|98.2||Max Cargo Space (cu.ft.)||87.8|
|8||Max Passenger Capacity||7|
|157.3||Max Passenger Volume (cu.ft.)||152.7|
SUVs are incredibly popular for the functionality they provide: giving you plenty of space for all your friends and family and offering power that you will not find with a car. Although there are a number of different sizes and styles available, a midsize SUV is a fantastic option if you want the amazing functionality of an SUV without committing to something as big as a full-size model. With so many choices out there, however, it can be challenging to decide on the right one, so it can be useful to compare two popular models such as the 2020 Chevy Traverse vs 2020 Ford Explorer to see how they stack up.
Although the Explorer has a number of great features, there are plenty of ways in which the Chevy Traverse has the advantage. For example, the Traverse has a significantly lower starting price than the Ford Explorer, and when you compare their highest trims, the Traverse offers excellent styling and comfort at a much lower price than the highest trim of the Explorer. Even though it is available at a lower cost, the Chevy Traverse also gives you more interior room for your passengers. Not only in terms of actual overall passenger volume but even seating: you can have more people safely seated in the Traverse than the Explorer.
That greater interior space does not stop at passengers, however, as you also get more room for your stuff with the Traverse. In terms of total cargo volume, you get significantly more space inside the 2020 Chevy Traverse than is available in the 2020 Ford Explorer. And while the Explorer has plenty of great safety features available, it does not have Chevy’s Teen Driver safety system, which is perfect if you have a young driver. Overall, it is clear that the Chevy is the better choice.
For some reason, wanting to pay less for something is often seen as a negative thing. It should not be, though. No matter who you are and no matter how much money you have, choosing a good value is always going to be to your advantage. That is one of the major reasons we prefer the 2020 Chevy Traverse over the Ford Explorer: no matter how you look at it, the Traverse will cost you less.
Looking at the starting price on each of these midsize SUVs is a great place to begin since this gives you a sense of the minimum you should expect to pay. Keep in mind that these are the suggested prices from the manufacturers, and you might find certain deals or offers that bring them down – but we will just focus on the standard price for these two vehicles. The starting price on the Traverse is a modest $29,800, which is an excellent value for such a large, midsize SUV. By comparison, the Ford Explorer starts at $32,765, which is nearly $3,000 more than the Traverse – a difference of almost 10%.
Of course, as we said, that is just the starting price for these two vehicles. Both of them have a number of different trim levels and packages available with all sorts of options you can choose from. But with the lower starting price of the Chevy Traverse, you are in better shape to be able to afford some of those available features without going over your budget.
Even when you look at higher trims for these two models, the pattern remains the same. The highest trim of the Traverse, for example, is the High Country, which starts at $50,900. By contrast, the highest trim of the Explorer is the Platinum, which starts at $58,250. This is a difference of more than 13% – even greater than the differences in their starting prices.
The Chevy Traverse remains a better value with lower prices, no matter how you compare it to the Ford Explorer. Overall, this means that the Traverse is more for your money, which is always important when shopping for a vehicle.
One of the best reasons to choose a midsize SUV over a smaller compact model, or a four-door sedan, is for the tremendous amount of space you get inside for your friends and family. The SUV has replaced the minivan as the de facto family vehicle in the US, and for a good reason. With a great midsize SUV, you have plenty of seating for everyone that you need to take with you, and all of your passengers have lots of space to stretch out on a long road trip.
When you look inside both the 2020 Chevy Traverse and the 2020 Ford Explorer, one thing becomes clear: the Explorer falls short. For starters, just in terms of available seating, the Chevy Traverse comes out on top. That is because the Ford Explorer has seating for seven people, standard. It is a three-row vehicle with two seats in the front, standard two-person seating in the middle, and a three-person bench seat in the third row.
The Chevy Traverse can have the same layout of seats, with two in the first and second row and a bench in the third row, but there is also an option for seating for up to eight people in the Traverse. In this configuration, you get a pair of seats up front, with a three-person bench in the second row and a similar bench in the third row. Of course, if you do not need seating for eight people, then there are available second-row captain’s chairs for a more luxurious experience for your passengers. But no matter what you are looking for, Chevy has you covered.
In addition to this, you simply get more interior room for your passengers overall in the Traverse. That is because the Traverse offers more than 157 cu.ft. of total interior passenger volume, compared to the Explorer, which has just over 152 cu.ft. of total passenger volume. That may not seem like a considerable amount, but it can make a significant difference for your passengers. Meaning, overall, the Chevy Traverse is the more comfortable vehicle.
Although we often look at SUV interiors in terms of seating, since you need to take all of your friends and family with you, it is just as important to look at cargo space. This tells you how much room you have inside for all the stuff you need to take with you. And with so much space for passengers, room for lots of luggage will be important too. Whether you are loading up for a weekend of camping, doing some Sunday tailgating, or just running errands around town, interior cargo space is essential.
No matter how you look at it, you get a lot more cargo space inside the 2020 Chevy Traverse than in the Ford Explorer, but let us take a moment to see just how much more. Behind the third row of seats, the Chevy Traverse gives you 23 cu.ft. of cargo space. From behind the second row of seats, you get more than 57 cu.ft. of space in the Traverse, and overall, the Traverse offers more than 98 cu.ft. of total cargo volume.
By comparison, the Ford Explorers has just over 18 cu.ft. of cargo space behind its third row of seats. Behind the second row, the Explorer offers only over 47 cu.ft. of space, and behind the front row of seats, the Explorer has about 87 cu.ft. of total cargo volume. One look is all it takes to see that this is a massive difference, and means you have much more room for everything you need to take with you inside the 2020 Chevy Traverse.