Chevrolet Traverse vs. Honda Pilot – CarsDirect

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The three-row crossover has become the de facto family vehicle for the 21st century. Honda has capitalized on this for many years with its popular Pilot. GM, meanwhile, was a little late to the game with the Chevrolet Traverse .

So, is the well-established Honda Pilot still the obvious choice, or does the Traverse warrant serious consideration?

What the Honda Pilot does right

The Honda Pilot is one of the segment’s top selling vehicles, and for good reason. It checks all the boxes that most shoppers want in a family hauler: a full complement of safety features, the ability to seat up to eight, and the option of four-wheel drive. In addition, the Pilot also offers up some choice extras like a DVD system and navigation.

Thanks to 60/40 split folding seats in both rear rows, the Pilot can be easily configured for any combination of passengers and cargo.

On the road, the Pilot rides well, and uses Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management system to improve gas mileage by shutting down up to three of the 3.5-liter V6’s cylinders when they aren’t needed.

What the Chevy Traverse does right

The Traverse was freshened for 2013, with a comprehensive host of interior upgrades and exterior styling tweaks. The new interior has been treated to soft-touch materials that make it a pleasant place to spend time. The second row can be outfitted with a three-seat bench or a pair of captain’s chairs; both options flip-and-slide to provide easy access to the third row.

Three people can fit into the third row, which has plenty of headroom and legroom.

Despite the Traverse’s large size, it handles well, and the 281-horsepower V6 has plenty of pep. A stable ride, even with the optional 20-inch wheels, completes the package.

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Is the Pilot still the obvious choice?

Maybe not. GM has done its homework and produced a serious competitor for the crossover shopper’s cash. When compared to the Traverse, some of the Pilot’s flaws become a bit more glaring.

Inside, for instance, the Pilot’s center stack crams over 40 buttons into a small space — the Traverse’s controls are more logically arranged and easier to locate by touch alone. Honda falls behind in interior materials as well.

The Traverse uses its larger size to its advantage, providing more room for both passengers and cargo. It’s also hard to be impressed by the Honda’s 250-horsepower V6, with its sluggish off-the-line performance and disappointing real-world fuel economy.

In this battle of practicality, the Traverse came out ahead with its bigger interior, more comfortable passenger accommodations, and more willing powertrain.

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