2020 Honda Pilot vs Chevy Traverse


The 2020 Honda Pilot and the Chevrolet Traverse are taking over the streets of Miami, Doral, and Hialeah—and it’s easy to see why. They’re both exceptionally powerful, advanced, and safe SUVs. Because of that, car buyers may have a difficult time determining which one will work best for them.

To help you choose between the two SUVs, we at Braman Honda have put together this detailed comparison. Below, you’ll see how these models stack up against each other when it comes to performance, interior space, features, and more.

Car shoppers in the areas of Miami, Doral, and Hialeah should read on to see which one of these SUVs comes out on top!

Honda Pilot vs Chevy Traverse: Performance


When it comes to performance and equipment, the 2020 Honda Pilot and the 2020 Chevy Traverse have a bit in common under the hood. Both the Pilot and the Traverse offer 9-speed automatic transmissions and V6 engines that offer more than 260 lb-ft of torque.


In addition to power, both models offer fuel-saving idling technologies to maximize fuel economy. The Pilot’s Idle-Stop technology and the Traverse’s Stop/Start feature work similarly in shutting off the engine while you’re idling to save fuel.

However, you’ll find that the Pilot’s technology is a bit more successful in this regard as it can achieve up to an EPA-estimated 20 city/27 highway MPG.1 The Traverse, on the other hand, tops out at an EPA-estimated 18 city/27 highway MPG.

Honda Pilot vs Chevy Traverse: Capability

The power of the Honda Pilot and the Traverse makes towing easy. When properly equipped, both the 2020 Honda Pilot and the 2020 Chevy Traverse can tow up to 5,000 pounds of trailer weight.2

With this kind of towing capability, you’ll be able to move all kinds of items: a hard-side RV, a small recreational boat, and a few personal watercrafts. You’ll also be able to haul a flatbed trailer piled with home improvement project supplies.

The capabilities of these models begin to differ when it comes to conquering terrain. The Pilot offers an available Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4®) AWD System. This proactive system monitors your driving conditions and automatically adjusts torque distribution to maximize traction. It also offers an Intelligent Traction Management system with 2WD Snow mode and AWD Snow/Sand/Mud mode.


With the Traverse, you’ll get a similar Traction Mode Select system and an AWD system. However, it isn’t an intelligent drive system, so it won’t be able to make automatic adjustments based on real-time driving data.

Honda Pilot vs Chevy Traverse: Interior Dimensions

As midsize SUVs, the 2020 Honda Pilot and the 2020 Chevy Traverse offer spacious seating for up to eight passengers. However, you can opt for a 7-seat configuration that includes two spacious second-row captain’s chairs. Either way, both models offer plenty of wiggle room for each passenger:


2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Chevy Traverse


1st Row/2nd Row

40.1 inches/40.2 inches

41.3 inches/40 inches

Hip Room

1st Row/2nd Row

59.1 inches/57.3 inches

58.1 inches/56.9 inches


1st Row/2nd Row

40.9 inches/38.4 inches

41 inches/38.4 inches

Shoulder Room

1st Row/2nd Row

62 inches/62 inches

62.1 inches/62.2 inches


Honda Pilot vs Chevy Traverse: Convenience & Tech

In the 2020 Honda Pilot, you’ll find a variety of technologies designed for your entertainment and convenience during your travels. Some of these are standard Bluetooth® connectivity and an 8-inch display infotainment touch-screen system.

This works just like your smartphone as you swipe and pinch to access music, calling capabilities, turn-by-turn navigation, and much more. Speaking of smartphones, you’ll be able to integrate it to the touch-screen display using Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ to access your favorite smartphone apps.

The Pilot also has an available Advanced Rear Entertainment System. This lets your back-seat passengers play DVDs and Blu-ray™ discs to keep them occupied during long road trips.

The Traverse also comes with an available infotainment system as well as a rear seat entertainment system for your passengers. Unfortunately, the system isn’t capable of playing high-definition Blu-ray® discs.

Honda Pilot vs Chevy Traverse: Safety Features

In terms of safety, both the Honda Pilot and the Chevy Traverse can help protect you and your passengers. These SUVs are equipped with impressive driver-assist technologies, including a Blind Spot Information System and a Lane Keeping Assist System.

The 2020 Pilot also includes Honda Sensing™, a bundle of advanced active safety features designed to act like an intuitive co-pilot while you’re on the road. In addition to the features the Pilot shares with the Traverse, with the Pilot you’ll also get these standard features:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)

These standard features monitor your surroundings, including your blind spots and can alert you to potential collisions. Additionally, these systems can act automatically on your behalf to help you stay on track while you’re on the road. To assist with your visibility, the Pilot offers a multi-angle rearview camera that can be adjusted to help you see the surroundings on just about any side of your vehicle.

As for the Traverse, you’ll miss out on many of these features, and the ones it offers do not come standard. You’ll have to upgrade trim levels in order to use them.

Should I Buy the 2020 Honda Pilot or Chevy Traverse?

After reading through this detailed comparison, it’s evident which model comes out on top.  When it comes down to overall performance specifications and technologies, the 2020 Honda Pilot is the ideal choice for drivers looking for a stable drive and impressive safety and entertainment features.

So, if you’re in the market for a new SUV, consider the 2020 Honda Pilot. It’s now available in our showroom at Braman Honda for car shoppers in the areas of Miami, Doral, and Hialeah to get a closer look.

You can schedule a test drive in this do-it-all SUV today by giving us a call at the dealership!

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1 19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT trims. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT trims. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

2 Maximum towing capacity for AWD trims is 5,000 lbs. Maximum towing capacity for 2WD trims is 3,500 lbs. Towing requires accessory towing equipment. Please see your Honda dealer for details.