2018 Ford Explorer vs. 2018 Chevy Equinox

Ford and Chevrolet have been rivals since the very first days of the automotive industry. For the 21st century, this rivalry is actively played out in the most competitive segment, crossover SUVs. Both automakers offer a wide range of products that can meet just about any need a buyer may have, however, the new Ford Explorer has quite a bit more to offer Heritage Ford customers than what they could find with many other in-class options. Comparing the 2018 Ford Explorer vs. 2018 Chevy Equinox shows just how far out in front of the rest of class Ford's popular crossover SUV truly is. The 2018 Explorer is available in the Heritage Ford showroom and is ready for potential buyers to take on a test drive.

Even the briefest of glances at the 2018 Ford Explorer and 2018 Chevy Equinox makes it very clear how much more the Explorer brings to the table. In short, there is almost no commonly used metric where the Ford crossover SUV doesn't outshine the Equinox, including overall performance, maximum available cargo space, and overall towing figures. Right off of the bat, the 2018 Explorer has more space to accommodate passengers and/or cargo. People coming to the Heritage Ford showroom to look at the new Explorer will see a three-row, seven-passenger vehicle. Furthermore, the 2018 Explorer offers more than 80 cubic-feet of cargo space whereas the 2018 Equinox barely breaks 60 cubic-feet.

2018 Ford Explorer Vs    2018 Chevy Equinox
3.5-liter, V-6Engine
Turbo., 1.5-L, 4-Cyl.
290/310 Horsepower/Torque
5,000 lbs.Max. Towing1,500 lbs.
81.7 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Space63.5 cu.-ft.

Performance Specs: 2018 Explorer vs. 2018 Equinox

Very few crossover SUVs can match the level of performance available with the 2018 Ford Explorer, this includes the new Chevy Equinox. Base trims of the 2018 Explorer have a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter, V-6 engine under the hood making 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. By comparison, the 2018 Equinox no longer has a V-6 option and its standard power plant is a turbocharged, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine making significantly less than 200 horsepower. This glaring disparity in performance output is also reflected in the towing advantage the 2018 Explorer has over the new Equinox. Most Explorer trims will be able to pull loads weighing 3,500 pounds, but when properly equipped the Ford crossover SUV has a 5,000-pound towing capacity.


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