Chevy Traverse Vs Honda Pilot
Despite the auto industry’s indications that the conservative-style SUV is no longer in vogue, here at Cox Chevy we understand that many drivers still care deeply about who makes the best traditional utility vehicle — the main contenders are almost always the 2012 Chevy Traverse and the 2012 Honda Pilot. Despite Honda’s unquestioned ability to engineer a great vehicle, here at Cox we think that drivers will agree that in this instance they’ve been outclassed; with a stronger engine, better interior, and more comprehensive warranty, the Traverse is definitely the more appealing purchase.
Powertrain and Performance
If you’re going to invest in a traditional sport utility vehicle, you’d better make sure it’s capable of handling the toughest adventuring. Whether you mean to transport intramural baseball equipment or a couple of kayaks, you definitely need a strong and dependable powertrain. Sadly, when the 2012 Honda Pilot 4WD LX gets pitted against the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse AWD 1LS, it simply can’t compete. The Pilot packs a 3.5L gasoline-powered V6 engine that makes up to 250 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque — not enough to keep up with the Traverse’s 3.6L Direct Injection (DI) V6, which produces a maximum 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. When Bradenton-area residents want to go trailblazing or hauling, there’s no question which vehicle has them better prepared.
Unfortunately for Honda, their interior features are a little lackluster in comparison to the Traverse. Lacking crucial modern amenities like front power-seats, Bluetooth technology, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, and onboard hands-free communication (all available on the Traverse), the Pilot driving experience feels unimpressive by comparison.
A great indicator of who makes the better vehicle is to compare their warranties: and here, too, Chevy has Honda beat. While both automakers offer identical comprehensive warranties (3-year/36,000-mile), the Traverse’s powertrain is protected up to 100,000 miles, while the Pilot’s is protected for only 60,000. Chevy also goes as far as to offer Rust Protection for 3-years/36,000-miles, and roadside assistance for as long as its powertrain limited warranty — both courtesies Honda lacks. For us here at Cox, the choice is easy: so don’t wait to schedule a test drive at our Bradenton, FL location, today!