2020 Highlander vs. Traverse Comparison

Built on the same platform as the legendary Camry, the Toyota Highlander serves as a mid-size SUV. It debuted for the first time in North America in January of 2001.

Now in its fourth generation, the 2020 Highlander offers five trims that all feature Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0), as well as Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility. Compared to Chevrolet’s standard safety features, Toyota's TSS 2.0 can't be beat.

The history of the Chevrolet begins seven years after the Highlander arrived. It debuted in 2008 for the 2009 model year built on the same platform as the Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia. Though now marketed as a mid-size SUV, Chevy originally called it a full-size SUV. The 2020 Traverse now has seven trims and is in its second generation with the Premier trim offering a special Redline Edition.

When it comes to fuel efficiency, the Highlander L FWD has a higher EPA-estimated rating of 21/29/24 (city/highway/combined) MPG compared to the base trim Traverse. The fuel economy EPA-estimated rating of the 2020 Traverse L FWD falls below with a 18/27/21(city/highway/combined) MPG.

Let's dive further into the comparison between these two vehicles in terms of safety, reliability, and performance.

Published Date: 07/16/2020

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Safety

All 2020 Toyota Highlander trims include Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0).

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Safety

  • The 2020 Highlander offers more standard active safety features than the 2020 Traverse.
  • Drivers will need to upgrade to the Traverse RS or higher to receive comparable standard safety features to TSS 2.0.
  • Safety Connect® 3-year trial is another standard feature that comes with the Toyota Highlander.
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Reliability

Toyota vehicles come with an extensive history of reliability and quality. The 2020 Highlander continues this tradition starting with the amount of time Toyota has had to improve the vehicle. Since 2001, Toyota has continuously improved the safety and reliability features of this SUV. Toyota customers can count on top notch quality and care.

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Reliability

  • The Toyota brand has a long history of producing reliable and well-built vehicles. That standard applies to the 2020 Highlander.
  • All new Toyotas come with ToyotaCare, a scheduled-maintenance plan and roadside assistance package.
  • Both the Traverse and Highlander offer similar Basic and Powertrain warranties.
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Performance

On top of impressive fuel economy numbers, the 2020 Highlander also performs well when it comes to handling and towing.

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Performance

  • The 2020 Traverse affords 310 HP while the 2020 Highlander delivers 295 HP.
  • The Highlander has multiple trims that provide a towing capacity of up to 5,000 lbs. Only the Traverse High Country has a 5,000 lb. towing capacity.
  • All Highlander trims have better gas mileage estimates than the Traverse.
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Conclusion: Higlander vs. Traverse

Launched in 2001, the Toyota Highlander has been on the vehicle market longer than the Chevy Traverse. In contrast, Chevrolet introduced the Traverse in 2009. Although the Highlander base trim starts at $34,600, it offers more standard features than the Traverse. The Traverse base trim starts at $29,800, but customers will need to purchase additional upgrades or go with a higher trim to compare to the Highlander.

 

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Conclusion: Higlander vs. Traverse

  • Although the Traverse base trim has a lower starting MSRP, the Highlander makes up for it with its abundance of standard features included in the manufacturer suggested price.
  • The 2020 Highlander has higher MPG EPA-estimated ratings than the Traverse.
  • Along with its other standard features, the Toyota Highlander offers Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0).
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