2022 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2022 Ford Explorer

When you’re searching for a midsize crossover that can accommodate your entire family, it can be hard to know where to start. After all, this is a segment that has seen tons of growth in the last decade, with nearly every auto manufacturer entering a horse into the race. No need to sweat it though – we’re here to help. 

We’re going to take a closer look at two of the most popular models on offer, the new 2022 Chevrolet Traverse and 2022 Ford Explorer. We’re going to break down what these two vehicles have in common and where they differ, so it’s easy to decide which is the right one for your family.  


The new 2022 Chevrolet Traverse and 2022 Ford Explorer were designed to stand out in the pickup lane. These midsize crossovers offer bold frames with their sculpted lines and eye-catching rear spoilers. Chevy pairs the new Traverse with its signature dual-port grille and iconic Chevrolet bowtie, while the Ford Explorer presents a hexagonal, honeycomb grille that offers modern appeal. 

But which SUV makes a grander entrance? Taking a look at each vehicle’s spec sheets, we’ll find that the new 2022 Chevrolet Traverse comes out ahead in nearly every category: 

  • Length
    • Chevrolet Traverse: 205.9 inches
    • Ford Explorer: 198.8 inches
  • Wheelbase
    • Chevrolet Traverse: 120.9 inches
    • Ford Explorer: 119.1 inches
  • Width
    • Chevrolet Traverse: 78.6 inches
    • Ford Explorer: 78.9 inches
  • Height
    • Chevrolet Traverse: 70.7 inches
    • Ford Explorer: 69.9 inches

Both the new 2022 Chevrolet Traverse and the 2022 Ford Explorer are available with a hands-free gesture liftgate that opens when you wave your foot below the rear bumper. These midsize crossovers also offer plenty of features you’d expect like LED headlights, roof-mounted side rails, and heated side-view mirrors.  

Ford and Chevy both offer their midsize crossovers with 10 wheel styles to choose from, though only the Explorer is available with 21-inch rims. The new Ford Explorer also offers eight colors to choose from, while the new Chevy Traverse only features six colors. 

Advantage of the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse

  • Longer and taller than the Explorer
  • Eye-catching dual-port grille stands out

Advantage of the 2022 Ford Explorer

  • Available with 21-inch wheels
  • Offers more colors to choose from than the Chevy Traverse


When you opt for a midsize SUV, you’re opting for a vehicle with plenty of space for people and their things. The new Chevrolet Traverse makes it easy to bring the whole family along for the ride with seating for up to eight and second-row smart-sliding seats that provide easy access to the third row. On the Ford side of things, you’ll find seating for up to seven. The new Ford Explorer offers less third-row legroom at 32.2 inches versus the Chevrolet Traverse’s 33.8 inches of third-row legroom. 

Midsize crossovers are more than just fashionable people movers – they also offer more cargo space. Taking another look at the specs sheets, we’ll find that the new 2022 Chevrolet Traverse offers more cargo space than the 2022 Ford Explorer behind all three rows of seats: 

  • Cargo Space to 1st Row
    • Chevrolet Traverse: 98.2 inches
    • Ford Explorer: 87.8 inches 
  • Cargo Space to 2nd Row
    • Chevrolet Traverse: 57.8 inches
    • Ford Explorer: 47.9 inches 
  • Cargo Space to 3rd Row
    • Chevrolet Traverse: 23.0 inches
    • Ford Explorer: 18.2 inches

The new 2022 Chevy Traverse also offers a lockable, hidden storage area behind its touchscreen that’s perfect for stashing small items like your phone or wallet. 

Both the new 2022 Chevy Traverse and 2022 Ford Explorer are available with leather-appointed heated and ventilated seating and offer tri-zone automatic climate control that ensures everyone rides in comfort. These midsize SUVs are also available with dual-panel panoramic sunroofs that everyone can enjoy. It is worth mentioning that the new Ford Explorer even offers a massaging seat function that takes your comfort to the next level. 

Advantage of the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse

  • Offers more cargo space behind each row of seats
  • Seats up to eight people and has more third-row legroom 
  • Features a lockable storage area behind the touchscreen

Advantage of the 2022 Ford Explorer 

  • Available with massaging front seats with five different settings


The new 2022 Chevy Traverse makes boring road trips a thing of the past with its Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. This system provides smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ so you can stream music, answer calls, look up directions, and more from the 8-inch touchscreen. Chevy pairs this system with an available 10-speaker Bose® premium audio system that surrounds you in crystal-clear sound. 

