The 2013 Ford Explorer vs. The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox

When it comes to sporty, fun, compact sport utility vehicles, Terry’s Ford in Peotone is proud to offer the best on the market: the 2013 Ford Explorer. Bradley area residents who might be looking into purchasing a vehicle in this competitive segment may come across the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox. The Equinox is a certainly a quality SUV, but as you’ll see in the following breakdown, it comes up short when stacked up against the new Ford Explorer.

More Power, Better Fuel Economy

  • Superior Performance: The standard 2.0L V4 turbo of the new 2013 Ford Explorer is a much more powerful engine than the Chevy Equinox’s standard 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder. The Explorer’s engine is capable of 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, while the Equinox’s engine is only capable of 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. For more responsive acceleration, the new Explorer achieves its peak torque at 1750 RPM’s, which is 3150 RPM’s lower than the Equinox.
  • Gas Mileage: Between the new Ford Explorer’s 4WD V6 and the Equinox’s equivalent all-wheel drive V6, the Explorer’s engine achieved better city gas mileage at an EPA estimated 17 mpg city, compared with the Equinox’s 16 mpg city.

Safety and Technology Come Together

  • Rear Warning System: Optional on the new Ford Explorer XLT, Limited, and Sport models is a cross-path alert system that uses radar to warn drivers of rear traffic approaching from either side. This system is incredibly useful in situations where rear traffic might not be totally visible. The new Chevy Equinox does not offer such a system.
  • Inflatable Seatbelts: In the middle row of 2013 Ford Explorer XLT and Limited models are optional seatbelts that inflate if an impact is detected. This helps mitigate the force of impact throughout a larger area while also keeping the head and neck secure with limited movement to prevent whiplash. The Equinox does not provide an inflatable seatbelt even as an option.
  • Inattentive Driver Alert: If you find yourself feeling particularly exhausted or distracted while driving, the new Ford Explorer offers an optional warning system that will sound off if the Explorer thinks its driver should take a break. The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox does not offer an inattentive driver alert system.


Experience the 2013 Ford Explorer at Terry’s Ford Today

While the comparison on paper reveals a clear winner, come stop by Terry’s Ford to take the 2013 Ford Explorer for a test drive to see why! If you have any questions about the new Ford Explorer or any of our other quality Ford vehicles, give our sales team a call at (888) 832-3250 or visit our dealership at 363 S. Harlem Avenue in Peotone. We are only 25 minutes away from Bradley by way of IL-50 N, so stop by soon!

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