2021 Honda Odyssey vs. 2020 Chevrolet Traverse

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Safety

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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 front 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 seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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:

Odyssey

Traverse

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

176

216

Neck Stress

184 lbs.

198 lbs.

Neck Compression

18 lbs.

77 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

247

333

Chest Compression

.7 inches

.9 inches

Neck Injury Risk

32%

35.2%

Neck Stress

101 lbs.

128 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 Honda Odyssey is safer than the Chevrolet Traverse:

Odyssey

Traverse

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

66

69

Chest Movement

.5 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

83 G’s

161 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

134

Hip Force

709 lbs.

716 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

14 inches

Hip Force

472 lbs.

554 lbs.

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

Warranty

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

Reliability

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

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Odyssey second among minivans in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Traverse isn’t in the top three in its category.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 13 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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

Odyssey

Traverse

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

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On the EPA test cycle the Odyssey gets better fuel mileage than the Traverse FWD (19 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/27 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down some 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.

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Honda Odyssey, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a nine-speed automatic is available for the Traverse.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Odyssey stops much shorter than the Traverse:

Odyssey

Traverse

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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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

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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.

Passenger Space

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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

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

Odyssey

Traverse

Behind Third Seat

38.6 cubic feet

23 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

92 cubic feet

57.8 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

158 cubic feet

98.2 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.

Towing

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The Odyssey’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Traverse’s (3500 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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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 standard 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 close 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.

The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite has a standard center folding armrest for the middle row passengers. A center armrest helps make middle row passengers more comfortable and it can provide a boundary between children. The Traverse doesn’t offer a middle row seat center armrest.

Economic Advantages

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The Odyssey will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Odyssey will retain 47.19% to 50.84% of its original price after five years, while the Traverse only retains 39.06% to 43.91%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Odyssey is less expensive to operate than the Traverse because it costs $673 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Odyssey than the Traverse, including $97 less for a water pump, $121 less for front brake pads, $246 less for fuel injection, $99 less for a fuel pump, $8 less for front struts, $888 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 $3183 to $8238 less than for the Chevrolet Traverse.

Recommendations

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The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Honda Odyssey, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels. The Chevrolet Traverse isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Odyssey first 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.

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