2023 Ford Explorer vs. Chevy Traverse Comparison

2023 Ford Explorer vs. Chevy Traverse Comparison
2023 Ford Explorer


2023 Chevy Traverse

3rd-Row Seating

300-hp 2.3L 4-cylinder

Base Engine

310-hp 3.6L V6
5,000 to 5,600 lbs

Towing Capacity

1,500 to 5,000 lbs
310 lb-ft of torque

Base Engine Torque

266 lb-ft of torque
10-speed automatic


9-speed automatic
Up to 21 mpg city / 28 mpg hwy

EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

Up to 18 mpg city / 27 mpg hwy

Searching for a feature-filled midsize SUV with 3 rows? Many Atlanta-area buyers find themselves choosing between the Ford Explorer or Chevy Traverse—two longtime favorites that consistently rank near the top of the segment. Below, Five Star Ford Stone Mountain puts the specs side-by-side so that you can see which model is right for you.



2023 Ford Explorer vs. Chevy Traverse: Engines

If you need to do any sort of serious towing, choosing between the Ford Explorer or Chevy Traverse is a no-brainer. The Ford SUV can handle at least 5,000 pounds in any configuration, and as much as 5,600 pounds. With its 1,000-pound towing capacity, the entry-level Traverse is better suited for daily drives and errands around Snellville. See below for more detailed specs:

2023 Ford Explorer: Base Engine Specs

  • 2.3L 4-cylinder engine
  • 300 horsepower
  • 310 lb-ft of torque
  • Available 3.0L turbo and 3.3L V6 hybrid engines
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • 5,000-pound towing capacity

2023 Chevy Traverse: Base Engine Specs

  • 3.6L V6 engine
  • 310 horsepower
  • 266 lb-ft of torque
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • 1,000-pound towing capacity

Ford Explorer vs. Chevy Traverse: Dimensions & Seating

Does the Ford Explorer or Chevy Traverse offer the right balance of interior space and agility? As you can see below, the Traverse can seat one more passenger than the Explorer, while the Exploirer’s smaller frame translates to surer handling in Loganville traffic:

2023 Ford Explorer: Interior Dimensions

  • Seating capacity: 7 passengers
  • Maximum cargo space: 87.8 cubic feet

2023 Chevy Traverse: Interior Dimensions

  • Seating capacity: 8 passengers
  • Maximum cargo space: 98.2 cubic feet

2023 Ford Explorer vs. Chevy Traverse: Fuel Economy

Fuel economy is a key concern for the vast majority of SUV buyers, and the Explorer scores more points in this contest:

  • 2023 Ford Explorer- 21 mpg city / 28 mpg highway
  • 2023 Chevy Traverse- 18 mpg city / 27 mpg highway

Find Your Next 2-Row SUV at Five Star Ford Stone Mountain

While either SUV is a smart investment for Loganville-area buyers, the Explorer offers better gas mileage and bigger towing capacity for a similar price. Stop by our showroom in Snellville today and let our team help you build and price your very own!


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