Compare 2011 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2011 Ford Explorer vs 2011 Ford Flex

2011 Chevrolet Traverse
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2011 Ford Explorer
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2011 Ford Flex
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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
Select style
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
Select style
4-Door Limited AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Flex 4-Door Limited AWD 16 22 $37,237 $40,030
Flex 4-Door Limited AWD w/Ecoboost 16 21 $39,963 $43,025
Flex 4-Door Limited FWD 17 24 $35,553 $38,180
Flex 4-Door SE FWD 17 24 $27,817 $29,355
Flex 4-Door SEL AWD 16 22 $31,805 $34,060
Flex 4-Door SEL AWD w/Ecoboost 16 21 $34,530 $37,055
Flex 4-Door SEL FWD 17 24 $30,121 $32,210
Flex 4-Door Titanium AWD 16 22 $39,508 $42,525
Flex 4-Door Titanium AWD w/Ecoboost 16 21 $42,234 $45,520
Flex 4-Door Titanium FWD 17 24 $37,824 $40,675
Pricing
Invoice Price
$29,801
$28,726
$37,237
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,370
$30,360
$40,030
Monthly Payment Estimate
$523 / month
$506 / month
$667 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.6
9.2
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 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. A singular look, along with top-shelf turbo power and features, earns the 2011 Ford Flex our top score among utility vehicles.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 17 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 23 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD AWD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in)
33.2 33.2 33.3
Second Head Room (in)
39.4 40.5 40.5
Passenger Capacity
8 7 7
Third Hip Room (in)
48.3 40.7 41.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.3 61.0 58.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 40.6 40.8
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 37.8 38.7
Front Hip Room (in)
59.1 57.3 55.5
Third Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 50.8 50.8
Second Leg Room (in)
36.8 39.8 44.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 41.4 41.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
153.1 151.7 155.8
Second Hip Room (in)
57.8 56.7 55.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
62.0 61.3 58.4
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.4 78.9 75.9
Track Width, Front (in)
67.8 67.0 65.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.2 - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
205.0 197.1 201.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.4 70.4 68.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.4 67.0 65.4
Wheelbase (in)
118.9 112.6 117.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
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 80.7 83.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
24.4 21.0 20.0
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 43.8 43.2
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 x 0.8 - TBD - - 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 - TBD - - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 18.6 18.6
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 15.8 17.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 - TBD - 40.7
Steering Type
Power Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.89 - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/70R17 P245/65R17 P235/55R19
Spare Tire Size
Compact T165/80D17 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
QPR - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/70R17 P245/65R17 P235/55R19
Rear Tire Order Code
QPR - TBD - NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 300 300
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 200 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
5066 4732 4643
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Mini Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD - 19 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD - 19 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.8 - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
660 650 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 175 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
281 @ 6300 290 @ 6500 262 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
DI SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
266 @ 3400 255 @ 4100 248 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
LLT 998 99C
Displacement
3.6L/220 3.5L/213 3.5L/213
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 17 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 19 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 23 22
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA 1.00 - TBD -
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.88 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.87 2.87
Trans Order Code
MH6 44J 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.39 3.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.41 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.74 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.48 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.84 1.84
Trans Type
6 6 6
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Traverse Ford Explorer Ford Flex
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.26 1.26
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-link Indpendent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA Multi-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.87 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA MacPherson strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 9.8 10.4
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 3 3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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