2021 Toyota Highlander
Features & Specs
2021 Chevrolet Traverse
Satellite Radio
Only Available on Higher Trims
42.0 in.
Front Leg Room
41.0 in.
41.0 in.
Rear Leg Room
38.4 in.
24 mpg
Fuel Economy (Combined)
21 mpg

2021 Toyota Highlander vs Chevy Traverse

So you have decided to buy a new SUV, great! The biggest problem when it comes to purchasing a new vehicle is deciding which one will suit you and your family the best, and with so many makes and models of SUVs out there, things can get tricky. That's where we here at Pearson Toyota come in! We have taken two of the top SUVs on the market with the 2021 Toyota Highlander and the Chevy Traverse and compared them to give you a better sense of each one's engine options and features. Which one will come out on top? For the answer, continue reading down below!

2021 Toyota Highlander Power & Handling

All trim of the Toyota Highlander come with a potent 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers an incredible 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. The engine pairs with a smooth-sailing eight-speed automatic transmission, sending the power to the front wheels. All-wheel-drive is available on all trim levels if you choose. There is a lot to love about this engine as not only is it one of the most powerful in the class, but it feels like driving on a cloud.

2021 Chevrolet Traverse Power & Handling

Like the Highlander, the Chevy Traverse comes with one engine. This one is a 3.6-liter V6 that gives you a decent amount of horsepower and torque. This engine pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive, with the option for four-wheel-drive on every trim level except the L. There is a lot to like about this engine, but the smoother ride lies with the Highlander.

2021 Toyota Highlander Features & Design

Six trim levels are available for the Highlander, and each one comes with a fantastic amount of tech and luxury features. The L is the base trim. It comes with LED headlights, heated mirrors, remote keyless entry and ignition, a power-adjustable driver's seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, and an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The LE builds on this with foglights, a height-adjustable power liftgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a blind-spot monitor. Want more luxury? The XLE brings it to you with roof rails, a sunroof, a wireless charging pad, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, second-row captain's chairs. More sporty features are available for the XSE as it comes with unique sporty styling cues, sport-tuned suspension, interior ambient lighting, and a navigation system. Higher-level trims round things out nicely with front and rear parking sensors, a hands-free liftgate, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, automatic wipers, a panoramic sunroof, a digital rearview mirror, a surround-view camera, heated second-row seats, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen.

2021 Chevrolet Traverse Features & Design

There is one more trim level for the Traverse, but fewer features. Kicking things off is the L which comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated outside mirrors, cloth upholstery, triple-one climate control, and a 7-inch touchscreen with onboard Wi-Fi and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Things are taken up a notch with the LT Cloth trim, which has heated front seats, a power-adjustable power seat, remote engine start, an 8-inch high-definition touchscreen, and a power liftgate. A Premium Package is available for the LT Cloth, which gets in on the fun with 20-inch wheels, an integrated navigation system, a digital rearview mirror, and a 360-degree camera system. Higher trims add more luxury and tech items such as a heated steering wheel, blacked-out styling cues, LED headlights, a hands-free liftgate, heated and ventilated rear seats, and wireless device charging.


While it's hard to pick between these two SUVs, we will give the victory to the Toyota Highlander! The Highlander is much more fun to drive, and there are a few more features on its six trim level lineup than the Traverses seven. Want to get behind the wheel of this incredible SUV? Head down to Pearson Toyota and schedule a test drive with one of our friendly sales team members! If you find a trim you like, be sure to visit our finance department where we will help you get a great deal. Rather do your shopping from the comfort of your couch? Be sure to check out our entire Highlander inventory here on our website.

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