Compare 2012 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2012 Dodge Durango vs 2012 Ford Explorer

2012 Chevrolet Traverse
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2012 Dodge Durango
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2012 Ford Explorer
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AWD 4-Door LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Traverse AWD 4-Door LS 16 23 $30,077 $31,660
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 16 23 $33,022 $34,760
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 16 23 $36,009 $37,905
Traverse AWD 4-Door LTZ 16 23 $38,983 $41,035
Traverse FWD 4-Door LS 17 24 $28,177 $29,660
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 17 24 $31,122 $32,760
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 17 24 $34,109 $35,905
Traverse FWD 4-Door LTZ 17 24 $37,083 $39,035
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2WD 4-Door Citadel
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Durango 2WD 4-Door Citadel 16 23 $38,576 $40,995
Durango 2WD 4-Door Crew 16 23 $32,024 $33,795
Durango 2WD 4-Door Heat 16 23 $29,444 $30,960
Durango 2WD 4-Door R/T 14 20 $33,844 $35,795
Durango 2WD 4-Door SXT 16 23 $27,656 $28,995
Durango AWD 4-Door Citadel 16 22 $40,643 $43,195
Durango AWD 4-Door Crew 16 22 $34,091 $35,995
Durango AWD 4-Door Heat 16 22 $31,374 $33,010
Durango AWD 4-Door R/T 13 20 $36,275 $38,395
Durango AWD 4-Door SXT 16 22 $29,723 $31,195
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $28,677 $30,280
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,088 $39,855
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $31,847 $34,095
Explorer FWD 4-Door Base 18 25 $26,837 $28,280
Explorer FWD 4-Door Limited 18 25 $35,268 $37,855
Explorer FWD 4-Door XLT 18 25 $30,027 $32,095
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,077
$38,576
$28,677
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,660
$40,995
$30,280
Monthly Payment Estimate
$528 / month
$683 / month
$505 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.4
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
One of the best big crossovers for families needing seven-passenger capability, the 2012 Chevy Traverse is spacious and safe, though unexciting. Call it the anti-crossover: the Dodge Durango does SUV dirty work, but carries itself like a civilized family wagon. 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.
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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
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)
153.1 106.2 151.7
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.2 8.1 7.6
Length, Overall (in)
205.0 199.8 197.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.4 70.9 70.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 32.2 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.4 64.1 67.0
Wheelbase (in)
118.9 119.8 112.6
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA 32.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.4 75.8 78.9
Track Width, Front (in)
67.8 63.9 67.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 0.8 13.0 x 0.9 - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr 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
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 24.6 18.6
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 3.7 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - N/A - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 19.0 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 37.1 38.9
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBK 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
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QPR TV9 - TBD -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 6200 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 500 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 930 300
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 5000 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4859 4905 4732
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 20 X 8.0 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 20 X 8.0 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.8 14.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 180 175
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
660 750 650
Engine
Fuel System
DI Electronic fuel injection Electronic Fuel Injection
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
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas/Ethanol V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 19 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 23 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 16 17
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.09 3.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.00 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
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
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA - 1.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.83 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Traverse Dodge Durango Ford Explorer
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Coil-Over Strut SLA MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD - 0.86
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 1.26
Suspension Type - Rear
Linked H-Arm Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 9.8 9.6
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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