The Chevrolet Traverse vs Honda Pilot
The SUV is probably the most appreciated type of car in the USA, a detail not missed by car manufacturers around the world. That translates into a highly competitive market segment with loads of benefits for the client as brands try to outdo each other in terms of performance and comfort.
Going head to head today are two of this year stars. We're talking about the Chevrolet Traverse and the Honda Pilot. Both phenomenal cars, but each outshines the competition with specific features, so let's find out which!
First off, the Chevy. Made in the US, for the US, it's hard to find a better-suited model than the Traverse when it comes to the average American consumer's preference. That's not an opinion, it's a fact since it sold over 115.000 brand new units in 2016 alone! The Traverse addresses the first SUV requirement, space, perfectly, with an overall length of a little over 204 inches. That makes for more space for passengers, something that’s reflected in the cars top 3 “Best in Class” distinctions: Best in Class Overall Passenger Volume, Best in Class Third-Row Leg Room and Best in Class Maximum Cargo Space. Spacious and displaying a commanding look on the road, not a bad way to start things off for the Chevy.
The second high point of the Traverse is that it’s completely redesigned. Starting 2019 GM allowed for a brand new “face” of the model, taking it closer to the new split-grille sporty design you’ll find on their other models. Also, a strong point is the standard tech with which the car comes. Things like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto which allow for quick mobile device connection to listen to your favourite music or use the phone's GPS apps are delivered with the basic model, something you'll only get with upgrades from the competition. There are also 6 USB ports available, 2 for each row and wireless charging pads so long rides won't come with depleted batteries for anyone.
The Honda Pilot shines where you wouldn’t expect it and comes lacking where you’d think it should set the standard. The first positive surprise Pilot has, is the space it offers, which is comparable to the Traverse and that's plenty! For miles per gallon, it's similar with other big players in its class, outperforming the Traverse by a small margin. The Honda also shines in terms of interior look and feel. Everything seems high quality, and you can match the standard interior of this SUV by going up the options bracket with the Chevy. Where it could do better though is the user-friendliness of its infotainment system, something that comes as a surprise considering the car's Japanese origins.
Price wise, the two are almost identical, with a difference of a few hundred dollars in Honda's favor, so this leaves things down to personal preference. If it's a sturdy car, you're after, with great tech and lots of space inside then you might want to consider the Chevy.