2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs. 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Highlander Hybrid. But it costs extra on the Blazer.

The Highlander Hybrid’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Blazer doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Highlander Hybrid and the Blazer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid weighs 538 to 1183 pounds more than the Chevrolet Blazer. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Highlander Hybrid the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Blazer has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Highlander Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Blazer’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 23rd.

Engine

The Highlander Hybrid’s 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid produces 113 more horsepower (306 vs. 193) than the Blazer’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Highlander Hybrid’s 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid produces 1 more horsepower (306 vs. 305) than the Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Highlander Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Blazer:

 

 

 

MPG

Highlander Hybrid

 

AWD

LE 3.5 V6 Hybrid

30 city/28 hwy

 

 

XLE/Limited/Platinum 3.5 V6 Hybrid

29 city/27 hwy

Blazer

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

 

 

3.6 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy

 

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Highlander Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Blazer doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

The Highlander Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Blazer doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Highlander Hybrid’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Blazer:

 

Highlander Hybrid

Blazer

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.64 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Highlander Hybrid has larger tires than the Blazer (245/55R19 vs. 235/65R18).

The Highlander Hybrid LE/XLE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Blazer’s standard 65 series tires.

Passenger Space

The Highlander Hybrid has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Blazer can only carry 5.

The Highlander Hybrid has 37.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Blazer (144.9 vs. 107.8).

The Highlander Hybrid has .9 inches more front headroom, 3.2 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 2.9 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Blazer.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Highlander Hybrid’s middle and third row seats recline. The Blazer’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Highlander Hybrid’s cargo area provides more volume than the Blazer.

 

Highlander Hybrid

Blazer

Third Seat Folded

42.3 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

30.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

83.7 cubic feet

64.2 cubic feet

The Highlander Hybrid’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Blazer’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

The Highlander Hybrid’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Blazer’s (3500 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Highlander Hybrid’s standard front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Blazer’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically. The Highlander Hybrid Limited/Platinum’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches.

The Highlander Hybrid Platinum’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Blazer’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Highlander Hybrid as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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