After some fresh updates for the new year, the 2020 Ford Explorer made a statement as it entered the market. With its bold design and impressive cabin, there are many reasons why Geneva, Canandaigua, and Rochester drivers would be happy cruising the scenic New York roads in this SUV.

However, there is one model that goes head to head with the Ford Explorer-the 2020 Chevy Traverse. To give you a glimpse at how these SUVs stack up against each other, our team at Friendly Ford has put together this detailed comparison. To learn more, continue reading!

Ford vs Chevy: Power and Performance

When it comes to engines, the Ford Explorer and Chevy Traverse both offer an impressive lineup. When opting for the base level Ford Explorer, you'll receive its standard 2.3L EcoBoost® 4-cylinder engine. When equipped with the 10-Speed Automatic Transmission with SelectShift®, this powertrain nets you a monstrous 310 lb-ft of torque.

On the other hand, we have the Chevy Traverse that comes in strong with its 3.6L V6 engine. Although a powerful option, the Traverse can't quite keep up with what the Ford is offering in regard to torque. The Ford Explorer leads the pack with 44 lb-ft more torque than the Chevy Traverse.

Moving on to efficiency, both the Explorer and the Traverse will save you time and money at the gas pump. Although both SUVs offer excellent fuel economy, the Ford remains superior in this category. With the Explorer, you can expect an EPA-estimated 21 city/28 highway MPG. Unfortunately for the Traverse, you'll only receive an EPA-estimated 18 city/27 highway MPG.

Towing Capability

When it comes to towing, the Ford Explorer defeats the Chevy Traverse with its remarkable rating. When properly equipped, the Ford Explorer XLT offers a maximum towing capacity of 5,300 pounds.

In comparison, the Chevy Traverse offers a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. With the base level trim, you'll only receive a rating of 1,500 pounds when properly equipped. If you are looking to tow your heavy trailers, boats and more, the new Ford Explorer is the obvious choice.

Ford Explorer vs Chevy Traverse: Roomy Interior

If you are on the hunt for an SUV, you're probably looking for an abundance of interior space for both your passengers and cargo.

When riding in the Ford Explorer, you and your passengers will enjoy plenty of space to stretch out with exactly 152.7 cubic feet of passenger volume. Not to mention, you won't feel cramped with 43 inches of legroom in the front row. The Chevy Traverse also offers a roomy cabin but falls short when it comes to legroom. The SUV only offers 41 inches of legroom in the first row.

Ford Explorer vs Chevy Traverse: Which SUV Will You Choose?

Between the two SUVs, the obvious choice is the 2020 Ford Explorer over the 2020 Chevy Traverse. The Explorer offers everything you want and need in a vehicle, plus much more.   

If you're a driver in Geneva, Canandaigua, and Rochester, New York, and want to get behind the wheel of the new Ford Explorer, then give our team at Friendly Ford a call today! We can answer any questions you may have, plus set you up with a test drive.  

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