2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Chevy Traverse

Red 2019 Ford Explorer on the left. White 2019 Chevrolet Traverse on the right. Separated by a line and "VS" logo in the middle

For families that need a little extra room without sacrificing maneuverability or power, the 2019 Ford Explorer is an excellent option. This competitive midsize crossover SUV boasts all the benefits of its size while still delivering a smooth, maneuverable ride in a quiet cabin. The long-running athletic design is tried and true, while five trim levels bring plenty of available options, each well-outfitted with next-generation features and technology. All of this combines to give the Explorer the edge in this 2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Chevrolet Traverse comparison.

The 2019 Ford Explorer can fit seven passengers in a cabin that measures a roomy 151.5 cubic feet. Behind the third row the Explorer offers an impressive 21 cubic feet of cargo space, one of the largest in its class. Three powerful engine options are available to get you the strength you need, while the interior is fitted with the highly praised SYNC 3 infotainment system.

2019 Ford Explorer


2019 Chevy Traverse

From $32,365 MSRP From $29,930
280 to 365 hp Horsepower 257 to 310 hp
255 to 350 Torque (lb-ft) 266 to 295
2,000 to 5,000 Towing Capacity (lbs) 1,500 to 5,000
198” L x 79” W x 70” H Dimensions 204” L x 79” W x 71” H

What Are the Differences Between the Chevy Traverse and Ford Explorer?

The 2019 Ford Explorer simply has more horsepower than the 2019 Traverse. Three engines offer up to 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, as opposed to the Traverse’s respective 310 and 295. This power is reflected in the higher towing capacity on the lower-end. You’ll feel this difference on city streets and highways, both of which the Explorer excels on as a satisfying cruiser. Each of the Explorer’s three engines is mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission.

The power and size of the Explorer is accompanied by surprisingly responsive, tight handling. It’s easy to maneuver around parking lots and delivers a comfortable, quiet ride. This maneuverability is augmented by the fact that it’s half a foot shorter than the Traverse.