2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Chevrolet Traverse

Ford and Chevrolet are two companies that have been competing for decades. This rivalry is illustrated well when looking at the 2017 Ford Explorer vs the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse. These two SUV models both offer capable performance along with several great comfort, technology and safety features.

Both Ford and Chevrolet decide to equip their SUV models with standard V-6 engines. All Chevrolet Traverse models come equipped with a 281-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine. Base Ford Explorer models are able to best this performance via a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine.

In addition to the base V-6, the Explorer can be equipped with two additional EcoBoost engine options. The first available engine, a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder, allows the Explorer to earn an estimated 19 city/27 highway miles per gallon while still producing a respectable 280 horsepower. The best power numbers available on the Explorer come via the third engine, a turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6. This engine maxes out the SUV’s performance at 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. When properly equipped, the Explorer’s two V-6 engines both offer maximum towing ratings of 5,000 pounds.

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2017 Ford Explorer VS 2017 Chevrolet Traverse
290-hp 3.5-liter V-6 Base Engine 281-hp 3.6-liter V-6
3 Engine Options 1
365 Max Horsepower 281
19 city/27 hwy mpg Fuel Economy 15 city/22 hwy mpg

2017 Ford Explorer, 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Trim Level Comparison

2017 Ford Explorer and 2017 Chevrolet Traverse models are both offered in multiple trim levels. The Explorer is available in five main models, while the Traverse is only offered in three.

The 2017 Explorer model lineup includes Base, XLT, Limited, Sport and Platinum trim levels. Base models still a healthy collection of standard features, including automatic LED headlights, LED taillights, a rearview camera, rear climate control and the SYNC system with Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary connectivity.

The higher trim levels add features like LED foglights, rear parking sensors, keypad entry, push-button start, satellite radio, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, a dual-pane sunroof, adaptive cruise control with forward collision alerts, leather upholstery, a rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens, a premium 12-speaker Sony sound system, heated and ventilated front seats and Ford’s SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system.

The sheer variety offered by the various engine options and trim levels of the 2017 Ford Explorer can be matched by very few competing vehicles.

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