Compare 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe vs 2009 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2011 Ford Explorer

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe
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2009 Chevrolet Traverse
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2011 Ford Explorer
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2WD 4-Door 1500 LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door 1500 LS 15 21 $35,321 $37,980
4WD 4-Door 1500 LS 15 21 $39,097 $42,040
2WD 4-Door 1500 LT 15 21 $39,831 $42,830
4WD 4-Door 1500 LT 15 21 $42,482 $45,680
2WD 4-Door 20 23 $48,332 $51,145
2WD 4-Door 1500 LTZ 15 21 $47,862 $51,465
4WD 4-Door 20 23 $50,982 $53,950
4WD 4-Door 1500 LTZ 15 21 $50,750 $54,570
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FWD 4-Door LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door LS 17 24 $27,608 $29,215
AWD 4-Door LS 16 23 $29,498 $31,215
FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 17 24 $29,999 $31,745
AWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 16 23 $31,889 $33,745
FWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 17 24 $32,569 $34,465
AWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 16 23 $34,459 $36,465
FWD 4-Door LTZ 17 24 $37,776 $39,975
AWD 4-Door LTZ 16 23 $39,666 $41,975
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FWD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 17 25 $26,886 $28,360
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $28,726 $30,360
FWD 4-Door XLT 17 25 $29,479 $31,520
4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $31,299 $33,520
FWD 4-Door Limited 17 25 $34,952 $37,535
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $36,772 $39,535
Pricing
Invoice Price
$35,321
$27,608
$26,886
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$37,980
$29,215
$28,360
Monthly Payment Estimate
$633 / month
$487 / month
$473 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
7.8
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe is very comfortable, capable vehicle, built on tough, traditional building blocks; and especially in the sophisticated Tahoe Hybrid, it's no dinosaur. The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse is an Acadia/Enclave/Outlook wearing different duds. The 2011 Ford Explorer a formidable shot right at the heart of the crossover market--one that's sure to pull some of the remaining SUV loyalists off their very high horses.
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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 17 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 24 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type
Liftgate - -
EPA Classification
- 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in)
25.6 33.2 33.2
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 39.4 40.5
Third Hip Room (in)
49.1 48.3 40.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
65.2 61.3 61.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.3 40.6
Third Head Room (in)
37.9 37.8 37.8
Front Hip Room (in)
60.3 59.1 57.3
Third Shoulder Room (in)
61.7 57.6 50.8
Second Leg Room (in)
39.0 36.8 39.8
Front Head Room (in)
41.1 40.4 41.4
Second Hip Room (in)
60.6 57.8 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
65.3 62.0 61.3
Passenger Capacity
9 8 7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 153.1 151.7
Exterior Dimensions
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
10.5 - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
79.0 78.4 78.9
Side Door Opening Width (in)
NA - -
Overhang, Front (in)
- TBD - - -
Step Up Height - Side (in)
NA - -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
31.7 - -
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in)
202.0 - -
Side Door Opening Height (in)
NA - -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
9.1 - -
Height, Overall (in)
76.9 70.4 70.4
Step Up Height - Front (in)
NA - -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
- TBD - - -
Wheelbase (in)
116.0 118.9 112.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 67.4 67.0
Track Width, Front (in)
- 67.8 67.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 7.2 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
- 205.0 197.1
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD - NA
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
41.7 - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
49.4 - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
60.3 68.3 43.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in)
NA - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
NA - -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
49.1 - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
81.4 - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
108.9 117.9 80.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
15.2 NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
16.9 26.1 21.0
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
- TBD - - -
Brakes
Brake Type
Pwr Power Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA - -
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 x 0.8 13 x 0.8 - TBD -
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.2 12.8 x 1.1 - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA - -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26 22.0 18.6
Fuel Tank Location
- TBD - - -
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA - -
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Pwr
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- TBD - - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
17.8 - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 40.4 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 16.1 15.8
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 2.89 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
2135 - -
Front Tire Size
P265/70R17 P245/70R17 P245/65R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- TBD - - -
Spare Tire Size
P265/70R17 Compact T165/80D17
Front Tire Order Code
QGI QPR - TBD -
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
2135 - -
Spare Tire Order Code
ZVL NA NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- TBD - - -
Rear Tire Size
P265/70R17 P245/70R17 P245/65R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - - -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
2135 - -
Rear Tire Order Code
QGI QPR - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 - TBD - 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
825 - TBD - 300
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 - TBD - 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5500 - TBD - 2000
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Weight Information
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
4100 - -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
2747 - -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
7100 - -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3200 - -
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2889 - -
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
11000 - -
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 4790 4557
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - NA Mini
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
16.6 11.8 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 - TBD - 175
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 - TBD - 650
Maximum Alternator Watts
- TBD - - -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA - -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
335 @ 4000 266 @ 3400 255 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
LMG LLT 998
Displacement
5.3L/323 3.6L/220 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
320 @ 5400 281 @ 6300 290 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol V8 Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SFI SIDI SMPI
Engine Oil Cooler
NA - -
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 19 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 24 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 17 17
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.53 1.84 1.84
Trans Type
6 6 6
Trans PTO Access
NA - -
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA 1.00
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.06 2.88 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.36 2.87 2.87
Trans Order Code
MYC MY9 44J
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA - -
Trans Power Take Off
NA - -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.15 1.41 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Model
NA - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.74 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.03 4.48 4.48
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 3.16 3.16
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility 4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Tahoe Chevrolet Traverse Ford Explorer
Body Code
E52 - -
Suspension
Axle Type - Rear
Semi-floating - -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent MacPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.41 - TBD - 1.26
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
4200 - -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
3250 - -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.08 - -
Axle Type - Front
Independent - -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
46 - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
3400 - -
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Independent Multi-link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
1.10 NA 0.87
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA - -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
4100 - -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
46 - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- NA NA
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder - -
Doors
Side Door Type
NA - -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11 - 9.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
2 5 4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-- -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-- -
Overall Side Crash Rating
-- -
Side Barrier Rating
-- -
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-- -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-- -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-- -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-- -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-- -
Rollover Rating
-- -

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