Ford Explorer vs Hyundai Palisade vs Chevy Traverse

2021 Ford Explorer vs. Hyundai Palisade vs. Chevy Traverse

When it comes to mid-size SUVs, you'll find a lot of competition in this category. All of them provide the basic necessities for a traveling family, but the differences are in the details. Three of the top models include the 2021 Ford Explorer, the Hyundai Palisade and the Chevy Traverse. Compare how each of these models stand up to your expectations.

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One of the big differences between the three models is in performance. Only the 2021 Ford Explorer is a rear wheel drive, which is designed to give you more capability. Since this model runs on a four-cylinder engine for the base trim as opposed to V6 for both the Hyundai and Chevy, you also get better fuel economy. When it comes to running errands in town, the Ford comes in at 21 MPH over 19 MPH for the Chevy and 18 MPH for the Hyundai. The Ford offers slightly higher trailering capacity at 5300 lbs. over the 5000 lbs. of the Chevy.


All three models offer convenience features to make your day easier. Auto-off headlights are standard across the three vehicles, but only the 2021 Ford Explorer includes an anti-theft system as standard on the base trim. Both the Ford and Chevy models include rear parking sensors on the base trims, but only the Explorer adds a power liftgate on the lowest trim to make loading and unloading easier when your hands are full. You'll also appreciate the fact that remote engine start is standard to warm up the vehicle from the house before you leave. Access important controls from the steering wheel on all three SUVs while the Explorer adds a remote trunk release.


For long drives with your family, you want to be comfortable. All three models give you plenty of room to relax with the 2021 Ford Explorer offering slightly more front hip room and second-row and third-row headroom. Another feature to add to your comfort is a power driver seat, which is available as an option only on the Ford. The Explorer also includes more safety features as standard across trims, such as blind spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert. Both the Ford and Chevy make lane departure warning and lane keeping assist standard on the base trim.


Today's SUVs must keep everyone entertained on long journeys. All three come with an infotainment center, but only the 2021 Ford Explorer and Hyundai Palisade make the vehicle a Wi-Fi hotspot on the base trim. Pairing your phone with the SUV through Android Auto or Apple CarPlay is standard on both the Explorer and Traverse, but only an option on the Palisade. The Ford Explorer includes SiriusXM satellite radio standard on all trims, which isn't available on the Hyundai and Chevy base trims. Air conditioning is standard across the models as you might expect in a family ride, but only the Ford and Hyundai include dual-zone climate control standard on the base trim.

All three models will get where you need to go in style and comfort. However, the 2021 Ford Explorer adds several special features to enhance the driving experience. You can find out more about this model at Griffith Ford San Marcos.