Compare 2012 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2012 Honda Pilot vs 2012 Mazda CX-9

2012 Chevrolet Traverse
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2012 Honda Pilot
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2012 Mazda CX-9
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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
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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
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AWD 4-Door Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CX-9 AWD 4-Door Grand Touring 16 22 $33,230 $35,125
CX-9 AWD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $29,439 $31,115
CX-9 AWD 4-Door Touring 16 22 $31,254 $33,035
CX-9 FWD 4-Door Grand Touring 17 24 $31,917 $33,735
CX-9 FWD 4-Door Sport 17 24 $28,125 $29,725
CX-9 FWD 4-Door Touring 17 24 $29,941 $31,645
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,077
$28,778
$33,230
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,660
$31,470
$35,125
Monthly Payment Estimate
$528 / month
$525 / month
$585 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.6
8.0
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. 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. The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is a little more enjoyable to drive than most crossovers its size, while it manages three rows of seating, a plush cabin, and decent comfort.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 18 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 25 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
Third Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 58.9 56.9
Second Leg Room (in)
36.8 38.5 39.8
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 40.0 39.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
153.1 153.7 139.4
Second Hip Room (in)
57.8 56.9 56.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
62.0 61.5 59.4
Third Leg Room (in)
33.2 32.1 32.4
Second Head Room (in)
39.4 39.8 39.0
Passenger Capacity
8 8 7
Third Hip Room (in)
48.3 48.4 43.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.3 62.2 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.4 40.9
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 38.2 35.4
Front Hip Room (in)
59.1 58.6 56.5
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - NA 31.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.4 67.5 64.7
Wheelbase (in)
118.9 109.2 113.2
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA - TBD - 31.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.4 78.5 76.2
Track Width, Front (in)
67.8 67.7 65.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.2 8.0 8.0
Length, Overall (in)
205.0 191.4 200.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA - TBD - 47.3
Height, Overall (in)
70.4 72.7 68.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 48.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
68.8 47.7 48.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 58.5
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - NA 34.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
116.4 87.0 100.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD - 19.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
24.4 18.0 17.2
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - NA 46.1
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 x 1.1 13.0 x - TBD - 12.6 x - TBD -
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 13.1 x - TBD - 12.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 21.0 20.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 19.0 16.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 37.9 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 3.7 3.1
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/70R17 P235/60R18 P245/50R20
Rear Tire Order Code
QPR NA N/A
Front Tire Size
P245/70R17 P235/60R18 P245/50R20
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact T155/90R18
Front Tire Order Code
QPR NA N/A
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA N/A
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 200 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 200 525
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000 3500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4859 4295 4546
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x - TBD - 20 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x - TBD - 20 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.8 9.93 14.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
660 - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 - TBD - 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
266 @ 3400 253 @ 4800 270 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
LLT NA NA
Displacement
3.6L/220 3.5L/212 3.7L/227
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
281 @ 6300 250 @ 5700 273 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
DI Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injectino
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 25 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 18 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 21 19
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.07 1.55
Trans Type
6 5 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA - NA
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.61 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 1.89 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 1.61 2.37
Trans Order Code
MH6 NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.16 4.31 3.46
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 0.77 1.15
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 NA 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 2.70 4.14
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Traverse Honda Pilot Mazda CX-9
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door Sport Utility 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 1.04 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.91 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Linked H-Arm Multi-link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Coil-Over Strut MacPherson Strut Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 8.9 9.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 4 3
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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