Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Honda Odyssey VS 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Near Braselton, GA

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2017 Honda Odyssey

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2017 Honda Odyssey

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2017 Chevrolet Traverse

Safety Comparison

The Odyssey has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Traverse doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Odyssey offers optional Parking Sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, for the Odyssey Touring/Touring Elite in front of the vehicle. The Traverse doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Odyssey and the Traverse have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Odyssey is safer than the Chevrolet Traverse:







5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Stress

202 lbs.

366 lbs.

Neck Compression

33 lbs.

62 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

43/225 lbs.

641/393 lbs.




5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

108 lbs.

188 lbs.

Neck Compression

42 lbs.

51 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Odyssey the rating of “Top Pick” for 2016, a rating granted to only 102 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Traverse has not been fully tested, yet.

The Honda Odyssey has a better fatality history. The Odyssey was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 9.2% lower per vehicle registered than the Traverse, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

The Odyssey’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Traverse’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

The engine in the Odyssey has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Traverse have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Odyssey is faster than the Traverse LS/LT:




Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

7.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19.4 sec

20.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.5 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.3 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

88 MPH

Top Speed

120 MPH

113 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Odyssey gets better fuel mileage than the Traverse Premier FWD 3.6 V6 (288 HP) (19 city/28 hwy vs. 15 city/22 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Odyssey’s fuel efficiency. The Traverse doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Odyssey stops much shorter than the Traverse:





70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

136 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

143 feet

161 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Odyssey’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Traverse LS’ standard 70 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Odyssey has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Traverse’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Odyssey is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Traverse.

For better maneuverability, the Odyssey’s turning circle is 3.7 feet tighter than the Traverse’s (36.7 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Odyssey may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 350 pounds less than the Chevrolet Traverse.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Odyssey has an electronically controlled liquid-filled engine mounts. A computer controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Traverse uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The Odyssey uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Traverse doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Odyssey has 21.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Traverse (172.6 vs. 150.8).

The Odyssey has .2 inches more front hip room, 2.9 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 4.1 inches more rear legroom, 8.3 inches more rear hip room, 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room, .2 inches more third row headroom, 9.2 inches more third row legroom, .1 inches more third row hip room and 3.3 inches more third row shoulder room than the Traverse.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Odyssey’s middle and third row seats recline. The Traverse’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Odyssey’s cargo area provides more volume than the Traverse.




Behind Third Seat

38.4 cubic feet

24.4 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

93.1 cubic feet

70.3 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

148.5 cubic feet

116.3 cubic feet

The Odyssey has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Traverse doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Odyssey’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Traverse’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. The Traverse’s optional windows’ front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the windows are left down on the Odyssey the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Traverse can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Smart Entry Keyless Remote standard on the Odyssey EX/SE/EX-L/Touring/Touring Elite allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Traverse doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Odyssey has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Traverse doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Odyssey Touring/Touring Elite has a standard center folding armrest for the third row rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Traverse doesn’t offer a third row rear seat center armrest.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Odyssey’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Traverse doesn’t offer a filtration system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Odyssey owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Odyssey will cost $180 less than the Traverse over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Odyssey is less expensive to operate than the Traverse because it costs $666 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Odyssey than the Traverse, including $39 less for a water pump, $126 less for front brake pads, $221 less for fuel injection, $144 less for a fuel pump, $31 less for front struts, $1014 less for a timing belt/chain and $14 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Odyssey will be $1758 to $4655 less than for the Chevrolet Traverse.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Odyssey has won recognition from these important consumer publications:




Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



J.D. Power and Associates rated the Odyssey third among minivans in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Traverse isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Odyssey is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Traverse is not ranked.

The Odyssey was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2011. The Traverse has never been an “All Star.”

The Honda Odyssey outsold the Chevrolet Traverse by 9% during the 2016 model year.

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