2020 Ford Explorer, Vidalia GA 

Compare Ford Explorer to the Chevy and Dodge Competition in Vidalia GA

Ford Explorer vs. Chevy Traverse vs. Dodge Durango: Which Mid-Size SUV Should I Buy?

We get this question a lot here at Paul Thigpen Ford Lincoln. After all, the new Ford Explorer has been a lasting favorite of eastern Georgia drivers for many reasons. Now that it's been redesigned inside and out for 2020, there are even more. The all-new model's roomier, better with fuel, and equipped with more in the way of standard safety features, not to mention much sportier.

However, it's still got its rivals, most notably, Chevy Traverse and Dodge Durango. Both are just as beloved in the segment, and each can make similar claims. However, head-to-head, 2020 Ford Explorer pulls ahead where it counts, and a competitive comparison makes it easy to see how.

2020 Ford Explorer, Vidalia GA 

Ford Explorer vs. Chevy Traverse

Ford Explorer is better at acceleration and a harder worker than Chevy Traverse. A twin-turbocharged 365-horsepower, 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 that can produce 380 pound-feet of torque is available, and you can get an engine that delivers a blistering 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet in the ST trim. Chevy Traverse features only one engine, a standard 3.6-liter V6, and it can only put out 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet.

Ford Explorer is more capable overall than Chevy Traverse. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, Intelligent 4WD is available, and the latter comes standard in ST. There's no RWD offered in Chevy Traverse, only AWD is available, and you can't get it in the base L trim. Plus, Ford Explorer can tow more: up to 5,600 pounds with a Class III Trailer Tow Package. Chevy Traverse can only tow up to 5,000 pounds.

   Dodge Durango
2020 Ford Explorer Interior, Vidalia GA   Ford Explorer Interior
    Chevrolet Traverse

Ford Explorer is more resourceful with fuel than Chevy Traverse. The 3.3-liter V6 and electric motor that comprise its available hybrid powertrain can get up to 27 mpg in a city like Baxley and 29 mpg down the highway to Metter, according to EPA estimates. There's no hybrid in Chevy Traverse, and it can only get up to 18 city mpg and 27 highway mpg.

Ford Explorer vs. Dodge Durango

Ford Explorer is the safer bet for the Lyons GA cruise than Dodge Durango. It incorporates a host of intelligent driver aids such as Ford Co-Pilot360, which features a blind spot information system, lane-keeping system, automatic emergency brakes, auto high beams, and a rear-view camera. Plus, unique features such as side-wind stabilization, pre-collision assist, post-collision braking, reverse brake assist, adaptive LED lighting, intelligent adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assist, and hill descent control are available. Dodge Durango puts fewer and less comprehensive options on the table, relying primarily on braking enhancements.

Ford Explorer is roomier for both passengers and cargo than Dodge Durango. It features a large 152.7 cubic feet of space for you, the family, and a boatload of friends, while Dodge Durango offers only 99 cubic feet. As much as a whopping 87.8 cubic feet of space is available for cargo, too, whereas, in Dodge Durango, there are only 84.5 cubic feet.

Ford Explorer goes the extra mile on tech compared to Dodge Durango. SYNC and SYNC 3 infotainment systems are available, for one. There's a 10.1-inch tablet-style touchscreen option, plus, a wireless charger, 12-speaker B&O or 980-watt, 14-speaker premium sound systems, Waze nav support, FordPass Connect 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and Ford+Alexa compatibility are available. Dodge Durango has a much smaller Uconnect screen and less interoperability.

Test Drive the New 2020 Ford Explorer Today at Our Dealership in Vidalia GA

You can learn more about how our brand's flagship mid-size crossover bests the rest right here at our showroom on First Street East. E-mail, call or visit us to schedule some time behind the wheel. We'll be looking forward to introducing you!

2020 Ford Explorer, Vidalia GA