Compare 2013 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2013 Ford Explorer vs 2013 Ford Flex

2013 Chevrolet Traverse
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2013 Ford Explorer
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2013 Ford Flex
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AWD 4-Door LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Traverse AWD 4-Door LS 16 23 $31,209 $32,510
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 16 23 $33,938 $35,725
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 16 23 $36,651 $38,580
Traverse AWD 4-Door LTZ 16 23 $40,020 $42,575
Traverse FWD 4-Door LS 17 24 $29,289 $30,510
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 17 24 $32,038 $33,725
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 17 24 $34,751 $36,580
Traverse FWD 4-Door LTZ 17 24 $38,140 $40,575
Select style
4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $29,312 $31,100
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,393 $40,100
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $38,027 $40,780
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $32,339 $34,680
Explorer FWD 4-Door Base 17 24 $27,427 $29,100
Explorer FWD 4-Door Limited 17 24 $35,528 $38,100
Explorer FWD 4-Door XLT 17 24 $30,474 $32,680
Select style
4-Door Limited AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Flex 4-Door Limited AWD 16 23 $38,373 $41,150
Flex 4-Door Limited AWD w/EcoBoost 16 23 $40,863 $43,820
Flex 4-Door Limited FWD 17 24 $36,554 $39,200
Flex 4-Door SE FWD 17 24 $29,123 $30,900
Flex 4-Door SEL AWD 16 23 $32,872 $35,250
Flex 4-Door SEL FWD 17 24 $31,052 $33,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,209
$29,312
$38,373
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,510
$31,100
$41,150
Monthly Payment Estimate
$542 / month
$518 / month
$686 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.8
9.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse hits a sweet spot for SUV replacers, with none of the flamboyance of a real SUV and more practical gas mileage and interior space. The Ford Explorer trades some trail-riding and towing for on-road driving lessons, and comes out fluent. With an unmistakable design, strong performance, and a roomy, comfortable interior, the 2013 Ford Flex proves that three-row crossovers don't have to be boring.
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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
Third Leg Room (in)
33.20 33.200 33.300
Second Head Room (in)
39.40 40.500 40.500
Passenger Capacity
8 7 7
Third Hip Room (in)
48.30 40.700 41.100
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.00 61.000 58.100
Front Leg Room (in)
41.30 40.600 40.800
Third Head Room (in)
37.80 37.800 38.700
Front Hip Room (in)
58.00 57.300 55.500
Third Shoulder Room (in)
57.60 50.800 50.800
Second Leg Room (in)
36.80 39.800 44.300
Front Head Room (in)
40.40 41.400 41.800
Passenger Volume (ft³)
150.8 151.700 155.8
Second Hip Room (in)
57.80 56.700 55.000
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.50 61.300 58.400
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.50 78.900 75.900
Track Width, Front (in)
67.30 67.000 65.400
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.20 7.600 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
203.70 197.100 201.800
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
69.90 70.400 68.000
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.10 67.000 65.400
Wheelbase (in)
118.90 112.600 117.900
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
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)
116.3 80.700 83.200
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
24.4 21.000 20.000
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)
70.3 43.800 43.200
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 0.8 - TBD - 13.000 x - 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 - TBD - 12.800 x - 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 18.600 18.600
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 38.900 40.700
Steering Type
Pwr Rack-&-Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.89 - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - TBD - N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 15.750 17.000
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/70R17 P245/65R17 P235/55R19
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QPR - TBD - N/A
Spare Tire Order Code
QD6 NA N/A
Rear Tire Size
P245/70R17 P245/65R17 P235/55R19
Rear Tire Order Code
QPR - TBD - N/A
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
780 300 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5200 2000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5200 2000 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
520 200 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4844 4697 4643
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD - 19 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel 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)
170 175 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
281 @ 6300 290 @ 6500 287 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
266 @ 3400 255 @ 4100 254 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
LLT 998 998
Displacement
3.6L/217 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 23
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.882 2.880 2.880
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.872 2.870 2.870
Trans Order Code
M7X 44J 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.650 3.650
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.414 1.410 1.410
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/manual shift Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.742 0.740 0.740
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.484 4.480 4.480
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.842 1.840 1.840
Trans Type
6 6 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA 1.000 1.000
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.000 1.000 1.000
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Traverse Ford Explorer Ford Flex
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.259 1.259
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 - N/A
Suspension Type - Front
Coil-Over Strut MacPherson strut MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.866 0.866
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - N/A
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 9.6 10.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 - 3 (2012)
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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