2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Chevy Equinox

The Ford Explorer is one of the vehicles that originally helped to establish the midsize SUV segment when it was released back in 1990. Now, more than 25 years later, it is still totally dominating the segment that it helped to create. Ford recently completely overhauled this vehicle last year to celebrate the 25th anniversary. As a result, most people expected the new 2017 model to be nothing more than a carry over, but that is not the case. Ford has added some all-new changes and upgrades for the 2017 model year that have everyone really excited about the new Explorer.

The midsize SUV segment has exploded in popularity in recent years. As a result, there are more vehicles than ever competing for market share in the segment. One of the vehicles that challenges the Explorer for market share every year is Chevy’s Equinox model. The Equinox has not been on the market nearly as long as the Explorer but it is already building up a solid fan following. Therefore, we have decided to match up the new 2017 Ford Explorer vs the 2017 Chevy Equinox in order to find out which vehicle is best in the new model year.

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2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Chevy Equinox
290 @ 6500 RPM Horsepower 182 @ 6700 RPM
255 @ 4000 RPM Torque 172 @ 4900 RPM
151.7 cu-ft Passenger Volume 99.7 cu-ft
7 Passenger Capacity 5

2017 Ford Explorer: Powerful and Bold

When you match up the new 2017 Ford Explorer against the 2017 Chevy Equinox, there are some clear ways that the Explorer is superior. For example, the Explorer is clearly able to outclass the Equinox with its overall performance characteristics. The new 2017 Ford Explorer is able to produce an outstanding 290 horsepower with 255 pound-feet of torque, which is very impressive. In fact, the Explorer offers some of the best overall performance numbers in its class. On the other hand, the 2017 Chevy Equinox is very underpowered in comparison. The Equinox is only able to make 182 horsepower with 172 pound-feet of torque. Therefore, if you are going to be towing or hauling anything with your SUV, you’ll definitely want to to go with the Explorer over the Equinox to get the power that you need.

Another area where the 2017 Ford Explorer is superior is with its impressive interior volume. This vehicle has more than enough interior space to haul all of your passenger and cargo, making it a great family vehicle. The 2017 Ford Explorer boasts 151.7 cu-ft of passenger volume. On the other hand, the 2017 Chevy Equinox on offers 99.7 cu-ft of passenger volume. The extra space that the Explorer offers is something that a lot of drivers really appreciate about this vehicle.

Seats on the 2017 Ford Explorer
Interior on the 2017 Ford Explorer
2017 Ford Explorer Side View

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