Compare 2014 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2014 Ford Explorer vs 2014 Ford Flex

2014 Chevrolet Traverse
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2014 Ford Explorer
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2014 Ford Flex
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AWD 4-Door LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Traverse AWD 4-Door LS 16 23 $31,483 $32,795
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 16 23 $34,209 $36,010
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 16 23 $36,921 $38,865
Traverse AWD 4-Door LTZ 16 23 $40,659 $43,255
Traverse FWD 4-Door LS 17 24 $29,563 $30,795
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 17 24 $32,309 $34,010
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 17 24 $35,021 $36,865
Traverse FWD 4-Door LTZ 17 24 $38,779 $41,255
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $30,173 $32,015
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,393 $40,100
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $38,862 $41,675
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $32,544 $34,900
Explorer FWD 4-Door Base 17 24 $28,288 $30,015
Explorer FWD 4-Door Limited 17 24 $35,528 $38,100
Explorer FWD 4-Door XLT 17 24 $30,679 $32,900
Select style
4-Door Limited AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Flex 4-Door Limited AWD 17 23 $36,881 $39,550
Flex 4-Door Limited AWD w/EcoBoost 16 23 $39,515 $42,375
Flex 4-Door Limited FWD 18 25 $35,062 $37,600
Flex 4-Door SE FWD 18 25 $27,346 $29,015
Flex 4-Door SEL AWD 17 23 $31,566 $33,850
Flex 4-Door SEL FWD 18 25 $29,747 $31,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,483
$30,173
$36,881
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,795
$32,015
$39,550
Monthly Payment Estimate
$547 / month
$534 / month
$659 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.6
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 Chevrolet Traverse offers up all the practicality, space, and features that will make a big family happy--provided you prefer an understated style. The 2014 Ford Explorer does build on its heritage, but on-road fluency and passenger comfort are clearly at center stage. Boring isn't in its vocabulary: the 2014 Ford Flex makes owning a family wagon a statement of style.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 17 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 23 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Head Room (in)
37.80 37.8 38.7
Front Hip Room (in)
58.00 57.3 55.5
Third Shoulder Room (in)
57.60 50.8 50.8
Second Leg Room (in)
36.80 39.8 44.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.40 41.4 41.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
150.8 151.7 155.8
Second Hip Room (in)
57.80 56.7 55
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.50 61.3 58.4
Third Leg Room (in)
33.20 33.2 33.3
Second Head Room (in)
39.40 40.5 40.5
Passenger Capacity
8 7 7
Third Hip Room (in)
48.30 40.7 41.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.00 61 58.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.30 40.6 40.8
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA - -
Height, Overall (in)
69.90 71 68
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.10 67 65.4
Wheelbase (in)
118.90 112.6 117.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.50 78.9 75.9
Track Width, Front (in)
67.30 67 65.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.20 7.6 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
203.70 - -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
24.4 21 20
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
70.3 43.8 43.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
116.3 80.7 83.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
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 12.8 12.8
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 12.8 13
Brake Type
Pwr 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 18.6 19
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.89 - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 38.9 40.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack-&-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
QD6 NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/70R17 P245/65TR17 P235/55HR19
Rear Tire Order Code
QPR NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/70R17 P245/65TR17 P235/55HR19
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QPR NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5200 2000 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
520 200 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
780 200 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5200 2000 2000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
- 2000 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4844 4697 4643
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 X 7.5 19 X 8
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 7.5 19 X 8
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.8 - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
660 650 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 175 -
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
266 @ 3400 255 @ 4000 254 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LLT 998-1 998
Displacement
3.6L/217 3.5 L/213 3.5 L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
281 @ 6300 290 @ 6500 287 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6
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 17 17
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.742 0.74 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.484 4.48 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
NA - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.842 1.84 1.84
Trans Type
6 6 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA - -
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.000 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.882 2.88 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.872 2.87 2.87
Trans Order Code
M7X 44J 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.65 3.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.414 1.41 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Traverse Ford Explorer Ford Flex
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Front
Coil-Over Strut Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Strut Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Linked H-Arm Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.7 9.5 9.7 (Est)
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
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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