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2020 Chevrolet Traverse vs. 2020 Honda Pilot: Which Is Better?

The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse and 2020 Honda Pilot are 3-row midsize SUVs that offer an abundance of versatility due to their large size, seating capacity and various capabilities. Let’s see how they stack up against each other.

Quick Facts

  • Chevrolet added more technology-related enhancements to the Traverse in 2020 by introducing next-gen infotainment systems and Buckle-to-Drive for the Teen Driver system
  • Honda released the Black Edition appearance package for the Pilot in 2020

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Chevrolet TraverseBase Price: $30,995 / Read our 2020 Chevrolet Traverse Review

What we like: Sharp styling both inside and out, abundant cargo space, comfortable seating in all three rows, handles well for its size

What we would change: Must spend more to get decent safety features, reliability is a big question, certain safety features are only available as options, not on par with competitors in resale value

Overview: The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse is a 3-row midsize SUV offered with only one engine, a 3.6-liter V6.  The Traverse stands out in its class by offering a massive amount of cargo space, 98.2 cubic feet to be exact, with the seats folded. That happens to be more space than what’s available in its older sibling the Tahoe.

What’s new for 2020: The next-generation infotainment systems debuted for 2020. An expansion of driving-assistance technology was also introduced. In addition, the Buckle-to-Drive feature was added to the Teen Driver system.

Features: The Chevrolet Traverse bests the Tahoe and Suburban in interior space. The Traverse boasts 157.3 cubic feet of passenger volume compared with 120.8 cubic feet for the Tahoe and 122.4 cubic feet for the Suburban. The Traverse is also equipped with the Smart Slide function allowing for access to the third row even with a child-safety seat installed.

Technology: The Traverse comes equipped with Chevrolet Infotainment 3, which is an easy and intuitive system to use. For 2020 new graphics and software update the system from the previous generation and each version includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, as well as Chevrolet Connected Access through OnStar. Also standard are a reversing camera and Teen Driver safety technology.

What does the future hold: Chevrolet will make the active safety systems standard in the Traverse, as well as LED headlights and taillights. In addition, Chevrolet will finally enable the ability to disengage the start/stop system. See the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse models for sale near you

2020 Honda Pilot

Base Price: $34,245 / Read our 2020 Honda Pilot Review

What we like: Safety equipment is standard, V6 engine is standard, roomy, excellent resale value

What we would change:  Too similar to a minivan, current form starting to look dated, the LX trim doesn’t include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Overview: The 2020 Honda Pilot can seat eight passengers, and still offer plenty of cargo space, plus it has some off-road features that make it relatively capable should you venture off the pavement.

What’s new for 2020: The Black Edition trim was added for 2020 which is an appearance package that includes 20-inch black alloy wheels, black grille, special leather interior, red ambient lighting, and two-tone black and red seats with red stitching.

Features: The Honda Pilot is similar to a minivan with comfortable front captain’s chairs, thin front pillars, invisible hood, and a low and wide center console. Eight-passenger seating and push-button engine start are standard.

Technology: The Honda Pilot comes equipped with a host of safety equipment called Honda Sensing. It includes active safety features, driver-assistance features and collision-avoidance technology. Also standard are Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming. However, if you want Apple CarPlay or Android Auto you will need to step up to the EX trim.

What does the future hold: Honda will include a 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifter in its standard equipment for the Pilot. In addition, the Special Edition (SE) trim will be introduced and slots in the middle of the range. See the 2020 Honda Pilot models for sale near you

Traverse vs. Pilot: Strengths comparison

Chevrolet Traverse Benefits: Lower starting price, exceptional drivability, significantly more cargo space, aggressive looks

Honda PilotBenefits:  Notable standard safety tech, lots of storage and cargo space, solid resale value

Traverse vs. Pilot: Which is better?

The Chevrolet Traverse offers exceptional styling, plenty of storage space and remarkable driving dynamics. However, the drawback with the Traverse is you have to spend more money to get the safety and driving assistance features that are available in the Honda Pilot. The Pilot has plenty to offer like generous cargo possibilities, a powerful V6 engine, it also includes as standard the latest safety and driver-assist features, and is both proven and reliable. Find a Chevrolet Traverse for sale or Find a Honda Pilot for sale

2020 Chevrolet Traverse 2020 Honda Pilot
Popular Powertrains
Engine 3.6-liter V6 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower 310 hp @ 6800 280 hp @6,000 rpm
Torque 266 lb-ft @2800 262 lb-ft @4700 RPM
Transmission Automatic, 9-spd 6-spd automatic
Fuel Economy 21 mpg (18 city, 27 hwy) 22 mpg (19 city/27 hwy)
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 stars 5 stars
Max Seating Capacity 8 8
Wheelbase 120.9 inches 111.0 inches
Overall Length 204.3 inches 196.5 inches
Width 78.6 inches 78.6 inches
Height 70.7 inches 70.6 inches
Turning Diameter 39 feet 39.4 feet
Headroom, Front 41.3 inches 40.1 inches
Headroom, Rear 40 inches 40.2 inches
Headroom, Third Row 38.2 inches 38.9 inches
Legroom, Front 41 inches 40.9 inches
Legroom, Rear 38.4 inches 38.4 inches
Legroom, Third Row 33.5 inches 31.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 62.1 inches 62.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 62.2 inches 62.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Third Row 57.5 inches 57.6 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 157.3 cu. ft. 152.9 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 98.2 cu. ft. 83.9 cu. ft.

Frankie Rogers
Frankie Rogers
As part of the Autotrader family, I’m involved with asset management and content production. When I'm not gathering images for a review, I drive a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro that's been a slow restoration project. For trips to the local Home Depot, I drive a 1970 Chevrolet C20.

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