2020 Ford Explorer

vs. Chevrolet Traverse

Comparing the Ford Explorer and Chevy Traverse

Chevrolet introduced its redesigned, second-generation Traverse for the 2018 model year as a family vehicle that can accommodate seven or eight people,depending on the second-row seating (bench or buckets). While Explorer and Traverse have similar capabilities, the all new 2020 Explorer offers key advantages with its variety of models, available technology, engine choices and performance.


The standard 2.3LEcoBoost I‑4 engine in Explorer produces nearly as much horsepower and superior torque compared to Traverse V6 with less displacement and fewer cylinders.The standard 3.6L V6 is the end of the story for Traverse performance. Explorer, on the other hand, offers an available 3.0L EcoBoost V6 engine that gives it best-in class V6 horsepower and torque.

If there's something about the Traverse V6 engine that doesn't appeal to a customer, their only option is to choose a different vehicle. Explorer customers,however, have a total of four distinct power train options, including the performance-oriented Explorer ST and the Explorer Limited Hybrid. With a specially tuned 3.0L EcoBoost V6, the ST promises 400 horsepower and 415 lb.‑ft.of torque. Environmentally conscious Explorer customers can select the Hybrid power train, which offers an EPA-estimated 27 city/ 29 hwy./ 28 combined mpg on the RWD model.

Explorer Engine Options

  • 2.3L EcoBoost I-4
    • Horsepower: 300
    • Torque (lb-ft): 310
  • 3.0L EcoBoost V6
    • Horsepower: 365
    • Torque (lb-ft): 380
  • 3.0L EcoBoost V6 (ST)
  • 3.3L Hybrid Powertrain

Traverse Engine Options

  • 3.6L V6
    • Horsepower: 310
    • Torque (lb-ft): 266

Drive Modes

Explorer features fivestandard drive modes with RWD vehicles while Traverse FWD offers three - FWD,snow and tow/haul.Explorer models with 4WD have seven drive modes while Traverse AWD model offers just four options with its Traction Mode Select feature.

Explorer 4WD Drive Modes

  • Normal
  • Sport
  • Eco
  • Tow/Haul
  • Slippery
  • Deep Snow/Sand
  • Trail

Traverse 4WD Drive Modes

  • FWD
  • 4x4
  • Eco
  • Off-Road
  • Tow/Haul


Explorer equipped with the Class III Trailer Tow Package can tow more than Traverse with either EcoBoost engine.Explorer customers can also order the efficient Hybrid powertrain and still match the Traverse tow rating. In addition, Explorer customers who tow will have BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert plus trailer coverage, which extends the sensors' range up to 33 feet.

Explorer Maximum Trailer Weight

  • Up to 5,600 lbs.

Explorer Maximum Trailer Weight

  • Up to 5,000 lbs.


Both vehicles offer an impressive collection of driver-assist features. The difference with 2020 Explorer is, Ford Co-Pilot360 is standard, whereas Traverse offers active safety features in two available packages.

Standard Ford Co-Pilot360

  • Auto high beams
  • BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert and trailercoverage
  • Lane-Keeping System with Driver Alert
  • Rear View Camera with washer
  • Pre-Collision Assist with AEB, PedestrianDetection and Forward Collision Warning withDynamic Brake Support

The Explorer tech advantages continue beyond Ford Co-Pilot360 being standard.Explorer also offers all-new available features that Traverse does not have.

Features Not Available on Traverse

  • Active Park Assist 2.0 with Park Out Assist
  • Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Lane Centering and the new Speed Sign Recognition
  • Reverse Brake Assist
  • Michelin 20" self-sealing tires


Traverse has the advantage in cargo room with 98.2 cu. ft. behind the first row compared to 87.8 cu. ft. in the Explorer.

The all-new Explorer has increased cargo space behind the first row compared to the previous generation (was 81.7 cu. ft.) - and has added conveniences. Explorer offers PowerFold third-row seats that fold-flat at the touch of a button, along with the E‑Z Entry second-row that can be folded flat using one hand. Also, in vehicles with the towing package,Explorer provides a Cargo Area Management System with adjustable panels to configure for different-sized items.

Both vehicles offer an available hands-free foot activated liftgate, but Explorer comes standard with a power liftgate, while Traverse has a manual liftgate for the basic trims.

Built for Life's Adventures

The 2020 Explorer has been completely redesigned - inside, outside and under the hood. In addition to capability enhancing features like rear-wheel drive, there are also two available trims. Ford now offers a commanding, no-compromise Explorer Limited Hybrid as well as the most powerful Explorer to date, the Explorer ST. With 400 horsepower, 415 lb.-ft. of torque and top speed of 143 mph, an ST brings the adventure to you.*

*Horsepower and torque ratings based on premium fuel per SAEJ1349 standard. Your results may vary.

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  • Sales: (816) 524-6550
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  1. Bob Sight Ford

    610 NW Blue Parkway
    Lees Summit, MO 64063

    • Sales: (816) 524-6550
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