2011 GMC
Terrain SLE
vs. 2011 Toyota
RAV4 Limited

2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited

9.9

starting from

$26,275

Reasons to buy the Toyota RAV4 Limited

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Has auxiliary audio input
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
7.5"
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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
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Average cargo space
73.0 ft3
2011 GMC Terrain SLE

9.4

Runner-up

GMC Terrain SLE

starting from

$25,310

Reasons to buy the GMC Terrain SLE

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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
4 stars
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Great braking distance from 60mph
112 ft
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
32 mpg
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Winner: RAV4 Limited
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  • The RAV4 Limited's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • Almost the same
Performance 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Winner: RAV4 Limited
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  • The RAV4 Limited needs more than 10% less space to turn, 34.8 ft vs 40.0 ft
  • The RAV4 Limited's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 19.2 lb/hp vs 21.2 lb/hp
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Winner: RAV4 Limited
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  • Room for 2 more people, 7 vs 5
  • The RAV4 Limited has 4 more cupholders, 10 vs 6
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 56.4 ft3 vs 52.9 ft3
Luxury Features 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 GMC Terrain SLE Winner: Terrain SLE
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  • Almost the same
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Winner: RAV4 Limited
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  • The RAV4 Limited has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both very efficient in the city
  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Road Tests - vs -
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  • The Terrain SLE has extraordinary brakes, and the RAV4 Limited is pretty good, too
Overall 9.9 vs 9.4

Entertainment System

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
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 No vs Yes The Terrain SLE's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the RAV4 Limited 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 RAV4 Limited, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The RAV4 Limited 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 RAV4 Limited

Performance

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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Horsepower 179 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 4 vs 6 The Terrain SLE has more gears, but the RAV4 Limited has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
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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 19.2 lb/hp vs 21.2 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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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 34.8 ft vs 40.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The RAV4 Limited has lots of passenger seats and the Terrain SLE is OK, too
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Cargo space 73.0 ft3 vs 63.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 56.4 ft3 vs 52.9 ft3 The RAV4 Limited has average-sized front seats, while the Terrain SLE is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 991 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 RAV4 Limited 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

Luxury Features

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
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2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Terrain SLE's power seats; not available on the RAV4 Limited
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the RAV4 Limited

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
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 RAV4 Limited
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The RAV4 Limited is 1.5x safer than the Terrain SLE

Cost

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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MSRP $26,275 vs $25,310 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 22 mpg Both very efficient 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

Safety Features

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
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 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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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

Road Tests

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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0-60 mph 10.0 seconds vs 8.1 seconds The Terrain SLE's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the RAV4 Limited is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 130 ft vs 112 ft The Terrain SLE has extraordinary brakes, and the RAV4 Limited is pretty good, too
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1/4 mile 17.5 s s @ 82.0 mph mph vs 16.3 s s @ 85.0 mph mph The Terrain SLE's 1/4 mile time is average, but the RAV4 Limited's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs 0.75 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Terrain SLE vs Traverse LS
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 GMC Terrain SLE 2011 Ford Explorer Limited Terrain SLE vs Explorer Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Toyota Highlander SE RAV4 Limited vs Highlander SE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2011 Toyota Camry LE RAV4 Sport vs Camry LE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Ford Edge Limited RAV4 Limited vs Edge Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion RAV4 Limited vs Tiguan SE 4Motion
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Lexus RX 350 RAV4 Limited vs RX 350

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