Compare 2021 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2021 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Kia Sorento

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AWD 4-Door High Country
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Traverse AWD 4-Door High Country 17 25 $50,657 $53,100
Traverse AWD 4-Door LS w/1LS 17 25 $33,294 $34,900
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT Cloth w/1LT 17 25 $37,396 $39,200
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT Leather 17 25 $39,209 $41,100
Traverse AWD 4-Door Premier 17 25 $46,173 $48,400
Traverse AWD 4-Door RS 17 25 $43,693 $45,800
Traverse FWD 4-Door High Country 18 27 $48,558 $50,900
Traverse FWD 4-Door L 18 27 $29,770 $29,800
Traverse FWD 4-Door LS w/1LS 18 27 $31,386 $32,900
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT Cloth w/1LT 18 27 $33,771 $35,400
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT Leather 18 27 $37,301 $39,100
Traverse FWD 4-Door Premier 18 27 $43,693 $45,800
Traverse FWD 4-Door RS 18 27 $41,689 $43,700
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Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 20 27 $33,198 $34,225
Explorer Base RWD 21 28 $31,258 $32,225
Explorer Limited 4WD 20 27 $45,125 $47,005
Explorer Limited RWD 21 28 $43,205 $45,005
Explorer Platinum 4WD 18 24 $52,301 $54,480
Explorer ST 4WD 18 24 $50,501 $52,605
Explorer XLT 4WD 20 27 $34,560 $36,000
Explorer XLT RWD 21 28 $32,640 $34,000
2021 Kia Sorento
Pricing
Invoice Price
$50,657
$33,198
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Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$53,100
$34,225
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Monthly Payment Estimate
$885 / month
$570 / month
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The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
5.7
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is a big family mover with an update on the way next year. The 2021 Ford Explorer is recognizable, but new. It should be on every family SUV shopper’s list. The 2021 Kia Sorento crossover finds a new look but the same mission: it’s the smaller hauler compared to the Telluride.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 20 mpg -
Highway
25 mpg 27 mpg -
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicles Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD -
Interior Dimensions
Third Head Room (in)
38.2 38.9 -
Front Hip Room (in)
58.1 59.2 -
Third Shoulder Room (in)
57.5 54.6 -
Second Leg Room (in)
38.4 39 -
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 40.7 -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
NA 152.7 -
Second Hip Room (in)
56.9 59.1 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
62.1 61.8 -
Third Leg Room (in)
33.5 32.2 -
Second Head Room (in)
39 40.5 -
Passenger Capacity
7 7 -
Third Hip Room (in)
48.5 40.9 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
62.2 61.9 -
Front Leg Room (in)
41 43 -
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA - -
Height, Overall (in)
70.7 70.2 -
Liftover Height (in)
30.57 32.8 -
Track Width, Rear (in)
67 66.9 -
Wheelbase (in)
120.9 119.1 -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.6 78.9 -
Track Width, Front (in)
67.3 66.9 -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.51 8.2 -
Length, Overall (in)
204.3 198.8 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
23.0 18.2 -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 48.1 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
56.77 49.8 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
57.8 47.9 -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 59 -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 32.8 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
89.75 83.9 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
98.2 87.8 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
24.77 20.8 -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes -
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 13.6 -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA -
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel -
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes -
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 12.6 -
Brake Type
Pwr 4-Wheel Disc -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.7 18.6 -
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
NA - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
NA - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 - -
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion -
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
ZCD NA -
Rear Tire Size
P255/55R20 P255/65HR18 -
Rear Tire Order Code
Q3N NA -
Front Tire Size
P255/55R20 P255/65HR18 -
Spare Tire Size
T135/70R18 Compact -
Front Tire Order Code
Q3N NA -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5300 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 530 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000 -
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
- 5300 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- TBD - 4345 -
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum -
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel -
Front Wheel Size (in)
20 x - TBD - 18 X 7.5 -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
18 x - TBD - Compact -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum -
Rear Wheel Size (in)
20 x- TBD - 18 X 7.5 -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 - -
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
266 @ 2800 310 @ 3500 -
Engine Order Code
LFY 99H -
Displacement
3.6L/217 2.3 L/140 -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
310 @ 6800 300 @ 5500 -
Engine Type
Gas V6 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 -
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 (2020) 23 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 (2020) 27 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 (2020) 20 -
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.27 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.71 -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 0.85 -
Clutch Size (in)
NA - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.15 -
Trans Type
9 10 -
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive -
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA - -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.52 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.00 -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.88 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.00 -
Trans Order Code
M3V 44T -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.49 3.58 -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.77 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Traverse Ford Explorer -
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility -
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Front
NA Strut -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Strut -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Rear
NA Multi-Link -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.8 (2020) 7.8 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA - -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
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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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