Fitting performance, comfort, and space into an SUV is a pretty tough balancing act, especially when you want the finished product to remain affordable. Two such SUVs who try to master this balancing act are the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse and the 2021 Ford Explorer, so let’s see how they compare, seeing how they both start at around the $31,000 MSRP mark.
When looking at the engines, we will start with the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse. It has a single-engine choice, a 3.6L V6 with 310 hp and 266 lb*ft of torque. This engine is linked to a 9-speed automatic in either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The Explorer has a few extra options, but they are more complex engineering-wise. It comes with a turbocharged 2.3L I4 with 300 hp and 310 lb*ft of torque as standard. It also has two different variants, a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 or a hybrid powertrain. These are linked to a 10-speed automatic in rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Also, bear in mind that Ford’s engine specs are shown and tested on premium fuel. Regular gas will lower their numbers a little.
On the interior, for the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse, even on the cheapest trim level, you get a generous infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth capability, which is very lovely to hear. Also, as standard, you get tri-zone automatic climate control, which is also very nice to hear. The ride quality should also be outstanding, seeing how it has fully independent suspension both in the front and the back. Options are even better on higher trim levels, to more safety features than the expected standard ones, and even better infotainment system, rear-seat infotainment, premium audio system, and more.
Owners are happy with their Chevrolet Traverse 2021, praising how comfortable it is and comparing it comfort-wise to more premium SUVs. Visibility and drivability are also good for a decently sized SUV, along with how much cargo space it has.
If you are looking for an affordable but very comfortable SUV, which also offers plenty of cargo space and passenger space, then the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is a fine choice, and subjectively better if you want comfort more than anything else. Test Drive the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Traverse at York Chevrolet Buick today in Brazil, where we’re not #1, you are!
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