2014 Chevrolet Traverse vs. Its Competition

2014 Chevrolet Traverse
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Safety and interior space are probably the greatest concerns if you're considering the Chevy Traverse.

That allowed, you should probably take a look at both the Ford Flex and Ford Explorer.

Both models seat seven, but the Flex's lower ride height and funky styling are an urban twist on the same mechanicals that underpin the more SUV-like Explorer.

The Toyota Highlander is a good, albeit unexciting pick.

It rides very smoothly and is available in hybrid form.

A very soft ride and wallowy handling add up to a road character that won't appeal to driving enthusiasts, though.

We haven't loved the Honda Pilot since its last 2010 redesign, but a substantially changed 2014 model is on the way.

Otherwise, the new Dodge Durango is an excellent vehicle that's actually somewhat related to the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.

Its tight construction and supple ride quality make it very appealing, although it's not quite as space-efficient and the styling doesn't quite hit the mark.

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Quick Specs
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 Dodge Durango is a great family hauler, and a top-notch utility infielder when you need extra brawn—made better this year with some important upgrades.
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.
Despite the 2014 Honda Pilot's truck-like exterior, it's one of more practical and family-friendly models on of the market today.
The 2014 Toyota Highlander covers familiar territory, without straying too far into Adventure Land.
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Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4
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2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/AStandard SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
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FWD 4-Door LS2WD 4-Door SXTFWD 4-Door Base4-Door SE FWD2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door I4 LE (GS)
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
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