2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Chevy Equinox
Back at the turn of the millennium, Toyota introduced what has become one of the most iconic utility vehicles to ever grace its lineup, and five years later Chevrolet introduced one of that crossover’s biggest adversaries. We thought we’d see how the two midsize crossovers measure up against one another by comparing the 2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Chevy Equinox.
Since the 2000 model year when the Highlander was introduced, it has gone through three generational shifts and is due for another within the next couple of years. The Equinox is still in its second generation since debuting in 2005, and it too is due for a big change in the 2017 model year. But right now, let’s take a look at some of the differences in specifications between the two CUVs.
Advantages of the 2016 Toyota Highlander
As you can see by glancing at the table above, the Toyota Highlander definitely has its advantages. Let’s start from the top of the table, which is where the Equinox puts up its biggest fight. The Highlander delivers more power than its Chevy counterpart, but only in the form of 3 horsepower, which would hardly be noticeable in a physical side-by-side comparison. Space is where the Toyota truly dominates the Equinox.
First, if you drop the back rows flat, the Toyota Highlander delivers exactly 20 extra cubic feet of max cargo capacity than the Chevy Equinox. That’s a ton of extra space for luggage or whatever you might need to drop the seats for. But even with all of the seats up and filled in the cabin, you and your passengers will have 28.2 cu. ft. of extra space to stretch out and get comfortable in, which is a huge plus.
To top things off, the Highlander can handle more weight in terms of cargo. With a max payload of 1,455 lbs., 259 lbs. more than the Equinox, you’ll even be able to carry extremely heavy stuff in the back. If you think the 2016 Toyota Highlander is the right vehicle for you, be sure to schedule a test drive right here on our website.