2011 Dodge
Durango Express
vs. 2011 Toyota
Highlander SE

2011 Toyota Highlander SE

10.0

starting from

$34,660

Reasons to buy the Toyota Highlander SE

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Good cargo space
95.4 ft3
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Comparable towing weight
1755 lb
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Moon roof
Standard
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Leather
Standard
2011 Dodge Durango Express

9.2

starting from

$30,045

Reasons to buy the Dodge Durango Express

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Great braking distance from 60mph
119 ft
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Average power
290 HP @ 6,400 RPM
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Good range on the highway
566 miles
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Good range in the city
394 miles
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • The Highlander SE has 6 more cupholders, 10 vs 4
  • Almost the same
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 59.3 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • The Highlander SE has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Shorter basic warranty
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
Performance 10.0 vs 9.9
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Entertainment System 9.9 vs 10.0
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  • Fewer speakers
  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Dodge Durango Express Dodge
Durango Express
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Highlander SE's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Highlander SE's power seats; not available on the Durango Express
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Highlander SE; the Durango Express only offers cloth seats

Practicality

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Dodge Durango Express Dodge
Durango Express
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Passengers 7 vs 7 People mover
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Cargo space 95.4 ft3 vs 84.5 ft3 The Highlander SE has lots of cargo room and the Durango Express is pretty good
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front seats 59.3 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3 The Highlander SE has average-sized front seats, while the Durango Express is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1755 lb vs 1330 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 Optional vs Not Available The Highlander SE offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Durango Express
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Cupholders 10 vs 4 The Highlander SE has a good number of cupholders, but the Durango Express does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
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Durango Express
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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 6 vs 5 The Highlander SE has a good number of airbags, but the Durango Express 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 None vs None

Cost

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Dodge Durango Express Dodge
Durango Express
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MSRP $34,660 vs $30,045 The Durango Express has a great price and the Highlander SE is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 16 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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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

Performance

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Dodge Durango Express Dodge
Durango Express
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs 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 15.0 lb/hp vs 16.4 lb/hp The Highlander SE is a sporty car, while the Durango Express is just average
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.7 ft vs 37.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
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Durango Express
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Highlander SE's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Durango Express does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available 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 No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Durango Express; but it's not available at all on the Highlander SE

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Dodge Durango Express Dodge
Durango Express
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Dodge Durango Express Dodge
Durango Express
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0-60 mph 8.0 seconds vs 9.0 seconds The Highlander SE's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Durango Express is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 119 ft The Durango Express has extraordinary brakes, but the Highlander SE is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.4 s @ 87 mph vs 16.6 s @ 85 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.74 g vs 0.76 g The Durango Express has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Highlander SE
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Top speed 114 mph vs Unknown

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