Compare Ford Explorer vs. Chevrolet Traverse

Compare the Ford Explorer against the Chevrolet Traverse. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Explorer stacks up against the Traverse in terms of performance, features, safety, prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Explorer or Traverse. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2014 Ford Explorer 2014 Chevrolet Traverse
2014 Ford Explorer 2014 Chevrolet Traverse
FWD 4dr Base
  • FWD 4dr Base
  • 4WD 4dr Base
  • FWD 4dr XLT
  • 4WD 4dr XLT
  • FWD 4dr Limited
  • 4WD 4dr Limited
  • 4WD 4dr Sport
  • FWD LS
  • AWD LS
  • FWD LT w/1LT
  • AWD LT w/1LT
  • FWD LT w/2LT
  • AWD LT w/2LT


MSRP $30,015 $30,795  
Invoice $28,288 $29,563
Avg. Paid $25,921 $24,530

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.5 8.0  
Critics' Rating 7.8 8.3
Performance 7.1 7.9
Interior 7.0 7.9
Cost to Own 8.5 8.4
Safety 9.2 9.7
Reliability 2.5 3.0

Pros & Cons

  • Handsome, first-rate cabin materials
  • Very good fuel economy with turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Generous cargo space
  • Easy to maneuver for its size
  • Troublesome MyFord Touch system
  • Cramped third row
  • Less maneuverable than some rivals
  • Engine can feel underpowered on highway

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic  
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Regular Unleaded V-6 3.5 L/213 Gas V6 3.6L/217
MPG 17 City / 24 Hwy 17 City / 24 Hwy



Body Style Sport Utility Sport Utility  


Wheelbase(in) 112.6 118.90  
Length, Overall (in) 197.1 203.70
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.9 78.50
Height, Overall (in) 70.4 69.90

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Privacy Glass Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Running Boards Optional  
Rear Spoiler Standard Standard


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4534 4646  

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard  
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Steel Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard


Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional  
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs) 2000


Convenience & Comfort

Back-Up Camera Standard  
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional
Luggage Rack Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 7 8  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 151.7 150.8
Front Head Room (in) 41.4 40.40
Front Leg Room (in) 40.6 41.30
Front Shoulder Room (in) 61.3 61.50
Front Hip Room (in) 57.3 58.00
Second Head Room (in) 40.5 39.40
Second Leg Room (in) 39.8 36.80
Second Shoulder Room (in) 61 61.00
Second Hip Room (in) 56.7 57.80
Third Leg Room (in) 33.2 33.20
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 80.7 116.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 43.8 70.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.) 21 24.4


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Standard
Entertainment System Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard  
Rear A/C Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard  
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Standard


Cloth Seats Optional Standard  
Additional Rear Seat Standard Standard
Driver Lumbar Optional Standard
Power Driver Seat Optional Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Optional Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard  
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard  
4 Cylinder Engine Optional
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Turbocharged Optional
Engine Type Regular Unleaded V-6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.5 L/213 3.6L/217
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 290 @ 6500 281 @ 6300
Torque (Net @ RPM) 255 @ 4000 266 @ 3400
Transmission Automatic w/OD Automatic
Turning diameter 38.9 40.4


Flexible Fuel Capability Standard  
Gasoline Fuel Optional Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 24
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.6 22.0


Suspension Type - Front Strut Coil-Over Strut  
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Linked H-Arm
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link w/Coil Springs


Automatic Standard Standard  
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.