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2017 Chevy Traverse vs 2017 Ford Explorer

SUVs are not all made the same, which is why it is important to carefully compare the top models on your list to find the vehicle that suits you the best. Of course, this can be time consuming, and chances are you don't have the time to sort through fact sheets and brochures. That's why we're here to help you out.

The 2017 Chevy Traverse and 2017 Ford Explorer are two popular models in the three-row midsize SUV segment. It's really no wonder why, when both of them are great for families due to their 5-star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And if you know Parks Chevrolet, you know we do everything family-style, which is why we've pinpointed some ways in which the Traverse may be a better SUV option for you and your children.

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2017 Chevy Traverse VS 2017 Ford Explorer
Up to 116.3 cu. ft. Cargo Space Up to 81.7 cu. ft.
8 Maximum Passenger Capacity 7
5 stars NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 stars
Up to 5,200 lbs. Towing Capacity Up to 5,000 lbs.

2017 Traverse vs 2017 Explorer: Which One Is Better For Your Family?

For one, the Traverse has a big advantage when it comes to interior space for passengers. Overall passenger volume is nearly identical, with the Explorer offering less than one additional cubic foot of passenger room than the Traverse. But the Explorer is only designed to seat up to 7 passengers. For those with large families or many friends, the Traverse's 8-passenger capacity is much more appealing. When you need to optimize the interior space for cargo, the Traverse blows the Explorer away with up to 116.3 cu. ft., while also offering a higher maximum towing capacity.

The cargo space of the Traverse definitely stands out for families that love to take road trips, but so does the available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi. You can connect up to seven devices at a time, which helps to keep everyone at any age entertained on the road. Better yet, it keeps you from using up all the data on your cell phone plan.

When it comes to the power under the hood, the two models may appear to cancel each other out in standard engine configurations, with the Explorer offering slightly more horsepower from its standard engine and the Traverse delivering more torque. Though this may be the case, we think you will find the Traverse's 266 lb.-ft. of torque to be available exactly when you need it in low rpm situations, as 90% is available between 2,500 and 6,000 rpm.

There are so many more things we could compare between the 2017 Chevy Traverse vs the 2017 Ford Explorer, but we can't mention everything here. If you have questions or simply want to learn more, contact us at Parks Chevrolet, a family-style dealer for family-style Chevy vehicles.

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