Compare Chevrolet Traverse vs. Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs. Toyota Highlander

Compare the Chevrolet Traverse against the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and Toyota Highlander. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Traverse, Highlander Hybrid and Highlander stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Traverse, Highlander Hybrid and Highlander. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2009 Chevrolet Traverse 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2009 Toyota Highlander
2009 Chevrolet Traverse 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2009 Toyota Highlander
Front-Wheel Drive LS
  • Front-Wheel Drive LS
  • All-Wheel Drive LS
  • Front-Wheel Drive LT 1LT
  • All-Wheel Drive LT 1LT
  • Front-Wheel Drive LT 2LT
  • All-Wheel Drive LT 2LT
  • Front-Wheel Drive LTZ
  • All-Wheel Drive LTZ
4WD 4dr (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr Limited w/3rd Row (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr Limited w/3rd Row (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr Limited w/3rd Row (SE)
FWD 4dr V6 Base (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Base (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Base (GS)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Base (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Base (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Base (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Base (SE)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Sport (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Sport (GS)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Sport (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (SE)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (GS)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited (SE)


MSRP $29,215 $34,700 $27,600
Invoice $27,608 $31,577 $24,840
Avg. Paid $13,921 $18,443 $15,930

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.7 9.0 8.9
Critics' Rating 8.9 8.9 8.8
Performance 8.5 8.5 7.8
Interior 8.5 8.0 8.1
Cost to Own 9.0 8.9 8.9
Safety 9.4 8.9 9.2
Reliability 4.0 5.0 5.0

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • Tons of cargo and passenger space
  • Great safety scores
  • Above-average reliability rating
  • Optional third row for family-friendly capacity
  • Seamless hybrid powertrain
  • Quiet ride, especially for a hybrid
  • Fuel-efficient base engine
  • Smooth ride
  • Top reliability score
  • Good safety ratings
  • Can’t tow or travel off-road like a traditional SUV
  • Some interior quality complaints
  • Some poor-quality interior materials
  • Fuel savings may not justify the premium price
  • Base stereo system is disappointing
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Cramped third row

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.6L/220 Gas/Electric V6 3.3L/- TBD - Gas V6 3.5L/- TBD -
MPG 17 City / 24 Hwy 27 City / 25 Hwy 18 City / 24 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door 4 Door 4 Door


Wheelbase(in) 118.9 109.8 109.8
Length, Overall (in) 205.0 188.4 188.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.4 75.2 75.2
Height, Overall (in) 70.4 68.1 68.1

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Sunroof Sunshield Optional
Running Boards Optional Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Standard Standard


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4790 4508 3979

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional
Compact Spare Tire Optional
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard


Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Luggage Rack Optional Optional
Rear Parking Aid Standard
Power Liftgate Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Optional
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard Optional Optional
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Optional Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Optional
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional Optional
Rear Floor Mats Standard Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Optional
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Optional
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Optional
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 8 5 7
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 153.1 145.4 145.7
Front Head Room (in) 40.4 40.6 39.7
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 43.2 43.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 62.0 59.7 59.7
Front Hip Room (in) 59.1 56.7 56.7
Second Head Room (in) 39.4 39.8 40.1
Second Leg Room (in) 36.8 38.4 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 61.3 59.3 59.5
Second Hip Room (in) 57.8 56.3 56.5
Third Leg Room (in) 33.2 29.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 117.9 94.1 95.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 68.3 42.3 42.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.) 26.1 10.3


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Optional
Dual Zone A/C Optional
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Standard Optional Optional

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional Optional


Cloth Seats Optional Standard Standard
Additional Rear Seat Standard Optional Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard
Power Driver Seat Optional Optional Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights Standard Optional
Daytime Running Lights Standard Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Four Wheel Drive Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas/Electric V6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.6L/220 3.3L/- TBD - 3.5L/- TBD -
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 281 @ 6300 209 @ 5600 270 @ 6200
Torque (Net @ RPM) 266 @ 3400 212 @ 3600 248 @ 4700
Transmission Automatic CVT Automatic Automatic
Turning diameter 40.4 39.0 38.7


Hybrid Fuel Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 27 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 25 24
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 22.0 17.2 19.2


Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Dual-link Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Coil Springs


Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard
Continuously Variable Trans Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.