2018 Ford Explorer vs. 2018 Chevrolet Traverse

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  • 2018 Ford Explorer

    2018 Ford Explorer

    Starting at

    $32,140

    2018 Chevrolet Traverse

    2018 Chevrolet Traverse

    Starting at

    $29,930

    27Combined MPG26
    5,000 lbsTowing Capacity1,500 lbs

    When you’re looking for the best new SUV for your family, size and capability matters. We’re taking a look at two top-of-the-line vehicles in the SUV market – the 2018 Ford Explorer vs. 2018 Chevrolet Traverse – to determine which is the best new family vehicle for you.

    The 2018 Ford Explorer is a large-sized SUV that seats up to seven people. With a tech-dominated interior and the safety features to always keep you and your family safe, this will be a tough competition. The 2018 Ford Explorer earns its name with its advanced all-terrain capabilities, making trips to the mountains, to the desert, or to a winter landscape that much easier. A comfortable interior and classic Ford exterior, with excellent fuel efficiency, this is an SUV that’ll make your family excited to go on road trips and adventures.

    The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has a stunning and sleek exterior design to get really excited about. With classic leather seating and a noise-canceling cabin, this is an SUV that has luxury in the forefront. With an abundance of safety features, this is going to be a close competition. However, with a superior towing capacity, gas mileage, and the latest in high-tech technology, we think the 2018 Ford Explorer is the frontrunner in this competition.

  • Capability

    When it comes to capability in an SUV, buyers want a vehicle that performs well in all terrain and has the fuel economy not to break the bank after the vehicle is driven off the lot. The 2018 Ford Explorer and the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse have some impressive capability features that’ll leave you confident once you get on the road.

    2018 Ford Explorer

    The 2018 Ford Explorer is an aggressive and dynamic vehicle with an advanced towing capacity of up to 5,000 lbs. The SUV also includes an Intelligent 4WD Terrain Management System, which lets you shift through settings like mud, snow, gravel, grass or snow, and includes hill descent control and trailer sway control so that your vehicle and anything you may be trailering is always going at the correct and safest speed.
    The 2018 Ford Explorer is equipped with a 3.5L EcoBoost engine which has the power and performance to get you where you need to go. With an included engine cooler, wiring harness, tow hitch, side roof rails, and hands-free foot-activated liftgate, this SUV has the capability to handle anything and everything.

    2018 Chevrolet Traverse

    The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has some similar performance capabilities as the 2018 Ford Explorer, with a 1,500 lb towing capacity and a number of traction mode selections to adjust your vehicle for any surface. The traction mode selections include FWD, 4×4 Snow, Off-Road, and Tow/Haul, making any of your driving needs that much more convenient and smooth.
    The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse also includes a number of technologies like stop/start mode which helps you save on gas while in the city. However, without some of the smart safety features for trailering, we think that in the 2018 Ford Explorer vs the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse competition, the 2018 Ford Explorer is the all-out winner.

  • Safety

    The engineers at Ford and Chevrolet know that safety is one of the most important components when it comes to SUVs. The 2018 Ford Explorer and 2018 Chevrolet Traverse come stacked with the latest in safety technology so you can drive confidently knowing that you are your family are in the best of hands.

    2018 Ford Explorer

    When it comes to safety, the 2018 Ford Explorer has you covered. This SUV is equipped with an array of the latest in safety technologies. These include a front 180-degree camera – which allows you to see around corners and alleyways when you’re pulling out of a parking spot, the side parking sensor – which alerts you when you’re too close to another vehicle when you’re pulling into a parking space, park out assist – which automatically helps you out of tricky parking spaces by steering and shifting for you, while all you have to do is accelerate and break, and parallel parking assist – which senses and alerts you to when an appropriate parallel parking spot is available and automatically steers into the space for you. Both safe and convenient, the 2018 Ford Explorer takes the stress out of driving.
    The 2018 Ford Explorer is also available with a Ford Safe and Smart package which includes a blind spot alert system, rain sensing wipers, auto high beam headlights, lane keeping system, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision alert. The latest in safety features are available with this SUV, and also includes a FordPass mobile app, which lets your smart device sync to your car so you can always locate your vehicle, remotely access features like the lock and unlock, start, and vehicle status. This futuristic vehicle is truly the SUV of tomorrow.

    2018 Chevrolet Traverse

    The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is also equipped with a number of safety features like the forward collision alert, lane keep assist, pedestrian alert, and a rear vision camera. Back end safety includes rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist with blind zone alert, rear park assist – which guides you while backing up into spaces via guiding lines on the rear vision camera.
    The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse also comes available with extras like Teen Driver Technology, where you can customize settings for your teen and includes an in-vehicle report card to pinpoint problem areas for your teen. However, without some of the parking assist technologies as the 2018 Ford Explorer, and lacking some of the smartphone connectivity capabilities, we still think that the 2018 Ford Explorer has the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse beat.

  • Interior

    When it comes to the interior of a vehicle, and interior technology, car buyers want the best of the best. Buyers want to be in a comfortable and luxurious space, while also having the latest technologies at their fingertips. Check out what the 2018 Ford Explorer and the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse can offer you.

    2018 Ford Explorer

    The interior of the 2018 Ford Explorer is dynamic and aggressive, decked out in all black with a high-tech command center that includes all the options you may need while on the road. The 2018 Explorer Premium is available with premium gray Nirvana leather seating, heated bucket seats, and wood accents to give it a classic and luxurious aesthetic. The 2018 Ford Explorer can also seat up to seven adults, with easy slide back rows to maximize cargo space if all the seats are not being used. Perfect for the family, pets, and gear, this is a great vehicle to get you where you need to go – from the supermarket to the lake.
    The 2018 Ford Explorer is also equipped with a Sync 3 eight-inch touch screen display that includes voice navigation, connects with your smartphone, and lets you stay focused on the road. This vehicle also has a unique Ford+Alexa capability, making Amazon Alexa available in your car as well as in your home. This Ford+Alexa match gives you access to traffic information, Amazon Prime shopping, and can also give you control of your supported smart home devices. The 2018 Ford Explorer is truly a home away from home, giving you access to your home, as well as over 30,000 other apps to keep you connected while you’re in your vehicle.

    2018 Chevrolet Traverse

    The interior of the 2018 Ford Explorer is dynamic and aggressive, decked out in all black with a high-tech command center that includes all the options you may need while on the road. The 2018 Explorer Premium is available with premium gray Nirvana leather seating, heated bucket seats, and wood accents to give it a classic and luxurious aesthetic. The 2018 Ford Explorer can also seat up to seven adults, with easy slide back rows to maximize cargo space if all the seats are not being used. Perfect for the family, pets, and gear, this is a great vehicle to get you where you need to go – from the supermarket to the lake.
    The 2018 Ford Explorer is also equipped with a Sync 3 eight-inch touch screen display that includes voice navigation, connects with your smartphone, and lets you stay focused on the road. This vehicle also has a unique Ford+Alexa capability, making Amazon Alexa available in your car as well as in your home. This Ford+Alexa match gives you access to traffic information, Amazon Prime shopping, and can also give you control of your supported smart home devices. The 2018 Ford Explorer is truly a home away from home, giving you access to your home, as well as over 30,000 other apps to keep you connected while you’re in your vehicle.

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