If you’re in the market for a vehicle fit for group travel and road trips, the three-row SUV segment is sure to have what you need. Within that class, the Chevrolet Traverse and Ford Explorer both offer three rows of seating, but there’s more to consider than passenger capacity. From cabin quality to the price tag, let’s weigh the options to see which SUV is right for you.
Whether your SUV is called on for daily carpooling, family vacations, or anything in between, comfort is key. That’s why Chevy has furnished the Traverse with plush materials and cushioned seating from front to back. Its styling is in-line with the rest of Chevrolet’s modern lineup, with sleek and subtle design notes throughout. You can also opt for upper trims like the Premier or High Country for enhancements like leather upholstery. Critics haven’t been so impressed with the Explorer, which presents no shortage of hard plastic surfaces in its cabin.
Although both The Traverse and Explorer come with three rows, you’ll notice some differences in how they accommodate their passengers. For larger crews, the Traverse offers a higher seating capacity. The Chevy SUV is available with an eight-passenger configuration, while the Ford’s maximum headcount is seven. The Traverse also promises a higher maximum cargo capacity than its rival, with 98.2 cubic feet available when the passenger seating is folded.
Even with all that it has to offer, the Traverse asks a modest starting price. When you look at the two SUVs side-by-side, you’ll see that the Chevy’s base price can be considerably lower than the cost of its rival as well. This price difference remains even if you consider their upper trim levels, and you’ll save by opting for the well-stocked Traverse High Country over the Explorer Platinum.
If the Chevrolet Traverse looks like the winner to you, we invite you to come take a closer look at our Panama City dealership. Visit us at Bill Cramer Chevrolet Buick GMC to take the versatile Traverse for a test drive. Before you head to the lot, you can apply for financing online to get things started from home!