Traverse

RXL

Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.6 MPH

89.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Traverse uses regular unleaded gasoline. The RX 450hL requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Traverse FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the RXL Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (19.4 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Traverse AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the RXL’s standard fuel tank (21.7 vs. 19.2 gallons).

The Traverse has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The RXL doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Traverse, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the RXL.

Brakes and Stopping

The Traverse stops shorter than the RXL:

Traverse

RXL

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Traverse has larger tires than the RXL (255/65R18 vs. 235/65R18).

The Chevrolet Traverse’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Lexus RXL only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Traverse has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The RXL doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Traverse’s wheelbase is 11.1 inches longer than on the RXL (120.9 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Traverse is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than on the RXL.

The Traverse RS AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the RX 350L AWD pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Traverse RS AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the RX 350L (27 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

The front grille of the Traverse uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The RXL doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Traverse uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The RXL doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Traverse has standard seating for 8 passengers; the RXL can only carry 7.

The Traverse has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front hip room, 3.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 7.5 inches more rear legroom, 1.1 inches more rear hip room, 4.4 inches more rear shoulder room, 3.4 inches more third row headroom, 10 inches more third row legroom, 4.7 inches more third row hip room and 11.8 inches more third row shoulder room than the RXL.

Cargo Capacity

The Traverse’s cargo area provides more volume than the RXL.

Traverse

RXL

Behind Third Seat

23 cubic feet

16.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

57.8 cubic feet

33.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

98.2 cubic feet

70.7 cubic feet

Towing

The Traverse’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RXL’s (1500 vs. 0 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Lexus RXL is only 3500 pounds. The Traverse offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Traverse LS/LT/RS/Premier/High Country’s available exterior PIN entry system. The RXL doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Traverse is less expensive to operate than the RXL because typical repairs cost much less on the Traverse than the RXL, including $577 less for a water pump, $172 less for a muffler, $345 less for a starter, $788 less for a timing belt/chain and $1576 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Traverse outsold the Lexus RX Series by 76% during 2018.

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