2019 Toyota Highlander vs. 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Highlander’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 and the Blazer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Highlander the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Blazer has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Highlander for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Blazer.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked fourth.

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’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 102 more horsepower (295 vs. 193) and 75 lbs.-ft. more torque (263 vs. 188) than the Blazer’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Highlander

 

FWD

w/Start/Stop 3.5 DOHC V6

21 city/27 hwy

 

 

3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

 

AWD

LE Plus 3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

 

 

XLE/SE/Limited 3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy

 

 

LE 3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

Blazer

 

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy

 

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Highlander

Blazer

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.64 inches

The Highlander stops much shorter than the Blazer:

 

Highlander

Blazer

 

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Highlander has larger tires than the Blazer (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R18).

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

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

The Highlander 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 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Blazer.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

 

Highlander

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’s optional 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

Maximum trailer towing in the Chevrolet Blazer is limited to 4500 pounds. The Highlander offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Highlander’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 Limited/Platinum’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches.

The Highlander 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

The Toyota Highlander has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Highlander

Blazer

Consumer Reports® Recommends

Top Pick

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Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

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