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2012 Chevrolet Traverse

2012 Ford Explorer

  2012 Chevrolet Traverse 2012 Ford Explorer
MSRP
$29,660
$28,280
Invoice $28,177 $26,837
MPG
City/Highway
16/24 17/25
Rating
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
Bottom Line One of the best big crossovers for families needing seven-passenger capability, the 2012 Chevy Traverse is spacious and safe, though unexciting. Read Full Review It's a rifle shot at the heart of the crossover market: the 2012 Ford Explorer gives any SUV loyalist a reason to leap off their very high horse. Read Full Review
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Likes:

  • User-friendly interior
  • Lots of standard features
  • Controlled, comfortable ride
  • Spare, clean styling
  • Good build quality

Dislikes:

  • Cargo floor sits high
  • Leaden handling
  • Transmission hesitates too much
  • Gas mileage is mediocre

Likes:

  • Great mix of SUV, crossover cues
  • Cabin is spacious, with plenty of headroom
  • Electric steering is wired for fun
  • MyFord Touch breaks down new tech walls
  • Gas mileage up strongly, EcoBoost or no

Dislikes:

  • A soft-roader with less dirt under its nails
  • MyFord Touch's glitches and learning curve
  • EcoBoost costs more, not less, than V-6
  • Second-row bench seat needs a lifestyle lift
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