Compare 2017 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Ford Flex

2017 Chevrolet Traverse
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2017 Ford Explorer
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2017 Ford Flex
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AWD 4-Door LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Traverse AWD 4-Door LS 15 22 $31,635 $33,300
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 15 22 $34,295 $36,100
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 15 22 $36,717 $38,650
Traverse AWD 4-Door Premier 15 22 $41,842 $44,045
Traverse FWD 4-Door LS w/1LS 15 22 $29,735 $31,300
Traverse FWD 4-Door LS w/1SM 15 22 $28,556 $28,700
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 15 22 $32,395 $34,100
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 15 22 $34,817 $36,650
Traverse FWD 4-Door Premier 15 22 $39,942 $42,045
Select style
Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 16 23 $32,626 $33,810
Explorer Base FWD 17 24 $30,553 $31,660
Explorer Limited 4WD 18 25 $41,853 $43,825
Explorer Limited FWD 19 27 $39,800 $41,675
Explorer Platinum 4WD 16 22 $50,839 $53,235
Explorer Sport 4WD 16 22 $43,315 $45,355
Explorer XLT 4WD 16 23 $34,308 $35,925
Explorer XLT FWD 17 24 $32,255 $33,775
Select style
Limited AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Flex Limited AWD 16 22 $38,372 $40,180
Flex Limited EcoBoost AWD 15 21 $41,093 $43,030
Flex Limited FWD 16 23 $36,509 $38,230
Flex SE FWD 16 23 $28,974 $30,025
Flex SEL AWD 16 22 $33,119 $34,680
Flex SEL FWD 16 23 $31,257 $32,730
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,635
$32,626
$38,372
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,300
$33,810
$40,180
Monthly Payment Estimate
$555 / month
$564 / month
$670 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.5
6.7
6.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse has aged gracefully; it's still one of GM's best minivan replacements. The 2017 Ford Explorer adds a sport appearance package and Sync 3, both of which are important to today's SUV buyers. The 2017 Ford Flex is a spacious family hauler with a style all its own. It lacks the fuel economy of some of the competitors, but beauty doesn't come without effort.
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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)
- TBD - - -
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)
- TBD - - -
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 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)
- TBD - - -
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 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 @ 6500 287 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 19 18 (Est)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 23 22 (Est)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 16 16 (Est)
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.74 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.48 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
N/A - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Traverse Ford Explorer Ford Flex
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Coil-Over Strut Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - -
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 - - -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.4 9.3 9.8 (Est)
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - - -
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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