5 Ways the Chevy Traverse Blows the Honda Pilot Away
If you’re looking for a sport utility vehicle with three-row seating, chances are you’ve been looking at the Chevrolet Traverse and the Honda Pilot. Choosing between the two may be tough when you look at the standard features available in both, like passenger capacity and fuel efficiency, but if you take a deeper look at the two vehicles, you’ll find the Traverse outweighs the Pilot in performance, comfort, design, safety and warranty.
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Chevrolet Traverse vs. Honda Pilot
Without further ado, here is why the Traverse is the right car for you:
While the Pilot comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, allowing it to reach 280 horsepower and torque of 262 foot-pounds, the Traverse’s slightly larger yet much more powerful 3.6L V6 engine boasts a horsepower of 288 and a 270-foot-pound torque. While the difference may not seem like much, that extra power brings you many benefits when towing, passing and getting up hills.
At first glance, both vehicles appear equal in passenger and storage capacities – both come standard with three-row, eight-passenger seating, with two rear rows that can be folded down for increased storage capacity. However, the Traverse provides a total storage capacity of 116 cubic feet with both rear rows folded down, along with a 10-inch deep cargo well behind the third-row seats. Meanwhile, the Pilot is limited to a maximum storage capacity of just under 84 cubic feet.
The Traverse has a sleek, sporty appearance; giving it a level of class over the Pilot’s modified mini-van appearance. With slightly larger tires than the Pilot, the Traverse provides higher axle clearance and more traction coverage, giving you peace of mind in some of the more treacherous driving conditions.
The NHTSA has awarded the Traverse a five-star overall frontal crash rating, where the Pilot received a four-star rating. Both vehicles have available forward collision alert and mitigation systems, lane departure alerts and blind zone alerts.
Honda offers a three-year or 36,000-mile limited warranty, with the power train covered for five years or 60,000 miles, roadside assistance for three years or 36,000 miles and a five-year anti-corrosion warranty.
For example, the Pilot can tow up to 3,500 pounds while the Traverse tows an impressive 5,200 pounds – think about the bigger camper or boat you can pull with that extra 1,700-pound capacity.
With the Traverse’s huge 22-gallon fuel tank, you’ll have to make fewer stops along the road, saving you time and frustration when compared to the Pilot’s 19-gallon tank.
For additional storage security, the 2018 Traverse’s media display screen will slide up, revealing a secret compartment for storage of smaller items. This feature can be locked with a PIN code on the touchscreen, keeping your wallet safely stored while you’re in the gym.The Traverse also offers illuminated door sill plates, giving it an added flourish in style and extra lighting for you and your passengers while getting in and out of the vehicle at night.
Another feature coming in the 2018 Traverse is the available wireless charging station located in the center console, allowing your wireless-charging-capable devices a secure place to charge, saving the USB ports and 12-volt plugs for other devices.
While the Pilot has an available roof rack, the Traverse has an available roof rack, adding more to your cargo capacity; molded or chrome assistance steps, making it easier for your passengers to get in and out; and black Chevrolet bowtie emblems, adding to the already beautiful look.
The Traverse also has an available Rear Cross Traffic Alert, letting you know when backing into space where another vehicle may be approaching, and an industry-first Front Center Air Bag, providing your family with an extra level of protection.
In addition, the Traverse has a wheel base of 118.9 inches, providing you with more stability and control on the road and around corners than the Pilot’s 111-inch wheel base.
Chevy steps up the warranty with their three-year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage that covers your original tires up to 12,000 miles. The powertrain is covered for five years or 60,000 miles. The roadside assistance is provided for five years or 60,000 miles, and the anti-corrosion warranty covers six years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Test Drive a New Traverse Today!With all the benefits of the Traverse, and its base price starting at $28,700, compared to the Pilot’s $30,745, it’s clear that the best vehicle to help you and your family find new roads is the Traverse. So, stop by one of our many Valley Chevrolet dealerships to test drive a Traverse today.
You will find that the Traverse is the perfect vehicle for all your family’s needs. Whether you’re skiing in Flagstaff, camping in Payson, or carting the kids from one practice to the next, or any of life’s unexpected adventures, the Traverse is the vehicle that can do it all.See also: 2017 Chevrolet Traverse vs. Equinox