2016 Chevrolet Traverse vs. 2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Toyota Highlander

Drivers shopping for a new vehicle within the burgeoning SUV/crossover market are likely to compare the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse vs. the 2016 Toyota Highlander over the course of their search.

In determining which vehicle is the best fit for their needs, SUV shoppers consider many factors, including roominess, amenities, and capability. Between the Traverse and the Highlander, which of these two nameplates offers drivers more of what they’re looking for?

Keep reading, and we’ll explore how the Traverse and the Highlander measure up against each other in various key areas.


One thing that attracts drivers to SUVs and crossovers is their roominess, as these vehicles typically provide impressive seating accommodations and storage to meet the needs of growing families.

When it comes to room onboard, both the Traverse and the Highlander offer seating for up to eight passengers, but in terms of space to comfortably house those passengers, the Traverse shines as the clear winner, providing 150.8 cubic feet of passenger volume. The Highlander, in contrast, offers just 142.2 cubic feet of passenger volume in some trims and 144.9 cubic feet in others.

The Traverse also boasts best-in-class cargo capacity, offering 116.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row, 70.3 cubic feet behind the second row, and 24.4 cubic feet behind the third row. The Traverse additionally features a standard split-folding third-row bench seat, available second-row flat-folding captain’s chairs, and available power liftgate to enable easy access to all that cargo room.

By comparison, the Highlander’s maximum cargo capacity of 83.7 cubic feet isn’t a whole lot larger than the space provided behind the second row of the Traverse. Behind its second row, the Highlander offers only 42.3 cubic feet of cargo room, and there is just 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space provided behind the Highlander’s third row.

2016 Chevy Traverse


The Chevrolet Traverse also defeats the Highlander in terms of engine power.

A look under the hood the Traverse reveals a 3.6L V6 engine that delivers 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, or up to 288 hp and up to 270 lb-ft of torque when equipped with dual exhaust.

The Toyota Highlander’s 2.7L 4-cylinder engine generates just 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, while its 3.5L V6 engine produces just 270 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque.

The Traverse also wins out in terms of towing power, delivering up to 5,200 feet of towing capacity, while the Highlander lags behind with a maximum of 5,000 pounds of towing ability.

2016 Chevy Traverse performance


In terms of amenities offered onboard, the Traverse once again pulls ahead in various ways, offering many prime features the Highlander doesn’t have.

In the Traverse LT and LTZ trims, drivers will enjoy a remote vehicle starter system that allows them to fire up the Traverse from outside the vehicle, with an available automatic climate control feature further engaging the heating and cooling systems. These convenient amenities allow drivers to slide into a vehicle that is already warmed up and offers a comfortably heated or cooled interior, as the weather dictates, when they are ready to drive away – no more sitting inside a cold or hot car waiting for the climate control system to kick in.

The Highlander, in contrast, doesn’t feature a remote starting system.

In the Traverse LTZ trim, a standard easy-entry system automatically slides the driver’s seat back when the ignition is turned off or the door is unlocked, providing easier and more comfortable entry and exit. This is another feature the Highlander doesn’t provide.

The Traverse LTZ further offers auto-adjusting rearview mirrors that tilt when the vehicle is in reverse to offer a better view for backing up and parking. The Highlander does not offer mirrors that automatically adjust.

The Traverse additionally features available auto-dimming rear and side-view mirrors that quickly darken when headlight beams hit them, keeping the driver from being blinded by bright lights and from being distracted from the road.

Onboard the Highlander, an automatic rearview mirror is offered, but the Highlander’s side mirrors don’t dim.

Another very helpful feature offered standard in the Traverse is its “limp home” system, which helps keep vehicle occupants from becoming stranded in the event of most or all of the engine coolant running out. The engine will continue operating on half its cylinders in turn and will lower its power, and a warning lamp will activate on the dashboard to let drivers know they need to get to a service station. This feature is not available in the Highlander models.

2016 Chevy Traverse

Go Ahead – Give it a Try

Now that you’ve heard about some of the many assets the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse brings to the road, don’t you think you ought to take it for a spin?

Drivers can explore the impressive Traverse in person and take it for a test drive at Biggers Chevrolet. Visit or contact us today, and a member of our team will answer all your questions and then get you behind the wheel of this impressive Chevrolet crossover.

2016 Chevy Traverse safety