2011 Dodge
Durango Crew
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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Good cargo space
95.4 ft3
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Moon roof
Standard
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Comparable towing weight
1755 lb
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Average-sized front seats
59.3 ft3
2011 Dodge Durango Crew

9.5

Runner-up

Dodge Durango Crew

starting from

$36,270

Reasons to buy the Dodge Durango Crew

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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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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Passenger power seats
Standard
Entertainment System 7.9 vs 10.0
2011 Dodge Durango Crew Winner: Durango Crew
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  • If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Durango Crew; no amount of money can buy it on the Highlander SE
  • The Durango Crew's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Durango Crew has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 6
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Highlander SE's standard sun roof
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Highlander SE
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
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • The Highlander SE has 6 more cupholders, 10 vs 4
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 59.3 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3
  • Room for more than 10% more stuff, 95.4 ft3 vs 84.5 ft3
Performance 10.0 vs 9.8
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 17.2 lb/hp
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg vs 16 mpg
  • Almost the same, $34,660 vs $36,270
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.6 vs 9.5

Entertainment System

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Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Dodge Durango Crew Dodge
Durango Crew
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Number of speakers 6 vs 9 The Durango Crew has more speakers, but the Highlander SE has very few
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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 Crew 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 Yes The Durango Crew has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Durango Crew; no amount of money can buy it on the Highlander SE

Luxury Features

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Dodge Durango Crew Dodge
Durango Crew
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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 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 Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Highlander SE

Safety Features

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Dodge Durango Crew Dodge
Durango Crew
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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 Crew 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 Uconnect

Practicality

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Dodge Durango Crew Dodge
Durango Crew
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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 Crew 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 Crew is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1755 lb vs 1420 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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 10 vs 4 The Highlander SE has a good number of cupholders, but the Durango Crew does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Dodge Durango Crew Dodge
Durango Crew
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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 17.2 lb/hp The Highlander SE is a sporty car, while the Durango Crew is just average
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Durango Crew has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor 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

Cost

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Dodge Durango Crew Dodge
Durango Crew
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MSRP $34,660 vs $36,270 Both are priced reasonably
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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

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Dodge Durango Crew Dodge
Durango Crew
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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 Crew Dodge
Durango Crew
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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 Crew is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 119 ft The Durango Crew 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 Crew 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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2011 Dodge Durango Express 2011 Dodge Journey Mainstreet Durango Express vs Journey Mainstreet
2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 2012 GMC Acadia SLT Durango Citadel vs Acadia SLT
2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited Durango Citadel vs 4Runner Limited
2011 Dodge Durango Crew 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Durango Crew vs Santa Fe Limited
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 2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Highlander vs Outback 3.6R
2011 Toyota Highlander 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Highlander vs Forester 2.5X

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