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Toyota Highlander vs Chevy Traverse

By Autolist Staff | April 4, 2019

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

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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

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

Annual Fuel Costs

$1,801
15k miles at $2.642/gal
$1,982
15k miles at $2.642/gal
Fuel Economy

19 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
17 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
24 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway
25 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway

Safety

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

NHTSA Crash Test Results

5 stars
Overall
5 stars
Overall
Safety Features

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

Interior

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

Interior Features

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

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

Under the Hood

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

Powertrain

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

N/A
Horsepower
257+ HP @ 5500 RPM
Horsepower
N/A
Torque
295+ lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
Torque
N/A
Cylinders
I4
Cylinders