TRANSMISSION

10-Speed Automatic

DRIVETRAIN

Rear-Wheel Drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION

21/28

STARTING MSRP

$36,675

Chevy Traverse L

Chevy Traverse L

CAPACITY

8 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE

3.6L V6

310 hp @ 6800 rpm

266 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm

TRANSMISSION

9-Speed Automatic

DRIVETRAIN

Front-Wheel Drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION

18/27

STARTING MSRP

$30,995

How to Take Command of the Road AND Look Good at Every Turn

It’s hard to beat the eye-catching essence of the 2020 Ford Explorer with its bold profile that features chiseled lines and flowing curves from all angles. Move to the front, and you’ll find a variety of attention-drawing grille designs based on your style—from the regal black mesh design on the base trims to the refined Satin Aluminum finish on Platinum models to exude aggressive elegance on every road. In the rear, you’ll have a standard chrome liftgate applique along with LED taillamps to leave a strong impression as you drive off. Upgrade your looks even further with the ultra-sporty and athletic quad chrome exhaust tips that are ready to unleash proud roars.

Curious how this ride keeps up with other striking mid-sized SUVs? Today, we’ll take a look at the 2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Chevrolet Traverse to see which model caters to your driving style best. While you’re at it, stop by Marlow Ford in Luray, VA, to test drive the 2020 Ford Explorer to see how this SUV will change the way you adventure and cruise.

Making Work Seamless…While Crafting an Epic Ride Every Mile

Even in the base trim of the 2020 Ford Explorer, the 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 knows how to bring exhilarating rides with 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft torque, which helps you rapidly get up and moving at city speeds or even trailer up to 5,300 lbs (perfect for boats, trailers, powersport vehicles, etc.). Also, the EPA-estimated 21 city/28 highway mpg helps you ride around with full efficiency, whether you’re commuting to class or the office or embarking on an epic weekend escape. For even more power, the 3.0L EcoBoost V6 on the ST trim grants you 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft torque for swift rides that will keep up with many sports cars you find on the road—plus, with up to 5,600 lbs of towing capacity, it’s hard to find off-limit tasks.

By comparison, the 2020 Chevy Traverse also offers a fun ride in its sole 3.6L V6 engine packing 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft torque; however, keep in mind that you’re riding with 44 less torque than what you’ll find in the Ford SUV’s base model (149 when compared to the ST trim), which makes a difference when it comes to take-off speeds. Also, the Chevy model only offers a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs, which helps you move utility trailers, but you’ll also feel more limited when it comes to heavier watercrafts, campers, and more. Thus, the 2020 Ford Explorer takes a win for performance and power.

Cabin Fit to You: Blending Luxury and Practicality

Step inside the 2020 Ford Explorer, and you’ll find no shortage of space with up to 43 inches of legroom in the front—helping your passengers kick out their legs, relax, and enjoy the ride without a cramped feeling. For even more comfort, features like Tri-Zone Climate Controls come standard so that you and your riders can set different temperature configurations at the same time to cool off or warm up without bickering the entire trip.

For managing your seating, the E-Z Entry Second Row allows you to alter seats and navigate different arrangements with the push of a button, helping your passengers get in and out with ease or assist you in managing your cargo and your riders.

When it’s time for entertainment, you’ll have an available 10.1-inch LCD portrait touchscreen that works like your smartphone with features like FordPass Connect Android Auto and Apple CarPlay® to help you connect to your compatible mobile device and jam out to your favorite playlists or take a hands-free call. Meanwhile, the available B&O sound system offers 980 watts and 14 speakers for dynamic beats to your favorite tunes for a near-theater-like quality tone.

When you enter the 2020 Chevy Traverse, you’ll also find a few comfort features, like standard tri-zone climate controls and SmartSlide® seats, which allow you to alter your seating configurations to your ideal arrangement. However, up front, you’ll find less space with only 41 inches of legroom (2 inches less than the Ford SUV), which can make a difference when it comes to stretching out on long rides. Also, for the tech, you’ll have fun with features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but your touchscreen maxes out at an available eight inches—more than two inches smaller than the Ford model, which can create more difficulties when you try to touch specific icons or view streets and names when you’re using the available navigation. For your tunes, the available Bose® 10-speaker Premium Audio System crafts intense bass drops and deep treble, but again, the four extra available speakers in the Ford model helps create a more immersive experience for your riders.

Available Driver Assists: Confidence Found Anywhere

For an extra set of eyes helping you sense dangers during your drives, available Ford Co-Pilot 360 and Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ offer you an extra sense of security on the road, with features like Evasive Steering Assist granting you extra steering support when you need to swerve out of the way of obstacles ahead to help you avoid a fender bender. Meanwhile, BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) not only lets you know when it’s a dangerous time to merge upon detecting vehicles in surrounding lanes but also looks out for other drivers next to your trailer in hard-to-see areas to further warn you of dangers on the road when you’re towing. For even more safety, you’re covered with available features like Lane-Keeping System, Automatic Emergency Braking, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, and more.

Take a ride in the 2020 Chevy traverse, and you’ll also find available driver assists to help you cruise safely, featuring systems like Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, and more. However, keep in mind that the Evasive Steering Assist and the BLIS with trailer coverage are features exclusive to the Ford model in this match-up, giving the safety edge to the 2020 Explorer.

2020 Ford Explorer interior view

Where to Find Your Adventure-Ready SUV Today in Luray, VA

Ready to take command of the roads in a bold mid-size SUV that never compromises power, comfort, or safety? Head to Marlow Ford in Luray, VA, to take the 2020 Ford Explorer for a test drive. Our team is also here to help as your local Ford dealer—let us know a trim or package you’re looking for, and we’ll dedicate our time to helping you find a Ford Explorer for sale that meets your needs.