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2016 Honda Pilot Vs 2016 Chevrolet Traverse near Fort Pierce, FL

Serving Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie, Sebastian, Palm Bay & Fellsmere

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Are you in the market for a mid-size SUV that is spacious, versatile, powerful, and surprisingly fuel-efficient? Then you must see the Honda Pilot! Honda's modern family SUV has gotten even better with the recent release of the latest version, the 2016 Pilot. Vatland Honda proudly serves residents near Ft. Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Sebastian, and Palm Bay & Fellsmere as one of the area's go-to Honda dealerships. We invite nearby drivers to visit our Vero Beach, FL showroom to test drive the stylish new Honda Pilot. You can shop our substantial inventory of Pilots and other Honda vehicles right here on our website; then, stop by our dealership location to speak with one of our helpful sales team members.

Here on the Vatland Honda website, you can not only shop our current inventory, but you can also research Honda's models, like the new Pilot, and even compare them to the competition. Let's see how the 2016 Honda Pilot stacks up against one of its main rivals, the Chevrolet Traverse.

Standard Fuel Economy

When it comes to standard fuel economy, the 2016 Honda Pilot and Chevrolet Traverse are worlds apart. The Pilot's 3.5-liter V6 engine, connected to an automatic transmission, returns an impressive 19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg EPA-estimated fuel economy rating in 2WD trim. The Chevy Traverse's 3.6-liter engine, when also paired with 2WD, only manages to return an EPA-estimated 15 city/22 highway/18 combined mpg rating. If you use the combined mpg rating as the average for day-to-day driving, you will see that the 2016 Pilot has a four mpg advantage over Chevy's Traverse. What makes this difference even more impressive is that the two standard engines are of similar displacement and nearly identical power outputs. It is clear that when looking for a highly capable SUV that is also surprisingly fuel-efficient, the 2016 Honda Pilot should be at the top of your list!

Standard Horsepower and Performance

Every 2016 Honda Pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, producing a capable 280 hp and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. You can have your Pilot equipped with either 2WD or an advanced all-wheel drive system (AWD); either way, you will find that your new Honda SUV features stunning performance and traction. Chevy's Traverse comes equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 as standard, and like the Pilot, can also be equipped with either 2WD or AWD. Power output for these two mid-size SUV rivals is nearly identical, but that does not mean that the performance capabilities of the Traverse base model live up to what the Pilot has to offer. You see, Honda's Pilot weighs in at around 650 pounds lighter than the Traverse, meaning that the similar power output only seems similar on paper. If you were to test drive these two SUVs back-to-back, you would certainly notice a drastic difference in the performance of the two, since the Pilot has much less weight to carry. If you want performance and fuel efficiency in your mid-size SUV, the choice is clear: the 2016 Honda Pilot.

Passenger Space and Comfort

While the Honda Pilot may weigh significantly less than its rival from Chevy, the Traverse, these two SUVs are of similar dimensions on the inside. However, overall passenger volume is greater in the Pilot by more than two cubic feet. The 2016 Pilot also offers more second and third-row headroom, more front hip room, more second-row legroom, as well as more first and second-row shoulder room. If you or any of your regular passengers are quite tall, you will especially want to check out the new Pilot, since it offers up to one inch of additional headroom when compared with the Chevy Traverse. Another area where the 2016 Honda Pilot outshines the Traverse is in seating capacity. Honda's Pilot can carry up to eight passengers while the Chevy Traverse is only able to shuttle up to seven. There might not be many situations when you use every seat, but when one comes up, wouldn’t you rather have eight?

Towing Capabilities

If you are searching for a new mid-size SUV, then the chances are great that you plan on doing some towing at some point. Whether it involves towing a moving trailer or your weekend toys, one thing is for sure: the 2016 Honda Pilot can handle it! With a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, the Pilot's capabilities far succeed the Traverse's standard 2,000-pound limit.

Safety Features and Technology

One of the true highlights of the 2016 Honda Pilot SUV's safety features is the Honda Sensing™ system, which includes a host of smart technologies to better alert the driver to possible obstacles or collisions. The Road Departure Mitigation system utilizes a small camera, which identifies road markers, like lane dividers and raised pavement markers, and alerts the driver if it detects that the vehicle is about to leave the road; it can even take corrective action to avoid the vehicle from doing so! A Lane Keeping Assist System adjusts the steering wheel if it detects that the Pilot is straying from the center of the detected lane without signaling first. The Pilot's Adaptive Cruise Control helps you maintain a set following distance behind the vehicle in front of you, so you don't have to constantly change your speed manually. Honda's Collision Mitigation Braking System™ helps bring the 2016 Pilot to a stop if it detects an otherwise unavoidable collision with a vehicle in front of you. These are just a few of the highly advanced driver-assist technologies that you can find on the Pilot. A review of the available high-tech safety features on the 2016 Honda Pilot includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow (ACC)
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane keeping assist system
  • Lane sway warning system
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
  • Automatic braking, high-speed or partial
  • Forward collision warning

Safety Ratings

The 2016 Honda Pilot and Chevy Traverse are extremely safe SUVs, as they both achieved the NHTSA's 5-Star Overall Rating for crash tests. One reason to choose the Pilot over the Traverse is that Honda offers a more comprehensive package of safety features, including its popular Honda Sensing™ system. Another reason to choose the Pilot is that it provides Front Active Head Restraints as standard, while they are not offered on the Chevy Traverse base model. The Traverse also does not include the Pilots standard second-row and third-row head restraints, either.

Isn't it about time that you get behind the wheel of a 2016 Pilot to test it out for yourself? If you live near Ft. Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Sebastian, and Palm Bay & Fellsmere, then visit Vatland Honda of Vero Beach, FL. One test drive of this powerful, efficient, and extremely safe SUV, and we are sure that you will want to find a new Pilot to take home to your family! Our dealership is located at {%LOCATION%}.

*19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT models. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT models. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT models. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT models. Based on 2016 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.

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