Chevy Traverse vs. Honda Pilot

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Meghan Carbary has been writing professionally for nearly 20 years. A published journalist in three states, Meghan honed her skills as a feature writer and sports editor. She has now expanded her skill-set into the automotive industry as a content writer for Auto Credit Express, where she contributes to several automotive and auto finance blogs.


, Automotive Content Editor - March 28, 2024
2025 Honda Pilot front three-quarter view

Honda has been busy updating its SUV lineup, recently introducing a revised model of the Pilot for 2025. The Chevy Traverse has been recently updated in 2024, ushering in the third generation of this full-size SUV. With the SUVs undergoing recent changes, the Pilot and Traverse both act as great minivan alternatives for large families.

In this comparison, we’ll explore how the Pilot compares to the Traverse when it comes to pricing, size, cargo capacity, engine performance, and reliability. In the end, we’ll name the better option for most shoppers to help you make a decision on which midsize SUV to buy.

Honda Pilot vs. Chevy Traverse Price

202 Chevrolet Traverse front three-quarter view

The Chevrolet Traverse has a substantial advantage over the Honda Pilot when it comes to pricing. The most affordable Chevrolet Traverse is the LS trim which costs $35,615 (with destination), while the most expensive trim is the High Country which starts at $53,095. The cheapest Honda Pilot trim is the Sport which starts at $41,295, while the most expensive trim is the Elite which costs $55,675.

There’s a $5,680 difference between the Traverse and the Pilot when you compare two entry-level trims to one another and a $2,580 difference for range-topping trims.

As the more affordable model of the two, lease deals for the Traverse tend to be far more affordable than the Pilot. Additionally, Chevrolet usually offers the Traverse with better financing rates and cash rebate deals than Honda does for the Pilot.

Honda Pilot vs. Chevy Traverse Size

2025 Honda Pilot Interior

Both options may be midsize SUVs, but the Traverse is larger than the Pilot. The Traverse is 205.9 inches long, 78.6 inches wide, and 70.7 inches tall. Compared to the Pilot, the Traverse is roughly six inches longer. The Pilot measures 199.9 inches in length, 78.5 inches wide, and 71.0 inches tall.

Despite being nearly six inches longer than the Pilot, the Traverse doesn’t have a lot more interior space than the Honda. The Traverse has more front headroom, second-row shoulder room, and third-row legroom than the Pilot. In most other metrics, the two SUVs match one another evenly.

Honda Pilot vs. Chevy Traverse Cargo Space

2024 Chevrolet Traverse Cargo

Shoppers looking for maximum cargo space will find the Traverse to be the better option of the two. Honda’s midsize SUV has 18.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, 48.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, and a total of 87 cubic feet of cargo space. In comparison, the Traverse has 23 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 57.8 cubic feet of space behind the second row, and a total of 98.2 cubic feet of cargo space.

While the Pilot is above average when it comes to cargo capacity, the Traverse is one of the largest SUVs in the class when it comes to cargo space.

Honda Pilot vs. Chevrolet Traverse Specs

2024 Chevrolet Traverse

Both the Pilot and Traverse come with sturdy V6 engines. The Pilot’s 3.5-liter V6 generates 285 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard on the Pilot, while all-wheel drive is available. With FWD, the Pilot can tow up to 3,500 pounds. Towing capacity increases to 5,000 pounds with AWD.

The Traverse has a more powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine that’s rated at 310 hp and 266 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed through a nine-speed automatic transmission and the front wheels as standard or to all four through AWD. When properly equipped, the Traverse matches the Pilot’s 5,000-pound towing capacity limit.

Chevy Traverse vs. Honda Pilot Reliability

Based on Consumer Reports reliability ratings, the Traverse and Pilot are evenly matched. The Pilot earned a predicted reliability score of 50 out of 100 and a predicted owner satisfaction score of five out of five. In the organization’s rankings of three-row midsize SUVs, the Pilot finished in tenth place out of 18 options.

The Traverse matched the Pilot’s 36 out of 100 predicted reliability score but had a slightly lower predicted owner satisfaction score of three out of five. Chevrolet’s midsize SUV finished in thirteenth place in Consumer Reports rankings.

Which Is Better: Chevy Traverse vs. Honda Pilot?

While the Traverse has a roomy interior, a massive cargo area, and a powerful V6 engine. Even with its recent redesign, the SUV doesn’t offer the same premium interior feel, features, tech, or off-roading capability as its competitors. Unless you’re on a tight budget, the Honda Pilot is the better option.

The Pilot wins this comparison. It’s nearly as spacious as the Traverse, while featuring a far more premium interior design, coming with more high-tech features, offering better off-roading capability, and having a more refined powertrain. It may be more expensive than the Traverse, but the Pilot is a better overall option.

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, Automotive Content Editor

Meghan Carbary has been writing professionally for nearly 20 years. A published journalist in three states, Meghan honed her skills as a feature writer and sports editor. She has now expanded her skill-set into the automotive industry as a content writer for Auto Credit Express, where she contributes to several automotive and auto finance blogs.


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