Ford explorer vs Palisade vs Traverse

2021 Ford Explorer vs. Hyundai Palisade vs. Chevy Traverse

If you're in the market for a mid-size SUV for your family, you may be overwhelmed by the choices available. This category is saturated with models from every auto manufacturer. Three of those models come to the top with the 2021 Ford Explorer, Hyundai Palisade, and Chevrolet Traverse. Find out what they have to offer.

Premium Comfort

When traveling with your family, you want everyone to be comfortable. Each passenger will find ample space to relax in these models with the 2021 Ford Explorer offering just a bit more front hip room as well as more headroom in the second and third rows. As the driver, you'll appreciate having a power seat as an available option only on the base trim for the Ford. Extra safety features give you peace of mind as you travel with blind spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert standard across all trims on the Explorer. More advanced features, like lane departure warning and lane keeping assist are standard on both Ford and Chevy at the base level.

Keep the Family Entertained

As you drive those long trips with your family, you'll want to choose an SUV with plenty of entertainment options. All three of these models include an infotainment system, but the 2021 Ford Explorer and Hyundai Palisade add a Wi-Fi hotspot for the base trim to keep passengers connected. You can pair your phone with the SUV through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with Ford and Chevy, but you'll have to add it as an option for the Hyundai base trim. Expand your music selections with SiriusXM on the Explorer. Ford and Hyundai also include dual-zone climate control on the base trim for the ideal temperature with the driver and front passenger.

Packing the Power

Performance is where you'll notice a difference in the three models. Only the 2021 Ford Explorer comes as a rear-wheel drive, which is a recent change, to give you more capability. This model also runs on a four-cylinder engine, which is powerful enough to get you where you need to go, but at a slightly more efficient pace than with the V6 engines of the Hyundai and Chevy. City driving is more economical at 21 MPH for the Ford compared to 19 MPH for the Chevy and 18 MPH for the Hyundai. You'll also be able to bring along a bigger trailer with a maximum towing capacity of 5300 lbs. over the Chevy 5000 lbs. limit.

Offering Modern Convenience

Life is a little easier no matter which of these three models you drive. Auto-off headlights are standard on all three, so you never have to worry about forgetting to shut them off. The 2021 Ford Explorer and Chevy Traverse include rear parking sensors on the base trim while the Ford takes it to the next level with a power liftgate. This model is also the only one with an anti-theft system standard on the base trim. Ford added in a remote engine start for the Explorer on the base.

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