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2019 Chevy Traverse vs 2019 Toyota 4Runner

The 2019 Chevy Traverse is a full-size SUV with bold styling. There’s plenty of space inside, making it a great choice for families on the go. Some shoppers considering buying the Traverse may also be looking at the 2019 Toyota 4Runner. We’ll compare these two SUVs side by side to discover if buyers at dealers like the Jacksonville Chevrolet dealer should choose one over the other.


Despite the 2019 4Runner being a smaller vehicle than the 2019 Traverse, the Traverse is much more affordable. The most affordable version of the 4Runner is the two-wheel-drive SR trim, and its starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is a fairly high $35,310. The Traverse’s base L trim level is considerably less expensive, with an MSRP of $29,930. The MSRP isn’t the price you’ll pay for the Traverse at a dealer like the Jacksonville Chevrolet dealerships. We use it here for the purpose of comparison.


The Chevy has an early advantage over its rival here when it comes to engines, and that's because only the Traverse offers buyers any choices. All versions of the 2019 4Runner use the same V6, which is a 4.0-liter unit that puts out a modest 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. The Traverse is available in front-drive RS trim with a 2.0-liter turbo-four that makes 257 hp, but most buyers will go for the V6. The Traverse’s V6 is a 3.6-liter unit that develops 310 hp, which is a big improvement over the 4Runner’s offering.


Several areas give away the age of the 2019 Toyota 4Runner, and one of the most obvious is the transmission. All 4Runners send the power from the V6 engine to the rear or all four wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission, but all versions of the Traverse utilize a much more contemporary eight-speed automatic that's quick-shifting, and quite possibly one of the best nine-speed units on the market right now.

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The 4Runner does have a kind of retro charm that will appeal to some buyers, but it really looks its age when seen alongside the Traverse. The Traverse underwent a complete redesign last year, but as well as looking achingly modern, the Traverse also has a bit of ruggedness about it. The Toyota 4Runner doesn't look much like any other SUV out there these days, but the Chevy Traverse looks the way most buyers would expect a modern SUV to look.

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The Traverse has the 4Runner beat hands down when it comes to passenger space and cargo volume. There are 38.4-inches of legroom in the second-row seats of the Traverse and only 32.9-inches in the 4Runner. The 4Runner only seats up to five people, whereas the Traverse can accommodate up to eight. With the rear seats all folded, the Traverse offers up to 98.2 cu-ft of cargo volume, while the 4Runner can only manage 89.7 cu-ft.

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In The End

If you want a capable off-roader, the 2019 Toyota 4Runner has the edge over the 2019 Chevy Traverse. But in just about every other way, the Traverse is a much more modern, versatile, flexible, attractive and affordable SUV and a great choice for families.