2011 Honda
CR-V EX-L
vs. 2011 Toyota
Highlander SE

2011 Toyota Highlander SE

9.7

starting from

$34,660

Reasons to buy the Toyota Highlander SE

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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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Good cargo space
95.4 ft3
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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L

9.4

Runner-up

Honda CR-V EX-L

starting from

$29,655
"We're certainly smitten with the CR-V's ability to comfortably take on both people and cargo."
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"Well-rounded and a great choice for families."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Honda CR-V EX-L

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Good braking distance from 60mph
123 ft
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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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Average-sized back seats
48.0 ft3
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • The Highlander SE has 3.0x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 3 stars
Entertainment System 8.4 vs 10.0
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Winner: CR-V EX-L
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  • The CR-V EX-L's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The CR-V EX-L has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 7 vs 6
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Toyota Highlander SE Winner: Highlander SE
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  • Room for 2 more people, 7 vs 5
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy more than 10% more room, 59.3 ft3 vs 52.9 ft3
  • Room for more than 30% more stuff, 95.4 ft3 vs 72.9 ft3
Performance 10.0 vs 9.3
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 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 15.0 lb/hp vs 19.0 lb/hp
  • 50% more powerful, 270 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM
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 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Winner: CR-V EX-L
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  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 18 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $5,005 cheaper (more than 10% less), $29,655 vs $34,660
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.7 vs 9.4

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Honda
CR-V EX-L
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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 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 3 stars The Highlander SE is 3.0x safer than the CR-V EX-L

Entertainment System

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Honda
CR-V EX-L
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Number of speakers 6 vs 7 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 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 CR-V EX-L has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Practicality

Toyota
Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Highlander SE
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Honda
CR-V EX-L
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The Highlander SE has lots of passenger seats and the CR-V EX-L is OK, too
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Cargo space 95.4 ft3 vs 72.9 ft3 The Highlander SE has lots of cargo room and the CR-V EX-L 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 CR-V EX-L is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1,755 lb vs 850 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 Standard The CR-V EX-L's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Highlander SE
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Cupholders 10 vs 8 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

Toyota
Highlander SE
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2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Honda
CR-V EX-L
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM The Highlander SE is of average power, but the CR-V EX-L is underpowered
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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 Both the Highlander SE's semi-automatic transmission and the CR-V EX-L'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 19.0 lb/hp The Highlander SE is a sporty car, while the CR-V EX-L 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 37.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

Toyota
Highlander SE
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2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Honda
CR-V EX-L
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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 CR-V EX-L 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
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2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Honda
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MSRP $34,660 vs $29,655 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 21 mpg The CR-V EX-L 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

Luxury Features

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Highlander SE
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2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Honda
CR-V EX-L
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Road Tests

Toyota
Highlander SE
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2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Honda
CR-V EX-L
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0-60 mph 8.0 seconds vs 9.2 seconds The Highlander SE's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the CR-V EX-L is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 123 ft The CR-V EX-L has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Highlander SE is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.4 s s @ 87.0 mph mph vs 16.9 s s @ 82.9 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.74 g vs 0.77 g The CR-V EX-L 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 Honda CR-V 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX CR-V vs Accord Crosstour EX
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Ford Edge SEL CR-V vs Edge SEL
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2011 Toyota Highlander Limited 2011 Toyota Sequoia Limited Highlander Limited vs Sequoia Limited

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