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2018 Toyota Highlander vs 2018 GMC Terrain

Car shoppers will have no shortage of choices if they are looking to get into a crossover SUV for their next family vehicle. Consumer interest and purchasing history is high in this segment so automotive manufacturers have paid special interest which translates to an abundance of worthy contenders. So, where should you head if you are in the market for a new crossover? That depends on your priorities. Let’s compare the 2018 Toyota Highlander vs 2018 GMC Terrain to see if either of these class-leaders are the right fit for you.

Both of these vehicles are packed with family-friendly amenities that we think everyone will appreciate. However, due to their size differences in max seating capacity and cargo space, your family size and hauling needs will likely guide your choice. The 2018 Toyota Highlander is the clear winner for families who need a little extra elbow room and hauling versatility as it offers three extra seats and about 20 extra cubic feet of space in the cargo area.

Split screen images of the 2018 Toyota Highlander and the 2018 GMC Terrain

2018 Toyota Highlander


2018 GMC Terrain

$31,030 Starting MSRP $24,995
2.7-liter four-cylinder Base Engine 1.5-liter four-cylinder
8 Max Seating Capacity 5
83.7 cubic feet Cargo Space 63.3 cubic feet

The 2018 Toyota Highlander Provides Safety for the Whole Family

While the starting MSRP on the 2018 GMC Terrain is most likely very appealing, the added space on the 2018 Toyota Highlander alone more than makes up for its added cost. And, over and above that, it also comes with standard safety on its base trim that isn't available on the base trim of the 2018 GMC Terrain increasing its value even further. Like many 2018 Toyota models, the Toyota Safety Sense bundle including dynamic radar cruise control, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection is found on all trim levels of the 2018 Toyota Highlander. Drivers looking to add all of the safety features available in the standard Toyota Safety Sense bundle would have to add two optional packages to the cost of their 2018 Terrain, and the packages are only available on higher trim levels increasing the cost further.

Bring the whole family down to the Fox Toyota dealership in Clinton, TN for a test drive. We think you will be just as happy behind the wheel as the passengers lounging in the roomy rear seats.