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If you are looking for a large comfortable SUV for longer trips or a larger family, the Chevrolet Traverse LS 2021 and the Ford Explorer Explorer 2021 are two options worth considering. They are both priced at around $35,000 MSRP, so let’s see which one is better.
When the powertrain is concerned, the Chevrolet Traverse in 2021 has a single engine. A 3.6L V6 with 310 hp and 266 lb*ft of torque coupled with a 9-speed automatic which is a reliable duo, due to the overall simplicity. It can either use AWD or FWD. The Ford Explorer Explorer comes with a 2.3L Ecoboost engine in a RWD or AWD drivetrain, with 300 hp and 310 lb*ft of torque, but when using premium gasoline. When using regular 87 octane gasoline, these figures drop a little, even though it can use this type of gasoline fine. Higher trims also get a 3.0L V6, but the same concept applies. Another thing worth considering is that the Chevrolet Traverse LS’s engine doesn’t use turbochargers. This translates to an expected increase in reliability because there are less components that can fail.
On the interior, the Chevrolet Traverse LS 2021 features an infotainment system with direct connectivity to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth if so desired. You can create a local 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for all the passengers, especially restless kids on long trips. There’s also active noise cancellation, making long trips pleasant and comfortable. There are 3 rows of seats, all with at least 2 USB-A ports, climate control vents from the automatic climate control, and even rear seat infotainment system integrated into the headrests if you so desire.
Owners praise its comfort during large trips, often saying that it feels more luxurious than it should be. Also, there is plenty of room, and it has a large cargo space (up to 98 cubic feet with all the seats folded down).
If you are looking for a comfortable family-oriented SUV made for long trips than the Chevrolet Traverse LS 2021 is a fine choice. All of this while potentially being a more reliable car in the long run when comparing to the Ford Explorer Explorer 2021. Come in today for a test drive at Shepherd’s Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Kendallville, Indiana, where we’ll always treat you like family.
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