Do-it-all SUVs appeal to many adventure-seeking drivers around Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland. However, which SUV is the best equipped to handle your journeys? Well, we'd like to introduce two versatile SUVs: the Ford Explorer vs. Chevy Traverse. Both SUVs effortlessly accommodates families and solo adventures alike due to its ample interior room, impressive towing capabilities, and more.

At Richmond Ford Lincoln, we thought it would be helpful to compare key features from the 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Chevrolet Traverse side by side. By reading this detailed comparison, you can determine which SUV is the ideal partner for your journeys!

Ford Explorer vs Chevy Traverse: Performance Specs

Both the Ford Explorer and Chevy Traverse are large models, but they move with precision and responsiveness thanks to their powerful engines, making them feel much lighter on the open road.

For the 2020 Explorer, there are three unique engine options compared to just one from the Traverse. The standard Explorer engine is a 2.3L 4-cylinder that produces up to 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. If you want to go for efficiency instead, you can outfit your SUV with a 3.3L Hybrid.

The last available engine in the Explorer is a 3.0L V6, which can generate a heart-pounding 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque when you go for the ST trim level.

By comparison, the sole engine in the Traverse is a 3.6L, which only produces 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque.  

  • The 2020 Ford Explorer comes equipped with three engine options vs. the Chevy Traverse, which carries only one engine option.
  • The Chevy Traverse is less powerful than the Ford Explorer, only generating 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque vs. the maximum horsepower of 400 and 415 lb-ft of torque found with the 2020 Explorer's 3.0L V6 engine.

Is the Chevy Traverse Bigger than the Ford Explorer?  

When considering size and the interior, the Ford Explorer provides just a bit more room than the Chevy Traverse in key areas.

The Explorer is exceptional when it comes to accommodating passengers no matter where they may be positioned in the cabin.

The legroom in the 2020 Ford Explorer is generous, with 43 inches in the front row and 39 inches in the second row. The interior dimensions are tighter in the Traverse, which offers just 41 inches in the front row and 38.4 inches in the second row.

The story is the same when considering hip room, too. For the Explorer, the first row provides 59.2 inches, while the second row offers up 59.1 inches. By comparison, the Traverse is a narrower vehicle, offering just 58.1 inches of front hip room and 56.9 inches of second-row hip room.

Technology Comparison

Infotainment plays a key role in the day-to-day travels, whether you need to make a hands-free phone call or pull up navigation. Both the Explorer and Traverse excel in this area, with Ford pulling ahead thanks to a recent redesign.

When you go for the Ford Premium Technology Package, your SUV will feature:

  • 10.1-inch LCD Capacitive Portrait Touchscreen
  • 980-Watt B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen with 14 speakers
  • Multicontour Seats with Active Motion®

When pitted against the 10.1-inch touchscreen in the Explorer, the 8-inch display in the Chevy Traverse just doesn't carry the same advanced features.

For 2020, Take the Ford Explorer Over the Chevy Traverse

While close, the 2020 Ford Explorer has too much going for it in terms of performance, space, and infotainment for the Traverse to keep pace. If you want to schedule a test drive of the 2020 Explorer around Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland, reach out to our team at Richmond Ford Lincoln!


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