Compare 2016 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Ford Flex

2016 Chevrolet Traverse
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2016 Ford Explorer
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2016 Ford Flex
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AWD 4-Door LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Traverse AWD 4-Door LS 15 22 $31,876 $33,205
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 15 22 $34,204 $36,005
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 15 22 $36,579 $38,505
Traverse AWD 4-Door LTZ 15 22 $41,496 $44,145
Traverse FWD 4-Door LS w/1LS 15 22 $29,956 $31,205
Traverse FWD 4-Door LS w/1SM 15 22 $28,556 $28,700
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 15 22 $32,304 $34,005
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 15 22 $34,679 $36,505
Traverse FWD 4-Door LTZ 15 22 $39,616 $42,145
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Base 16 23 $31,894 $33,050
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 16 23 $41,352 $43,300
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Platinum 16 22 $50,587 $52,970
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $41,543 $43,500
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 16 23 $33,807 $35,400
Explorer FWD 4-Door Base 17 24 $29,964 $31,050
Explorer FWD 4-Door Limited 17 24 $39,442 $41,300
Explorer FWD 4-Door XLT 17 24 $31,897 $33,400
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4-Door Limited AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Flex 4-Door Limited AWD 16 22 $38,067 $39,860
Flex 4-Door Limited AWD w/EcoBoost 15 21 $40,788 $42,710
Flex 4-Door Limited FWD 16 23 $36,204 $37,910
Flex 4-Door SE FWD 16 23 $28,670 $29,710
Flex 4-Door SEL AWD 16 22 $32,814 $34,360
Flex 4-Door SEL FWD 16 23 $30,951 $32,410
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,876
$31,894
$38,067
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,205
$33,050
$39,860
Monthly Payment Estimate
$553 / month
$551 / month
$664 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.4
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2016 Chevy Traverse is a smooth and comfortable alternative to the minivan or full-size SUV. The 2016 Ford Explorer doesn't need to rely on hardcore off-road tools--not with its firm road manners, plush interiors, and choice of turbocharged power. The 2016 Ford Flex remains a singularly boxy and handsome SUV, with excellent interior room and safety scores.
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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 16 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 23 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Shoulder Room (in)
57.60 50.8 50.8
Second Leg Room (in)
36.80 39.5 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 56.8 55
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.50 61.5 58.4
Third Leg Room (in)
33.20 32 33.3
Second Head Room (in)
39.40 40.6 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 42.9 40.8
Third Head Room (in)
37.80 37.8 38.7
Front Hip Room (in)
58.00 57.3 55.5
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA - -
Height, Overall (in)
69.90 70 68
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.10 67 65.4
Wheelbase (in)
118.90 112.8 117.9
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 8.3 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
203.70 - -
Cargo Area Dimensions
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)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
24.4 21 20
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - -
Brakes
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
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
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
Rear Tire Size
P245/70R17 P245/60HR18 P235/55HR19
Rear Tire Order Code
QPR NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/70R17 P245/60HR18 P235/55HR19
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QPR NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
QD6 NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
520 200 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
520 200 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5200 2000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5200 2000 2000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
- 2000 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4956 4629 4637
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 X 7.5 19 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 X 7.5 19 X 8
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.8 - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
660 540 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 175 175
Engine
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 @ 6400 287 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 23 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 16 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 19 18
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.74 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.48 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
NA - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.80 1.84 1.84
Trans Type
6 6 6
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA - -
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
M7X 44J 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.65 3.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.41 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Traverse Ford Explorer Ford Flex
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Front
Coil-Over Strut Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.4 9.3 9.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA - -
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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