Over on the Explorer, you’ll find Ford’s Sync® 3 infotainment system that also offers smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Ford pairs this with an available 12-speaker B&O sound system by Bang & Olufsen® and a 10.1-inch LCD portrait touchscreen. 

On both the Traverse and the Explorer, you’ll find 4G LTE Wi-Fi® capability (data plan required) that keeps you in the loop on long drives. They also both offer wireless smartphone charging pads that keep your compatible device charged and include built-in Amazon Alexa capability, so you can enjoy all the benefits of your Amazon account while on the go. 

Advantage of the 2022 Ford Explorer

  • Available with a 12-speaker sound system
  • Offers a 10.1-inch LCD portrait touchscreen


Both the Chevrolet Traverse and Ford Explorer were named IIHS Top Safety Picks. These midsize crossovers also earned NHTSA five-star overall safety ratings. It’s no surprised they’re being showered with safety accolades though, as both the Traverse and Explorer offer loads of advanced safety features that up your safe driving game, including: 

  • Automatic emergency braking 
  • Forward-collision braking
  • Lane-departure warning 
  • Lane keep assist
  • High beam assist 
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-change alert
  • Side blind-zone alert
  • Rear park assist
  • Adaptive cruise control

The new 2022 Chevy Traverse is equipped with an available HD surround view camera that provides a bird’s-eye view of the area around you. It also features OnStar® Automatic Crash Response that can alert emergency personnel to your location in the event of an accident and an available safety alert seat that can warn you of danger. 

In addition to all of these features, the new Ford Explorer is also available with Active Park Assist 2.0. This feature makes parallel and perpendicular parking a breeze by identifying an appropriate parking spot and then steers you into it. You control the braking, accelerating, and gear shifts, while the system handles steering. 

Advantage of the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse

  • OnStar® Automatic Crash Response provides added peace of mind 
  • Safety alert seat can warn you of potential collisions 
  • HD surround-view camera makes navigating tight spaces easy 

Advantage of the 2022 Ford Explorer

  • Available with Active Park Assist 2.0 for easy parallel and perpendicular parking 


When it comes to power, the new 2022 Chevrolet Traverse keeps things simple with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that kicks out 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. With all that power, the new Traverse achieves a 5,000-pound maximum towing capacity and up to 27 mpg highway. Chevy also pairs the new Traverse with a Driver Mode Selector that offers five drive modes – front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, off-road, tow/haul, and snow – that allow you to customize your driving experience to how you want it. 

Meanwhile, the new Ford Explorer comes standard with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that achieves 28 mpg highway; or, you can opt for an available 3.0-liter V-6 engine to up the thrills to 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. This midsize SUV is also available with a hybrid configuration that combines a 3.3-liter V-6 with an electric motor for enhanced fuel efficiency. Ford pairs the Explorer with an available Terrain Management System™ that, like the Traverse’s Driver Mode Selector, allows you to choose from different driving modes to adjust vehicle handling for the current road conditions. 

Advantage of the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse

  • Driver Mode Selector lets you customize your driving experience with five drive modes

Advantage of the 2022 Ford Explorer

  • Available V-6 engine offers more horsepower and torque
  • Is available with a hybrid configuration for better fuel ratings
  • Terrain Management System™ offers driving modes for improved handling 

Which Should You Buy? 

Whether you prefer the sporty styling of the 2022 Chevy Traverse or the variety of powertrains offered by the 2022 Ford Explorer, these midsize SUVs will satisfy any growing family. Both SUVs have a starting MSRP of just over $33,000, and offer loads of features you want in a modern vehicle including smartphone integration, automatic emergency braking, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Plus, both SUVs provide plenty of cargo space with their rear seats lowered. 

So how do you figure out which you should buy? With a test drive of course! Visit GarberAuto.com to find the Garber dealership nearest you. Then call to schedule your test drive of either the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse or 2022 Ford Explorer today.  


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Dianna Duchesne

Dianna Duchesne

Dianna is the Digital Content Writer for Garber Automotive Group.

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