Compare 2012 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2012 Ford Flex vs 2012 Honda Pilot

2012 Chevrolet Traverse
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2012 Ford Flex
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2012 Honda Pilot
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Select style
AWD 4-Door LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Traverse AWD 4-Door LS 16 23 $30,077 $31,660
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 16 23 $33,022 $34,760
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 16 23 $36,009 $37,905
Traverse AWD 4-Door LTZ 16 23 $38,983 $41,035
Traverse FWD 4-Door LS 17 24 $28,177 $29,660
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 17 24 $31,122 $32,760
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 17 24 $34,109 $35,905
Traverse FWD 4-Door LTZ 17 24 $37,083 $39,035
Select style
4-Door Limited AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Flex 4-Door Limited AWD 16 23 $35,039 $37,615
Flex 4-Door Limited AWD w/EcoBoost 16 23 $37,765 $40,610
Flex 4-Door Limited FWD 17 24 $33,356 $35,765
Flex 4-Door SE FWD 17 24 $27,918 $29,465
Flex 4-Door SEL AWD 16 23 $31,705 $33,950
Flex 4-Door SEL FWD 17 24 $30,021 $32,100
Flex 4-Door Titanium AWD 16 23 $37,310 $40,110
Flex 4-Door Titanium AWD w/EcoBoost 16 23 $40,035 $43,105
Flex 4-Door Titanium FWD 17 24 $35,627 $38,260
Select style
2WD 4-Door EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX 18 25 $28,778 $31,470
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX-L 18 25 $31,743 $34,720
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX-L w/Navi 18 25 $33,567 $36,720
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX-L w/RES 18 25 $33,202 $36,320
Pilot 2WD 4-Door LX 18 25 $26,179 $28,620
Pilot 2WD 4-Door Touring w/RES & Navi 18 25 $35,984 $39,370
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX 17 24 $30,238 $33,070
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX-L 17 24 $33,202 $36,320
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX-L w/Navi 17 24 $35,026 $38,320
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX-L w/RES 17 24 $34,661 $37,920
Pilot 4WD 4-Door LX 17 24 $27,638 $30,220
Pilot 4WD 4-Door Touring w/RES & Navi 17 24 $37,443 $40,970
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,077
$35,039
$28,778
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,660
$37,615
$31,470
Monthly Payment Estimate
$528 / month
$627 / month
$525 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
9.2
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
One of the best big crossovers for families needing seven-passenger capability, the 2012 Chevy Traverse is spacious and safe, though unexciting. One of our top-rated vehicles, the 2012 Ford Flex has real distinction, along with top-shelf turbo power, great seats and great features. Don't let the macho-boxy look intimidate you; the Honda Pilot makes a lot of sense for large families—especially with improved mileage and a most tasteful front-end design for 2012.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 16 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 23 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
57.8 55.0 56.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
62.0 58.4 61.5
Third Leg Room (in)
33.2 33.3 32.1
Second Head Room (in)
39.4 40.5 39.8
Passenger Capacity
8 7 8
Third Hip Room (in)
48.3 41.1 48.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.3 58.1 62.2
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 40.8 41.4
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 38.7 38.2
Front Hip Room (in)
59.1 55.5 58.6
Third Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 50.8 58.9
Second Leg Room (in)
36.8 44.3 38.5
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 41.8 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
153.1 155.8 153.7
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
118.9 117.9 109.2
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.4 75.9 78.5
Track Width, Front (in)
67.8 65.4 67.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.2 - TBD - 8.0
Length, Overall (in)
205.0 201.8 191.4
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.4 68.0 72.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.4 65.4 67.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
68.8 43.2 47.7
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
116.4 83.2 87.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
24.4 20.0 18.0
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 0.8 13.0 x - TBD - 13.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 x 1.1 12.8 x - TBD - 13.0 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 18.6 21.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 17.0 19.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 40.7 37.9
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 - TBD - 3.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
QPR NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/70R17 P235/55R19 P235/60R18
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QPR NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/70R17 P235/55R19 P235/60R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 200 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 200 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4859 4643 4295
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 19 x - TBD - 18 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 19 x - TBD - 18 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.8 - TBD - 9.93
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
660 - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
3.6L/220 3.5L/213 3.5L/212
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
281 @ 6300 262 @ 6250 250 @ 5700
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
DI Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
266 @ 3400 248 @ 4500 253 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
LLT 99C NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 16 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 18 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 23 25
Transmission
Trans Type
6 6 5
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA 1.00 -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 0.61
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.88 1.89
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.87 1.61
Trans Order Code
MH6 44J NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.39 4.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.41 0.77
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - TBD - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.48 2.70
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.84 1.07
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door 4 Door Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Traverse Ford Flex Honda Pilot
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.3 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear
Linked H-Arm Multi-link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Coil-Over Strut MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.9 1.04
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 3 (2011) 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 10.4 8.9
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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