When shopping for a midsize SUV, you'll find there are many outstanding models perfect for your daily commutes, weekend adventures, or even a trip across the country. At Ray Price Ford, we've helped many drivers in Mount Pocono, Tobyhanna, and Scranton get behind the wheel of a car that's perfect for their lifestyle.

To guide you in the car-buying process, we've put together this comparison of three popular midsize SUVs: the Ford Explorer, the Dodge Durango, and the Chevy Traverse. In this in-depth comparison, we'll explain some of the key features in each SUV for drivers in Pocono Pines and Blakeslee. Continue reading to become an even more well-informed buyer!

Explorer vs Durango vs Traverse: Interior Dimensions

It's wise to consider the cabin space before looking at other aspects of these SUVs. For starters, the Explorer seats seven passengers, while the Durango and Traverse seat eight.

However, the the Ford Explorer makes up for its lower passenger capacity with its available passenger space. The Explorer provides 43 inches of front legroom-a figure that dwarfs the 40.3 inches in the Durango or the 41 inches in the Traverse.

The second row sees similar results. The Explorer offers 40.5 inches of headroom and 39 inches of legroom. Meanwhile, the Durango offers 39.8 inches of rear headroom and 38.6 inches of rear legroom. For the Traverse, you get 40 inches of second-row headroom and 38.4 inches of second-row legroom.  

Explorer vs Durango vs Traverse: Technology Features and Amenities

When it comes to technology, all three of these vehicles are equipped for the road ahead. There are a few factors that separate the three, however. Namely, it comes down to the available touchscreen that you can choose within your Dodge Durango, Chevrolet Traverse, or Ford Explorer.

Leading the pack would be the Ford Explorer, which offers a Premium Technology Package that features a 980-watt B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen as well as a 10.1-inch LCD capacitive portrait touchscreen along the center stack.

When looking at the alternative SUVs, the Chevy Traverse has a touchscreen measuring just eight inches at its peak. As for the Durango, it has a modest 8.4-inch touchscreen display.

Ford vs Dodge vs Chevrolet: Safety Features

Whether you're traveling alone or with your family, it's important to remain protected and alert on the road. The 2020 Ford Explorer, Durango, and Traverse are safe vehicles equipped with a standard rearview camera, which helps you see what's going on when backing up. 

The Explorer features Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology, which comes with the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) to warn you if other vehicles are in your blind spot zone when on the highway or merging. Other Ford Co-Pilot360™ systems include:

  • Lane-Keeping System
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Auto High-Beam Headlamps

The Dodge Durango has the available Blind Spot Monitoring System along with Brake Assist to help apply responsive braking when necessary. As for the Traverse, it also has an available Rear Camera Mirror. With Forward Collision Alert, the Traverse alerts you if you're following a detected vehicle too closely to prevent a collision.

In review, there's no doubting that the safety of you and your passengers was kept in mind when developing all three SUVs.

Blending Fuel Efficiency with Power

These vehicles are all large in stature. To help them provide dynamic handling, Ford, Dodge, and Chevy have equipped the Explorer, Durango, and Traverse with a series of powerful engines.


The Explorer and Durango both have three engines to choose from. The Traverse lags behind in terms of versatility and customizability since it offers just a single motor.

So, what's the differing factor when looking at each of these SUVs? Well, only one has a hybrid option under the hood: the Ford Explorer. If you decide to opt for this 3.3L Hybrid V6, the Explorer will be able to reach an EPA-estimated 27 city/29 highway MPG. In addition to its impressive fuel economy, you'll be able to travel approximately 500 miles per tank with the rear-wheel-drive configuration.  

The top fuel economy numbers you can get with the Durango peak at an EPA-estimated 19 city/ 26 highway MPG. For the Traverse, the fuel economy is a modest EPA-estimated 18 city/27 highway MPG.

Tackle Any Terrain

It's common for drivers who choose a large SUV to travel off-road. While a lineup of drive systems can be found in the Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango, and Chevy Traverse, only the Explorer gives you the ability to adjust your driving dynamics fully.  

In the Durango and Traverse, you can swap between decent drivetrains. For instance, the Durango comes in either RWD or AWD, while the Traverse is equipped with either FWD or AWD.

Your adventures are taken to an entirely new level with the Explorer since it comes with the Terrain Management System™, an advanced feature that gives you unprecedented abilities. An easy-to-use dial located on the center stack makes it possible to flip between seven Selectable Drive Modes. Each mode alters the driving dynamics to take on specific terrain. Its modes include:

  • Deep snow/sand
  • Slippery
  • Sport
  • Tow/haul
  • Trail

Ford Explorer vs Dodge Durango vs Chevy Traverse: The Verdict

There's no doubt that the Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango, and Chevy Traverse all bring a lot to the table. However, with its spacious interior, comfort-oriented amenities, and advanced safety features, the Ford Explorer is a car worth taking for a test drive at Ray Price Ford. Our sales team is excited to assist drivers in Mount Pocono, Tobyhanna, and Scranton.

Get behind the wheel today by scheduling a test drive and see how the Explorer handles the roads of Pocono Pines and Blakeslee. We look forward to showing you the 2020 Ford Explorer and everything it has to offer.

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