2011 GMC
Terrain SLE
vs. 2011 Toyota
Highlander SE

2011 Toyota Highlander SE

9.9

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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Average power
270 HP @ 6,200 RPM
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.1"
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Sporty performance
15.0 lb/hp
2011 GMC Terrain SLE

8.8

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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Average-sized back seats
50.1 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • The Highlander SE's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.3
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • Room for 2 more people, 7 vs 5
  • The Highlander SE has 4 more cupholders, 10 vs 6
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy more than 10% more room, 59.3 ft3 vs 52.9 ft3
Performance 10.0 vs 8.7
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • The Highlander SE's power-to-weight ratio is around 30% better, providing a sportier ride, 15.0 lb/hp vs 21.2 lb/hp
  • The Highlander SE's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • Around 50% more powerful, 270 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 GMC Terrain SLE Winner: Terrain SLE
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 18 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $9,350 cheaper (around 30% less), $25,310 vs $34,660
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
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • The Highlander SE has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.9 vs 8.8

Luxury Features

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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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 Not Available Leather comes standard on the Highlander SE; the Terrain SLE only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Average number of speakers
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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 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 No The Highlander SE can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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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 Terrain SLE; but it's not available at all on the Highlander SE

Practicality

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The Highlander SE has lots of passenger seats and the Terrain SLE is OK, too
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Cargo space 95.4 ft3 vs 63.9 ft3 The Highlander SE has lots of cargo room and the Terrain SLE is pretty good
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front seats 59.3 ft3 vs 52.9 ft3 The Highlander SE has roomy front seats, but the Terrain SLE is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1,755 lb vs 1,162 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 6 The Highlander SE has a good number of cupholders, but the Terrain SLE is just OK
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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 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM The Highlander SE is of average power, but the Terrain SLE is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The Terrain SLE has more gears and the Highlander SE is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both the Highlander SE'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 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 21.2 lb/hp The Highlander SE is a sporty car, but the Terrain SLE is sluggish
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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 40.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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MSRP $34,660 vs $25,310 The Terrain SLE has a great price and the Highlander SE is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 22 mpg The Terrain SLE has great city mileage and the Highlander SE is pretty reasonable
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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

Safety Features

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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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 Terrain SLE 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 OnStar

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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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 4 stars vs 5 stars The better is 2.1x safer than the Highlander SE
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The Highlander SE is 1.5x safer than the Terrain SLE

Road Tests

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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0-60 mph 8.0 seconds vs 8.1 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 112 ft The Terrain SLE has extraordinary brakes, but the Highlander SE is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.4 s s @ 87.0 mph mph vs 16.3 s s @ 85.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.74 g vs 0.75 g The Terrain SLE has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Highlander SE
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Top speed 114 mph vs Unknown

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 Cadillac SRX Terrain SLE vs SRX
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2011 Ford Explorer Limited Terrain SLE vs Explorer 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 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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