2016 Chevy Traverse vs. 2016 Honda Pilot

When choosing your next full-size SUV, you want to be sure you get something that’s got all the features and options you want as well as stellar safety ratings and features. So two vehicles that you might be considering are the 2016 Chevy Traverse and the 2016 Honda Pilot.

Both of these SUVs incorporate different features that impress buyers. When it comes down to the essentials, you’ll need to choose which one is right for you and your family. However, we’ve put together these helpful comparisons to help make your decision making process a little easier when it comes to choosing your next SUV for 2016.

So here’s the 2016 Traverse measured up against Honda’s 2016 Pilot!

Fuel and Towing

These vehicles are capable of getting great fuel economy in addition to some impressive towing numbers. Let’s see how the Traverse and Pilot measure up against each other when it comes to capabilities for these SUVs.

The Chevy Traverse gets 288 horsepower and can tow up to 5,200 pounds. The 2016 Honda Pilot lags just behind at 5,000 pounds. The Pilot gets up to 27 MPG on the highway while the Chevy lags behind at 24 MPG for the Traverse. The Pilot offers 280 horsepower compared to the Traverse’s 288. While these vehicles may be nearly matched, the Traverse comes out the winner with more horsepower and more towing capacity.

When you’re looking for a vehicle that gets impressive towing power as well as fuel mileage, the Chevy Traverse could be your car. While the Honda Pilot gets slightly better fuel mileage, the extra towing and horsepower could be enough to make this SUV worth it, especially if you know you’ve got things to tow with your 2016 SUV.

Interior and Exterior Comparisons

While both vehicles have relatively similar SUV-looking styles and come in an array of colors to choose from, the Traverse has a more modern design with sleek curves and trim headlights. The Pilot still maintains its somewhat rectangular look from the past. Both vehicles offer you the option to choose your interior color, so get what you want with either SUV. Although we’re loving the Traverse’s modern look!

2016 Chevy Traverse Silver

When it comes to the interior, the Chevy Traverse comes with something inside that’s not available on the Pilot—4G LTE Wi-Fi. This is a feature you’ll have a hard tme finding in any other SUVs outside of Chevy for 2016. The addition of the Wi-Fi option suddenly makes the SUV look pretty appealing to buyers—you can hook up to seven devices to the Wi-Fi and get it virtually anywhere on your journey!

2016 Chevy Traverse Interior

The Pilot offers some impressive interior features as well, including heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic roof, and shades for the second row to help with sun glare. Of course these are all on the Elite trim level of the Honda Pilot, the most luxurious one available.

Both the Chevy Traverse and the Honda Pilot seat up to eight people. The cargo space is a little more limited in the Pilot though—it offers a total of 109.2 cubic feet of cargo space while the Traverse has this beat at 116.3 cubic feet. So if you’re in need of more storage space for the same amount of people as the Pilot, the Traverse is your SUV!

2016 Honda Pilot Interior

Both models offer power liftgate options in addition to heated and cooled seats. The Traverse offers tri-zone climate control as well as a roomier interior. The Chevy Traverse has a standard 6.5-inch color touchscreen while the Pilot offers an 8-inch touchscreen. The rear entertainment system of the Pilot makes this vehicle perfect for family travelling and easy accessibility. The Traverse also offers a rear-seat entertainment system an addition to a USB port and of course, the 4G LTE Wi-Fi for you and your family while on-the-go.

2016 Honda Pilot

Although features are impressive, safety is usually the thing on your mind when purchasing an SUV that will transport your family. How did the Traverse and Pilot measure up when it comes to safety?

Safety and Technology

Nothing is more important than safety when it comes to your family. This is why these vehicles incorporate some of the best safety technology available. The 2016 Traverse and Pilot both received stellar 5-star safety ratings from NHTSA.

The features that the Pilot and the Traverse have to offer differ slightly. The Honda Pilot and the Chevy Traverse both offer traction control as well as electronic stability control. The Traverse offers a front center airbag, side blind zone alert, and rear cross traffic alert. This is in addition to the forward collision alert and lane departure warning, so you’re adapted with all the available technology you need to keep you and your family safe while travelling in the 2016 Traverse.

The Honda Pilot offers a multi-angle rearview camera that features three angles to keep you in-the-know of what’s going on behind you when you’re trying to back up. The Pilot also features forward collision warning and road departure mitigation system. Lane departure warning is also available on the Pilot.

The collision mitigation braking system on the Pilot helps to stop your vehicle when it senses a collision. Blind spot information system (BLIS) available with cross traffic monitor help to sense approaching vehicles that are too close to prevent a collision. With the adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist, the Pilot is a safe SUV for your and your family.

The 2016 Traverse offers StabiliTrak as well as many of the features the Pilot offers for safety. The Traverse also comes with OnStar, which will connect you to help in an emergency. The Traverse also features the first front center airbag, which keeps the driver cocooned in the event of a collision, meaning he or she won’t come into contact with other passengers in case a side collision should happen.


These two SUVs clearly have a lot to offer buyers. From all of the safety features to the interior space and capabilities, these SUVs are both great choices for your family. However, when it comes to options as well as more towing and horsepower, the Traverse is your next SUV.

The Traverse also offers the more advanced safety features and Wi-Fi for you and your family. With the additional cargo room, the Traverse simply has more space for the same amount of people that the Pilot seats. This means that everyone will be comfortable on your ride and have plenty of room for their things. Space is an essential when you’re looking for a full-size SUV like the Traverse.

The Traverse is also able to tow more than the Pilot, meaning that you’ve got an extra two hundred pounds of towing capacity that you can choose what to do with. When you’re looking for a vehicle that’s got everything you need including towing capacity, the best cargo space in its class, and Wi-Fi capabilities, the Traverse is the vehicle for you.

Consider the 2016 Traverse for your next SUV. With so much room and towing capacity the options are limitless for your adventures with this vehicle. The safety features combined with the technology helps to keep you and your family safe on the road. What more could you want from an SUV?

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