Compare 2011 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2011 Dodge Durango vs 2011 Ford Explorer

2011 Chevrolet Traverse
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2011 Dodge Durango
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2011 Ford Explorer
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AWD 4-Door LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Traverse AWD 4-Door LS 16 23 $29,801 $31,370
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 16 23 $32,309 $34,010
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 16 23 $34,760 $36,590
Traverse AWD 4-Door LTZ 16 23 $38,237 $40,250
Traverse FWD 4-Door LS 17 24 $27,901 $29,370
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 17 24 $30,409 $32,010
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 17 24 $32,860 $34,590
Traverse FWD 4-Door LTZ 17 24 $36,337 $38,250
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2WD 4-Door Citadel
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Durango 2WD 4-Door Citadel 16 23 $39,407 $42,020
Durango 2WD 4-Door Crew 16 23 $31,581 $33,420
Durango 2WD 4-Door Express 16 23 $27,737 $29,195
Durango 2WD 4-Door Heat 16 23 $28,942 $30,520
Durango 2WD 4-Door R/T 14 20 $33,647 $35,690
Durango AWD 4-Door Citadel 16 22 $41,337 $44,020
Durango AWD 4-Door Crew 16 22 $33,511 $35,420
Durango AWD 4-Door Express 16 22 $29,667 $31,195
Durango AWD 4-Door Heat 16 22 $30,872 $32,520
Durango AWD 4-Door R/T 13 20 $35,941 $38,090
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $28,726 $30,360
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $36,772 $39,535
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $31,299 $33,520
Explorer FWD 4-Door Base 17 25 $26,886 $28,360
Explorer FWD 4-Door Limited 17 25 $34,952 $37,535
Explorer FWD 4-Door XLT 17 25 $29,479 $31,520
Pricing
Invoice Price
$29,801
$39,407
$28,726
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,370
$42,020
$30,360
Monthly Payment Estimate
$523 / month
$700 / month
$506 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.4
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Chevrolet Traverse isn’t fun to drive, but it’s one of the best large crossover wagons for transporting the family comfortably and safely. The 2011 Dodge Durango is the anti-crossover, especially with the HEMI and R/T trim, and if the world still sanctioned big SUVs for small families, the Durango would be elbowing its way to driveways everywhere. 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
16 mpg 16 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 23 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
39.4 39.8 40.5
Passenger Capacity
8 7 7
Third Hip Room (in)
48.3 42.8 40.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.3 58.3 61.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 40.3 40.6
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 37.8 37.8
Front Hip Room (in)
59.1 57.0 57.3
Third Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 50.4 50.8
Second Leg Room (in)
36.8 38.6 39.8
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 39.9 41.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
153.1 - TBD - 151.7
Second Hip Room (in)
57.8 56.0 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
62.0 58.5 61.3
Third Leg Room (in)
33.2 31.5 33.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
67.8 63.9 67.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.2 8.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
205.0 199.8 197.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.4 70.9 70.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 32.2 NA
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.4 64.1 67.0
Wheelbase (in)
118.9 119.8 112.6
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 32.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.4 75.8 78.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
116.4 84.5 80.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
24.4 17.2 21.0
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
68.8 47.7 43.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 x 0.8 13.0 x 0.9 - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 x 1.1 13.8 x 1.3 - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 24.6 18.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 37.1 - TBD -
Steering Type
Power Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.89 3.7 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 19.0 15.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact T165/80D17
Front Tire Order Code
QPR TV9 - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/70R17 P265/50R20 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
QPR TV9 - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P245/70R17 P265/50R20 P245/65R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 930 300
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 5000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 6200 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 500 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
5066 4905 4732
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 20 X 8.0 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 20 X 8.0 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact Mini
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.8 14.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
660 750 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 180 175
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
DI Electronic fuel injection SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
266 @ 3400 260 @ 4800 255 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
LLT ERB 998
Displacement
3.6L/220 3.6L/220 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
281 @ 6300 290 @ 6400 290 @ 6500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 16 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 19 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 23 23
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.16 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.19 2.87
Trans Order Code
MH6 DGJ 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.06 3.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.00 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 NA 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 3.59 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.41 1.84
Trans Type
6 5 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA - 1.00
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.83 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Traverse Dodge Durango Ford Explorer
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 1.26
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent SLA MacPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD - 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 9.8 9.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 3 3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
- -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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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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