2011 Buick
Enclave CXL
vs. 2011 Toyota
Highlander SE

2011 Toyota Highlander SE

9.8

starting from

$34,660

Reasons to buy the Toyota Highlander SE

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Moon roof
Standard
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Power outlets
Standard
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Comparable towing weight
1,755 lb
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Average city fuel efficiency
18 mpg
2011 Buick Enclave CXL

9.6

starting from

$41,790

Reasons to buy the Buick Enclave CXL

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Good cargo space
115.0 ft3
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • Almost the same
  • The Enclave CXL has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
Luxury Features 8.9 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • Almost the same
Performance 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • The Highlander SE's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • The Highlander SE's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 15.0 lb/hp vs 17.3 lb/hp
  • Almost the same, 38.7 ft vs 40.4 ft
Safety Features 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • The Highlander SE has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • The Enclave CXL has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • Room for more than 20% more stuff, 115.0 ft3 vs 95.4 ft3
  • Room for 1 more person, 8 vs 7
  • Almost the same, 59.9 ft3 vs 59.3 ft3
Cost 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
Missing information
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Overall 9.6 vs 9.8

Entertainment System

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
Highlander SE
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The Enclave CXL has more speakers, but the Highlander SE has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Enclave CXL; but it's not available at all on the Highlander SE

Luxury Features

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
Highlander SE
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Highlander SE's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Performance

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
Highlander SE
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Horsepower 288 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 270 HP @ 6,200 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 The Enclave CXL has more gears and the Highlander SE is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Highlander SE's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.3 lb/hp vs 15.0 lb/hp The Highlander SE is a sporty car, while the Enclave CXL is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Enclave CXL has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.4 ft vs 38.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
Highlander SE
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The Highlander SE has a good number of airbags, but the Enclave CXL is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
Highlander SE
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The Enclave CXL is 2.1x safer than the Highlander SE
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Practicality

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
Highlander SE
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Passengers 8 vs 7 People mover
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Cargo space 115.0 ft3 vs 95.4 ft3 Both have lots of cargo room
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front seats 59.9 ft3 vs 59.3 ft3 The Enclave CXL has roomy front seats and the Highlander SE is OK
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Base payload capacity 1,479 lb vs 1,755 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Optional vs Standard The Highlander SE's standard power outlet will keep your gadgets charged; requires optional upgrade on the Enclave CXL
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs 10 The Highlander SE has a good number of cupholders, but the Enclave CXL is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
Highlander SE
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MSRP $41,790 vs $34,660 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 18 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Enclave CXL's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Highlander SE's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The Enclave CXL's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Highlander SE's is very short

Road Tests

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
Highlander SE
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs 8.0 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 143 ft vs 139 ft The Highlander SE's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Enclave CXL is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.2 s s @ 87.0 mph mph vs 16.4 s s @ 87.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs 0.74 g The Enclave CXL has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Highlander SE
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Top speed Unknown vs 114 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Enclave CXL vs Traverse LS
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Cadillac SRX Enclave CXL vs SRX
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Enclave CXL vs Tahoe LTZ
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Nissan Murano LE Enclave CXL vs Murano LE
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Enclave CXL vs Equinox LT
2011 Toyota Highlander SE 2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Highlander SE vs 4Runner SR5
2011 Toyota Highlander SE 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Highlander SE vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota Highlander SE 2011 Toyota Sienna XLE Highlander SE vs Sienna XLE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE 2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Highlander SE vs CR-V EX-L
2011 Toyota Highlander 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Highlander vs Forester 2.5X

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