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Compare 2011 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2011 Ford Explorer vs 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2011 Chevrolet Traverse
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2011 Ford Explorer
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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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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
4WD 4-Door 70th Anniversary
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Grand Cherokee 4WD 4-Door 70th Anniversary 16 22 $30,601 $32,215
Grand Cherokee 4WD 4-Door Laredo 16 22 $30,601 $32,215
Grand Cherokee 4WD 4-Door Limited 16 22 $36,971 $39,215
Grand Cherokee 4WD 4-Door Overland 16 22 $39,774 $42,295
Grand Cherokee 4WD 4-Door Overland Summit 16 22 $39,774 $42,295
Grand Cherokee RWD 4-Door 70th Anniversary 16 23 $28,711 $30,215
Grand Cherokee RWD 4-Door Laredo 16 23 $28,711 $30,215
Grand Cherokee RWD 4-Door Limited 16 23 $34,626 $36,715
Grand Cherokee RWD 4-Door Overland 16 23 $36,519 $38,795
Grand Cherokee RWD 4-Door Overland Summit 16 23 $36,519 $38,795
Pricing
Invoice Price
$29,801
$28,726
$30,601
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,370
$30,360
$32,215
Monthly Payment Estimate
$523 / month
$506 / month
$537 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.6
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 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. The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is one capable, good-looking crossover—and a welcome sign of life from Chrysler.
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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 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
- - 4
Interior Dimensions
Third Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 50.8 -
Second Leg Room (in)
36.8 39.8 38.6
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 41.4 39.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
153.1 151.7 105.4
Second Hip Room (in)
57.8 56.7 56.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
62.0 61.3 58.7
Third Leg Room (in)
33.2 33.2 -
Second Head Room (in)
39.4 40.5 39.2
Passenger Capacity
8 7 5
Third Hip Room (in)
48.3 40.7 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.3 61.0 58.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 40.6 40.3
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 37.8 -
Front Hip Room (in)
59.1 57.3 57.0
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.4 70.4 69.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - NA 32.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.4 67.0 64.1
Wheelbase (in)
118.9 112.6 114.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.4 78.9 76.3
Track Width, Front (in)
67.8 67.0 63.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.2 - TBD - 8.6
Length, Overall (in)
205.0 197.1 189.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
24.4 21.0 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
68.8 43.8 35.1
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
116.4 80.7 68.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD - NA
Brakes
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 - 12.9 x 1.2
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
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 - 12.6 x 0.6
Brake Type
Power Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 18.6 24.6
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.89 - TBD - 3.67
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 15.8 18.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 - TBD - 37.1
Steering Type
Power Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/70R17 P245/65R17 P265/50R20
Rear Tire Order Code
QPR - TBD - TV9
Front Tire Size
P245/70R17 P245/65R17 P265/50R20
Spare Tire Size
Compact T165/80D17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QPR - TBD - TV9
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA TBK
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 200 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 300 750
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
5066 4732 4660
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD - 20 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Mini Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD - 20 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.8 - TBD - 14.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
660 650 700
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 175 160
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
266 @ 3400 255 @ 4100 260 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
LLT 998 ERB
Displacement
3.6L/220 3.5L/213 3.6L/220
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
281 @ 6300 290 @ 6500 290 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas/Ethanol V6
Fuel System
DI SMPI Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 19 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 23 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 17 16
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.48 3.59
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.84 1.41
Trans Type
6 6 5
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA 1.00 1.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.88 3.16
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.87 2.19
Trans Order Code
MH6 44J DGJ
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.39 3.09
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.41 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Traverse Ford Explorer Jeep Grand Cherokee
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Independent SLA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.87 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.26 NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
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
-
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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