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2016 Chevy Traverse vs 2016 Toyota Highlander near Washington, D.C.

Which SUV Comes Out on Top?

The 2016 Chevy Traverse vs 2016 Toyota Highlander near Washington, D.C., is a comparison we put together here at Pohanka Chevrolet to highlight what makes these seemingly similar SUVs strikingly different. From power, to capability, to technological features, the Chevy Traverse prevails against the Highlander in all three ways.

All Chevy Traverse models are outfitted with a 3.6L V6 engine. This powertrain generates a solid 281 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Toyota Highlander’s 3.6L V6 engine only produces 270 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque – close numbers to those of the Traverse, but not close enough. The Chevy’s engine is also capable of towing an incredible 5,200-lb. capacity1, leaving the Highlander in the dust with a minimum towing capacity of 1,500 lb.2, and a maximum of 5,000 lb2.

Effortlessly bring along fishing gear, picnic baskets, toys, and more, for a day on the Potomac River because you’ll have the space to do it in the Traverse. This SUV boasts ample space and incredible versatility to handle all of your needs. With all three rows of seating upright, the Traverse welcomes an abundant 24.4 cubic ft. of cargo space3 in the rear. The Highlander only allows for up to 13.8 cubic ft. of space3 in its cargo area. The numbers only increase from here, allowing for 70.3 cubic ft.3 with the third-row flat in the Traverse, and a roomy 116.3 cubic ft.3 with all rows folded down. The Highlander can’t quite keep up with its 42.3 cubic ft.3 available behind the second-row, and a total of 83.7 cubic ft. of space3 with all rows down.

It’s evident to see that the Traverse is able to bring along more of your belongings – both inside and in tow – than the Highlander in this 2016 Chevy Traverse vs 2016 Toyota Highlander near Washington, D.C., comparison. Although, that’s not all the Traverse has over the Highlander. In terms of technology and keeping your little once occupied, you’ll be able to equip any trim of the Traverse with its Rear Seat DVD Entertainment System, which includes dual LCD monitors and DVD players mounted on the back of the headrests, as well as wireless headphones. The Highlander can’t say the same, however, since it only offers its Rear Seat Blu-ray Disc™ Entertainment System on top trims.

The Chevy Traverse can offer you greater peace of mind than the Toyota Highlander can. The Traverse is outfitted with a standard 5-year plan with OnStar®. It is also equipped with a 6-month OnStar® Guidance PlanPlan. Included in this is Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, and more. Rest assured that when you’re in need of help or assistance, the Traverse has your back. The Toyota Highlander doesn’t offer such aid as standard for all trims, only available as part of an optional package and in the Limited trims, is its Safety Connect®5 bundle that includes similar features.

It’s clear to distinguish which SUV is better equipped in terms of power, capability, and innovative features in this 2016 Chevy Traverse vs 2016 Toyota Highlander near Washington, D.C., comparison. Visit Pohanka Chevrolet to learn more about the Traverse and take it for a test drive!


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1. Maximum trailer ratings are calculated assuming a properly equipped base vehicle, plus driver. See dealer for details.

2. Before towing, confirm your vehicle and trailer are compatible, hooked up and loaded properly and that you have any necessary additional equipment. Do not exceed any Weight Ratings and follow all instructions in your Owner's Manual. The maximum you can tow depends on base curb weight plus the total weight of any cargo, occupants, and added vehicle equipment. “Added vehicle equipment” includes additional standard/optional equipment and accessories added by the manufacturer, dealers, and/or vehicle owners. The only way to be certain of your vehicle's exact curb weight is to weigh your vehicle without passengers or cargo.

3. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and districution.

4. Visit www.onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services  may vary by model and conditions.

5. Contact with the Safety Connect® response center is dependent upon cellular connection availability and GPS satellite signal reception, which can limit the ability to reach the response center or receive emergency service support. Enrollment and Subscription Service Agreement required. One-year trial subscription available only with new vehicle purchase of Safety Connect®-equipped vehicles. Additional subscription terms available; charges vary by subscription term selected.

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