2011 GMC
Terrain SLE
vs. 2011 Lexus
RX 350

2011 Lexus RX 350

9.8

Winner

Lexus RX 350

starting from

$41,350
"User-friendly multifunction controller."
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"Energetic acceleration."
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Reasons to buy the Lexus RX 350

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Quite powerful
275 HP @ 6,200 RPM
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Good cargo space
80.3 ft3
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Sporty performance
15.8 lb/hp
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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
2011 GMC Terrain SLE

9.5

Runner-up

GMC Terrain SLE

starting from

$25,310

Reasons to buy the GMC Terrain SLE

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
32 mpg
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Great braking distance from 60mph
112 ft
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
Luxury Features 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus RX 350 Winner: RX 350
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 GMC Terrain SLE Winner: Terrain SLE
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  • The best price we've seen is $16,040 cheaper (around 40% less), $25,310 vs $41,350
  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 18 mpg
Crash Test Ratings 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus RX 350 Winner: RX 350
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  • The RX 350 has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • More gears
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.5 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a 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 Not Available vs Optional Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the RX 350

Cost

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Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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MSRP $25,310 vs $41,350 The Terrain SLE has a great price, but the RX 350 is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 18 mpg The Terrain SLE has great city mileage and the RX 350 is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The RX 350's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Terrain SLE's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The RX 350's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Terrain SLE's is very short

Crash Test Ratings

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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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 better is 2.1x safer than the RX 350
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs 5 stars The RX 350 is 1.5x safer than the Terrain SLE

Safety Features

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 7 The RX 350 has great airbag coverage, whereas the Terrain SLE is just OK (missing Knee, Rear Side)
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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

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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Horsepower 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM vs 275 HP @ 6,200 RPM The RX 350 is fairly powerful, but the Terrain SLE is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the RX 350's semi-automatic transmission and the Terrain SLE's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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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 21.2 lb/hp vs 15.8 lb/hp The RX 350 is a sporty car, but the Terrain SLE is sluggish
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The RX 350 has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.0 ft vs 40.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 63.9 ft3 vs 80.3 ft3 The RX 350 has lots of cargo room and the Terrain SLE is pretty good
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front seats 52.9 ft3 vs 56.6 ft3 The RX 350 has average-sized front seats, while the Terrain SLE is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1,162 lb vs 825 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 6 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Terrain SLE
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2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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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 RX 350, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input No vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Road Tests

GMC
Terrain SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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0-60 mph 8.1 seconds vs 6.9 seconds The RX 350 has a good 0-60 time, but the Terrain SLE is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 112 ft vs 137 ft The Terrain SLE has extraordinary brakes, but the RX 350 is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.3 s s @ 85.0 mph mph vs 15.2 s s @ 92.6 mph mph The RX 350's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Terrain SLE's is OK, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs 0.74 g The Terrain SLE has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average RX 350
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Top speed Unknown vs 112 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Terrain SLE vs Acadia SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Terrain SLE vs Traverse LS
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Terrain SLE vs RAV4 Limited
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2011 Toyota Highlander SE Terrain SLE vs Highlander SE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2011 Cadillac SRX Terrain SLE vs SRX
2011 Lexus RX 350 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited RX 350 vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited RX 350 vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i RX 350 vs X5 xDrive35i
2011 Lexus RX 350 2011 Honda CR-V RX 350 vs CR-V
2011 Lexus RX 350 2011 Toyota Venza RX 350 vs Venza

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