5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Leg Forces (l/r)

53/40 lbs.

95/82 lbs.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Traverse is safer than the Honda Odyssey:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

204 lbs.

321 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

70 G’s

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

41 G’s

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


The Traverse’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Odyssey’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are almost 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Traverse’s warranty.


A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Traverse’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Odyssey’s camshafts. If the Odyssey’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Traverse has a standard 170-amp alternator. The Odyssey’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.


The Traverse’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 30 more horsepower (310 vs. 280) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 262) than the Odyssey’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Traverse is faster than the Honda Odyssey:



Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

2.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

6.7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.7 sec

10.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.8 sec

6.9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.2 sec

4.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.6 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.2 sec

Top Speed

130 MPH

110 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Traverse AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Odyssey (21.7 vs. 19.5 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Chevrolet Traverse higher (6 out of 10) than the Honda Odyssey (3). This means the Traverse produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Odyssey every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

The Traverse stops much shorter than the Odyssey:



70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Traverse has larger tires than the Odyssey (255/65R18 vs. 235/60R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Traverse offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Odyssey’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Chevrolet Traverse’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Honda Odyssey only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

The Traverse has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Odyssey doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Traverse’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the Odyssey (120.9 inches vs. 118.1 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Traverse’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Odyssey’s (39 feet vs. 39.6 feet).

Passenger Space

The Traverse has .6 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more rear headroom, .6 inches more rear shoulder room and .1 inches more third row hip room than the Odyssey.

Cargo Capacity

The Traverse’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Odyssey doesn’t offer folding rear seats.


Maximum trailer towing in the Honda Odyssey is limited to 3500 pounds. The Traverse offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The Traverse uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Odyssey uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.


The power windows standard on both the Traverse and the Odyssey have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Traverse is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Odyssey prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Traverse LS/LT/RS/Premier/High Country’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Odyssey doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Traverse has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Odyssey has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Traverse has standard extendable sun visors. The Odyssey doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Traverse’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite.

The Traverse Premier/High Country has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Odyssey offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Traverse and the Odyssey offer available heated front seats. The Traverse Premier/High Country also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Odyssey.

The Traverse has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Traverse is less expensive to operate than the Odyssey because typical repairs cost less on the Traverse than the Odyssey, including $125 less for a muffler and $158 less for a starter.


The Chevrolet Traverse outsold the Honda Odyssey by 38% during 2018.

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