2018 Chevrolet Traverse vs Ford Explorer

June 27th, 2018 by

2018 Chevrolet Traverse vs Ford Explorer

You’re not alone if you want the space that a midsize SUV offers without feeling like you’re driving a boat down the freeway. The Chevrolet Traverse is fully redesigned for 2018. So let’s compare the Traverse to one its foremost rivals: the Ford Explorer. In this comparison guide, we’ll see which manufacturer has made a midsize SUV that maximizes the advantages of its class while minimizing the drawbacks.

Spaciousness: Chevy Traverse

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has slightly larger exterior dimensions this year but the Traverse has made a huge difference on the inside. Because this SUV is plenty big, with seating for seven or eight depending on configuration. And your passengers will not feel cramped. In fact, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the wide, comfortable seats. If you get the captain chairs option, it’s a cinch to climb into the third row. You’ll also find that there’s adequate legroom in every row for the average-sized adult. And tall adults won’t mind the second row either. Finally, the cargo capacity is some of the best in this class, with a jaw-dropping 23 cubic feet behind the third row and 98.2 cubes overall.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Interior

The Ford Explorer has seating for seven or six with second-row captain chairs, so there’s already less seating available. There’s not enough leg support in the front seats and those in the third row might feel cramped unless the second row pulls they’re seats forward. But, overall, passengers will be fine as the Explorer is about as roomy in terms of head- and legroom as the Traverse. But there’s a difference in cargo capacity too. There’s 21 cubic feet behind the third row and 81.7 overall. So in terms of overall cabin space, the Traverse wins out but just by a bit.

Driving: Chevy Traverse

While it’s true that the 2018 Ford Explorer can tow and has more spirited acceleration than the Chevrolet Traverse, you’ll pay for it in maneuverability and handling. The Traverse is easy like Sunday morning, with excellent steering and braking. With a 310-horsepower engine, the Traverse is a perfectly capable machine, but the biggest selling-point is the way the Traverse handles. The Chevy is smooth and drives more like a four-door sedan than a mid-size SUV.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse On the Road

Meanwhile, you will feel every one of the Ford Explorer’s 4,500 pounds. Many complain that the Explorer feels even bigger than this Ford really is, with tricky maneuverability and suffering from poor visibility. The Explorer is a mighty powerhouse with three available engine options, but if you worry about driving something as big as a midsize SUV, the Explorer probably isn’t for you.

Savings: Chevy Traverse

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has better fuel economy (18/27 mpg to the Explorer’s 17/24) and a lower starting price ($29,930 to the Explorer’s $32,140). So overall, you’re going to save more driving the Chevy Traverse. That’s good news for your wallet. And with tons of interior space that you want without feeling all that weight while you drive, the Traverse might be just your size.