Mid-size three-row SUVs like the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse are something special in the industry. They offer a more athletic drive while still giving you family the luxury of that all-important third row. Plus, they tend to have more cargo and passenger volume, something that busy families will appreciate. The 2020 Ford Explorer is another mid-size model that doesn’t quite live up to its promises of interior space. Interior legroom and headroom go to the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse this year, and that’s not the only category where the Traverse comes out ahead. Drive Taylor is serving Boardman Lancaster Hermitage with a brief look at both vehicles today in our 2020 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2020 Ford Explorer comparison. We believe the moment you see both side by side, you’ll want to get down here to Drive Taylor and nab a great deal on a Traverse. Here’s why.
Horsepower is a major part of what gives a vehicle its edgy, confident drive. The 310 horsepower Traverse (standard) is a bit better than the base model Explorer’s 290 horsepower. So you get all that power for much cheaper, all with more amenities and a roomier interior. The Traverse’s 266 lb-ft of torque also nets it a greater amount of immediate, responsive power to the wheels. Both vehicles have similar turning diameters, so there’s a tie in that category, but if you want a family SUV that really hits the road with authority, it’s the Traverse. Your base model will be a more economical option for you as well. Many families today are trying to save dollars where they can, and the Traverse is one of the best options for its money. Many people consider the Explorer a bit overpriced, especially its not very well equipped base model with an underpowered engine.
You’ll also save a little bit of money at the gas pump when you buy a Traverse. Its 27 MPG high miles is slightly better than the Explorer’s 24 MPG (city MPG is better on the Traverse, too, by a margin of 18-17 MPG). While this might not seem like much of a difference, over the years the Traverse can save you a small but tidy sum of money for extra fun on road trips. Grab a cup of coffee for the whole front row to celebrate the bit of money you save on fuel economy.
Roominess is one of the major perks of a “larger” mid-size model. The Traverse is significantly bigger and more spaciously designed on the interior than the 2020 Ford Explorer. While you might feel a bit claustrophobic in an Explorer, you’ll never feel that way inside a Traverse. Its 98.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity and standard seating for 8 on its L and LS trims (also available on the LT trim with a second-row bench seat) will leave you and your family feeling like you never left home.
People who appreciate everyday life in SUVs know that part of their charm is the feeling of “home” that they convey through their design. Only a spacious SUV with seating for the whole family is going to really hit the mark here. The Explorer’s outdated design continues to disappoint in its failure to account for larger families. Go with the SUV that gives you plenty of room to sit back and enjoy life. That’s the Traverse. Its seating for 8 is better than the 7-seat Explorer has to offer.
When you hop into a family SUV, you want to have features that the whole family can enjoy. Standard features on the Traverse are impressive. For example, it has a CD player, WiFi Hotspot, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, all standard for the whole family to enjoy. Also standard are comfort features like automatic climate control in dual-zones.
The 2020 Traverse remains one of your best mid-size 3-row options, with as much cargo capacity as a full-size SUV. It’s going to be less bulky than a full-size model, though, so we really hand it to Chevy for creating this one with the driver in mind. You won’t have to fret over parking in the Traverse, either, thanks to its large touchscreen infotainment system and excellent camera angles. Safety features are excellent as well and include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane-keeping assists galore. It’s a fully rounded menu and list of features that keep the whole family in mind.
Serving Boardman Lancaster Hermitage customers with fantastic deals on Chevy models is what we do best here at Drive Taylor. We’re happy to offer up full test drives of any trim of Traverse today. Trims start with the modest L and continue through the LS, LT Cloth, LT leather, RS, Premier, and High Country. Call today to schedule a test drive of your favorite Traverse!