When it comes to picking out your next full-size SUV, you’ll have a few great choices, including the 2020 Chevy Traverse and the Toyota Highlander. So, to help you decide which of these rides is better suited to your specific needs, our team at Baierl Chevrolet stacked these models up against each other when it comes to performance, interior, and technology.

Drivers in Wexford, Pittsburgh, and Cranberry Township should read on to learn which SUV will come out on top. If you have any questions along the way or would like to learn more, reach out to a member of our team and we’ll gladly assist you in any way we can.



Engine performance is key when weighing the options for your next ride. You need a vehicle that can keep up with your bold lifestyle, and a commanding powertrain can set the tone for a more durable and controlled ride.

Leading the way in the Traverse is a 3.6L V6 engine that pumps out an impressive 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, making it possible to tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. That way, your small hard-sided RV or recreational boat can make the journey with you. On the other hand, while the Highlander can also pull up to 5,000 pounds, its V6 motor comes up short with only 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque.

The 2020 Chevy Traverse and Toyota Highlander are also both armed with available all-wheel drive systems to provide extra stability when encountering unfavorable road conditions. If you’re looking to take your ride to the next level, you may prefer what the Traverse has to offer with Traction Mode Select. Choose from several modes to tailor road grip to the specific conditions your encountering. You may not feel as confident taking the baseline Highlander off the beaten path, though, since its comparable feature is available and not standard like in the Traverse.

Read more about the Chevy Traverse’s towing capacity.



With seating for eight passengers in the 2020 Chevy Traverse and Toyota Highlander, you’ll have ample room to bring the entire family on your next road trip. Since supreme comfort is essential when taking long treks, check out the following cabin measurements of these SUVs:

Chevy Traverse Toyota Highlander
Front Headroom: 41.3 inches 41.2 inches
Middle Headroom: 40 inches 39.4 inches
Rear Headroom: 38.2 inches 36.1 inches

As you can see, the Traverse and Highlander are well matched for head space in the first and second rows, delighting even taller drivers. When it comes to the third row, the Traverse has much more room to offer over the competition. Additionally, your third-row passengers will be able to enjoy 33.5 inches of legroom in the Traverse, while they may feel cramped in the Highlander with only 27.7 inches of legroom.

On top of all the passenger space the Traverse has to offer, this model also excels when it comes to cargo with 23 cubic feet of standard room. When more space is needed for bulkier items, like camping equipment, simply fold the second row flat to gain 57.8 cubic feet of cargo room. Fold the second and the third room down for a maximum of 98.2 cubic feet.

Once again, it might be a tight fit in the Highlander with only 16 cubic feet of cargo space. While the seating in this SUV is configurable as well, it still doesn’t measure up with a maximum 84.3 cubic feet of cargo room available.

Read More about the Chevy Traverse’s interior.



On top of being spacious and comfortable, your next family SUV needs to be tech-savvy. Technology has the ability to keep you entertained throughout the ride for a more enjoyable getaway or simplify driving to provide you with added confidence on the open road.

When it comes to engaging in your drive, the 2020 Chevy Traverse and Toyota Highlander offer available 8-inch touchscreens with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration for instant access to a range of smartphone applications. From your music and podcast libraries, it’s all right at your fingertips.

While you jam out to your road trip playlist in the front seat of your Traverse, your back-seat passengers can watch their favorite movies and TV shows with an available rear seat infotainment system. It places two 8-inch screens on the back of your front-seat headrests, so your children can have a more enjoyable trek to grandma’s house for the weekend.

Unfortunately, this premium system isn’t found in the Highlander, so your little ones may not stay as entertained on the open road.

When it comes to driving tech, once again, the Traverse takes the lead.

These SUVs share similar safety systems, such as Automatic Emergency Braking and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, to help you explore the highway with ease and stay out of harm’s way. However, the Traverse also comes with standard Teen Driver technology. This high-end system monitors new drivers and provides you with a progress report, so you can help them make any necessary improvements and ensure they’re staying safe on the freeway.

If your teen driver borrows your Highlander, though, you won’t be able to stay updated with their driving performance since this system isn’t available.

Read more about the Chevy Traverse’s safety features.


Now that you’ve read through our 2020 Chevy Traverse vs. Toyota Highlander comparison, you may be interested to learn more about the Traverse. With more unique technology, interior space, and engine power over the competition, this SUV can create an unforgettable getaway for families in Wexford, Pittsburgh, and Cranberry Township.

Stop by the showroom at Baierl Chevrolet to meet with a member of our sales team. Our team member will take you through everything there is to love about the Traverse. We’ll answer all your questions and get you behind the wheel to show you its supreme power firsthand.

Get started today by contacting us online or calling us to set up a test drive. We hope to see you soon!

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