Compare 2012 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2012 Ford Explorer vs 2012 Ford Flex

2012 Chevrolet Traverse
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2012 Ford Explorer
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2012 Ford Flex
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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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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
Select style
4-Door Limited AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Flex 4-Door Limited AWD 16 23 $35,039 $37,615
Flex 4-Door Limited AWD w/EcoBoost 16 23 $37,765 $40,610
Flex 4-Door Limited FWD 17 24 $33,356 $35,765
Flex 4-Door SE FWD 17 24 $27,918 $29,465
Flex 4-Door SEL AWD 16 23 $31,705 $33,950
Flex 4-Door SEL FWD 17 24 $30,021 $32,100
Flex 4-Door Titanium AWD 16 23 $37,310 $40,110
Flex 4-Door Titanium AWD w/EcoBoost 16 23 $40,035 $43,105
Flex 4-Door Titanium FWD 17 24 $35,627 $38,260
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,077
$28,677
$35,039
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,660
$30,280
$37,615
Monthly Payment Estimate
$528 / month
$505 / month
$627 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.6
9.2
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. 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. One of our top-rated vehicles, the 2012 Ford Flex has real distinction, along with top-shelf turbo power, great seats and great features.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 17 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 23 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.4 67.0 65.4
Wheelbase (in)
118.9 112.6 117.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA - 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 7.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
205.0 197.1 201.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.4 70.4 68.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
68.8 43.8 43.2
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 -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 x 1.1 - TBD - 12.8 x - TBD -
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)
13.0 x 0.8 - TBD - 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 18.6 18.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 15.8 17.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 38.9 40.7
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
QPR - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P245/70R17 P245/65R17 P235/55R19
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QPR - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/70R17 P245/65R17 P235/55R19
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 200 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 300 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4859 4732 4643
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD - 19 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact 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
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)
170 175 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
3.6L/220 3.5L/213 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
281 @ 6300 290 @ 6500 262 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
DI Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
266 @ 3400 255 @ 4100 248 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
LLT 998 99C
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 23 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 17 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 19 18
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.84 1.84
Trans Type
6 6 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA 1.00 1.00
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Four 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/manual shift 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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Traverse Ford Explorer Ford Flex
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.26 1.3
Suspension Type - Rear
Linked H-Arm Multi-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Coil-Over Strut MacPherson strut MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.86 0.9
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 9.6 10.4
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 3 3 (2011)
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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