2011 Honda
Odyssey EX
vs. 2011 Toyota
Highlander

2011 Honda Odyssey EX

10.0

starting from

$32,035
"Readily adaptable to cargos."
popularmechanics.com | talking about the Odyssey's storage
"Onboard entertainment systems are attractive."
popularmechanics.com | talking about the Odyssey's stereo

Reasons to buy the Honda Odyssey EX

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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Good cargo space
148.5 ft3
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Spacious back seats
56.8 ft3
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Rear air conditioning
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2011 Toyota Highlander

9.1

starting from

$28,900

Reasons to buy the Toyota Highlander

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More airbags
6
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Roof rails
Optional
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Has a semi-automatic transmission
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Average city fuel efficiency
20 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Honda Odyssey EX Winner: Odyssey EX
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Odyssey EX's power seats; not available on the Highlander
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.0
2011 Honda Odyssey EX Winner: Odyssey EX
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  • The Odyssey EX's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Odyssey EX's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • The Odyssey EX has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 7 vs 6
Performance 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Honda Odyssey EX Winner: Odyssey EX
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  • The Odyssey EX's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 17.8 lb/hp vs 21.1 lb/hp
  • More than 30% more powerful, 248 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 187 HP @ 5,800 RPM
  • The Odyssey EX needs around 10% less space to turn, 36.7 ft vs 38.7 ft
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Honda Odyssey EX Winner: Odyssey EX
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  • The Odyssey EX has 5 more cupholders, 15 vs 10
  • A single tank lasts around 20% longer, 567 miles vs 480 miles
  • Room for around 60% more stuff, 148.5 ft3 vs 95.4 ft3
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Honda Odyssey EX Winner: Odyssey EX
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  • The Odyssey EX has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Safety Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Highlander Winner: Highlander
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  • The Highlander has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Highlander Winner: Highlander
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  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg vs 18 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $3,135 cheaper (around 10% less), $28,900 vs $32,035
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.1

Luxury Features

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Toyota Highlander Toyota
Highlander
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Odyssey EX's power seats; not available on the Highlander
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Entertainment System

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Toyota Highlander Toyota
Highlander
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Number of speakers 7 vs 6 The Odyssey EX has an OK number of speakers, while the Highlander has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Odyssey EX's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Highlander does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers 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 Yes vs No The Odyssey EX 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

Performance

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Toyota Highlander Toyota
Highlander
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Horsepower 248 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 187 HP @ 5,800 RPM The Odyssey EX is of average power, but the Highlander is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Highlander 's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find 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 17.8 lb/hp vs 21.1 lb/hp The Odyssey EX has OK performance while the Highlander gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-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 36.7 ft vs 38.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Toyota Highlander Toyota
Highlander
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Passengers 8 vs 7 The Odyssey EX has lots of passenger seats and the Highlander is OK, too
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Highway driving range 567 miles vs 480 miles The Odyssey EX has good highway range and the Highlander is reasonable
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Cargo space 148.5 ft3 vs 95.4 ft3 The Odyssey EX has lots of cargo room and the Highlander is pretty good
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front seats 60.5 ft3 vs 60.6 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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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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roof rails Not Available vs Optional Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the Highlander
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 15 vs 10 Both have a good number of cupholders but the Odyssey EX is particularly good
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Crash Test Ratings

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Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Toyota Highlander Toyota
Highlander
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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 Highlander
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Safety Features

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Toyota Highlander Toyota
Highlander
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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 6 The Highlander has a good number of airbags, but the Odyssey EX 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

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Toyota Highlander Toyota
Highlander
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MSRP $32,035 vs $28,900 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 20 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

Road Tests

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Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Toyota Highlander Toyota
Highlander
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0-60 mph 8.7 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 143 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.7 s @ 87 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite 2011 Acura MDX Odyssey Touring Elite vs MDX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2011 Toyota Sienna Odyssey EX vs Sienna
2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Odyssey EX vs CR-V EX-L
2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2012 Mazda 5 Touring Odyssey EX vs 5 Touring
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring 2011 Mercedes-Benz R350 Odyssey Touring vs R350
2011 Toyota Highlander SE 2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Highlander SE vs 4Runner SR5
2011 Toyota Highlander SE 2011 Toyota Sienna XLE Highlander SE vs Sienna XLE
2011 Toyota Highlander 2011 Acura MDX Highlander vs MDX
2011 Toyota Highlander SE 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser Highlander SE vs Land Cruiser
2011 Toyota Highlander Limited 2011 Toyota Sequoia Limited Highlander Limited vs Sequoia Limited

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