Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda Pilot VS 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Near Katy, TX

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2018 Honda Pilot

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Pilot are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Traverse doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Pilot and the Traverse have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Pilot the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 87 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Traverse has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The Pilot’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Traverse’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

The engine in the Pilot 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.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Pilot’s reliability 29 points higher than the Traverse.

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.

Engine Comparison

The Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 25 more horsepower (280 vs. 255) than the Traverse RS’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Pilot is faster than the Chevrolet Traverse V6:

 

Pilot

Traverse

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

6.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.2 sec

17.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.3 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Pilot gets better fuel mileage than the Traverse:

 

 

Pilot

Traverse

 

2WD

 

n/a

20 city/26 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

3.5 V6/9-spd Auto

20 city/27 hwy

18 city/27 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

 

3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

3.5 V6/9-spd Auto

19 city/26 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

 

3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

18 city/26 hwy

n/a

 

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Pilot’s fuel efficiency. The Traverse doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Pilot uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Traverse RS requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Pilot 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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pilot stops much shorter than the Traverse:

 

Pilot

Traverse

 

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Pilot LX/EX/EX-L’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’s standard 65 series tires. The Pilot Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Traverse LT Leather/RS/Premier/High Country’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Pilot (except LX)’s optional drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Traverse doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Pilot Elite 4WD handles at .83 G’s, while the Traverse Premier AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Pilot may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 950 pounds less than the Chevrolet Traverse.

The Pilot is 9.8 inches shorter than the Traverse, making the Pilot easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Pilot 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.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Pilot Elite 4WD is quieter than the Traverse High Country AWD (37 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pilot has 1 inch more front hip room, .2 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear hip room, .7 inches more third row headroom and .1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Traverse.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Pilot’s middle and third row seats recline. The Traverse’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Pilot’s cargo area provides more volume than the Traverse.

 

Pilot

Traverse

Second Seat Folded

109 cubic feet

98.5 cubic feet

The Pilot has a standard 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.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Pilot. The Traverse doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Pilot’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Traverse’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. The Traverse LT/RS/Premier/High Country’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Pilot the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Traverse can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Pilot’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Traverse’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Pilot Elite’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Pilot will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Pilot will retain 48.36% to 52.39% of its original price after five years, while the Traverse only retains 43.81% to 46.45%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pilot is less expensive to operate than the Traverse because it costs $702 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Pilot than the Traverse, including $125 less for front brake pads, $114 less for fuel injection, $64 less for a fuel pump, $13 less for front struts and $1011 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Pilot will be $137 to $2771 less than for the Chevrolet Traverse.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Pilot has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Pilot

Traverse

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Honda Pilot outsold the Chevrolet Traverse by 3773 units during 2017.

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