The Odyssey has a standard Whiplash Mitigation Front Seat Design, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Mitigation Front Seat Design system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Traverse doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite has standard crash mitigation brakes, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Traverse has a collision warning system without the crash-mitigating brake feature that could reduce stopping distances.
The Odyssey offers optional Parking Sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, for the Odyssey Touring/Elite in front of the vehicle. The Traverse doesn’t offer a front parking aid.
Both the Odyssey and the Traverse have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The Odyssey’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Traverse’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).
The engine in the Odyssey has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Traverse have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 5 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.
On the EPA test cycle the Odyssey gets better fuel mileage than the Traverse Premier FWD 3.6 V6 (288 HP) (19 city/28 hwy vs. 15 city/22 hwy).
An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Odyssey’s fuel efficiency. The Traverse doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Odyssey Touring/Elite’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Traverse doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Odyssey has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Traverse doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
The Odyssey’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Traverse LS’ standard 70 series tires.
For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Odyssey has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Traverse LS.
The Odyssey has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Traverse doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
The Odyssey has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Traverse’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.
The Odyssey has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Odyssey flat and controlled during cornering. The Traverse’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
For better maneuverability, the Odyssey’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Traverse’s (39.6 feet vs. 40.4 feet).
The Honda Odyssey may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 pounds less than the Chevrolet Traverse.
To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Odyssey has an electronically controlled liquid-filled engine mounts. A computer controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Traverse uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.
The front grille of the Odyssey uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Traverse doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Odyssey uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Traverse doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Odyssey has 12.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Traverse (163.6 vs. 150.8).
The Odyssey has .3 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 4.1 inches more rear legroom, 7 inches more rear hip room, .6 inches more rear shoulder room, .5 inches more third row headroom, 4.9 inches more third row legroom, .1 inches more third row hip room and 2.4 inches more third row shoulder room than the Traverse.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Odyssey’s middle and third row seats recline. The Traverse’s third row seats don’t recline.
The Odyssey’s cargo area provides more volume than the Traverse.
Behind Third Seat
32.8 cubic feet
24.4 cubic feet
Third Seat Folded
88.8 cubic feet
70.3 cubic feet
Max Cargo Volume
144.9 cubic feet
116.3 cubic feet
The Odyssey has a standard One-Motion Magic Seat third row seat, which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Traverse doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Odyssey Touring/Elite’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Traverse doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Odyssey’s standard front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Traverse’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches. With the Traverse’s optional power windows, only the driver’s window closes automatically and only the front windows open automatically.
If the windows are left down on the Odyssey the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Traverse can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
Push Button Start standard on the Odyssey allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite’s Smart Entry will also allow unlocking the doors and cargo door without taking your keys out). The Chevrolet Traverse doesn’t offer an advanced key system.
The Odyssey has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Traverse doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.
The Odyssey Elite’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Traverse’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Odyssey has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Traverse only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Traverse doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
The Odyssey Touring/Elite has a standard center folding armrest for the third row rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Traverse doesn’t offer a third row rear seat center armrest.
The Odyssey’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Traverse LS doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.
A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Odyssey’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Traverse doesn’t offer a filtration system.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Traverse doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
The Honda Odyssey outsold the Chevrolet Traverse by 9% during the 2016 model year.
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