Honda Pilot vs. Chevrolet Traverse

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Jerimy’s had a love/hate relationship with cars since he procured his first vehicle – a 1981 baby blue Ford Fairmont.  It had an oil leak.  He promptly blew the engine.  After a lengthy non-auto related career he established and ran a service repairing interior blemishes in cars and trucks for automobile dealers.  He learned firsthand from dealers about a wide variety of vehicles ranging from high-end luxury cars to ten-year old gas guzzlers – and everything in between.  Eventually he moved on to writing.  Now he works as a writer and editor during the day and moonlights as a freelance writer at night – he's hoping not to blow any more cars up.

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, Automotive Editor - January 21, 2015

Once upon a time, the Honda Pilot was a statement vehicle. It helped establish a range of midsize SUVs that bridged the gap between the extra-large Suburbans and the comically small Wranglers of the world. Nowadays this market is flooded with a bevy of fantastic choices which have evolved into the modern-day minivan.

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Newcomers like the Chevrolet Traverse have come along to challenge established players like the Honda Pilot, so which one of these two is the superior choice?

What the Honda Pilot Gets Right

The Pilot's interior feels immense. Eight adults can travel in this vehicle without feeling cramped, though some taller passengers might find the second and third rows hard on the knees because of low seat height. With up to 87 cubic feet of cargo space there's also no shortage of space for groceries.

Standard features are impressive and include an 8-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, tri-zone automatic climate control and lots of technology. The Pilot boasts best-in-class fuel economy (18/25/21) and good overall safety ratings. Several trim levels add features, but the base Pilot is so loaded that most buyers won't feel the need to upgrade.

What the Chevrolet Traverse Gets Right

The Traverse also seats up to eight passengers, though space in the third row varies with the position of the sliding second row. With all seats folded there's 116.3 cubic feet of cargo space.

Acceleration is smooth, but not overly quick, and the Traverse handles the road well. Fuel economy is decent at 16/23/19 mpg. Generous standard features include a 6.5-inch touchscreen, OnStar, a rearview camera and a satellite and HD radio. The exterior design is stylish and understated, but very attractive.

Which is the Superior Choice?

The Pilot has a lot going for it. Its large, boxy shape maximizes interior space while also providing room for eight. The exceptional fuel economy is appealing, and options like four-wheel drive and several technological upgrades are welcome.

However, the Traverse offers all-wheel drive, similar technology, good fuel economy, a less sluggish ride and more attractive exterior styling.

Our Verdict: Chevrolet Traverse

We prefer the exterior and interior design of the Traverse over the better mileage offered by the Pilot.

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, Automotive Editor

Jerimy’s had a love/hate relationship with cars since he procured his first vehicle – a 1981 baby blue Ford Fairmont.  It had an oil leak.  He promptly blew the engine.  After a lengthy non-auto related career he established and ran a service repairing interior blemishes in cars and trucks for automobile dealers.  He learned firsthand from dealers about a wide variety of vehicles ranging from high-end luxury cars to ten-year old gas guzzlers – and everything in between.  Eventually he moved on to writing.  Now he works as a writer and editor during the day and moonlights as a freelance writer at night – he's hoping not to blow any more cars up.

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