2011 Chevrolet
Tahoe LTZ
vs. 2011 Toyota
Highlander SE

2011 Toyota Highlander SE

9.6

starting from

$34,660

Reasons to buy the Toyota Highlander SE

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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
4 stars
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Better suspension
Independent
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Very inexpensive
$34,660
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Moon roof
Standard
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ

9.4

starting from

$55,520

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ

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Quite powerful
320 HP @ 5,400 RPM
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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
9.1"
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Good cargo space
108.9 ft3
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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.9
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Winner: Tahoe LTZ
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  • The Tahoe LTZ's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Almost the same
  • The Tahoe LTZ has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
Crash Test Ratings 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • The Highlander SE has 1.7x less risk of rolling over, 4 stars vs 3 stars
Cost 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • The best price we've seen is $20,860 cheaper (around 40% less), $34,660 vs $55,520
  • Gets 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg vs 15 mpg
Luxury Features 8.9 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Winner: Tahoe LTZ
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  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 64.1 ft3 vs 59.3 ft3
  • The Tahoe LTZ's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Highlander SE
  • Room for 1 more person, 8 vs 7
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
Performance 9.4 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 around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 15.0 lb/hp vs 18.4 lb/hp
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.4 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

Chevrolet
Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
Highlander SE
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The Tahoe LTZ 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 Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the Highlander SE, you can upgrade to 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 Yes vs No The Tahoe LTZ has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Tahoe LTZ; but it's not available at all on the Highlander SE

Crash Test Ratings

Chevrolet
Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
Highlander SE
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Rollover resistance 3 stars vs 4 stars The better is 1.7x safer than the Tahoe LTZ
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The Tahoe LTZ 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

Cost

Chevrolet
Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
Highlander SE
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MSRP $55,520 vs $34,660 The Highlander SE has a reasonable price, while the Tahoe LTZ is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 18 mpg The Highlander SE has OK city mileage, while the Tahoe LTZ is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
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

Practicality

Chevrolet
Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
Highlander SE
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Passengers 8 vs 7 People mover
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Cargo space 108.9 ft3 vs 95.4 ft3 Both have lots of cargo room
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front seats 64.1 ft3 vs 59.3 ft3 The Tahoe LTZ has roomy front seats and the Highlander SE is OK
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Base payload capacity 1,705 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 Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Standard vs Optional The Tahoe LTZ's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Highlander SE
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Cupholders 8 vs 10 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

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Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
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 Tahoe LTZ 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

Performance

Chevrolet
Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
Highlander SE
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Horsepower 320 HP @ 5,400 RPM vs 270 HP @ 6,200 RPM The Tahoe LTZ is fairly powerful, but the Highlander SE is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 The Tahoe LTZ 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 18.4 lb/hp vs 15.0 lb/hp The Highlander SE is a sporty car, while the Tahoe LTZ is just average
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Tahoe LTZ will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the Highlander SE
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.0 ft vs 38.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Toyota
Highlander SE
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0-60 mph 8.4 seconds vs 8.0 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 144 ft vs 139 ft The Highlander SE's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Tahoe LTZ is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.6 s s @ 86.0 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 Unknown vs 0.74 g
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Top speed Unknown vs 114 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Tahoe LTZ vs Durango Citadel
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 2011 Cadillac Escalade Tahoe LS vs Escalade
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT Tahoe LTZ vs Traverse LT
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Cargo Tahoe LTZ vs Grand Caravan Cargo
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2011 GMC Yukon Denali Tahoe LTZ vs Yukon Denali
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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