Compare the Ford Explorer to the Competition

The Ford Explorer Versus The Chevrolet Traverse

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When you are looking for a vehicle that is just the right size for your families' needs, you will want to take a closer look at the mid-sized SUVs. These vehicles aren't as small as a compact crossover or way too big with poor gas mileage, like the large SUVs, they are just the perfect combination of the two. The Ford Explorer and the Chevy Traverse are great examples of a mid-sized SUV, but how do the two compare and contrast?

Price Ranges

Although the Chevy Traverse is less expensive when you compare the base models, as you go up into the higher trim levels the comparable trims find the Traverse costing more money than the Explorer. This means that you have to pay more for the features that you are going to want.

You will also be shelling out more money for gas in the Traverse. The Explorer gets an EPA estimated 16/23/19 city/highway/combined miles-per-hour while the Traverse receives an EPA estimated 15/22/18 city/highway/combined miles-per-hour. Although it's not much, it will save you needed money over time.

Less Space, But More Power

The Chevy Traverse has room for eight available seats, instead of seven that the Ford Explorer has, but you will want to sacrifice that one seat for the extra power that you gain. The Ford Explorer contains a standard 3.5-liter V6, which provides up to 290-horsepower. If you want more power, the Explorer can go up to 365-horsepower in its turbo V6. The Traverse only has a 288-horsepowered 3.6-liter V6.

Ready To Take The Ford Explorer For A Test Drive?

If you are interested in learning more about the Ford Explorer, and how it compares to the Chevy Traverse, feel free to stop by our Art Hills Ford dealership, located in Merrillville and just outside of Gary and Valparaiso. We have many Explorer SUVs for you to take a closer look at and would love to help you decide which trim level would fit you the best. Take a short drive from Crown Point or Schererville and see what powertrain options fit your driving personality, which price range matches your budget, and how the Ford Explorer is the right SUV for you.

The Ford Explorer vs. The Buick Enclave

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Finding the right SUV for your family takes a lot of work, so to help out busy Valparaiso parents, we've compared the Ford Explorer to one of its main competitors, the Buick Enclave. We think you'll find that the Ford Explorer is the better option. What sets the Ford Explorer apart from the Buick Enclave?

Starting Price

Raising a family costs a lot of money, but the perfect family car, doesn't have to. The Ford Explorer has a starting MSRP that is more than $8,000 lower than the Buick Enclave's base model. Crown Point shoppers will also find less of a jump in price when looking at higher trim levels of the Ford Explorer.

Vehicle Capabilities

While the Buick Enclave uses the same engine throughout each trim level, the Ford Explorer has three available engines. Schererville thrill seekers will find more horsepower and torque in the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 of the Ford Explorer than they will in the Buick Enclave's V6 engine. Drives will be fun and confident with that extra power, and you can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The Buick Enclave can only handle 1,500 pounds of towing.

Additional Features

The Ford Explorer isn't only the perfect road trip vehicle for Gary families because of its capable engine; it also has convenient and safe features that the Buick Enclave doesn't offer. There's parking sensors that can handle tricky parallel parking for you, blind spot monitors to keep you from changing lanes into another car, and more. Plus, the Ford Explorer has more mobile device charging ports than the Buick Enclave, so everyone can stay connected.

Stop by Art Hill Ford to Find Out More About the Ford Explorer

Browse our available inventory of new Ford Explorer SUV's today! When you find the one that speaks to you, contact us today for more information, or to schedule a test drive in your new Ford near Merrillville. We can't wait to work with you to find the perfect family SUV!

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