Son's Automotive Group Compares 2018 Honda Odyssey VS 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Near Braselton, GA

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2018 Honda Odyssey

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2018 Honda Odyssey

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Odyssey are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Traverse doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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

Both the Odyssey and the Traverse have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the 2018 Odyssey the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 87 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Traverse has not been tested, yet.

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.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 5 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine Comparison

The Odyssey’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 25 more horsepower (280 vs. 255) than the Traverse RS’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Odyssey is faster than the Chevrolet Traverse V6:




Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

90.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Odyssey 9-speed Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Traverse FWD V6 (19 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/27 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.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Odyssey uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Traverse RS requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Odyssey has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Traverse doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Odyssey stops shorter than the Traverse:





60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Odyssey’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Traverse’s standard 65 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.

Chassis Comparison

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 .5 inches more front hip room, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 2.5 inches more rear legroom, 7.9 inches more rear hip room, .1 inches more third row headroom, 4.6 inches more third row legroom and 2.5 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

32.8 cubic feet

23 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

88.8 cubic feet

58.1 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

144.9 cubic feet

98.5 cubic feet

The Odyssey has a standard One-Motion Magic Seat 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.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Odyssey. The Traverse doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Odyssey’s standard front power windows open or close 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 windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches. With the Traverse LT/RS/Premier/High Country’s power windows, only the driver’s window closes automatically and only the front windows open automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Odyssey the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Traverse can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Odyssey Elite’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Traverse’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Economic Advantages Comparison

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Odyssey will be $2501 to $2855 less than for the Chevrolet Traverse.

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