Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2016 Chevrolet Traverse VS 2016 Ford Explorer In IA

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2016 Chevrolet Traverse

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2016 Chevrolet Traverse

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2016 Ford Explorer

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Traverse are height-adjustable, and the middle and rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Ford Explorer doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle or rear seat belts.

The Traverse offers an optional front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Explorer doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Traverse and the Explorer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Traverse is safer than the Ford Explorer:

Traverse

Explorer

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Traverse is safer than the Ford Explorer:

Traverse

Explorer

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

52

73

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

129 G’s

159 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

110

144

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

36 G’s

Hip Force

704 lbs.

713 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

17 inches

HIC

285

407

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

677 lbs.

909 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Traverse’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Explorer’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Traverse for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Explorer.

Reliability Comparison

The Traverse has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Explorer doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Traverse’s reliability will be 14% better than the Explorer.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Traverse third among midsize SUVs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Explorer isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 12th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 65 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Traverse LTZ is faster than the Ford Explorer turbo 4 cyl.:

Traverse

Explorer

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.9 MPH

84.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Traverse uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Explorer Sport/Platinum requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Traverse has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Explorer (22 vs. 18.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Chevrolet Traverse’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ford Explorer only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Traverse’s wheelbase is 6.1 inches longer than on the Explorer (118.9 inches vs. 112.8 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Traverse has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Explorer can only carry up to 7.

The Traverse has .7 inches more front hip room, 1 inch more rear hip room, 7.6 inches more third row hip room and 6.8 inches more third row shoulder room than the Explorer.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Traverse’s cargo area provides more volume than the Explorer.

Traverse

Explorer

Behind Third Seat

24.4 cubic feet

21 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

70.3 cubic feet

43.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

116.3 cubic feet

81.7 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

When the Traverse LTZ is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Explorer’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Recommendations Comparison

The Chevrolet Traverse has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Traverse

Explorer

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

n/a

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