Toyota Highlander vs Chevy Traverse

    By Autolist Staff | October 19, 2018

    2018 Toyota Highlander

    2018 Chevrolet Traverse

    Automotive Website Analyzed


    81%

    Really Good

    You should buy it

    88%

    Really Good

    You should buy it

    Our User's Take

    What owners think


    100%

    Would Buy Again

    1 Ratings

    100%

    Would Buy Again

    1 Ratings


    What’s better about the Toyota?

    More reliable. Consumer Reports gives the 2018 Highlander a perfect score (5/5) for reliability. The Traverse meanwhile, gets a measly 2/5. That’s a big difference and one you should strongly take into consideration, especially if you plan on owning your next crossover for a long time or if you’re planning on buying a used model.

    More standard safety. All trim levels of the 2018 Highlander come standard with active safety features including pre-collision warning and braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist and adaptive cruise control. To get these features on the Traverse, you have to jump up to nearly the highest trim level (starting at $46,000).

    Hybrid availability. Both the Highlander and Traverse offer a V6 engine as standard across most of their trim levels but only the Toyota offers an optional hybrid powertrain for those crossover fans looking to go a little green. It bumps the Highlander’s fuel economy up to 29/27/28 MPG city/highway/combined from the V6’s 20/27/23 MPG rating.


    What’s better about the Traverse?

    More space. The Traverse beats the Highlander in two key areas of space: total interior volume and third-row space. The insides of the Chevy have 157.3 cubic feet of space, a big advantage over the Toyota’s 144.9 cubic feet. Plus, there’s noticeably more legroom in the Chevy’s third row – a crucial element if you often pull carpool duty.

    It’s newer. 2018 marks the first year this generation of Traverse was built while this generation of Highlander is nearly the end of its lifespan. This means the Traverse will offer more modern styling and amenities.

    Better handling. Reviewers have praised the Traverse for its good handling while simultaneously criticizing the Highlander for its poor handling.


    Autolist’s take:

    This one depends on what you’re looking for. If cargo space is your primary concern or you’ll regularly be hauling tall kids or adults in the third row of seats, the Traverse might be the better choice here. Plus it’s the newer of the two models here and it’s more fun to drive. But if you can live with a tight third row, we prefer the Toyota overall. It has the reliability, the safety and the powertrain options that matter. So we say Buy the Highlander.


    Cost of Ownership

    2018 Toyota Highlander

    2018 Chevrolet Traverse

    Annual Fuel Costs

    $1,651
    15k miles at $2.421/gal
    $1,729
    15k miles at $2.421/gal
    Fuel Economy

    19 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    18 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    26 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway
    27 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway

    Safety

    2018 Toyota Highlander

    2018 Chevrolet Traverse

    NHTSA Crash Test Results

    5 stars
    Overall
    5 stars
    Overall
    Safety Features

    Standard
    Autonomous Braking
    Available
    Autonomous Braking
    -
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Standard
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Standard
    Lane-Keep Assist
    Available
    Lane-Keep Assist
    -
    Cross-Traffic Alert
    Standard
    Cross-Traffic Alert

    Interior

    2018 Toyota Highlander

    2018 Chevrolet Traverse

    Interior Features

    -
    Leather
    -
    Leather
    -
    Moonroof
    Available
    Moonroof
    -
    Heated Seats
    Standard
    Heated Seats
    Standard
    Keyless Entry
    -
    Keyless Entry
    Standard
    Climate Control
    Standard
    Climate Control
    Technology

    -
    Apple Carplay
    Standard
    Apple Carplay
    -
    Android Auto
    Standard
    Android Auto
    Standard
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    -
    Navigation System
    Standard
    Navigation System

    Under the Hood

    2018 Toyota Highlander

    2018 Chevrolet Traverse

    Powertrain

    8-Speed Automatic w/Sequential Shift Mode
    Transmission
    9-Speed Shiftable Automatic
    Transmission
    AWD
    Drivetrain
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    Drivetrain

    295 HP @ 6600 RPM
    Horsepower
    310 HP @ 6800 RPM
    Horsepower
    263lb-ft @ 4700 RPM
    Torque
    266lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
    Torque
    V6
    Cylinders
    V6
    Cylinders