Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Honda Pilot VS 2015 Chevrolet Traverse Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Honda Pilot

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2015 Chevrolet Traverse

Safety Comparison

The Pilot (except LX) offers an optional Collision Mitigation Braking System, which uses 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 which could reduce stopping distances.

The Pilot Touring/Elite has standard Parking Sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Traverse doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Pilot and the Traverse have standard driver and passenger frontal 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 all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda fifth in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 9th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Pilot is faster than the Traverse LS/LT:



Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

7.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.1 sec

20.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.3 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

88 MPH

Top Speed

114 MPH

113 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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




V6/9-spd Auto

20 city/27 hwy


V6/6-spd Auto

19 city/27 hwy

17 city/24 hwy


V6/9-spd Auto

19 city/26 hwy


V6/6-spd Auto

18 city/26 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

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.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Pilot 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 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:



70 to 0 MPH

180 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

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 LS’ standard 70 series tires. The Pilot Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Traverse’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Pilot LX/EX/EX-L has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Traverse LS.

The Pilot 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.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Pilot has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Pilot flat and controlled during cornering. The Traverse’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 .80 G’s, while the Traverse LT AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Pilot’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Traverse’s (39.4 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Pilot has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Traverse (7.3 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Pilot to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Pilot may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 600 pounds less than the Chevrolet Traverse.

The Pilot is 9.2 inches shorter than the Traverse, making the Pilot easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Pilot 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 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.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pilot has 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Traverse (152.9 vs. 150.8).

The Pilot has 1.1 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 1.6 inches more rear legroom, 1 inch more rear shoulder room and 1.1 inches more third row headroom 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 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.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Pilot’s 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 standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. The Traverse LTZ’s passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

Push Button Start standard on the Pilot LX allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (Pilot EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite’s Push Button Start and Smart Entry will also allow unlocking the driver’s door and cargo door without taking your keys out). The Chevrolet Traverse doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Pilot 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 Pilot 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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Pilot Elite detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Traverse doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Pilot and the Traverse offer available heated front seats. The Pilot Elite also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Traverse.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Pilot’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 Pilot (except LX) offers an optional 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.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Pilot outsold the Chevrolet Traverse by 4914 units during 2014.

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