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Old 08-28-2018, 12:06 PM
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Toyota Highlander vs. Chevy Traverse

looking at upgrading my wife's daily driver (she has a '12 4Runner). I have been looking closely at the Highlander and the Traverse as they both have 5,000 pound tow capacity.

The 4Runner hasn't be redesign inside since 2010 to speak of and it just kills me to drive it for any distance due to the center console/angled floor board interface, and it only has 5,000 tow capacity too. The 4Runner does fine with our '04 X2 tandem with surge brakes and that would be the heaviest load ever needed to be pulled.

We looked these two over and test drove this past weekend. They are very similar in all aspects of size, shape, power, interior room, fuel mileage, etc. plus 3 rows of seating (grand kids & car seats). While out, we looked at the 4Runner but the same issues with the driver comfort exist. We also looked at a loaded Tahoe but my wife really doesn't want to go back to that big of a vehicle (she was in Suburbans for about 20 years with our kids growing up).

we were looking at the Highlander Limited Platinum and the Traverse Premier trim levels which are comparable in features and price. I would like to go to the Traverse Premier High Country trim but that's a substantial jump in price for the few more features that I would like to have.

any of you have either of these? thoughts or recommendations or other things I should consider.
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Old 08-28-2018, 12:37 PM
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Strictly speaking about reliability, Toyota would be your choice. Especially if pricing is close to one another. Wife has a Lexus RX450h....which is based on the Highlander. It's been a great vehicle and we came from the older Lexus RX400h (both are hybrids).
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Old 08-28-2018, 12:41 PM
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Reliability on the new 3.5 has yet to be proven, and the Atkinson’s cycle is beyond irritating.

I’d go Chevy. Better interior, better tech.
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^ Guess I need to look up 3.5 and Atkinson...
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Old 08-28-2018, 01:17 PM
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^ Guess I need to look up 3.5 and Atkinson...
Only reason I commented on it, is because I have a new Tacoma with this engine and I hate the way it operates.
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Aric is a snob and first adopter.

If you want to keep the car for any length of time and care about resale then get the Toyo.
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Old 08-28-2018, 01:32 PM
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Have not had a Chevy in years, but am in a 2013 Toyota. Its a Tacoma. I know it is not apples to apples, but I do all my own maintenance. I cannot say enough about how well thought out and engineered this Toyota is. I have worked on my son's 200,000+ mile Highlander, and its damn well engineered too. But my Tacoma is blowing me away. Full brake and rotor replacement this past Sunday with only needle nose pliers, two standard screwdrivers, and a 17 and 21 mm sockets. Insert screw driver, bottom out pistons, pull pins, out come the brake pads. Have not had this well engineered of a vehicle ever. My buddies Caddy SUV build on the same body as the traverse had to have the engine pulled to sensor or part. Who engineers that into a vehicle?
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Old 08-28-2018, 01:33 PM
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Aric is a snob and first adopter.

If you want to keep the car for any length of time and care about resale then get the Toyo.
See I wish I could agree with the resale comment too, but Iíve experienced first hand itís not true. Lol
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Yota over the Chebbie hands down.
In 5 years that chevy will be a $5k trade in. The Highlander will give you a better return for the money spent.
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Yota over the Chebbie hands down.
In 5 years that chevy will be a $5k trade in. The Highlander will give you a better return for the money spent.
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