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Check out this Chevy Traverse vs. Honda Pilot comparison, created by our team at Baierl Chevrolet, to learn which one is right for you!
Bigger vehicles such as these don’t just mean more interior space—they also mean more muscle under the hood.
For both the Honda Pilot and Chevy Traverse, a V6 engine is offered standard in the base trims. Those extra cylinders equate to more power; specifically, the Pilot churns out 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the Traverse ends up outpacing this with 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque.
Of course, performance prowess does not start and end with the engine. SUVs drivers craving big adventures on- and off-road need to look carefully at drivetrain options as well.
You’ll find that both SUVs offer a capable all-wheel drive (AWD) system to help improve traction when you’re driving over rocky or slippery roads. The big difference is that the Traverse provides an available Traction Mode Select to switch between four modes: FWD, AWD, Off-Road, and Tow/Haul.
Why switch between front- and all-wheel drive, you might ask? It’s a good question, and the answer is all about efficiency. AWD tends to burn a bit more fuel than standard FWD, so the ability to toggle between the two when you’re on the highway or stable terrain makes it easier to drive efficiently.
The available Intelligent Traction Management system in the Pilot offers similar capabilities. However, with just sand, snow, and mud modes, it lacks the extra off-road and tow/haul support of the competitor.
Speaking of that Tow/Haul mode, there’s a good chance you might want to do a bit of towing with your new ride. Whether you want to take your boat to the lake on warm spring weekends or haul your snowmobiles out to the family cabin during the winter months, you need a tough hauler on your side.
Both SUVs offer an impressive maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds when properly equipped—more than enough muscle for your boat or camper! However, you might find that the Traverse offers more features specifically designed for towing convenience.
With the Chevy SUV, you can equip a package of trailering equipment, which includes four great available features:
Hitch Guidance with Hitch View ensures you can safely maneuver your vehicle, even when the load attached to it makes it hard to see. Meanwhile, your heavy-duty cooling system will protect the engine from overheating!
Unfortunately, Pilot drivers won’t find a similar trailering package—something they may miss over the course of the long haul.
Despite those impressive hauling capabilities, not all cargo can be hitched to the rear of your vehicle. For luggage and other small personal items, you need ample cargo room behind the third row too.
Behind its third row, the Honda Pilot offers 16.5 cubic feet. While fairly spacious, it falls short of the 23 cubic feet found behind the third row of the Chevy Traverse. You can squeeze in some extra pieces of luggage here during your next big road trip.
In addition to this added space, the Traverse offers a secret compartment. Its storage tray can be found under the rear floor, meaning you can stash some of your smaller, more precious items completely out of sight.
Awareness is the real key to staying safe out on the open road. Even so, while you may be an extremely conscientious driver, having an extra set of eyes out there can only make things safer. Thus, both SUVs offer available driver-assistive safety features that can help predict when a collision might occur and act autonomously to stop it.
A good example is the optional Lane Keep Assist, which can be found in both vehicles. If you begin to drift out of your lane, this feature will apply mild steering corrections to get you back inside the lines.
While driver-assistive features are present in each vehicle, only the Traverse offers a comprehensive solution for post-collision aid. In the event that you do end up in an accident, Chevy provides OnStar® & Chevrolet Connected Services for emergency post-accident support. This feature will help you get in touch with road-side services and draw first responders to your location right away.
Every year, SUVs like these seem to add more and more gadgets to their standard repertoire. The Chevy Traverse, for instance, makes 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot capability standard in 2020. This feature will ensure that you always have a steady internet connection. While it’s available in the Pilot as well, you can only get it as an upgrade.
The Traverse’s interior also offers some unique features that won’t be found at all in the competitor. Teen Driver technology, for instance, is an exclusive. If your child owns a Traverse or is taking yours for a spin, you can set performance limitations on the car with this feature. Those restrictions, mixed with regular driving report cards, will help teens develop healthy driving habits.
Unfortunately, advanced technologies of the same caliber as those in the Traverse are a lot harder to come by in the Honda Pilot.
Against the Chevy Traverse, the 2020 Honda Pilot manages to put up a good fight. However, when it comes to sheer power and convenient technologies, it simply ends up falling short.
Wexford, Pittsburgh, and Cranberry Township drivers who want a superior SUV can check out the 2020 Traverse. Contact the Baierl Chevrolet team to schedule your test drive today!