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2023 Ford Explorer vs 2023 Chevrolet Traverse Comparison

2023 Ford Explorer vs 2023 Chevrolet Traverse
2023 Ford Explorer 2023 Chevrolet Traverse
Max Towing Capacity
  5,600 lbs * 5,000 lbs *
MPG (City/Highway)
  21/28 ** 18/27 **
Front Leg Room
  43.0 inches 41.0 inches
Parking Assistance
  Standard Optional

2023 Ford Explorer vs 2023 Chevrolet Traverse

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The Ford Explorer has been a preferred SUV for over three decades, and this three-row model continues to deliver the top-notch features and excellent performance that today's drivers expect. The 2023 Explorer can be compared to the 2023 Chevrolet Traverse, a three-row, midsize SUV. However, through a comprehensive comparison, you will discover essential differences between these models that could help you to decide which model to make yours.


The Explorer's base powertrain is a 300-horsepower, turbo 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine. The more advanced Explorer trims are outfitted with a 400-horsepower, turbo 3.0-liter V6 system. Some trims are also available with a V6 hybrid engine that generates 318 combined horsepower. In comparison, the 2023 Traverse has one engine across its trim levels. This is a 310-horsepower, V6 gas engine.


The 2023 Explorer displays confidence, power, and athleticism through its stunning style. It boasts long, sweeping dimensions with flat angles over the profile. The accents on the sides are also angled, which produces a sense of momentum. The horizontal, LED-topped headlights on the nose are integrated with the hexagon grille. The Explorer also has rectangular foglights, roof rails, skid plates, and other equipment. The 2023 Chevrolet Traverse is designed with stronger curves through the profile, a rounded front end, and a relatively flat pinstripe accent on the doors. The grille displays horizontal bars, while the headlights have a flattened, U-shaped LED accent.


Throughout the Explorer's trims, you could appreciate equipment like remote engine start, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a hands-free liftgate, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a navigation system, a power-folding third row, heated first and second-row seats, memory settings for the driver's seat, numerous driver's aids, a Bang & Olufsen sound system and more. On the other hand, the Traverse comes with base equipment like an auto climate control system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a bench seat in the second row, and a couple of driver's aids.

With three powertrains to test drive and eight trim levels to compare, the 2023 Ford Explorer requires a closer look. To check out our Explorer inventory in person, visit the Toothman Ford showroom today.

Images are for illustration purposes only.
* When properly equipped. Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers.
** EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.

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