Compare 2021 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2020 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Subaru Ascent

2021 Chevrolet Traverse
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AWD 4-Door High Country
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Traverse AWD 4-Door High Country 17 25 $50,943 $53,400
Traverse AWD 4-Door LS w/1LS 17 25 $33,580 $35,200
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT Cloth w/1LT 17 25 $37,683 $39,500
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT Leather 17 25 $39,495 $41,400
Traverse AWD 4-Door Premier 17 25 $46,459 $48,700
Traverse AWD 4-Door RS 17 25 $43,979 $46,100
Traverse FWD 4-Door High Country 18 27 $48,844 $51,200
Traverse FWD 4-Door L 18 27 $29,770 $29,800
Traverse FWD 4-Door LS w/1LS 18 27 $31,672 $33,200
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT Cloth w/1LT 18 27 $34,057 $35,700
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT Leather 18 27 $37,587 $39,400
Traverse FWD 4-Door Premier 18 27 $43,979 $46,100
Traverse FWD 4-Door RS 18 27 $41,976 $44,000
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Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 20 27 $33,721 $34,765
Explorer Base RWD 21 28 $31,781 $32,765
Explorer Limited 4WD 20 27 $48,366 $50,380
Explorer Limited RWD 21 28 $46,446 $48,380
Explorer Platinum 4WD 18 24 $55,920 $58,250
Explorer ST 4WD 18 24 $52,551 $54,740
Explorer XLT 4WD 20 27 $37,369 $38,925
Explorer XLT RWD 21 28 $35,449 $36,925
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8-Passenger
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Ascent 8-Passenger 21 27 $30,304 $32,295
Ascent Limited 7-Passenger 20 26 $36,964 $39,595
Ascent Limited 8-Passenger 20 26 $36,964 $39,595
Ascent Premium 7-Passenger 21 27 $32,579 $34,795
Ascent Premium 8-Passenger 21 27 $32,579 $34,795
Ascent Touring 7-Passenger 20 26 $42,290 $45,445
Pricing
Invoice Price
$50,943
$33,721
$30,304
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$53,400
$34,765
$32,295
Monthly Payment Estimate
$890 / month
$579 / month
$538 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
5.7
7.0
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is a big family mover with an update on the way next year. The 2020 Ford Explorer rediscovers its capable, outdoorsy side without becoming trucklike in any other respect. The 2021 Subaru Ascent scales the mountain of family needs for a three-row crossover.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 20 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 27 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicles Standard SUV 4WD Standard SUV 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Shoulder Room (in)
57.5 54.6 57.2
Second Leg Room (in)
38.4 39 38.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 40.7 41.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
NA 152.7 153.5
Second Hip Room (in)
56.9 59.1 57.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
62.1 61.8 61.1
Third Leg Room (in)
33.5 32.2 31.7
Second Head Room (in)
39 40.5 40
Passenger Capacity
7 7 8
Third Hip Room (in)
48.5 40.9 45.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
62.2 61.9 60.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41 43 42.2
Third Head Room (in)
38.2 38.9 36.3
Front Hip Room (in)
58.1 59.2 57.7
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
30.57 32.8 32
Track Width, Rear (in)
67 66.9 64.2
Wheelbase (in)
120.9 119.1 113.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.6 78.9 76
Track Width, Front (in)
67.3 66.9 64.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.51 8.2 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
204.3 198.8 196.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA - -
Height, Overall (in)
70.7 70.2 71.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
56.77 49.8 47.6
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
57.8 47.9 47.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 59 47.2
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 32.8 33.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
89.75 83.9 82.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
98.2 87.8 86.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
24.77 20.8 19.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
23.0 18.2 17.8
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 48.1 45.9
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x - TBD - 13.6 13.1
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)
12.4 x - TBD - 12.6 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)
21.7 19.2 19.3
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
NA - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 - 38
Steering Type
Electric variable-effort Power Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
NA - -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P255/55R20 P255/65HR18 P245/60HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
Q3N NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/55R20 P255/65HR18 P245/60HR18
Spare Tire Size
T135/70R18 Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
Q3N NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
ZCD NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 530 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5300 2000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
- 5300 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- TBD - 4345 4430
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
20 x - TBD - 18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
18 x - TBD - Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
20 x- TBD - 18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 - -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
266 @ 2800 310 @ 3500 277 @ 2000
Engine Order Code
LFY 99H NA
Displacement
3.6L/217 2.3 L/140 2.4 L/146
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
310 @ 6800 300 @ 5500 260 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas V6 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 27 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 20 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 23 23
Transmission
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 0.85 0.51
Clutch Size (in)
NA - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
3.01 2.15 -
Trans Type
9 10 8
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA - -
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.52 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 0.65
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.96 4.88 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.00 -
Trans Order Code
M3V 44T NA
Ninth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.62 - -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.49 3.58 4.44
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
2.44 1.77 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.44 1.27 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.69 4.71 3.49 - 0.83
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Traverse Ford Explorer Subaru Ascent
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Strut Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Five-link independent Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
auxiliary spring aids Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut independent Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 7.7 7.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA - -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
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