Looking for a 3-row vehicle to take you around Lewisville, Frisco, and The Colony? Then you may be considering the 2022 Ford Explorer and Chevy Traverse. If so, you’ve come to the right place!
At Sam Pack's Five Star Ford of Lewisville, our team put these vehicles head-to-head to show you how they stack up in terms of performance, towing, MPG, interior, and technology. That way, you can decide which one is right for you.
MASSAGING FRONT SEATS
The Explorer also offers a hybrid powertrain if you’re looking to optimize your fuel efficiency. It achieves an EPA-estimated 27 city/28 highway MPG so you won’t need to make frequent stops on your next road trip.
Expect to spend more time at the pump with the Traverse since it earns an EPA-estimated 18 city/21 highway MPG.
The 2022 Explorer allows you to take control of your driving experience with three available powertrains:
- 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 engine: 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque
- 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 engine: 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque
- 3.3L hybrid V6 engine: 318 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque
On the other hand, the Traverse only offers one engine, so you won’t have the option to choose the best option for your specific needs. Additionally, it falls short with only 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, so you’re sure to notice a difference in the way it performs.
If you’re looking for more brawn to bring your camper or boat on weekend excursions, opt for the available 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 in the Explorer. With the right equipment, it can tow up to 5,600 pounds with ease.
The Traverse falls short yet again with a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. Due to this, you’ll have to leave some of your larger items at home.
While both vehicles offer drive modes to help improve their performance, those offered by the Explorer are more versatile than the ones in the Traverse. The 2021 Explorer has drive modes to help handle specific terrain, such as:
- Deep Snow/Sand
The Traverse, on the other hand, only has five drive modes, such as Off-Road and Tow/Haul. It doesn’t have a mode similar to the Explorer’s Slippery or Eco modes.
With seating for seven in these roomy SUVs, it’s important that your entire family stays comfortable throughout your journey. There’s no need to spar over the perfect cabin climate in the 2022 Ford Explorer and Chevy Traverse thanks to standard tri-zone automatic climate control. It provides separate temperature settings for you, your front passenger, and the second row, creating a cozy ride all around.
You may find the driver’s seat of the Explorer to be more comfortable than the competition. After all, you can add available multicontour seats with Active Motion® to the front row. This top-of-the-line feature provides massage settings to soothe tense or tired muscles. Unfortunately, you won’t be treated to this luxurious feature in the Traverse.