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2021 Chevrolet Traverse vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander Review

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2021 Chevrolet
Traverse

MSRP*: $29,800 to $53,400
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2021 Toyota
Highlander

MSRP*: $35,085 to $49,190
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Invoice* $29,770 to $50,944 $32,032 to $44,911
MPG - City 17 - 18 MPG 20 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 25 - 27 MPG 27 - 29 MPG
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 seats 7 - 8 seats
Cargo Space 98.2 ft3 84.3 ft3
Engine V-6 V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 310 hp 295 hp
Towing Capacity 1,500 - 5,000 lbs 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 204.3 in 194.9 - 197.4 in
Exterior Width 78.6 in 76.0 in
Leg Room Front 41.0 in
Rear 38.4 in
Front 42.0 in
Rear 41.0 in
Head Room Front 39.6 - 41.3 in
Rear 39.0 - 40.0 in
Front 38.4 - 41.2 in
Rear 37.1 - 39.4 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Toyota Highlander than in the Chevrolet Traverse, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Chevrolet Traverse and the Toyota Highlander.

Convenience
The Chevrolet Traverse requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Toyota Highlander, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Chevrolet Traverse or the Toyota Highlander, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the Chevrolet Traverse and the Toyota Highlander have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Chevrolet Traverse is much wider than the Toyota Highlander, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Chevrolet Traverse, which is slightly longer than the Toyota Highlander.

Handling
The Chevrolet Traverse has a larger turning radius than the Toyota Highlander, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Toyota Highlander is clearly the choice over the Chevrolet Traverse for pulling heavy loads. The Chevrolet Traverse has a little more horsepower than the Toyota Highlander.

Powertrain
With similar torque, the Chevrolet Traverse and the Toyota Highlander are about even in transmitting their respective horsepower to the wheels.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Traverse and the Toyota Highlander. The Chevrolet Traverse has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Toyota Highlander.

Warranty
The Chevrolet Traverse comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Toyota Highlander.