2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs. 2020 Chevrolet Blazer

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Safety

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The Highlander Hybrid has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats, which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Blazer doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Highlander Hybrid has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Blazer doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Highlander Hybrid Limited/Platinum has standard Automated Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Blazer doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Highlander Hybrid AWD’s standard Downhill Assist Control allows you to creep down safely. The Blazer doesn’t offer Downhill Assist Control.

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, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights and around view monitors.

Warranty

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

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Highlander Hybrid 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

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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 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 25th.

Engine

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The Highlander Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 50 more horsepower (243 vs. 193) than the Blazer’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Highlander Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 13 more horsepower

(243 vs. 230) than the Blazer’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Highlander Hybrid

Blazer

FWD

Auto

36 city/35 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

4 cyl.

AWD

Auto

35 city/35 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

turbo 4 cyl.

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.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Blazer with the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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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

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

Highlander Hybrid

Blazer

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.64 inches

Rear Rotors

13.3 inches

12.4 inches

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Highlander Hybrid’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Blazer’s (37.4 feet vs.

38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Highlander Hybrid has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Blazer (8 vs.

7.4 inches), allowing the Highlander Hybrid to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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

The Highlander Hybrid has 33.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Blazer (141.3 vs. 107.8).

The Highlander Hybrid has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front hip room,

.8 inches more rear headroom, 1.4 inches more rear legroom, 2.8 inches more rear hip room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Blazer.

Cargo Capacity

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

Highlander Hybrid

Blazer

Third Seat Folded

48.4 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

30.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

84.3 cubic feet

64.2 cubic feet

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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The Highlander Hybrid’s front and rear power windows all 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 passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Highlander Hybrid the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Blazer can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Highlander Hybrid Platinum has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Blazer doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Highlander Hybrid to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Blazer doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

Recommendations

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The Toyota Highlander outsold the Chevrolet Blazer by almost seven to one during the 2019 model year.

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